Today's schools are in critical need of effective elementary education teachers. Between 2012-2022, over 18.5% growth in the need for teachers is expected. Of the nearly 211,000 teaching positions, roughly 87,000 will be in elementary education (Illinois Department of Employment Security, 2014).
Benedictine's state approved Elementary Education program is dedicated to meeting that challenge consistent with state and national standards.
As you prepare to become an elementary education teacher, you will:
Candidates in the Elementary Education Program are supported by qualified faculty, university supervisors, and staff as they progress through their curriculum and clinical experiences. Candidates receive a solid foundation to become effective elementary education teachers committed to scholarship, lifelong inquiry, leadership, and social responsibility.
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Dr. Eileen Kolich is a Professor and full-time faculty member in the Ed. D. program in the Center for Higher Education and Organizational Change. During her 25 years at Benedictine University she has received numerous service awards, including the Blackburn Award for Exemplary Administrative Leadership (2004), the President's Award for Leadership (2003), and the President's Award for Innovation (2000). Prior to her current position, she served in a number of administrative roles, which included Chair of the Education Department and Division, Dean of the School of Education, Associate Provost of Academic Affairs and Founding Dean of the Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies. She earned her BA at Rutgers University and her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Curriculum &Instruction: Reading, Communication, Language Education, and Instructional Systems. Her area of expertise is in Curriculum Development in Higher Education.