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The School of Education prepares professionals to be leaders in and beyond P-12 classrooms. In our initial programs, future teachers become classroom leaders who are competent, ethical, reflective, and ready to promote learning for a diverse student population. In our advanced programs, teachers, counselors, and principals build on these classroom leadership responsibilities to become advocates, decision makers, researchers, and partners in school and community settings.

Welcome to IU South Bend and the School of Education. We are happy that you have joined us as a new candidate (our term for a student in the School of Education). Our programs are designed to meet the licensing requirements of the Indiana Department of Education and to be completed in four years with summer coursework. All of our programs require spending time during the day in school settings in area classrooms. Our culminating experience requires a full-time student teaching experience. Candidates’ progress is monitored at three critical checkpoints during their programs. More information about these critical checkpoints is provided later in this section of the IU South Bend Bulletin.

IU South Bend offers degree programs leading to the following licenses:
  • Preparation to teach kindergarten through sixth grades utilizing developmental standards; early childhood and middle childhood or pedagogical/developmental standards for Elementary Education
  • Grade Levels: K-6
  • Content standards: elementary, primary generalist and elementary, intermediate generalist, or elementary generalist
  • Elementary majors are require to complete one of the following concentrations
  • English
  • mathematics
  • history
  • psychology
  • exceptional needs
  • early childhood
  • English learners
  • Preparation to teach grades 5-12
  • Developmental standards: early adolescence/adolescent, young adult Developmental /Pedagogical Standards— Secondary Education
  • Grade Levels: 5-12
  • Content standards: content area
Special Education: Mild Interventions
  • Coursework to teach either preschool through sixth grades can be added to our elementary major.
  • Developmental standards: early childhood and middle childhood or early adolescent and young adult or Developmental/Pedagogical Standards for P-12 All Grades.
  • The special education major prepares students for grade levels: P-12.
  • Content standards: teacher of students with exceptional needs.
Fine Arts: Vocal and General Music or Fine Arts: Instrumental and General Music, Fine Arts: Visual Arts

Preparation to teach vocal and general music or instrumental and general music is through the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts and the School of Education. Students must meet with advisors from both academic divisions during their program.

  • Grade Levels: P-12
  • Content standards: fine arts vocal and general music or fine arts instrumental and general music
  • Content standards: visual arts

Candidates who would like more information about IU South Bend’s licensure programs should contact the Education Advising Office located in Education and Arts 2003.

Admissions Policies and Procedures
Admission to IU South Bend and the School of Education

Individuals must first be admitted to IU South Bend to be eligible to register for classes. To learn more about admission requirements at IU South Bend visit the admissions website at, or contact the Office of Admissions. For questions regarding undergraduate degree programs or campus visitations, contact the Office of Admissions at (574) 520-4839. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs; contact Disability Support Services at (574) 520-4832.

Freshmen who apply to the School of Education must plan to attend a new student orientation to obtain information about policies and procedures and specific classes. Candidates admitted after new student orientation must schedule an appointment to meet individually with an academic advisor.

Admission from Other Schools within Indiana University As Well As Other Educational Institutions

Candidates, other than freshmen, registered in any other academic program of Indiana University or another educational institution, may apply for permission to transfer to the School of Education provided they are in good standing, have a minimum average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale), and have made arrangements to complete the specific courses required by the School of Education. All candidates are assessed according to the Unit Assessment System at three critical checkpoints.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program

As candidates approach the end of their education foundations courses and Checkpoint One, they must file a separate form for admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). These forms will be distributed in EDUC-M 311 Methodology for Kindergarten/Elementary Teachers and EDUC-M 314 General Methods for Senior High–Junior High/Middle School Teachers and EDUC- M 310 General Methods for special education majors by the Education Advising Office in Education and Arts 2003. In addition to the academic requirements described later in this section of the IU South Bend Bulletin, Checkpoint One assessments involve a review of various artifacts. These documents may be reviewed by faculty to determine if each candidate meets the standards necessary for admission into the Teacher Education Program. In order to be admitted to the Teacher Education Program at Checkpoint One, students must have a CGPA of 2.75.

Education Advising Office
Academic Advising and Program Planning

Academic advising is available from the Education Advising Office in Education and Arts 2003. Many advising options are available to education majors. Advisors meet with students during scheduled walk-in times to address small issues. Individual appointments may be made with advisors for an individual program review, group sessions are held as scheduled, and many materials are available at, the School of Education website. Candidates are strongly encouraged to meet with advisors frequently because degree programs are complex and subject to change. Entering candidates must attend a group or individual orientation session before they are allowed to register for classes. Candidates in another academic program who wish to seek teacher certification must meet with an advisor in Education an Arts 2003.


Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA) is Indiana’s newest licensing system. REPA makes changes for how new educators will be prepared, and it also affects how currently licensed educators can renew, add to, and professionalize their license.

Students who complete all coursework, and all other licensing requirements, prior to August 31, 2013 will be licensed under the previous rules known as Rules 2002. Students who complete courses or any licensing requirements at any point after August 31, 2013, will be required to meet requirements under REPA. The earliest a license can be renewed is 60 days prior to the license expiring. An expired license can be renewed at any time.

Candidates may apply for a license using a new online licensing system called “License Verification and Information System” (LVIS). Instructions for completing an online application and payment beginning May 2 will be posted on the state’s website at

Career Placement Information

Personnel in the Education Advising Office advise candidates concerning subject areas an concentrations most in deman by employers. IU Bloomington offers the opportunity to post credentials to potential employers. The Education Advising Office can assist you with this service.

Interviews with employers are arranged at IU South Bend each spring. Local school corporations within a 60-mile radius are invited to interview with graduating seniors and certification students. IU South Bend candidates may also participate in interviews at the Bloomington campus with school corporations from all over the country.

The Education Advising Office posts listings of job vacancies. Candidates are also eligible to receive a weekly national listing compiled by the Bloomington campus. Candidates may be contracted by the office about vacancies. Education candidates are encouraged to seek placement information and service from the IU South Bend Office of Career Services, located in the Administration Building.

Office of Student Teaching an Clinical Practice

Candidates complete a variety of field and clinical experiences as part of their required courses. These experiences require candidates to spend time in a variety of settings that serve diverse students and students with exceptionalities. All placements are made by the director of field and clinical practice in consultation with area schools. The director’s first priority is to obtain the best placements with master teachers. For some placements, candidates are given the opportunity to state preferences for placements although preferred locations cannot be guaranteed. Appointments can be made to meet with the director by visiting Education and Arts 2001.

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