Make a difference in a child’s early academic years.

The State of Illinois has a shortage of elementary teachers. At Lewis University, the Elementary Education program prepares students to obtain an Illinois Professional Educator’s license, earn an endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL) and to teach grades 1-6. Additionally, Lewis is partnered with more than 60 school districts, seven counties and 130 schools in the Chicago area, allowing students to become exposed to a variety of cultures and communities during their observation hours.

13:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
97% Pass EDTPA
130 School Partners

Elementary Education Subsequent Teaching Endorsement - Grades 1-6 (19 credit hours)

Once you hold a Professional Educator License (PEL) or Educator License with Stipulations endorsed in a teaching field, you can add additional content area endorsements. These endorsements can be added at any grade level even if the underlying teaching endorsement on the PEL is a different grade range. The PEL serves as a foundation to which any teaching endorsement can be added after applicable coursework and testing are completed.

Lewis University offers the following subsequent teaching endorsement in Elementary Education:

ELED 41000/53000 Classroom Assessment and Intervention
ELED 34000/54000 Methods and Content of Teaching Science, Health and Movement
ELED 35200/55200 Methods and Content of Teaching Mathematics
ELED 35400/55400 Methods and Content of Teaching Social Studies
ELED 35300/52400 Early Reading and Writing Methodologies
ELED 47100/52800 Content Area Literacy and Reading Strategies
ELED 31500/51500 Child Growth and Development
ELED 37300/57300 Endorsement Field

Pass the Elementary Education content test (305)

2+2 Program Option

IEPP Exemplary Elementary Education

Through a unique partnership with College of DuPage (COD), students may attend COD for the first two years of the program and complete the final two years at Lewis University's main campus in Romeoville. Upon completion of the program, students receive a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education degree from Lewis University.

The Elementary Education with ESL Endorsement program is fully approved by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board and the Illinois State Board of Education.

Scholarship Options

  • Dr. Shirley A. McFaul Endowed Scholarship
  • Dr. Paul and Mrs. Ann Rubino Elementary Science Endowed Scholarship
  • Resources for the Education of Adults in the Chicago Area (REACH) Scholarship
  • Lasallian Book Scholarship

Visit the Financial Aid for Educational Studies page for more information on education scholarships.

Sample Courses:

  • Foundations of Instruction
  • Methods of Content of Teaching Science, Health and Movement
  • Child and Adolescent Literature
  • Beginning Linguistics and Development of Speech and Language in Early Childhood
  • Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities
  • Algebra and Number Concepts for Educators
  • American National Government
  • Integrated Science
  • Introduction to Assessment for Teachers of Bilingual Students

LBS1 Endorsement can also be earned through taking additional coursework.


  • Educators Rising
  • Best Buddies Illinois
  • Catholic and Lasallian Educators Program
  • Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education (KDP)
  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Latin American Student Organization (LASO)
  • Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of an introductory level methods course
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 (to enroll in the introductory methods course and to continue in the program)

Please refer to the Office of Admission for application requirements and specific next steps.


Related Programs

For more information contact the Office of Admission at or call (815)836-5250.

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