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. Elizabeth "Beth" Bell joined Benedictine University in 2010. Dr. Bell is the Program Director of the Physical Education and Exercise &Sports Studies programs. Dr. Bell earned her Doctorate of Education from Tennessee State University in Education Administration with a concentration in Higher Education and a Master's Degree in Athletic Training from California University of Pennsylvania. Her previous experience was serving as a Curriculum Director of the Athletic Training Program and as a Physical Education teacher for a Catholic elementary school.Dr. Bell's research includes how technology may be utilized within the health and fitness professions. She has presented at the National SHAPE convention on this topic. Other areas of interest include higher education administration and incorporating Benedictine values.Dr. Bell serves as the academic advisor for all students majoring in both Physical Education and Exercise &Sports Studies. Her areas of teaching include foundational courses to the major, growth and development, and kinesiology. Dr. Bell received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching in 2015.