Elementary Education

Elementary Education

B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education

Get certified to teach grades K-6 with an option to concentrate in math, science, language arts, social studies, or fine arts.

You’ll receive a solid foundation in the theory and research that informs current elementary instructional methods, curricula, and assessment tools. Learn 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.

  • Admissions Requirements
    Direct Admit Scholars

    To be considered for direct admission into the School of Education, students must first be admitted to IU with an intended major within the School of Education. Students who meet the following qualifications are invited to apply to join the Direct Admit Scholars program:

    • A minimum SAT score of 1170 New SAT (or 1100 Old SAT) or a minimum ACT score of 24
    • A minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
    Certification from University Division

    Students should meet with a University Division advisor, who can provide guidance in meeting certification requirements. These requirements include:

    • An overall IU grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher
    • 30 credit hours of college level coursework completed
    • Completion of EDUC-G203: Communication for Youth Serving Professionals, with a grade of C or better. (Under certain circumstances, students may substitute another college level public speaking or interpersonal communication class.)

    Learn more about how to apply

  • Financial Aid

    We offer a range of scholarships for qualified students. Current students can be considered for most School of Education scholarships by completing one application each year.

    We also encourage students to visit Student Central for information about financial assistance.

    If you are a prospective student who applies to our Direct Admit Scholars program, you’ll be considered for scholarship opportunities as an entering freshman.

  • 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.

  • Licensing

    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.

    Learn more about applying for your initial license.

You may also be interested in pursuing a certification for teaching both elementary education and special education in grades K through 6. The B.S.Ed. in Special Education/Elementary Education (Teaching All Learners) program prepares you to teach students with and without disabilities.