About the Program
Elementary Education reflects what is known about the best, evidence-based practices in teacher education and is aligned with state and national standards for elementary school teacher preparation. The program prepares professionals who embody the vision of education for a sustainable, socially-just world. Through professional courses and seminars that are paired with community experiences and extensive experiences in partner schools, the program prepares teachers who (a) are “inspired to care about our physical and social worlds and have the knowledge and skills [and dispositions] to enact that caring” (UNESCO, 2005), (b) revitalize classrooms and communities by providing equitable, socially just opportunities for learning and flourishing, (c) address racism at systemic and individual levels and recognize the impact of racism on learning and opportunities, and (d) promote interdependence between people, communities, and the natural world by what and how they teach (content and pedagogical practice).
The Elementary Education program prepares professionals who are attentive to the needs of diverse students and supports specialization in one or more learner pathways (i.e., students who are learning English as a new language, students with gifts and talents, students with special needs). The Elementary Education plan of study outlines the required courses to complete the degree for licensure.
This program meets state and national licensure standards and is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the State of Indiana, State Board of Education. Admission to and successful completion of the Teacher Education Program (TEP) are required.
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