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School of Education
I want to teach and inspire children to be independent scholars, who have a lifelong love of learning. During my time at IU Kokomo, I received an excellent education that prepared me for the world of teaching. I’ve truly loved and relied on the familial atmosphere in the School of Education.
Angela Jakes
B.S. '15, Elementary Education

Our Programs

Are you interested in a career in teaching? Teachers in the State of Indiana receive a degree or coursework from an approved Educator Preparation Program (EPP) and are then recommended for a license specific to their chosen field of study issued by the State of Indiana. The School of Education is an approved EPP and offers coursework and degrees in Elementary Education, Secondary Education for Fine Arts: Visual Arts, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Special Education: Mild Intervention. As you can see, there is a wide variety of teaching major options available to study here at IU Kokomo. The School of Education faculty is dedicated to helping you on your path to becoming an educator. Our dedication and commitment to teaching and learning helps enable our graduates to secure satisfying professional positions and to enjoy rewarding careers in the classroom.


Change to Education (C2E)

Do you have a bachelor's degree and are interested in beginning a career as an elementary or secondary school teacher?

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Success in Numbers

The following statistics were gathered throughout the 2014-2015 academic year.


of our graduates receive a state of indiana teaching license


of our graduates were rated highly effective or effective


of our graduates are satisfied with their course work preparation


of our graduates feel well prepared for student teaching

Areas of Practice

  • Teaching • Administrative • Counseling • Library/Information Systems • Curriculum Supervision
  • Training and Development • Higher Education • Consultant • Programming • Social Work

Types of Employers

  • K-12 Schools • Higher Education • Department of Education • Social Service Agencies
  • Government Consulting Firms • Correctional Institutions • Non-profit Organizations

A Brighter Future for All

School of Education honors graduates
Twenty-two students were honored by Indiana University Kokomo’s School of Education during a recognition ceremony on Wednesday (May 3). For Christian Staton, this is a great achievement as he never expected to even attend college until a special teacher encouraged him. Now he looks forward to inspiring high school students in his own social studies classroom — especially the ones like himself. “I can see the gold in them, like my teacher saw in me,” he said. “She pulled out the strengths I had that I didn’t see in myself. “
Art teacher inspires future educators
For more than 40 years, Dick Evans has inspired future elementary teachers to incorporate art into their classrooms. Evans, B.S. ’69, M.S. ’72, has been an adjunct faculty member in the Indiana University Kokomo School of Education for 45 years, but has no plans to stop teaching, even as he watches friends and colleagues of his generation retire. Many of them tell him they can’t wait to retire and do what they want to do, he said. “I’m doing what I want to do,” he said. “It fulfills me as an artist to work with future teachers, who will instill a love of art in children."
IU Kokomo honors Teachers of Distinction
A great teacher makes a huge impact on a child’s life. Indiana University Kokomo’s School of Education honors five of its graduates who are making a difference in their classrooms each day, with its first-ever Teachers of Distinction awards. “Many of us have fond memories of a teacher who inspired us to do our best, to achieve more than we thought possible, or to love reading, social studies, art, math, or another subject,” said Shirley Aamidor, interim dean. “We have many wonderful teachers in our community, and we are proud to recognize our graduates who have this important role and influence in children’s lives.”
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.
Last updated: 07/13/2017