Become an Illinois Licensed Elementary Educator
Take the next step in your career and gain the skills you need to teach grades one through six in Illinois with this ISBE-approved, CAEP-accredited graduate degree.
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Teach Grades One through Six in Illinois
The online Master of Arts in Teaching – Elementary Education from Greenville University is designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree and want to continue their education to teach elementary school in the state of Illinois. You can complete your master’s degree in two years and earn your teaching licensure.
Greenville University’s master’s in elementary education online program is delivered in a flexible format for working adults with busy schedules. A background in education is not required, so this program is ideal if you want to transition to a new career as an educator.
The Master of Arts in Teaching online program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. Our students have a 99% pass rate on the edTPA exam, surpassing the national average. As a Greenville University graduate, you’ll have a credential recognized statewide for delivering academic excellence.
Coursework in the M.A. in Teaching – Elementary Education program features topics like education trends and issues, education psychology, clinical practice, teaching methods, and more. You will complete 15 weeks of in-person of student teaching and the required hours needed to earn your teaching license to apply what you’re learning in real classroom settings.
When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to sit for the edTPA exam and pursue initial licensure for elementary education in Illinois.Curriculum Details
When you complete Greenville University’s master’s in elementary education online program, you will be able to:
- Design lesson plans around student needs and interests
- Prepare engaging lesson plans
- Engage students in learning
- Use data-driven assessment to make instructional decisions
Graduates of Greenville University’s master’s in elementary education online program are qualified to teach elementary school (grades one through six) in the state of Illinois. Ninety percent of our School of Education students find employment within the first year after graduation.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Illinois is a top employer of elementary teachers nationwide with a median annual salary of $66,140.Explore Career Outlook
Tuition for this program is $488 per credit hour. Our online master’s in elementary education allows you to transfer up to six credits, finishing your degree faster and for a lower cost.
Greenville University is proud to offer high-quality online programs with competitive tuition. We will work with you to ensure that your educational dreams are within reach.Tuition and Fees
Heather-Johnson Gilmore, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education, Program Director for Elementary Education
Heather teaches undergraduate courses in Reading and Language Arts methods, Corrective Reading, Measurement and Assessment, and Music and Art Integration.
She has a passion for diversity issues in education and serves as the university liaison for Project Lead: Leaders in Education Advocating for Diversity, as part of an Illinois partnership of leaders called the Center Partnership. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an International Society for Key Women Educators, as well as IDEA, Illinois Digital Educators Alliance.
- Program Association: Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work; Alternative Teaching Certification, Elementary Education
- PhD in Educational Leadership: Reading, Language & Literacy Expected June 2023
Learn From Education Experts
Greenville University’s distinguished and caring faculty bring years of relevant teaching experience to the online classroom, so you gain valuable skills for your career as an educator. They offer one-on-one encouragement and guidance as you complete your master’s in elementary education online degree.
Study in a format that fits your life with our flexible and convenient online programs. Online learners receive personal support from application to graduation and experience the same academic rigor as on-campus students.Online Learning Benefits
Your education is an investment in your future. With our competitive tuition and transfer credit options, you can make your degree affordable. Learn more about federal aid, military benefits, and scholarships to fund your studies.Tuition and Aid
Frequently Asked Questions
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This program is designed to be completed in two years when you transfer in the maximum number of previously earned credits (six). Visit our courses page to review the curriculum.
Total estimated tuition for the M.A. in Teaching – Elementary Education program is $26,352. You can learn more about tuition and fees here.
Greenville University is an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved education provider, and the M.A. in Teaching – Elementary Education is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
You can transfer up to six previously earned credits into our online M.A. in Teaching – Elementary Education program. Students who transfer the maximum amount of credits can complete their program in two years. Find out more about our admission policy on the program admissions page.
Graduates of this program are qualified to sit for the edTPA exam, pursue initial licensure, and teach elementary school (grades one through six) in the state of Illinois.