Elementary Education

Introduce children to the pleasures of reading and writing, math, science, social studies, and the arts. As an elementary educator, you’ll learn about how children develop and learn, explore options for teaching a wide range of content areas, and develop the skills and knowledge to inspire lifelong intellectual curiosity in the students you teach.

Elementary Education Overview

This four-year program leads to certification in grades K through 6. You’ll receive a solid foundation in the theory and research that informs current elementary instructional methods, curricula, and assessment tools.

You'll have the option to choose a license addition area, which leads to an additional teaching certification. The license addition options provide more in-depth knowledge and skills in areas to strengthen your teaching, such as language or computer education, and provides you with more options to find a teaching position once you graduate. 

You can also choose to pursue a subject concentration in math, science, language arts, social studies, or fine arts. Your in-depth content area knowledge will prepare you to determine what content is worthwhile for elementary students and to design and teach course work in that area.

Student Teaching

The program culminates in a semester-long student teaching experience in a K-6 classroom. There, you'll prepare lessons and assess student performance under the guidance of a mentor teacher.

You can also take on additional field engagements as early as your sophomore year (depending on your admissions status) through our early field experiences program.

Degree Requirements

Download admission requirements and required course work for the Elementary Education degree program.

Elementary Education degree program

Transfer Single Articulation Pathway (TSAP) degree program

If you completed or will complete one of the Transfer Single Articulation Pathways (TSAP) degrees at either Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University prior to enrolling at Indiana University, you will use the following program sheets for the Elementary Education Degree program.


The Elementary Education program leads to one original license with two school settings: Elementary Primary and Elementary Intermediate. Your content field will be Generalist. Depending on your program of study, you may also pursue a license addition or a subject area concentration.

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Teaching All Learners: Exceptional Needs and Elementary Education

The Teaching All Learners program leads to certification for teaching both elementary education and special education in grades K through 6. More specifically, the program prepares you to teach in classrooms containing students with and without disabilities.

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