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Licensure Programs

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.

Four strands run through and guide the program: diversity, technology, field experience, and performance assessment (including the use of electronic portfolios).  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.

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

Elementary Education (PDF)

Social Studies Education

Earn a degree in social studies education and put your interest in history, geography, politics, civics, and government to work. A social studies education degree will enable you to teach social studies at the secondary level (grades 5-12). Social studies education is an interdisciplinary integration of several social sciences including economics, government and citizenship, historical perspectives, psychology, and sociology.

Four strands run through and guide the program: diversity, technology, field experience, and performance assessment, including the use of electronic portfolios. 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, a social studies education graduate is qualified to teach social studies related subjects (i.e., economics, history, government, and citizenship) to secondary students in a public, private, or independent school. With 43 interstate licensing agreements, graduates will be able to teach almost anywhere in the country.

Career Opportunities
  • Camp counselor
  • Community services
  • Graduate or professional school (e.g., child psychologist, education administrator, lawyer, school counselor)
  • Historian
  • Teacher

Social Studies Education (PDF)

Special Education: Dual Licensure in Elementary Education and Special Education - Mild Intervention

A degree in special education enables you to meet the unique needs of individuals with disabilities. Special education majors are eligible for licensure in the area of special education: mild intervention. This enables them to serve children who experience mild emotional, learning, or intellectual disabilities at the preschool through grade 12 levels. During this program, you will learn to develop Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), use assistive technology, and develop instructional material and environmental modifications - all essential elements when teaching individuals with diverse needs.

Four strands run through and guide the program: (a) diversity, (b) technology, (c) field experience and (d) performance assessment, including the use of electronic portfolios. 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 Indiana.

Once licensed, a special education graduate is qualified to teach children who experience mild emotional, learning, or intellectual disabilities in grades P-12, including children with high functioning autism.

Career Options:

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

Special Education: Mild Intervention/Elementary Education (PDF)

Special Education: Mild and Intense Intervention P-12 (Beginning Fall 2016)

Special Ed - Mild and Intense Intervention P-12:
A degree in special education enables you to meet the unique needs of individuals with disabilities. Special education majors are eligible for dual licensure in the areas of special education: mild intervention and intense intervention, which enables them to serve children who experience mild to severe emotional, learning, or intellectual disabilities at the preschool through grade 12 levels.
During this program, you will learn to develop Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), use assistive technology and develop instructional material and environmental modifications - all essential elements for teaching individuals with diverse needs.
Four strands run through and guide the program: (a) diversity, (b) technology, (c) field experience and (d) performance assessment, including the use of electronic portfolios. 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 Indiana.
Once licensed, a special education graduate is qualified to teach children who experience mild to severe emotional, learning, or intellectual disabilities, including children on the autism spectrum.

Career Options:

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

Special Education: Mild and Intense Intervention P-12 (PDF) (Beginning Fall 2016)

Special Education: Mild Intervention P-12 (Beginning Fall 2016)

A degree in special education enables you to meet the unique needs of individuals with disabilities. Special education majors are eligible for licensure in the area of special education: mild intervention. This enables them to serve children who experience mild emotional, learning, or intellectual disabilities at the preschool through grade 12 levels. During this program, you will learn to develop Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), use assistive technology, and develop instructional material and environmental modifications — all essential elements when teaching individuals with diverse needs.

Four strands run through and guide the program: diversity, technology, field experience and performance assessment, including the use of electronic portfolios. 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 Indiana.

Once licensed, a special education graduate is qualified to teach children who experience mild emotional, learning, or intellectual disabilities in grades P-12, including children with high functioning autism.

Currently there is a severe shortage of qualified teachers in special education.

Career Opportunities

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

Special Education: Mild Intervention P-12 (PDF) (Beginning Fall 2016)

Minor

Global Studies Minor (PDF)  

Non-Licensure Programs 

General Education: Curriculum and Instruction

The curriculum and instruction major is for those interested in a career in the field of education but not necessarily classroom teaching. This major is non-teaching license program. It provides an educational leadership focus in an increasingly diverse, interconnected, and technology-rich world and values collaboration, community, diversity, global perspectives, inquiry, and reflection. Research on various aspects of educational practices is conducted and disseminated.  A focus on theory-into-practice leads to new discoveries in the teaching and learning process across a wide variety of educational contexts.  Sample signature areas of discovery include:

  • Challenges of acquiring academic language for English language learners (ELLs).
  • The Science Learning through Engineering Design (SLED) project.
  • Study abroad and internationalization efforts by colleges and universities.
  • Impact of technology on citizenship and citizenship education.
  • Postsecondary learner's development of mathematics content knowledge.

Four strands run through and guide the program: diversity, technology, field experience, and performance assessment (including the use of electronic portfolios).

Career Opportunities
  • Childcare worker
  • Camp counselor
  • Graduate or professional school (e.g., child psychologist, school counselor)
  • Policy maker
  • Researcher

General Education: Curriculum and Instruction (PDF)

General Education: Educational Studies

The educational studies major is for those interested in a career in the field of education but not necessarily classroom teaching. This major is a non-teaching licensure program that provides a strong background in educational theory, practice and research. Research is conducted and disseminated on varied educational aspects of teaching, learning, and human development through discovery, teaching and engagement activities. Sample signature areas of discovery include:

  • Using assistive technology to support school-based and community-based instruction for students with special needs.
  • Developing effective instructional strategies in mathematics problem solving for students with learning disabilities.
  • Developing identification tools and pedagogical models for underserved gifted and talented populations including students with diverse cultural backgrounds and children who live in poverty.
  • Supporting motivation for and learning of science in young children including children from diverse cultural backgrounds and those living in poverty.
  • Supporting students’ psychological well-being (e.g., coping with death and dying, suicide prevention, multicultural issues, adult attachment).

Four strands run through and guide the program: diversity, technology, field experience, and
performance assessment (including the use of electronic portfolios).

Career Opportunities
  • Childcare worker
  • Camp counselor
  • Graduate or professional school (e.g., child psychologist, school counselor)
  • Policy maker
  • Researcher

General Education: Educational Studies (PDF)

Learning Sciences in Educational Studies

The Learning Sciences in Educational Studies major is a non-licensure baccalaureate program that is designed to develop advanced knowledge and application of the science of learning in diverse educational settings and contexts. Graduates will learn to design and implement creative learning environments that:

  • Are based on current theoretical knowledge and research on best practices
  • Incorporate technological innovations in teaching and learning
  • Support learning in both formal and informal settings such as schools, museums, and community settings
  • Employ the principles of design-based educational research to study and evaluate educational practices and outcomes in formal and informal settings

The program provides cross-disciplinary training, integrating knowledge across the fields of cognitive science, educational psychology, measurement and research methodology, sociology, and anthropology, curriculum and instruction. Graduates will receive strong training in design-based research methodologies and will participate in structured practicum and internship experiences throughout their program. All students will complete a capstone project for their graduation portfolio.

Career Opportunities

  • Educational researcher/lab manager
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Educational programming for museums and informal settings
  • Adult learning
  • Educational publishing                 

Learning Sciences in Educational Studies (PDF)