Active Learning Opportunities

Promise Yourself a Brighter Future
Completing a professional degree is a proven way to increase your potential in the workplace and to enhance your life satisfaction. At Quincy University, we understand the personal commitment you invest in your degree and the sacrifices you willingly make to reach your goals.

That’s why we designed Professional Studies with your needs and requirements in mind—so that “future perfect” doesn’t have to mean “present tense.”

Professional studies enables students to maintain the other commitments in their lives by providing accelerated courses that generally meet one evening each week for three - four hours (or in an extended weekend format).  Each semester consists of two eight-week sessions in which students typically complete two classes per session. 

Students meet the requirements of full-time status through focused and concentrated study. In this non-residential program, expert instructors draw upon the life and professional experiences of participants to create a dynamic and supportive learning community.

Your First Step Sets the Pace
Acting on your plans for the future is a major move, and you don’t want to be slowed down by red tape or unanswered questions.  That’s why we’ve streamlined our transfer process to show you where you stand and to help you forge a clear path to your destination. 

At Quincy University, we know that your previous academic work is valuable—and so is your time. We make academic information—including our complete catalog--available to you 24/7 on our website. Our Early Transcript Evaluation program matches your record to our curricula to give you a simple yet detailed timeline for completing a degree at QU. 

Completing Your Journey
At QU, we help you to build on the foundation you have established in meeting the criteria for admission to Professional Studies:   

  • A minimum age of 24 years with 7 or more years since high school graduation.
  • Completion of an applicable associate degree program or 60 hours of transferable applicable college credit with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher (Admission to Teacher Education Program requires a 2.6 or higher GPA).

To earn your bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, you’ll add coursework to total a minimum graduation requirement of 124 credit hours, including six credit hours of theology or religion courses. 

That total may include Credit for Academically Related Experience (CARE), which reflects achievement of learning objectives through practical or professional activities and accomplishments. Your advisor will guide you in applying for CARE and in selecting the courses that will complement your major field of study.

Professional Studies degree in Elementary EducationThe Elementary Education curriculum is designed to graduate students with teaching licensure in the State of Illinois in addition to a bachelor’s degree. As a result, students in elementary education must do student teaching during the day for the final semester of degree work. Elementary education graduates of Professional Studies are currently teaching in many schools throughout the state. Because licensure requirements for Illinois and other states are quite specific, some of the program involves courses in areas outside Education.

Students are strongly encouraged to have passed the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency prior to admission. Students cannot register for a second semester of coursework until this requirement has been met.

Please refer to the Elementary Education section of the catalog (http://www.quincy.edu/academics/academic-catalog) for a list of courses required for a degree in elementary education and for more detailed information regarding admission to the Teacher Education Program, Continuation in the Teacher Education Program, Acceptance for Student Teaching and Curriculum Requirements for Teacher licensure.

Supporting Academic Excellence
Quincy University’s commitment to individualized education isn’t limited to your classroom or online coursework. As you challenge yourself to tackle demanding courses, you’ll want to put the experts on your team. The extensive databases and journals maintained by the Brenner Library—plus the research expertise of professional librarians—are available to you online or in person. In addition, the Learning Resource Center (LRC) can help you tap a wealth of short- and long-term resources tailored to your specific needs, interests, and learning style. 

The staff of the LRC will guide you in choosing the programs, technology, and materials to resolve a question, simplify a puzzling project, or support you as you reach for your personal best. You may find the answers you need during a single consultation, or you may decide to be part of an extended program or study group. 

All resources and services of the Learning Resource Center are available to QU students at no additional charge. The center’s schedule is designed to fit the patterns of peak need throughout the semester.

Off to a Fast Start
Launching your admission process is just a click away. First, complete the online application here. Then contact your previous colleges or universities, authorizing them to send your transcripts to QU. 

You’ll receive a quick response and customized enrollment assistance that will answer your questions and meet your needs. Tour the campus, confer with an Education advisor, meet current students, and preview the Professional Studies experience for yourself.

Contact Us

Dr. Ann Behrens
Dean, School of Education
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Phone: 217-228-5432 ext. 3106

Courses

ELE 315 - Children's Literature
Credit Hours: 3
Selecting and evaluating materials for children from pre-school to eighth grade to guide their reading in keeping with their needs, interests, and abilities with a view to enjoyment and curriculum
enrichment in the elementary school. Content course, with elements of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc., to develop appreciation and
discrimination in reading. This course does not apply to general education requirements. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. (Same as SPE 315)

ELE 316 - Teaching Reading/Language Arts I
Credit Hours: 3
This course surveys contemporary language arts curricula in the elementary and middle school grades. Theories and models of language arts, current literacy issues and trends, content area reading and writing, as well as instructional methods and materials are presented and reviewed. Practical application of class study is provided through an accompanying supervised, one-credit laboratory. (Same as SPE 316.)
Prerequisite(s): EDU 214 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

ELE 317 - Reading Laboratory
Credit Hours: 1
Students enrolled in ELE/SPE 316 tutor children in the Reading Center. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. Taken concurrently with ELE 316. (Same as SPE 317)

