Elementary Education
Bachelor of Science in Education

More than a career: An investment in a more understanding world.

Did you have a favorite teacher when you were little? By majoring in elementary education, you can be that person to the next generation. NIU has a long tradition of educating teachers, helping shape the educational environment in Illinois and across the country. Join us to make a real difference in the world, one child at a time.

I decided to major in elementary education because I want to help kids achieve their dreams and goals. I was in special education when I was younger, so I wanted to give back to the community that helped me.
Luis Barbosa of Carpentersville, Illinois
Elementary education major

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What Can I Do With an Elementary Education Degree From NIU?

Our program will prepare you to teach students in first through sixth grades. We even have a job fair just for future educators where you can connect with representatives from a wide variety of school districts.

Top skills you'll develop:

  • Curriculum development
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Educational technology
  • Lesson planning
  • Staff management

Top fields you can work in:

  • Athletics
  • Education
  • Customer service
  • Health care
  • Human resources

Career Potential for NIU Elementary Education Majors

Average mid-career salary:


Top employers include:

  • Chicago Public Schools
  • East Aurora School District 131
  • Rockford Public Schools
  • Schaumburg School District 54
  • School District U-46
  • Waubonsie Valley High School

Job titles include:

  • ESL teacher
  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Math teacher
  • Principal 
  • Special education teacher
  • Teacher

Source: Steppingblocks, 2023

What to Expect as an Elementary Education Major at NIU

In addition to learning how to teach subjects like language arts and science, you'll study educational philosophy, assessment and related topics. You can focus your studies by choosing an emphasis:

  • Bilingual/ESL
  • Early childhood education
  • Early childhood education with special education approval
  • Elementary mathematics education
  • General elementary education
  • Reading teacher
  • Special education

You'll have many opportunities to interact with children, including a student-teaching experience in an elementary school.

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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