Dec 01, 2023
About the Program
Elementary Education reflects what is known about the best practices in teacher education and is aligned with state and national standards for elementary school teacher preparation. Professional courses are grouped together and taken sequentially in 6 semester blocks. Each block has an associated Theory into Practice (TIP) field experience that allows students to apply subject matter knowledge and best practices in school, university, and community settings. The Elementary Education plan of study outlines the required courses to complete the degree for licensure.
For more information about the degree program, visit the COE Office of Advising and Recruiting. For teacher licensure information, visit the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure.
Elementary Education Major Change (CODO) Requirements
128 Credits Required
Departmental/Program Major Requirements (71 credits)
Course indicated by (**) is included in Professional Education GPA (“B” average with no grade lower than a “C-“).
Major Courses (39 credits)
Required Reading Concentration (32 credits)
Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (51-52 credits)
Courses indicated by (●) are Content Courses and are included in Graduation GPA.
Electives (5-6 credits)
- Elective - Credit Hours: 5.00-6.00
University Core Requirements
For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
- Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
- Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
- Information Literacy (IL)
- Oral Communication (OC)
- Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
- Science #1 (SCI)
- Science #2 (SCI)
- Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
- Written Communication (WC)
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
Fall 2nd Year
Required before BLOCK III: Basic Skills Competency Tests / Alternative
Fall 4th Year
Required before BLOCK VI: Attempt/Pass Content Tests
Date: ________ Basic Skills Competency Tests/Alternative
Date: ________ Content Tests
Date: ________ GATE A: Admission to Teacher Education Program (TEP)
Date: ________ GATE B: TEP Retention
- Course indicated by (**) is included in Professional Education GPA (“B” average with no grade lower than a “C-“)
- Courses indicated by (●) are Content Courses and are included in Graduation GPA
- A 2.8 Graduation GPA and a 3.0 Professional Education GPA are required for Indiana licensure recommendation.
- 32 credit hours of Purdue coursework at the 30000 level or above required for graduation.
- Licensure: Elementary Education: K-6 / Reading Concentration
World Language Courses
World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.
ASL-American Sign Language
The ♦ course is considered critical.
In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major. Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful. These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”.
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