School of Education
My time at IU Kokomo prepared me in every way to be a teacher. There, I realized you get out of education what you put into it.
John O. Malone
B.G.S. '98, Teacher Certification Program '00

An Environment of Endless Curiosity

Maybe you played school endlessly as a child. Perhaps you tear up every time you watch Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society. Or maybe your life was forever changed by that one teacher who took the time to understand you and help you love to learn. If the thought of teaching tugs at your heartstrings, you belong in the School of Education at Indiana University Kokomo.

Here, we believe in the power of teachers to change the world for the better. Our program will prepare you for the challenges, responsibilities, and abundant rewards teaching brings with it. You’ll be out in the real world, gathering hands-on experience in an actual classroom, beginning in your very first semester. Theory and practice go hand in hand in our program. You’ll dive into the theories that guide a solid, dynamic pedagogy and put them immediately into practice in classroom settings. Our collaborative partnership with 32 local school districts, the Center for Educational Partnership (CEP), allows IU Kokomo students to connect and grow in local classrooms. 

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the word.
- Malala Yousafzai

In order to become a licensed teacher in the state of Indiana, you must receive your degree from an approved Educator Preparation Program. The School of Education at Indiana University Kokomo is an approved EPP program where you can earn a degree in:

IU Kokomo student sits with Kindergarteners
Kindergarteners at an event
Teacher sits with her students

The faculty and staff at IU Kokomo are dedicated to your success. We want nothing more than to help you on your path to becoming an effective and compassionate educator. Our goal is to help you secure a satisfying professional position and begin making a difference in your own classroom. We provide resources to help you grow alongside your peers:


You can join our student organization, the Education Student Advisory Council (EdSAC). Here you’ll find a support group of your peers in the School of Education. EdSAC promotes professional development, service learning, expansion of the knowledge of education, and visibility in the IU Kokomo community. All education majors are encouraged to join.

Tech Lab

You can use our Tech Lab, a shared spaced for education majors to work. This space is located in the Main Building in Room 176 and is open to students looking for a quiet space to work individually or a place to gather with peers and work collaboratively. This room is filled with all kinds of things teachers need: magazines, puppets, instructional aids, textbooks, fiction and nonfiction book collections, computers, printers, scanners, audiovisual items, and even children’s literature. There are tables to spread out to work and wifi available. The Tech Lab is often used for education classes but can be reserved by appointment. To reserve this room, please call 765-455-9286.

If you’re interested in diving into the School of Education at IU Kokomo to take advantage of opportunities like experiencing real-world classrooms both locally and abroad, working one-on-one with experienced faculty, and growing alongside a cohort of your peers, don’t hesitate to take the next step and apply today.

Accreditation and Reporting

Please note, the School of Education has been accredited since its inception in 1954 with the recent re-accreditation in spring 2017. Our programs are designed to meet the State of Indiana REPA Standards, Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards, relevant Specialized Professional Association (SPA) standards, and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards. The Indiana University Kokomo School of Education is accredited by CAEP for a period of seven years from spring 2017 to spring 2024. This accreditation does not include individual education courses offered to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes. All licensure programs have been approved by the State of Indiana.



Success in Numbers

The following statistics were gathered throughout the 2016-2017 academic year.


of our graduates receive a state of indiana teaching license


of our graduates were rated highly effective or effective


of our graduates were rated as well-prepared to teach


of our graduates feel well prepared to begin teaching

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A Brighter Future for All

Outdoor challenges prepare future teachers
Standing on a platform high above the trees, Tiffany Cron gingerly peeks over the edge, holding back panic as she spots the ground 60 feet below. She perches near the side, helmet on head, and a harness and steel cables firmly attaching her to the zip line in front of her, and takes a step back. Amanda Hanson, an Indiana University Kokomo adjunct instructor, places a hand on Cron’s shoulder, encouraging her to take the leap, but assuring her it is her choice.
Future teacher learns empathy after diagnosis
As a future special education teacher, Emily Impson empathizes with the struggles her students face — because she’s experienced similar difficulties herself. However, because of the challenges she’s defeated, she also won’t let her students give up, and will support them as they continue to try. “I’ll understand where a kid is coming from when he or she is frustrated, but I also won’t let it be an excuse, because I couldn’t let it be an excuse,” said Impson.
Staff donates supplies to Houston schools
Pencils, paper, and a brand-new backpack can go a long way towards providing normalcy in a storm. Students, faculty, and staff at Indiana University Kokomo participated in a school supply drive, led by the School of Education. Friday, Michelle Reichart, visiting lecturer in educational psychology, will load a truck and trailer with the donated items, and drive them to Houston, where they will be given to children as they return to school Monday.
School of Education welcomes new dean
Indiana University Kokomo welcomes Leah Nellis as the new dean of the School of Education. As dean, she will lead programs in elementary, secondary, education, and special education. Nellis looks forward to working at IU Kokomo because of its emphasis on student success. “I am impressed with the reputation of the faculty and administration for their support of all students during their higher education experience. That is important to me,” said Nellis.