Degrees & Programs

Elementary Education

You can make a daily difference in the lives of young students and nurture a lifelong passion for discovery. At the IU School of Education, we help passionate and committed individuals become the kinds of teachers that students will remember for the rest of their lives.

Overview

Our elementary education program–ranked #8 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report—has produced many of Indiana’s best teachers. Whether you’re entering the field of education, want to build upon your skills and knowledge as a practicing educator, or plan to pursue a career as an education policy maker or researcher, we offer the right degree for you.

Degrees

The IU School of Education offers the following degrees and licensure programs in elementary education:

Elementary Certification Master’s Program

Make the transition into a new career as a K-6 educator. Earn your teaching license and master’s degree in elementary education simultaneously and gain real-world classroom experience. This 37-hour, cohort-based program combines course work with field experience and one-on-one mentorship. The program is designed to develop, support and promote thoughtful, innovative practices and reflective teaching in elementary schools. You can earn an elementary teaching certificate after three academic semesters, and one summer session of coursework.

Cohorts begin in the fall semester and are limited to 18 - 24 students per year. You will take classes with the members of your cohort and work with mentor teachers in elementary classrooms at least one day each week for the first academic year. You will also complete a 15-week student teaching experience in the second fall semester of the program. During your student teaching experience, you will work in schools five days per week.

Courses are taken in three consecutive semesters. Courses are offered only once each academic year so it is critical to follow the program schedule for our cohort. You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution to enroll.

This program has replaced the Elementary Transition to Teaching program.

Elementary Certification Master’s Program (ECMP)

Brochure

Program of Studies

Degree Requirements

Complete course descriptions and detailed degree requirements may be found in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

Timeline

  • First semester (Fall): Education L545, E543, E548, E555, and M501
  • Second semester (Spring): Education Z501, E547, L549, L559, and M501
  • Summer (Choose one): P510, P515, P530, or P540
  • Third semester (Fall): Education E579, E594, and M550

Major (37 cr.)

  • L549 Advanced Study of Reading and Language Arts (K-3)
  • E548 Advanced Study in the Teaching of Science
  • E543 Advanced Study in the Teaching of Mathematics
  • M501 Laboratory/Field Experience and Seminar
  • L545 Advanced Study of Reading in the Elementary School
  • Z501 Art Methods for Educators
  • E547 Experience in Elementary Social Studies Curriculum
  • M550 Practicum (Student Teaching)
  • E594 Seminar in Elementary Education
  • E579 Inquiry in Elementary Education
  • E555 Human Diversity in Education
  • L559 Trade Books in the Elementary Classroom
  • Choose one of the following:
    • P510 Psychology in Teaching
    • P515 Child Development
    • P530 Instructional Psychology
    • P540 Learning and Cognition in Education
M.S.Ed. in Elementary Education (Elementary Education Track)

Experienced teachers can enhance their knowledge and skills through the General Elementary Education track of the M.S. in Elementary Education. In this 36-hour program, students will:

  • Reflect on teaching practices
  • Explore current theories of learning and instruction
  • Examine the social and cultural contexts of contemporary schools
  • Analyze the issues that affect curriculum development
  • Undertake advanced course work in individual content areas

The program includes either a thesis or practicum project based on research conducted in students’ own classrooms.

M.S. in Elementary Education 

Brochure
Program of Studies

Degree Requirements

Complete course descriptions and detailed degree requirements may be found in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

Major (12 cr.)

  • J500 Instruction in the Context of Curriculum
  • E535 Elementary School Curriculum (or equivalent)
  • Two of the following courses (or equivalent courses as approved by your faculty advisor):
    • E543 Advanced Study in the Teaching of Mathematics in the Elementary School
    • E547 Elementary Social Studies Curriculum
    • E548 Advanced Study in the Teaching of Science in the Elementary School
    • E595 Problem Analysis in Elementary Education: variable title
    • L545 Advanced Study in the Teaching of Reading in Elementary Schools
    • J511 Methods of Individualizing Instruction

Foundations (3 cr.)

Choose one of the following courses:

  • H504 History of American Education
  • H520 Education and Social Issues
  • H530 Philosophy of EducationH540 Sociology of Education
  • H560 Education and Change in Societies
  • P510 Psychology in Teaching
  • P515 Child Development
  • P516 Adolescent Development
  • P540 Learning and Cognition in Education
  • P544 Applied Cognition and Learning Strategies

Electives (15 cr.)

