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Elementary Education

Candidates in the Elementary Education Program are enrolled in Purdue's College of Education. Candidates in this program progress through distinct blocks (generally paired courses), that build upon each other and culminate in student teaching. Four strands are prevalent in these performance based courses throughout the elementary education program. These strands are technology, diversity, portfolio and theory into practice.

Foundational Courses || Block III || Block IV || Block V

Foundational Courses

EDCI 205 - Exploring Teaching as a Career (3 credit hours)

  • Candidates are generally placed in pairs in classrooms in the local area
  • Candidates participate in the classroom experience for 14 - 16 hours, 2 hours per week

In addition to the conventional foundational courses, other alternatives are:

1. via the study abroad program in Honduras during Maymester. Click here to learn more: Study Abroad Honduras

2. through our partnership with Chicago Public Schools (HTML). For additional information, view this PowerPoint presentation (PPT).

Purpose of EDCI 205: To introduce the field of teaching by having the candidates examine issues from a teacher's perspective in a classroom setting.

List of schools that host EDCI 205 students and links to their websites: (PDF)

EDPS 265 Inclusive Classroom (3 credit hours)

A unique way to experience this course is via the study abroad program in India during a summer session. Click the following link for more details: Study Abroad in Ireland

  1. Candidates are placed in the local area individually or in pairs based on the cooperating teacher preference
  2. Candidates participate in the classroom experience for 14-16 hours, 2 hours per week.

A sincere effort will be made to place each candidate in a variety of grade levels during his or her early field experiences.

Purpose of EDPS 265: To explore the processes involved in student learning and the characteristics and needs of learners with exceptional needs and talents.

List of schools that host EDPS 265 students and links to their websites: (PDF)

All Teacher Education candidates who enrolled in EDCI 205 or EDPS 265 during the fall 2011 semester or later must complete the required Criminal Background Check (PDF) annually. You must have a valid, current Criminal Background Check on file during every semester in which you complete a course-related field experience placement. In addition, upon enrolling in either course during the fall 2011 semester or later, you must complete the required Self-Disclosure Statement (PDF) and submit it to the Office of Field Experiences.

Block III

*** Please note that a candidate must meet all of the Gate A requirements before he or she is eligible to take Block III***

[click on links for course syllabi in Adobe PDF]

EDCI 361 Social Studies in the Elementary School (3 credit hours)
EDCI 326 Literacy in the Intermediate Classroom (3 credit hours)

A unique way to experience Block III is via the study abroad program in Germany during Maymester. Contact Professor Chrystal Johnson for details.

1. Candidates are generally placed in groups of two or three in classrooms in the local area

2. Candidates participate in the classroom experience at a local school for 4 hours per week starting in week 4 of semester.

Purpose of Block III: To study how students learn to read and write and the teacher's role in this process and to allow students the opportunity to perform best practice strategies for social studies and literacy.

List of Block III schools and links to their websites. (PDF)

Block IV

[click on links for course syllabi in Adobe PDF]

EDCI 363 Literacy in the Elementary School II (3 credit hours) 
EDPS 430 Creating and Managing Learning Environments (3 credit hours) 

  1. Candidates enrolled in EDCI 363 are generally placed in groups of two or three in classrooms in the local area.
  2. For EDCI 363, candidates participate in the classroom experience 2 days per week for 2 hours each day. The experience generally begins the third week of the semester

Purpose of Block IV: EDCI 363 focuses on teaching students who experience difficulties acquiring literacy. 

EDPS 430 allows candidates to develop appropriate learning environments.

List of Block IV schools and links to their websites. (PDF)

Block V

[click on links for course syllabi in Adobe PDF]

EDCI 364 Math in the Elementary School (3 credit hours)
EDCI 365 Science in the Elementary School (3 credit hours)
EDCI 370 English as a New Language (3 credit hours)

1. For EDCI 364/EDCI 365, each candidatet visits a classroom 2 hours per week for 8 weeks.

2. For EDCI 370, candidates are placed for 4-5 mornings or afternoons in a local elementary school.

Purpose of Block V: EDCI 364/365 allows candidates the opportunity to perform best practice strategies for teaching math and science. EDCI 370 candidates focus on students who aren't fluent speakers of English.

List of Block V schools and links to their websites. ( PDF)




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