Elementary Education Degree

Elementary Education Degree

Does the thought of working alongside children all day make your heart sing? Tough to imagine doing anything other than working with kids? You need an elementary education degree from Indiana University Kokomo. The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education is known for high expectations, field experiences from your very first semester, and an environment built on the support of your cohort of peers and one-on-one work with professors just as passionate about teaching as you.

As you progress through the program, you will connect and grow with a close-knit group of future teachers from your first semester through graduation. During your time here, you’ll gain a variety of diverse field experiences in a variety of real-world settings, like one of the school districts in our CEP, to help prepare you to take over your own classroom. Upon completion of this program, you will be eligible to apply for licensure in elementary education to teach grades kindergarten through 6. 

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education leads to an Elementary Generalist license (K-6). Students will be admitted into the program in a cohort and will continue to move through the program with others who have begun the program at the same time. A minimum of 120 credit hours is needed for the degree. Students in this program will take general education courses set by the University, pre-professional courses such as the Study of Education and Practice of Teaching and Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers, courses to complete a content minor which vary depending on chosen minor, and professional education courses such as Elementary Art, Movement Experiences for P-6 Children, and Teaching the Exceptional Learner in Elementary.

To find out what the next four years might look like for this degree, fill out your information and follow the prompted steps to arrive at a sample degree map. For more information specific to you and your situation, please schedule a visit with an advisor today.

Please note, some of the pre-professional courses require an expanded criminal background check. Your academic advisor will be able to tell you which courses require it.

Criminal History Background Check Resources

To apply for your Expanded Criminal Background Check (ECBC) go to the CastleBranch website at https://www.castlebranch.com/sign-in and click on “Place Order”. Then type “ia30” into the Package Code Box and hit the “Submit” button.

Assessment information for this degree is available from our Assessment landing page.

Watch the Pettit School Education Video with Audio Description

Description of the video:

The screen is black and white and old-timey music plays. A teacher stands at the front of the classroom speaking to his students while students slouch in their desks.

“Okay, we’re going to get our workbooks out now so you can leave your books open ‘cause you may need to go back and process some of the information you just read.”

Screen switches to full color. Students face the camera and say in unison, “We’re not that kind of school! Petit Park rocks!”

Tara Kingsley, Assistant Professor, School of Education, speaks to the camera: “Petit Park is a one-to-one technology academy school so therefore all students at that elementary school either have a notebook for kindergarten, first, second grade and then third, fourth, and fifth graders actually have a laptop. Because they are fully immersed in technology, it becomes a part of the daily routine whether you’re teaching math, social studies, or science, or reading, they’re constantly using that technology to support their instruction. You will see IU Kokomo students using this technology with students and using it within their lesson plans.”

As Tara Kingsley and the narrator continue speaking, various teachers are shown interacting and working with students in the classroom setting at Pettit Park. 

Words appear on the screen and are read by the narrator: “Not only do IU Kokomo’s pre-service students work with Pettit Park’s students and new technology, they are also immersed from the start of their education in local schools.”

Tara Kingsley: “Students will leave the pre-service preparation program having approximately 200 hours of field exposure and field work before they even student teach. So it’s definitely an advantage for IU Kokomo that we place our students in the field and we place them in the field a lot.”

Ashley Spraker, Elementary Education, speaks to the camera and is shown working with students: “We work with students one-on-one, we work with them in small groups, we get to do assessments with them and just things that normal teachers get to do.”

The narrator reads the words on the screen: “And what do the students think of pre-service teachers?”

Paul Dorisse, Pettit Park Elementary, IU Kokomo Alumnus is shown speaking to the camera from his classroom: “They love it. They absolutely love it. They look forward to Tuesday every week, wondering when they’re going to be coming in. ‘Can I be with this person today? Can I be with this person today?’ It’s a constant struggle to let them share because they all want to be a part of that.”

As Paul Dorisse speaks, more scenes are shown of IU Kokomo pre-service teachers working with students in the classroom.

Kaden Stevenson, 5th Grade, and Sadie Walls, 5th Grade, speak to the camera at the same time: “’Cause they help us! Yeah, that! Because they help us! They read with us and they’re really nice. And they help us bring up our reading grade.”

Donte Brown, 5th Grade, speaks to the camera: “Yeah, they help us. They help all of us out a lot with our math and history and stuff.”

Erin Jones, 5th Grade, speaks to the camera: “They help us with adding and subtracting fractions because, like, I didn’t really understand it and Miss Jewell, she helped me understand it better.”

Tyler Keck, Elementary Education, speaks to the camera and is shown working with a student: They’re so much more different than the book, what the book says they’ll tell you what they’re gonna be, how they’re gonna be. But we are here right now; this is real world, this is how our classrooms are going to be set up. These are the students we’re going to encounter.”

Casey Hendricks, Pettit Park Elementary, IU Kokomo Alumna, speaks to the camera while scenes of IU Kokomo students helping a small group of students in the classroom are shown: “Most real-world things that they’ll learn is being in the classroom and seeing the diversity between students, diversity between teaching methods, and they can compare and contrast what they see and what they learn in the classroom on campus too.”

Allyson Jewell, Elementary Education, speaks to the camera: “Real-life application, I think, is the key. Here at IU Kokomo, they want you to have that experience with students and being in different school systems with different grade levels, it will prepare you.”

A small group of students with laptops look and wave at the camera and say, “At Pettit Park Elementary, we love IU Kokomo! Bye!”

The words, “For more information on the School of Education at Indiana University Kokomo, please visit: www.iuk.edu/education, Special thanks to Pettit Park Elementary, Produced by the Office of Media and Marketing Indiana University Kokomo, www.iuk.edu, Edited by Mike Glassburn, Music by: “Something Elated” by Broke for Free (http://brokeforfree.com/) ” appear on the screen as more students and pre-service teachers are shown working together on computers in the classroom.

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