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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

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.
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."
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.
Last updated: 09/25/2017