Education: Elementary Studies

Why Study Elementary Studies?

If you want to make a difference in building foundational skills that support future learning, then consider an elementary studies major. Graduates can teach in mission, international, charter, or private schools.

Personal attention is a hallmark of the North Park experience where students work closely with both professors and advisors to develop personal teaching goals. This program is ideal for teachers who want to work at the elementary level with the opportunity to complete their clinicals and take the Illinois state exams after graduation.

Faculty Spotlight:
Dr. Ida Maduram

As North Park’s Golden Apple Scholarship liaison, Dr. Ida Maduram works with students who commit to serving in high-need schools, allowing them to “learn from the extended classroom of Chicago,” she says.

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Instructional Skills

  • Provide learning experiences tailored for elementary children
  • Foster the cognitive and affective development of children
  • Build positive classroom communities
  • Support the diverse needs of children and their families

 Why Major in Elementary  Studies

In elementary years, children develop academic, language, and social skills. Elementary educators focus on the tools needed to foster developing minds. In these foundational stages, there’s the critical window of opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that will last a lifetime.

Career Paths

Students who complete the program will be able to start as an elementary educator in settings such as:

  • Private and parochial schools
  • After school programs
  • Day care centers
  • Montessori schools
  • Park district

Opportunities for International Students

International students who plan to teach in their home country will be able to earn an Elementary Studies degree from North Park without needing to complete the Illinois State Licensure requirements. International students will benefit from North Park’s educator preparation program which incorporate best practices in education.