School of Education

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

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. The Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education will comprise:

General Education Requirements—B.S. Elementary Education (51 cr.):
Content courses focus on the following: Communication Skills; Quantitative Literacy; Information Literacy; Critical Thinking; Cultural Diversity; Ethics and Civic Engagement; Social and Behavioral Science; Humanities and Arts; Physical and Life Sciences. All courses must have a grade of at least C. Students should plan their programs in consultation with an academic advisor and monitor their programs to ensure content requirements are met. Failure to do so will delay program completion.

Communication Skills and Information Literacy (9 cr.)
  • ENG-W 131 Elementary Composition I (3 cr.)
  • ENG-W 132 Elementary Composition II (3 cr.)
  • SPCH-S 121 Public Speaking (3 cr.)
Quantitative Literacy (12 cr.)
  • MATH-M 118 Finite Mathematics (3 cr.)
  • MATH-T 109 Mathematics for Elementary Education I (3 cr.)
  • MATH-T 110 Mathematics for Elementary Education II (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-K 490 Assessment I (3 cr.)
Critical Thinking (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-P 251 Elementary Educational Psychology (3 cr.)
Cultural Diversity (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-M 300 Teaching in a Pluralistic Society (3 cr.)
Ethics and Civic Engagement (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-H 340 Education and the American Culture (3 cr.)
Social and Behavior Science (6 cr.)
Two 3- credit hour courses, each from a different area: Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Political Science, and History (We advise taking a World History and either Sociology or Psychology)
  • HIST-H 113 History of Western Civilization I (3 cr.) or HIST-H 114 History of Western Civilization II (3 cr.) or POLS-Y 217 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 cr.) or POLS-Y 219 Introduction to International Relations (3 cr.)
  • PSY-P 103 General Psychology (3 cr.) or SOC-S 100 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr.) or SOC-S 101 Social Problems and Policies (3 cr.)
Humanities and Arts (7 cr.)
  • EDUC-M 333 Elementary Art Methods (2 cr.)
  • EDUC-M 323 Elementary Music Methods (2 cr.)
One course from the following:
  • Humanities (HSS-E 103: Note course counted only one time)
  • Any ENG-L course • Any PHIL course except PHIL P-150
Physical and Life Sciences (8 cr.)
One 5-credit hour course with a lab and one 3-credit hour course from a different area. (We advise a Biology course and a Geology course)
  • BIOL-L 100 Humans and the Biological World (5 cr.) or BIOL-L 105 Introduction to Biology (5) or BIOL-L 270 Humans and Microorganisms (3) or BIOL-L 370 Plants, Animals, and Civilization (3) or PLSC-B 203 Survey of the Plant Kingdom (5 cr.) or PLSC-B 364 Summer Flowering Plants (5 cr.) or ANAT-A 215 Basic Human Anatomy (5) or PHSL-P 215 Basic Human Physiology (5) or MICR-J 200 Microbiology and Immunology (3) or SSCI-E 105
  • GEOG-G 107 Physical Systems of the Environment or GEOG-G 315 Environmental Conservation

(3 cr.) or GEOL-G 100 General Geology (5 cr.) or GEOL-G 133 Geology of the United States or GEOL-G 400 Energy: Sources and Needs (3) or GEOL-T 312 Geology of Indiana (3 cr.) or SSCI-E 105

Content Minor (minimum 15 credit hours)

Student chooses among the IU Kokomo approved minors list. The Indiana Department of Education and the School of Education recommend minors in elementary content areas. A Special Education minor (23 credits) is also an option for the content minor. Successful completion of this minor will result in dual licensure in Elementary Generalist (K-6) and Exceptional Learners: Mild Intervention (K-6). Special Education required courses include:
  • EDUC-K 370 Language and Learning Disorders (3)
  • EDUC-K 343 Emotional and Behavioral Disorders I (3)
  • EDUC-K 352 Learning Disability Methods (3)
  • EDUC-K 495A Special Education Field Experience I (3)
  • EDUC-K 344 Emotional and Behavioral Disorders II (3)
  • EDUC-K 495B Special Education Field Experience II (3)
  • EDUC-K 361 Assistive Technology (2)
  • EDUC-K 362 Team Approaches to Educating Students with Disabilities (3)
Professional Education courses are intended to develop the knowledge, dispositions, and skills required for entry to the profession. The Pre-Professional courses are taken during the freshman and sophomore years and prior to formal admission into the Teacher Education Program (TEP). These courses develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that underlie all teacher education regardless of the developmental focus. These include inquiry, learning theory, introduction to special needs children, diversity, technology and general methods. Within the Professional Education component of the degree, there are both foundational and specialized requirements. During the junior and senior years, students must be formally admitted into TEP and complete all content courses, education courses, and program requirements assigned to Movements A-D. At Decision Points, faculty review and approval are required as conditions for program continuation.

Freshman and Sophomore Years - Year 1 and 2 Pre-professional courses
  • EDUC-F 205 Study of Education and the Practice of Teaching (3 cr. )
  • EDUC-K 205 Introduction to Exceptional Children (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-P 251 Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers with Field (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-Q 200 Introduction to Scientific Inquiry (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-W 200 Computers in Education (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-M 311 Elementary General Methods (1 cr.)
Junior Year - Fifth Semester (Fall or Spring) Movement A
  • EDUC-E 339 Elementary Language Arts Methods (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-E 335 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-M 300 Teaching in a Pluralistic Society (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-M 323 The Teaching of Music in Elementary Schools (2 cr.)*
  • HPER-P 290 Movement Experiences for P-6 children (2 cr.)
Junior Year - Sixth Semester (Fall or Spring) Movement B
  • EDUC-E 340 Elementary Reading Methods I (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-E 341 Elementary Reading Methods II (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-E 343 Mathematics in the Elementary Schools (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-H 340 Education and the American Culture (3 cr.)*
  • EDUC-M 333 Art Experiences for the Elementary Teacher (2 cr.)*
Senior Year - Seventh Semester (Fall or Spring) Movement C
  • EDUC-E 325 Social Studies in the Elementary Schools (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-E 328 Science in the Elementary Schools (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-K 305 Teaching the Exceptional Learner in Elementary (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-K 490 Assessment I (3 cr.)

*EDUC-X 460 Books for Reading Instruction (3 cr.)*

*May be taken during summer

Senior Year - Eighth Semester (Fall or Spring) Movement D (Successful scores on State required test(s) are required before entering Movement D)
  • EDUC-M 425 Student Teaching in the Elementary Schools (9 cr.) (Students choosing the Special Education minor will take EDUC-M 425 (5 cr.) and EDUC-K 488 Special Education Student Teaching (4 cr.)
  • EDUC-M 440 Teaching Problems and Issues (3 cr.)


  • EDUC-H 340 fulfills the IU Kokomo General Education Ethics and Civic Engagement Standard.
  • EDUC-M 300 fulfills the IU Kokomo General Education Cultural Diversity Standard.
  • EDUC-K 490 fulfills the statistical components of the IU Kokomo General Education Quantitative Literacy Standard.
  • EDUC-P 251 fulfills the IU Kokomo General Education Critical Thinking Standard.

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