Select courses from inside or outside the School of Education. Courses selected must complement your program and be approved by your advisor. General Elementary course selections are open.

Thesis, Practicum, or Other (6 cr.)

  • X599 Master’s Thesis in Education
  • J538 M.S. Practicum/Internship
  • Other courses approved by your faculty advisor.
Ed.S. in Elementary Education

The specialist student in elementary education can prepare for a position as a classroom teacher in elementary or early childhood education, supervising teacher, supervisor of elementary instruction, or director of elementary curriculum.

To obtain any of these licenses, a student must be eligible to hold a valid elementary school teaching license in Indiana.

Personalized programs may be planned for careers in related educational fields such as curriculum development with the state or federal government or with commercial publishing companies.

Degree Requirements

Complete course descriptions and detailed degree requirements may be found in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

Major (24 cr.)

This is the area of specialization. Eighteen of these credit hours must be taken at the Bloomington or Indianapolis campus. Each program area office has a document that specifies courses to be taken in this category.

Minor (9 cr.)

The minor area should complement the major, and should consist of courses that in combination form a cohesive entity. The minor courses must be outside of the major area of study and may be from inside or outside the School of Education. The minor committee member must approve the selection of courses in this category.

Research/Inquiry (3 cr.)

See a list of approved inquiry courses »

Substantive Core Perspective (9 cr.)

The substantive core perspective is intended to add breadth to programs and to insure exposure to educational foundations. The following are examples of appropriate areas of study within the substantive core perspective: history, philosophy, and sociology of education; anthropological, economic, and political perspectives of education; curriculum theory. A list of approved courses is available in the Education Graduate Studies Office in Bloomington. Six credit hours of the substantive core perspective must be in areas outside the major.

Electives (20 cr.)

Elective courses must be approved by the advisory committee. They must be relevant to the program. A total of 21 credit hours in each Ed.S. program must be taken outside the major area.

Capstone Project or Comprehensive Examination

A substantial project or a comprehensive examination constitutes the culmination of the Ed.S. program. A project normally requires a written manuscript describing the project.

Practical Experience

Ed.S. students must have demonstrated successful practical experience in order to be eligible for graduation. This experience may be in the form of work experience prior to or during the program of studies, or it may be accomplished through practicum and internship courses taken during the program.

Final Meeting

A final meeting of the advisory committee is required, wherein the student's entire program, including the project manuscript or comprehensive examination results, are reviewed. If the committee is satisfied that all program requirements have been successfully completed, the student is recommended for graduation.

Ed.D. in Curriculum Studies (Elementary Education Track)

Educators whose primary focus is elementary-level curriculum development, rather than research, should consider the Ed.D. in Curriculum Studies. While research is still a significant emphasis of the program, the goal of the Ed.D. is to enhance your skills as a practitioner.

The Ed.D. is also a a good choice for students who completed their master’s degree studies more than five years ago, since older course work cannot be applied toward the degree.

Download the Curriculum Studies doctoral program guide »

Degree Requirements

Complete course descriptions and detailed degree requirements may be found in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

At the completion of your course work and before you begin your dissertation, you will need to pass a qualifying exam, in the form of portfolio of work and an oral examination.

Inquiry Core (9 cr.)

The inquiry core includes a survey course in research methodologies and beginning courses in statistics, measurement, program evaluation, or in ethnographic, qualitative, quantitative, and historical research methods. See a complete list of approved inquiry core courses from the Office of Graduate Studies.

Major (27 cr.)

At least three (3) credit hours must be in an inquiry linkage course. (No early inquiry experience course is required.)

Minor (9 cr.)

At least nine (9) credit hours of course work will be taken in an area of study outside of elementary education. The minor must complement the major. The committee member representing the minor field must approve the selection of courses in the minor area. An interdepartmental/interdisciplinary minor is also possible. In this case, the student must submit a written description of the theme of the minor, an explanation of the contribution of each course to that theme, and a rationale for the selection of the minor representative.

Electives (9 cr.)

Dissertation (6 cr.)

The focus of the dissertation is on data collection and analysis for the purpose of answering practical questions in the field. Course work will include:

  • At least three (3) credit hours of J795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation
  • At least six (6) credit hours of J799 Doctoral Thesis in Curriculum and Instruction/li>
Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies (Elementary Education Track)

If your goal is to focus on research in elementary education, the Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies prepares you to teach at the university or college level.

