Elementary Education, M.A.
Elementary Education Licensure and Endorsement in English as a Second Language

Experience the rewards of starting a child off on the right path.

The State of Illinois has listed Elementary Education as an area of shortage in the city of Chicago and ESL as an area of shortage throughout the state. Make a difference in education while filling a much needed role.

This newly redesigned evening program for working adults lets you choose whether to complete the requirements for elementary licensure and earn a Master of Arts degree. With our dedicated faculty and connections in regional school districts, you’ll be exposed to the daily lives of real-world teachers, while given the skills to impact the next generation.

Giving you a stronger learning curve
Lewis University’s Accelerated Master of Arts in Elementary Education will prepare you for licensure to teach in grades 1-6, as well as provide an endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL). All of our instructors bring real-world experience to the classroom, which in turn has earned us a powerful reputation among the area’s school districts and made our graduates highly sought after. As a student in this program, you’ll enjoy:
  • A newly revised program that covers the requirement for state licensure in elementary education, as well as adding the requirements for an ESL Endorsement – both of which are in high demand in Illinois
  • Actual teaching practice by observing classrooms and interacting with students thanks to Lewis’ connectedness to regional school districts
  • Strong reputation for providing quality graduates to regional school districts
  • Faculty and staff that are committed to helping you balance work, family and education
  • Cohort programs designed for the working individual that allow you to earn you a license to teach and a Master's degree while working.
  • Use of the latest technologies, such as smartboards, iPads, Geometry Sketchpad, environmental and physiological data collection probes, TI-84 and TI-Nspire graphing calculators and more.
Why Choose Lewis?
  • All programs are fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the premier accrediting agency for colleges of education
  • Social justice and multicultural curriculum based on the belief that all students are capable of learning and the importance of adapting instruction to serve all students
  • Recognized as a Regional Top 25 University by U.S. News & World Report
  • Named #1 best college value in Illinois by Great Value Colleges
  • A rewarding career as an Elementary Education teacher with ESL Endorsement
For additional information, contact the Office of Graduate Admission at (815) 836-5610 or grad@lewisu.edu.

Market Demand

100% of May 2014 graduates from the College of Education are employed at schools.


Elementary Education Degree Dr. Nancy Kennedy

"The accelerated elementary education program provides adults embarking on this career change with the methods, knowledge and tools necessary to provide 21st century students with the best possible education."