Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Elementary Education

Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Elementary Education

Maybe you’ve always thought about becoming a teacher in the back of your mind. Maybe you went a different path and worked in the private sector of some kind but always thought it might be nice to come back and share what you’ve learned with the next generation. If you have already completed a bachelor’s degree but are interested in teaching at the elementary or secondary level, we offer postbaccalaureate study in education at Indiana University Kokomo.

The post-baccalaureate certificate is designed for those who already possess an earned bachelor’s degree but are looking to become a licensed educator for the K-6 setting. This certificate leads to licensure as an elementary generalist. Upon completion of this program, you’ll have the solid foundation you need to begin making a difference in your own classrooms. To qualify for this program, you must have:

  • An earned bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Passing scores on the Indiana Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) exams or an earned master’s degree or scores meeting the program’s required scores on the ACT, SAT, or GRE
  • An expanded criminal background check

Upon completion of this program, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to become an effective educator including knowledge of curriculum, instructional practices, assessment, and professionalism in your chosen content area.

For the most current requirements for these programs, please visit our Academic Bulletin.

Ready to make a change?

If you’ve decided it’s time to make a change and become a teacher, IU Kokomo is here to help. If you have questions about the licensing exams and requirements for licensure following this program, we can help! Don’t hesitate to reach out to our admissions office to get started. If you have questions about the program, the School of Education faculty and staff are happy to chat with you.

Watch the School of Education Video with Audio Description

Description of the video:

Carrie Kelly Video Transcript

The words, “Indiana University Kokomo, Fulfilling the Promise,” fill the screen.

Carrie Kelly: “On your marks…get set…go!”

Students gather around the teacher who holds her arms up as she counts down to a start time. They stand around a platform where two battle bots with balloons on top are.

Students cheer and yell, “Go!”

Two students use remote controls to move the battle bots around the platform as other students watch intently and cheer.

Three students sit around a desk to work on the bots while being interviewed.

Student is interviewed: “It’s amazing! She’s one of the most funniest and best teachers in the school besides Mr. Harts but, she’s a really good teacher. Man, like…there’s not even any words that you can use to describe…that’s how good of a teacher she is.”

Videographer asks: “What’s been your favorite experience from this class so far?”

Students in unison: THIS!

A wipe-off board with the words, “I Can…” at the top is shown as Carrie talks.

Carrie Kelly: “Alright, so today’s ‘I can’ statement…I can use the design process to build a battle bot. So…what is design process? Someone tell me what the design process is. Yes?”

Carrie Kelly stands in the front of her classroom where students sit in groups in front of her.

Carrie Kelly talks to the camera: “We had previously been working on coding and working and programming a robot and we were working with the sphero. The sphero is the round robot.”

Various groups of students gather around desks to work with school supplies on the desk.

Carrie Kelly’s voiceover: “And so I was taking that as an extension after doing that and we are now going into the design process and the engineering of it and letting the kids get creative and build their own robot. And then next week, we’re going to battle them, so they can battle the bots and see who wins and see if they spent their money and stayed in budget and what designs worked, what designs didn’t work and go back a few weeks and they’ll make design changes.”

Carrie Kelly speaks to her students again: “There’s two ways to win next Thursday. You might win by winning all the battles. That’s awesome, but I am also having a group might win for the most creative design and spending the least amount of money.”

Carrie Kelly being interviewed: “I’ve wanted to be a teacher since, my parents say since the day I was born. I mean, I came out wanting to be a teacher. I can’t imagine doing anything else but that. My focus was just general education and I taught general education prior to being the STEM teacher here. I kind of was recruited for being kinda geeky. [laughter] Because I just love robots and I love coding and I like tech stuff so I kind of was roped into this. This is something new in education.”

As Carrie continues speaking, it shows her sitting down and working with some of her students at their desk, shows her students testing their bots on a platform, and shows Carrie helping her students install things on their bots.

“Education is evolving, always. Always expect the unexpected. And you’re always going to have to be prepared for the changes. It’s never going to be what you expect, so I’ve learned that from being at IU Kokomo. I’ve learned that it’s always going to change. And it has. It’s…it’s…education is changing even in the short period of time I’ve been teaching. I know that it’s…I’m not always going to be doing the same thing every year. And

Ready to begin your journey?