Elementary Education / Special Education Double Major



What to Expect with the Double Major
  • Coursework as early as the Freshman year provides opportunities to begin observations in the field.

  • Fieldwork at the Sophomore level allows for one-on-one time with a student implementing Response to Intervention strategies.

  • Fieldwork at the Junior/Senior level provides opportunities in both the Elementary and Special Education settings. Candidate choice is present through varied grade levels and diverse settings.

  • Junior and Senior level field placements are evaluated through the Danielson Framework, a common evaluation tool for practicing teachers.

  • Senior level field placement is completed through a year-long internship model. This strengthens the collaboration and partnership between candidate and cooperating teacher.

  • Education Seminar during Student Teaching placement allows candidates to learn about critical educational topics, gain interviewing skills, and garner peer mentoring and support.

  • Program Directors maintain continuous connections with administrators and accomplished teachers to create high-quality field placements.

  • After four years, students can graduate, be licensed to teach in elementary and special education settings, and will hold a double major.

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Our coursework provides opportunities to utilize the specific, evidence-based instructional practices needed for success across our Five Core Components of the Teacher Education Conceptual Framework.

  • Assessment
  • Classroom Mangement
  • Content Knowledge
  • Professionalism
  • Teaching Strategies
Fieldwork in grades K-22
Fieldwork in Elementary Education and Special Education Settings
Fieldwork in Response to Intervention
Year-long Senior level field placement
Careers for this major:
Elementary Education 1-6
Special Education K-22
Special Education Teachers Have These Qualities
Communication Skills
Devoted to Improvement
Listening Skills
Calming Demeanor

Staff Contacts

Whitney Carver

Associate Professor of Special Education

wcarver@eureka.edu (309) 467-6864

Burklund 203

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Janelle Dies

Associate Professor - Education

janelled@eureka.edu (309) 467-6458

Burklund 203

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“Eureka College Teacher Education Program has given me authentic, hands-on, and organized opportunities to engage in the classroom settings. These experiences have given me the knowledge and confidence to become a successful teacher. I can't thank this program enough for that.” Education Major, Class of 2018"

Field Experience from the Eyes of an Alumni


Eureka College graduates are employed or in graduate programs within six months of graduation.