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Elementary Education

Elementary teachers have tremendous influence on the children they teach. The elementary education program will prepare you to become a teacher through a combination of classes with early and frequent field experiences. In addition to developing theoretical and practical knowledge, you will develop your sensitivity to diverse cultures, take responsibility for establishing a positive climate, respect students as individuals, treat students fairly, show concern for students’ well being, and demonstrate appropriate professional practice.

Two key themes (social justice and diversity, and K-12 STEM education) and four key strands (innovation, collaboration, advancement, and leadership) run through and guide the program.  Students who successfully complete all requirements of a teacher preparation program that is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Indiana Department of Education are eligible for licensure in the state of Indiana.

Once licensed, an elementary education graduate is qualified to teach all subjects to elementary students (kindergarten through 6th grade) in a public, private, or independent school. With 43 interstate licensing agreements, graduates will be able to teach almost anywhere in the country.

Plan of Study

Elementary Education Webpage

Transfer to Elementary Education

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.8


Contact Information

College of Education
(765) 494-2345
education-advising@purdue.edu

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Careers in Elementary Education

  •   Teacher
  •   Camp counselor
  •   Childcare worker
  •   Community services
  •   Graduate or professional school (e.g., child psychologist, education administrator, school counselor)

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