This 90-credit hour program prepares you to conduct original research on elementary education, including how to assess student performance, curriculum development, and the use of technology in elementary school classrooms.

Master’s course work more than five years old may not always be applied to the degree, so check with your academic advisor about whether previous course work may apply toward the degree requirements below.

Download the Curriculum Studies doctoral program guide »

Degree Requirements

Complete course descriptions and detailed degree requirements may be found in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

At the completion of your course work and before you begin your dissertation, you will need to pass a qualifying exam, in the form of portfolio of work and an oral examination.

Inquiry Core (9 cr. minimum)

The inquiry core includes a survey course in research methodologies and beginning courses in statistics, measurement, program evaluation, or in ethnographic, qualitative, quantitative, and historical research methods. See a complete list of approved inquiry core courses »

Major (36 cr.)

At least six (6) credit hours must be in inquiry linkage courses, including an early inquiry experience.

Minor (12 cr.)

At least twelve (12) credit hours of course work will be taken in an area of study outside of elementary education. The minor must complement the major. The committee member representing the minor field must approve the selection of courses in the minor area.

An interdepartmental/interdisciplinary minor is also possible. In this case, the student must submit a written description of the theme of the minor, an explanation of the contribution of each course to that theme, and a rationale for the selection of the minor representative.

Electives (up to 27 cr.)

This category can include foundations courses, minor course work, or inquiry course work.

Dissertation (15 cr.)

  • At least three (3) credit hours of J795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation
  • At least twelve (12) credit hours of J799 Doctoral Thesis in Curriculum and Instruction
Faculty

Our elementary education faculty offers a broad range of expertise in reading, science, mathematics, and social sciences education. As scholars, they’ve produced groundbreaking research on topics ranging from teacher training to improving literacy rates for multicultural students. As educators, they have served as mentors to many of Indiana’s best teachers.

  • Donna Adomat, Associate Professor of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
  • Valarie Akerson, Professor of Science Education
  • Sharon Daley, Clinical Assistant Professor of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
  • Jesse Goodman, Emeritus
  • D.Ted Hall, Assistant Professor of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
  • Carol-Anne Hossler, Clinical Associate Professor of Elementary Education
  • Peter Kloosterman, Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Chair for Teacher Education; Professor of Mathematics Education
  • Diana Lambdin, Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Chair for Teacher Education (2005-2010) and Emerita Professor (Mathematics Education and Teacher Education)
  • Mitzi Lewison, Professor of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
  • Terrence Mason, Professor of Curriculum Studies and Associate Vice Provost for Social Science Research
  • Leana McClain, Senior Clinical Lecturer
  • Carmen Medina, Associate Professor of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
  • Meredith Park Rogers, Associate Professor of Science Education
Careers

IU graduates make up one third of newly licensed teachers in Indiana each year. To help you find a position that fits your skills, content area, and interests, our School of Education career counselors are available to:

  • Develop effective resumes and cover letters
  • Improve your networking and interview skills
  • Interview with prospective employers at education job fairs
Contact
For further information about the Elementary Certification Master's Program (ECMP),
please contact:
 

Valarie Akerson, Program Co-Director
Professor, Science Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
W.W. Wright Education Building, Room 3070
201 North Rose Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-1006
Phone: (812) 856-8140
Email: vakerson@indiana.edu

Melissa Keller, Program Co-Director
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
W.W. Wright Education Building, Room 3260
201 North Rose Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-1006
Phone: (812) 856-8188
Email: mgkeller@indiana.edu

For further information about the  M.S. in Elementary Education (Elementary Education Track), please contact:
 

Meredith Park Rogers, Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Science Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
W.W. Wright Education Building, Room 3072
201 North Rose Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Phone: (812) 856-8168
Email: mparkrog@indiana.edu

For further information about the Ed.S. in Elementary Education, Ed.D. in Curriculum Studies (Elementary Education Track), and Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies (Elementary Education Track), please contact:
 

Keith C. Barton, Program Coordinator
Professor of Education in Curriculum Studies
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
W.W. Wright Education Building, Room 3234
201 North Rose Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Phone: (812) 856-8058
Email: kcbarton@indiana.edu