This degree qualifies students to work with children from birth through second grade. This program is recommended for prospective teachers who want to teach in a preschool or nursery school setting or in kindergarten or primary grades. The Early Childhood major requires a concentration in one of the following areas: English/language arts, fine arts, foreign language, mathematics, science, or social studies. Successful completion of the program leads to the State of Illinois Professional Educator's License with an endorsement in Early Childhood.
This degree leads to the State of Illinois Professional Educator's License with an endorsement in Elementary qualifying students to teach in grades 1-6. Additional coursework is available for students who wish to teach in the middle grades. The elementary major requires students to choose a concentration in one of the following areas: English/language arts, fine arts, foreign language, mathematics, science, or social studies.
Students choosing to major in Special Education will major in the Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBSI) program. They will earn the State of Illinois Professional Educator's License with an endorsement in LBSI which qualifies individuals to teach children between the ages of three and 21 with a wide range of disabilities: LD, ED, Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, TBI, Orthopedic, and Other Health Impairments (not including vision or hearing). Additional course work is available to include an Early Childhood Special Education Approval.
Individuals aspiring to teach music or art matriculate in the Slane College of Communication and Fine Arts. Degrees in the major are awarded through these colleges. The core courses required to teach at the K - 12 levels are taught through their major department and the Department of Teacher Education. Candidates have an advisor in their major as well as in the Department of Teacher Education.
Students who choose the Secondary Education major maintain registration in the college offering selected subject matter preparation. Teaching areas include: English/Language Arts, Family and Consumer Science, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and History/Social Studies. That department provides preparation in the academic major, and the department of Teacher Education provides preparation in teaching pedagogy. Candidates will have an advisor in both their major area of preparation and the Department of Teacher Education. Successful completion of this program leads to the State of Illinois Professional Educator's License with an endorsement in Secondary.
The program is designed to provide students graduate level course work that extends their learning experiences with respect to teacher education beyond what they have received in either their bachelor's or master's degree programs. The design is one in which the student will be taking courses that may later be included with additional course work leading to a full master's degree. The content of the program is to give students a core base of knowledge along with pedagogical content knowledge in a specified area of concentration. The program is not designed to replace or be a substitute for courses necessary for teacher certification or endorsements, but will allow teachers to pursue course work in content areas of interest to them without requiring them to commit to a full master's degree.
Bradley's graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to prepare students to accept greater responsibility in their roles as educational leaders and informed decision makers. This is accomplished by providing students the opportunity to add to their knowledge bases, increase their research skills, and inform their attitudes.