Our Elementary Education program is known for high expectations, field experiences from the start, and a supportive environment with the following key features:
- We use a cohort approach composed of teacher candidates progressing through the program of study together, from entrance into the teacher education program through graduation.
- We have small class sizes to allow for higher degrees of individual mentoring and instructor-student interactions.
- Our program is grounded in diverse field experiences in a variety of settings at the elementary school level in the surrounding region.
- Our program is tailored to meet the State of Indiana REPA Standards, Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) Standards, relevant Specialized Professional Association (SPA) standards, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards, and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
- The initial teacher education program is fully accredited through the State of Indiana and at the national level through the NCATE accreditation. All licensure programs have been approved by the State of Indiana.
- We are dedicated to integrating technology throughout the program.
Upon completion of all degree and program requirements, teacher education program candidates are eligible to apply to the Indiana Department of Education Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensing (OEEL) for licensure in Elementary Education. Elementary Education licensed teachers are eligible to teach kindergarten through grade six, if grade six is housed in an elementary setting.
Are you interested in Special Education? All Elementary Education majors are required to choose a respective minor. Minors can be in any field such as mathematics, science, fine arts, etc. However, many of our majors choose Special Education. Upon completion of all degree and program requirements for Elementary Education and Special Education, candidates are then eligible for both an Elementary Generalist (K-6) license and a Special Education: Mild Intervention (K-12) license. Currently, Special Education teachers are in high demand in our region.