Elementary teachers have tremendous influence on the children they teach. The elementary education program will prepare you to become a teacher through a combination of classes with early and frequent field experiences. In addition to developing theoretical and practical knowledge, you will develop your sensitivity to diverse cultures, take responsibility for establishing a positive climate, respect students as individuals, treat students fairly, show concern for students’ well being, and demonstrate appropriate professional practice.
Four strands run through and guide the program: diversity, technology, field experience, and performance assessment (including the use of electronic portfolios). Students who successfully complete all requirements of a teacher preparation program that is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Indiana Department of Education are eligible for licensure in the state of Indiana.
Once licensed, an elementary education graduate is qualified to teach all subjects to elementary students (kindergarten through 6th grade) in a public, private, or independent school.
Points of Pride
- First field experience as early as the second semester of your freshman year
- Five field experiences in local schools in a variety of grade levels
- 14-week student teaching experience
- Three study abroad opportunities to earn credit while learning and teaching in another culture
- Urban field experience opportunity