Elementary Education major
UIndy's Elementary Education program prepares you to teach all elementary grades from kindergarten through non-departmentalized sixth grade through a four-year liberal arts education. Our carefully-designed curriculum also allows you to earn a Mild Intervention (special education) and/or Teacher of Reading license for grades K-6.
UIndy is within a 15-minute drive of more diverse school settings than anywhere else in the state, including public, private, charter, multiage, Montessori, Reggio Emilia and International Baccalaureate schools.
- Small program where you'll work closely with faculty and develop a learning community among your classmates
- You'll get to work in a variety of school settings, starting right away during your freshman year through two semesters of student teaching your senior year
- Methods classes provide opportunities for you to practice instructional and assessment strategies with children using state-of-the-art technology
- On-site supervision of all field and student teaching experiences by faculty and classroom teachers to assist you in reflecting and developing self-awareness to improve your teaching skills
- A variety of volunteer and service opportunities that allow you to gain valuable experience with kids while also giving back to the community
Real Classroom Experience
At UIndy, we believe that in order to be a great teacher when you graduate, you need hands-on experience in schools throughout your college education. In our program, you'll be in classrooms beginning with your first semester of freshman year. Here's what to expect:
- Freshman year: You'll visit a variety of school settings and grade levels in the Indianapolis area to help develop your content knowledge and get a feel for what it's like to be a teacher. These structured classroom visits and follow-up seminars help you reflect on the complex issues related to teaching in the 21st Century.
- Sophomore year: You'll continue to observe in a variety of classroom settings as you explore how children grow, how learning occurs and how culture impacts one’s perceptions. You'll also begin teaching methods classes to learn the most effective ways to teach the many different students you'll encounter.
- Junior year: You'll be able to experience your teaching abilities first-hand through methods classes that are taught on-site in schools, which helps align content and methods you learn in class directly with children. For example, our students have had field experiences in several elementary schools helping to teach literacy classes and tutoring students in reading and math.
- Senior year: Your final two semesters will include two ten-week student teaching experiences in both primary and intermediate grade levels. You'll co-teach and apprentice in two distinct school settings in Indianapolis-area metropolitan and suburban classrooms. These student teaching experiences enable you to meet many new colleagues and prepare you to teach in your own classroom once you graduate.
To earn a reading license, you'll complete advanced work in the vital areas of reading assessment and instruction. You'll learn how to identify a student's strengths and weakness, design individualized instruction based on the student's specific needs, and measure the student's progress towards learning goals. During student teaching, you'll attend a specialized Reading Seminar and be mentored by teachers recognized for their expertise in reading instruction.
A Mild Intervention (special education) license gives you additional background and education to help you work with all types of learners. Because special education is a high-need area in many schools, this license may provide additional career options. This program offers you a variety of hands-on field experiences, and, since many of the requirements are already embedded into our curriculum, you'll take just three extra classes to obtain this credential.
Admission to the Program
You are formally admitted to the program after your sophomore year and satisfactorily completing several requirements, including prerequisite courses and a written case analysis and interview. Complete details are available in the Department of Teacher Education Handbook.
These curriculum guides outline the classes you'll need to take as an Elementary Education major. The general education curriculum guide lists your class options and requirements to fulfill UIndy's general education requirements, while the Elementary Education curriculum guide lists the classes needed to major in Elementary Education. You'll need to look at both guides to get a complete picture of what classes you'll take at UIndy.