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 is comprised of the following:

In order to graduate, the student must have a total of 120 credit hours completed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 with a minimum grade of C+ in each EDUC course. All non-EDUC courses must have a grade of at least C. Progress towards the degree will be monitored by the faculty to insure each candidate has the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions required of a highly effective educator.

General Education Requirements (42-44 credit hours)

Content courses focus on the following: Communication Skills, Information Literacy, Quantitative Literacy, Critical Thinking, Cultural Diversity, Ethics and Civic Engagement, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities and Arts, and 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.

Go to General Education in this bulletin for a full list of IU Kokomo's General Education requirements. The School of Education may recommend certain courses from the General Education curriculum that will fit your degree. See an academic advisor for more details.

Additional General Education requirements will be met by specific EDUC courses as follows: Quantitative Literacy Statistics (EDUC-K 490), Critical Thinking (EDUC-P 255), Cultural Diversity (EDUC-M 300), and Ethics and Civic Engagement (EDUC-H 340).

Additional State standards are met by completing courses to cover the following areas: American History (EDUC-E 325), English/Language Arts (EDUC-E 339, EDUC-E 340, and EDUC-E 341), and Science/Health (EDUC-Q 200, EDUC-E 328, and EDUC-P 290).

Content Minor

Students choose from among the IU Kokomo approved minors list. The minor must have a minimum of 15 credit hours. The Indiana Department of Education and the IU Kokomo School of Education recommend minors in elementary content areas. The Special Education minor and the Early Childhood Education minor are options for the content minor. Successful completion of the Special Education minor will result in dual licensure in Elementary Generalist (K-6) and Exceptional Needs: Mild Intervention (P-12). Find the complete curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a content minor in Special Education in this bulletin listed as Special Education under Minors.

Professional Education Requirements

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 exceptional learners, 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.

Year One and Two Pre-Professional Courses: Freshman and Sophomore Years

(Minimum of 19 credit hours; 3 of the 19 credit hours also count toward General Education Requirements)

  • EDUC-F 205 (3)* Study of Educ/Prac of Teaching
  • EDUC-K 205 (3)* Intro to Exceptional Children
  • EDUC-M 311 (1) General Methods-Elem Educ
  • EDUC-N 102 (3) Math for Elem. Educ (P: M 105)
  • EDUC-P 251 (3)* Ed Psych for Elem. Teachers
  • EDUC-Q 200 (3) Intro to Scientific Inquiry
  • EDUC-W 200 (3) Using Computers in Education

*Expanded Criminal Background Check required. Details found on the IU Kokomo School of Education website.

Movement A (13-17 Credit Hours): Junior Year-Semester Five

Movement A can be started in either the fall or spring semester.

  • EDUC-E 339 Elementary Language Arts Methods (3)
  • EDUC-E 343 Elementary Math Methods (3) 
  • EDUC-M 300 Teaching in a Pluralistic Society (3)
  • EDUC-M 333 Elementary Art Methods (2)* (Offered in FA/SU only)
  • EDUC-P 290 Movement Experiences for P-6 children (2)
  • Any remaining general education or content minor courses remaining (3-4)
Movement B (14-17 Credit Hours): Junior Year-Semester Six
  • EDUC-E 325 Social Studies Methods (3)
  • EDUC-E 340 Elementary Reading Methods I (3)
  • EDUC-M 323 Elementary Music Methods (2)* (Offered in SP/SU only)
  • EDUC-X 460 Books for Reading Instruction (3) (Offered in SP/SU only)
  • Any remaining general education or content minor courses remaining (3)
  • Any remaining general education or content minor courses remaining (3)
Movement C (15-18 Credit Hours): Senior Year-Semester Seven
  • EDUC-E 328 Science Methods (3)
  • EDUC-E 341 Elementary Reading Methods II (3)
  • EDUC-H 340 Education and the America Culture (3)** (Offered in FA/SP/SU)
  • EDUC-K 305 Teaching the Exceptional Learner in Elementary (3)
  • EDUC-K 490 Assessment I (3)
  • Any remaining general education or content minor courses remaining (2-3)

*M 323 and/or M 333 may be taken in Movement A, B, or C and must be completed before Movement D.

**H 340 and/or X 460 may be taken in Movement B or C and must be completed before Movement D.

Movement D (15 Credit Hours): Senior Year-Semester Eight

  • EDUC-M 425 Elementary Education - Student Teaching (12)
  • EDUC-M 440 Student Teaching Seminar (3)

Prior to student teaching (Movement D) the student must:

  • apply for Student Teaching by stated deadline,
  • attempt required state-mandated pedagogy (Test Code-005),
  • pass Content Area Assessment (see below),
  • attend mandatory Student Teaching Orientation,
  • and successfully complete CPR-AED training, Universal Precautions, and Suicide Prevention Training.
Content Area Assessment (Passing scores required prior to Student Teaching)
  • Required Test: Elementary Education Generalist
  • Test Numbers: 060/061/062/063
  • Required Score: 220 on each sub-test
TEP Application Requirements
  1. Admitted to IU Kokomo as a degree-seeking student
  2. All Year 1 and 2 pre-professional courses have been successfully completed or currently in progress.
  3. State-mandated test (CASA) report documenting passing scores (Test Codes-001/002/003; Passing Scores-220) or acceptable alternative
  4. Expanded Criminal Background Check on file in the School of Education office
  5. Minimum Overall GPA of 2.65 (Fall 2017); 2.75 (Fall 2018); 2.85 (Fall 2019); 3.00 (Fall 2020).
  6. Completion of minimum 50 credit hours
  7. Completion of W 131, W 132, S 121, M 118
  8. TEP application submitted to the School of Education office with all necessary and required information by the deadline
TEP Application Deadlines
  • Fall semester admission due third Friday in April
  • Spring semester admission due third Friday in November

Applications are available on School of Education website under Resources.

PDF Version

Click here for the PDF version.