IWU General Education
Elementary education majors require general education coursework in state-mandated content areas (Language Arts, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Science, and Social Science). In
addition to a two-semester sequence in mathematics, new state laws require elementary candidates to complete coursework that addresses at least four areas of the social sciences: history, international studies, political science, sociology, anthropology and/or
economics. Content addressing Illinois, the United States, and the world must be addressed
in your course selection. You need three to four courses across the social sciences,
which may also meet general education requirements in CHC, IT, AV or CSI and US and
State law also required elementary candidates to complete coursework that addresses
at least three areas of the natural sciences: physical, life, earth and space. Environmental Studies may meet one of these requirements
pending Educational Studies faculty approval. Psychology does NOT meet this requirement. You may need up to three courses in LSI/L
Consult with your Educational Studies faculty advisor of the Director of Teacher Education
regarding appropriate course selection, including alternate and special topics courses.
In some cases, courses in your content area emphasis will help you meet general education
and content area requirements. Reference the advising memo distributed each semester for suggested courses that meet content area and general education requirements.
Transfer and AP courses will be accepted with the approval of the Director of Teacher
General education courses in mathematics, social science and science are not used
to compute your major grade point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance;
however you must earn a grade of C or higher in required coursework. Plan to complete
this coursework by the end of the junior year. Your content knowledge across these
disciplines will be tested by ISBE as a prerequisite to student teaching.
The IWU following general education category requirements are met with required major
or licensure courses.
Contemporary Social Institutions (CSI)
Cultural and Historical Change (CHC)
Select from the following social sciences: history, international studies, political
science, sociology, anthropology and/or economics. Content addressing Illinois, the
United States (U.S. diversity flag) and the world (global diversity flag) must be
addressed in your course selection.
Formal Reasoning (FR)
Math 106 (Math 105 is prerequisite). Elementary candidates with a math minor may substitute
the analysis sequence. A minimum grade of C is required.
Natural Science (LSI/L, PSI/L)
Select courses across these three areas of the natural sciences: physical, life, earth
and space. Environmental Studies may meet one of these requirements pending Educational
Studies faculty approval. Please note: Psychology does NOT count as a natural science. You may need up to three
Global Diversity (G)
Any designated course in the social sciences.
Writing Intensive (WI)
EDUC 255 and 498 (required).
U.S. Diversity (U.S.)
Educ 257 (required) and an additional course in the social sciences (e.g. sociology, political science,