ELE 318 - Teaching Reading/Language Arts II
Credit Hours: 3
This course is a degree requirement for all elementary education majors. Prerequisites for this course are ELE 315, ELE 316, ELE 317 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. It is taught as part of the CATT program. This course is interactive, participatory, and reflective. As part of the course requirement, students will go into assigned classrooms in which to observe and implement what they are learning. They will see first hand the theories, issues, methods, management, materials, and assessment impacting effective teaching. Students will see how reading, writing, speaking, and listening as processes for learning across the curriculum. This course is designed to deepen students understanding of and experience in implementing research-based instruction of reading and writing. Students will come to understand that reading and writing are not skills to be acquired and used but as an integral part of the way we learn to understand our world. The course will emphasize the active nature of reading comprehension and fluency and the role writing plays in the literacy picture. (same as SPE 318)

ELE 321 - Mathematics Methods in Elementary School
Credit Hours: 3
Objectives, content, methods, materials, and evaluation of mathematics instruction in the elementary school. This course provides a base for understanding the math curriculum and how children learn in elementary and special education. Students are required to spend a minimum of ten (10) hours of observation/teaching in a regular K-8 classroom.
Prerequisite(s): MAT 110/111, EDU 214, and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

EDU 325 - Middle School Methods and Philosophy
Credit Hours: 3
A study of philosophy and methodological approach unique to the middle level school. Advising, team teaching, and the unique characteristics of the culturally diverse middle school student are addressed. Students are required to spend a minimum of ten (10) hours of observation/teaching in a middle level (5-8) classroom.
Prerequisite(s): acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

ELE 331 - Social Studies Methods in Elementary School
Credit Hours: 3
Objectives, content, methods, materials, and evaluation of science and social studies instruction in elementary school.
Prerequisite(s): EDU 214 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

ELE 351 - Science Methods in Elementary School
Credit Hours: 3
Objectives, content, methods, materials, and evaluation of science instruction in elementary school.
Prerequisite(s): EDU 214 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

EDU 354 - Computers in the Curriculum
Credit Hours: 3
Student will learn the skills needed to incorporate computer technology into their teaching. Specific skills and practices studied will include the Internet presentation of software, general
software evaluation and the use of such components as scanners and digital cameras.

ELE 359 - Diagnosis Teaching of Reading & Language Arts
Credit Hours: 3
Introductory course in evaluating the reading and language abilities of individual children through instruction within a classroom setting. Includes group and individual evaluation, informal assessment procedures, selection of materials, and instructional strategies to meet the needs of individual learners. Practical application of class study is provided through the accompanying supervised Practicum I.
Prerequisite(s): ELE 316, 361 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

ELE 360 - Remedial Reading Practicum I
Credit Hours: 3
Supervised laboratory experience providing practical experience in diagnosing and remediating the literacy needs of children enrolled in the Reading Center. Assessment and instructional data are collated in progress reports at the end of the term for parents and schools. (Same as SPE 360) Taken concurrently with ELE 359. Prerequisite(s): acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

EDU 362 - Young Adult Literature
Credit Hours: 3
A survey of areas of concern in the field of young adult literature, adolescent development, selection of materials, knowledge of young people's reading interests and materials, library services for young people and methods of maintaining and increasing interest in the printed word. (Same as SPE 362.) Offered every other year.

EDU 365 - Education in Modern Society
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to introduce students to the wide range of diversity that exists today across today’s general school population and to examine the increased professional demands that this diversity makes upon teachers. Students will explore a range of diversity issues that teachers confront in our pluralistic society leading to the development and practice of multicultural education. Areas of study include ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, exceptionality, religion, language and socioeconomic diversity.

ELE 370-9 - Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-3
Special topics in elementary education depending upon demand and staff.

EDU 381 - Classroom Management
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to give the prospective teacher an understanding of the theories of discipline, practical management of a classroom and the establishment of a quality learning environment.

ELE 459 - Advanced Methods in Teaching Reading and Writing
Credit Hours: 3
An advanced course in teaching reading and writing strategies through explicit instruction.  Formal and informal assessment procedures, selection of quality teaching materials, and overview of professional journals will be covered. (Same as SPE 459) Prerequisite(s): ELE 316, ELE 317, ELE 318 and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

ELE 460 - Remedial Reading Practicum II
Credit Hours: 1-3
Supervised laboratory experience in remediating the literacy needs of children enrolled in the Reading Center.  Assessment results are reviewed, appropriate instructional responses implemented and exhibited through the teacher work sample documenting all aspects of assessing and designing results based on series of instruction.  Course taken concurrently with ELE 459.  (Same as SPE 460)
Prerequisite(s): acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

ELE 470-9 - Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-3
Special topics in elementary education depending upon demand and staff.

EDU 499 - Coordinating Seminar
Credit Hours: 2
This course is taken in conjunction with student teaching and coordinates the student’s past coursework and the student teaching experience. Students are led through the development
of a professional portfolio and the hiring process. Taken concurrently with student teaching.

Program Requirements

Professional Studies degree in Elementary Education
The Elementary Education curriculum is designed to graduate students with teaching licensure in the State of Illinois in addition to a bachelor's degree. As a result, students in elementary education must do student teaching during the day for the final semester of degree work. Elementary education graduates of Professional Studies are currently teaching in many schools throughout the state. Because licensure requirements for Illinois and other states are quite specific, some of the program involves courses in areas outside Education.

Students are strongly encouraged to have passed the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency prior to admission. Students cannot register for a second semester of coursework until this requirement has been met. Additional state testing is required as students progress through the program.

Please refer to the Elementary Education section of the catalog for a list of courses required for a degree in elementary education and for more detailed information regarding admission to the Teacher Education Program, Continuation in the Teacher Education Program, Acceptance for Student Teaching and Curriculum Requirements for Teacher licensure.

All courses counting toward certification must have a "C" or above.

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