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The Program

This is an accelerated program leading to elementary certification and a Master of Arts Degree with a Specialization in Elementary Education. Students will meet requirements by completing course work and working full time in a partnership school for one entire school year. This unique university-public school partnership will provide adults who have degrees in other fields to fulfill their desire to become teachers while helping to meet the demand for more teachers in Illinois.


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Goals

  • To provide a graduate program for adults with degrees to become certified elementary teachers in one year.

  • To meet the demands for the teacher shortage in Illinois

  • To develop partnerships with local schools that will benefit children, graduate students, teachers, and the school district.


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Requirements for admission

  • Bachelor’s degree from an ISBE-approved institution

    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75

    • General Education Requirements ( 3 credit courses)

      College Writing (2 courses) Math (2)

      Communications (1) Science (2)

      Humanities (3) Social Science (2)

    • Eighteen hours in an endorsement


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Endorsements

  • Art

  • Economics

  • English

  • Fine Arts

  • Foreign Language

  • Geography

  • History

  • Math

  • Music

  • Political Science

  • Psychology

  • Science

  • Sociology


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Documents Needed

  • Application

  • Resume

  • Data Form

  • Two letters of recommendation (forms are in your packet of materials)

  • An essay, “Why I want to be a teacher?” (1-2 typed pages)

  • Substitute Certification


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Timeline

  • Summer 2010 Foundations of Education (6)

  • Historical Foundations of American Education (3)


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Timeline

  • Fall 2010 (entire semester)

    • Methods of Teaching Reading and the Integrated Language Arts, K-9 (6)

    • Methods of Teaching Social Studies & Multi-Cultural Studies, K-9 (3)

    • Clinical Experience in the Classroom (2)

  • Fall 2010 (1st eight weeks)

    • Methods of Teaching Mathematics, K-9 (2)

    • Technology for Teaching and Learning (2)

  • Fall 2010 (2nd eight weeks)

    • Methods of Teaching Science and Health,

      K-9 (2)


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Timeline

  • Spring 2011 (entire semester)

    • Curriculum and Instruction in the Middle School (3)

    • Classroom Assessment and Intervention (3)

    • Student Teaching and Seminal (6)


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Timeline

  • Summer/Fall 2011 (Master of Arts Only)

    • Educators as Leaders in Learning Communities: Moving Research to Practice (3)

    • First Year Teaching Experience (1)


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Frequently Asked Questions:What tests are required?

  • The Graduate Education Writing Exam

    • June 13, 2009 Saturday or June15, Monday

    • October 3, 2009 Saturday or Oct. 5, Monday

    • February 2010 Saturday or Monday TBA

      • Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

      • Mondays: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


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What tests are required?

  • Basic Skills Test (096)

  • Content Test—Elementary/Middle (110)

  • Assessment of Professional Teaching (102)


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What is the tuition?

  • $555/ credit hour for summer school (There may be a slight increase in the fall.)


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What kind of financial aid is available?

  • Student loans are available for qualified students. Check with the financial aid office at (815) 836-5263 for more information.


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When is the summer school session held?

  • June 1st through July 10th, 2009

  • M-W-F, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

  • T-Th, from 9:00 am to Noon.

  • Dates TBD for 2010

  • Lewis University’s Romeoville campus


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Who will be on the interview committee for the selection of the Interns?

  • Professors and district administrators may serve on this committee.

  • Selection of candidates completed in mid-March. (as soon as possible following interview)


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How do I get a substitute teacher certification and what will it cost?

  • Take your transcripts to the Regional Office of Education

    • Will County in New Lenox

  • Fill out an application form

  • Pay $30 (certified check/state evaluation) plus Will County registration fee of $20

    Register multiple schools


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How are background checks carried out? will it cost?

  • When you fill out the forms for substitute certification and everything is found to be in order, the county will submit a background check. They will inform the applicant of the results. The applicant will need two forms of identification for the I-9 form which is part of the application package.


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Lewis University Partner Schools 2009-10 will it cost?

  • Bentley

  • Tyler

  • Nelson Prairie

  • Nelson Ridge

  • Spencer Pointe

  • Ludwig

  • Union

  • Brooks Middle School

  • Pershing

  • New Lenox School District 122 New Lenox

  • Will County District 92

    Lockport

  • Union School District 81 Joliet

  • Valley View School District 365U Bolingbrook

  • Joliet District 86 Joliet



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