Do you believe education is the key to a bright future for children? If you are curious, passionate about helping others, and believe knowledge has the power to change lives and the world in which we live, a career in education might be right for you.
As a student in the Indiana University Bachelor of Science (BS) in Elementary Education program at IUPUC, you can explore a range of elementary content areas to help you decide what kind of teacher you want to be. You can also choose to participate in a Global Gateway experience, spending part of a semester away from campus to gain an even more in-depth student teaching experience.
You will also work with exceptional educators in classrooms throughout the region. Observing real teachers in action and reflecting on different teaching and classroom management strategies, will help you get a better feel for the age groups of students you want to teach.
With mentoring from IUPUC faculty and the professionals you encounter as an education student, you will be well prepared with an excellent set of teaching skills and experiences upon graduation.
Because of this preparation, you will be competitive in the employment market. To increase your marketability, you can also pursue a license addition in subjects like English as a new language or special education.
At IUPUC, you can earn an Indiana University Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, which can lead to a generalist license to teach at the kindergarten through sixth-grade (K-6) level upon completion of all state-mandated licensing exams.
As an elementary education major, you will complete a concentration area meeting Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA), Common Core, and other standards. Available concentration areas include:
- English as a new language (K-6)
- Special education (K-6)
- English/language arts
- Science (general)
- Social studies
If you want to specialize in teaching middle, junior high, or high school students, you can complete a substantial portion of the required coursework to earn an Indiana University Bachelor of Science (BS) in Secondary Education at IUPUC.
If this is your goal, you will transfer to IUPUI, another IU campus, or another college or university to complete the remaining courses that are not currently offered in Columbus. Our academic advisors will work with you closely to develop a personal plan of study and timeline for the transfer.
As an education major at IUPUC, you will:
- Work one-on-one with faculty experts, developing collaborative relationships through mentoring and regular feedback—a critical component of your student experience.
- Interact with elementary students in local schools as early as your first semester. Our curriculum provides both observation and hands-on teaching experiences, meaning you will be exposed to a variety of educational settings before finishing your degree.
- Engage in research projects with faculty mentors who are expert in their fields and welcome your participation in their scholarly endeavors.
- Get involved in student clubs and organizations. You can choose from student government, our ambassador program, Kappa Delta Pi (an international honor society for education majors), the IUPUC chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), or dozens of other groups, including sports and intramural athletics.
The Division of Education at IUPUC is part of the Indiana University School of Education. Our elementary education program is nationally recognized, accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and approved by the State of Indiana. Our special education and English as a new language license addition programs are also nationally recognized by NCATE.
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