Why Study Elementary Education?

The Elementary Education Program provides IU Southeast candidates instruction and best practices for teaching school age children, usually those students who are in kindergarten up to sixth grade. Candidates explore a variety of subjects and will progress through program in cohorts.

The IU Southeast School of Education offers interested candidates a program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. The B.S. in Elementary Education leads to an Indiana's teaching license for grades K-6. Candidates who earn their B.S. can also receive licensing through the state of Kentucky; however, some additional coursework may be required.

Candidates can expect to take four sequential full-time semesters in order to complete the program. The Elementary Program candidates will progress together in cohorts throughout the program. They will explore a variety of subjects including art, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and professional education. Candidates who do not move through subsequent method blocks with their original cohort may only enter a later cohort if space permits.

  1. General Education —These requirements meet the campus-wide general education requirements.
  2. Content —These requirements meet the need for elementary teachers to have a broad range of content knowledge.
  3. Professional and Pedagogical Studies —Students complete courses and experiences leading to successful demonstration of what elementary school educators need to know and be able to do.

Elementary Education Transition to Teaching Program

The Elementary Education Program also offers candidates who already hold a Bachelor’s Degree a “fast-track” certification-only program through the Transition to Teaching Program.

Elementary Education Program Graduates have an incredible opportunity to teach young people academic and life skills that will impact generations to come.

  • Candidates are encouraged to complete most of the general education and content requirements before applying for admission into the Elementary Education Program.
  • Attend an Application Orientation Session-held at various times during the beginning of the semester.
  • Application Deadlines: October 15 and February 15

    Applications submitted by October 15: Applicant will be considered for the Spring Cohort.

    Applications submitted by February 15: Applicant will be considered for the Fall Cohort.

  • Candidates accepted into program will be reviewed by the Elementary Education faculty and will receive a formal letter of acceptance in the mail. See Application Review Criteria under Forms and Manuals for more information.
  • The Elementary Education Program accepts no more than 50 candidates each fall and spring semester. These candidates include both the Elementary Education Program and the Special Education Program.
  • Candidates accepted into the Elementary Education Program will be required to complete four major summative decision points. See the Program Manual for specifics on each decision point.

Transfer Candidates

Candidates transferring to IU Southeast from other institutions with fewer than 26 credit hours are advised by personnel in the Academic Success Center. They may be reached at (812) 941-2243.

Candidates with fewer than 26 credit hours
Ms. Vicki Prince
Phone: (812) 941-2386

Candidates transferring with 26 or more credit hours
Dr. Barbara Thompson-Book
Phone: (812) 941-2563

Candidates must submit a formal petition requesting transfer courses be counted upon acceptance into the program. IU Southeast candidates who are transferring from another IU Southeast school/program need to use these same procedures.

Admission Requirements

  1. Have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  2. Completed or be enrolled in all required Language Arts content courses.
  3. Have passing scores on the Praxis 1.
  4. Including current application semester enrollment, candidates must have at least 55 credit hours towards their general education requirements as outlined by the Elementary Education Program checksheet.

Please see the Bulletin for more detailed information


The IU Southeast School of Education has a performance-based assessment system. Adapted from Danielson [1996] and based on INTASC principles and standards from the Indiana Department of Education's Office of Educator Licensing and Development, The Elementary Education Program Standards form the foundation for the evaluation of candidates seeking licensing in Elementary: Primary and Elementary: Intermediate.

Required for certification, but not program completion, are state-mandated tests administered through the Educational Testing Service. Go to ETS to register.

Indiana requires:

#0011, Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and
#0300, Reading Specialist.*

*The Indiana Professional Standards Board recently approved Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5031) as the new test for Elementary Education licensure. The test will first be administered in December 2011. It is a computer-delivered test, and is not offered on paper. Beginning in December 2011, candidates will have a choice of taking Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5031) OR taking both Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (5011/0011) and Reading Specialist (0300). Beginning September 1, 2012, only the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5031) test will be accepted.

See all IN tests and passing scores at: Indiana Praxis Requirements.

Kentucky requires:

#0014, Elementary Education: Content Knowledge and
#0522, Principles of Learning and Teaching, K-6.

See all KY tests and passing scores at: Kentucky Praxis Requirements.

While NOT a program completion requirement, IN requires all persons who apply for an initial educator's license to provide proof of CPR/AED certification, earned through an approved provider.

The Elementary Education Program contains...

Program Standards and Principles

The Elementary Education Program Standards incorporate the INTASC Principles and Indiana Office of Educator Licensing and Development standards for Elementary: Primary and for Elementary: Intermediate. There are five standards each with approximately six components or indicators that the standard is met.

Program Evaluation Rubrics

Each component/indicator from the Elementary Education Program Standards is evaluated using a rubric with specific descriptions of three scores or achievement levels: Unacceptable, Basic, or Proficient. "Proficient" is the target that all candidates should achieve.

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