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.
Dr. Mary Jeffery, Ed.D.
Dr. Mary Jeffery, Assessment Coordinator and Assistant Licensure Officer
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Dr. Mary Jeffery is an assistant professor with the School of Education and is the Assistant Licensure Office and Assessment Coordinator. She came to Benedictine University as an adjunct instructor and student teaching supervisor in January 2011 after teaching and administrating in secondary public schools for over 15 years. After receiving her bachelor’s degree at Illinois Wesleyan University, Dr. Jeffery followed her love of adventure and moved to Arizona where she worked to develop alternative education programs for high school students. She moved from Arizona to Michigan and completed her Masters of Arts in Teaching K-12 Reading at Saginaw Valley State University. Dr. Jeffery recently completed her Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction at Aurora University. Her current position marries her varied background and interests; her administrative experience guides her interest in assessment and her teaching experience guides her interest in working with preclinical candidates, advising, and teaching licensure.