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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 six 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.

Block I || Block II || Block III || Block IV || Block V

Block I

EDCI 205 - Exploring Teaching as a Career (3 credit hours)
EDCI 285 - Multiculturalism and Education (PDF)(3 credit hours)

  1. Candidates are generally placed in pairs in elementary classrooms in the local area

  2. Candidates participate in the classroom experience for 14-16 hours, 2 hours per week

Criminal Background Check Policy

All Teacher Education candidates who enrolled in Block I 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 Block I 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.

In addition to the conventional Block I courses, unique ways to experience Block I 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 Block I: To introduce the field of teaching by having candidates examine issues from a teacher's perspective, and focus on how and why multiculturalism influences education.

List of Block I schools and links to their websites: (PDF)

Block II

*** A candidate must meet all of the Gate A requirements before he or she is eligible to enroll in Block II.***

EDPS 235 Learning and Motivation (3 credit hours)
EDPS 265 Inclusive Classroom (3 credit hours)
Block II Recitation Syllabus

A unique way to experience Block II 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 vary the grade levels for Block I and Block II placements.

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

List of Block II schools and links to their websites: (PDF)

Block III

*** Please note that a candidate must meet all of the Gate B 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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