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The School of Education prepares individuals to become professional teachers, counselors, school leaders, and advocates for their professions in a pluralistic society

Our dedicated faculty and staff value and promote diversity and inclusion. We prepare highly-skilled teachers, counselors, specialists, and leaders to meet the needs of our local and global communities. The School of Education enhances the quality of life of students and the community through collaborative, innovative, and accessible education in teaching, counseling, and leadership.

In our undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, students become analytical, competent, ethical, reflective, advanced practitioners, and leaders in school, mental health, and community settings that support research, life-long learning, and engaged citizenship.


The IU South Bend School of Education will engage the greater community to develop lifelong learners who embody traits necessary to become exemplary educators, counselors, and leaders in increasingly diverse contexts. In our nationally accredited programs, we will pioneer and promote caring, innovative, transformative, and evidence-based approaches to learning. Our programs of choice will be recognized for having a positive and lasting impact locally and globally.

Program Descriptions

The Department of Elementary Education and Special Education, and the Department of Secondary Education and Foundation Education, includes programs in elementary education, secondary education, and special education. Each program requires a certain number of clinical, field, and student teaching experiences. The programs are designed to meet the licensing requirements of the Indiana Department of Education, and can be completed in four years.

The Counseling and Human Services Department offer degrees in counseling with four specialty tracks in school counseling; clinical mental health counseling; addiction counseling; and marriage, couple, and family counseling. In addition, the program also offers a graduate certificate degree in alcohol and drug counseling and several licensure patches for those practitioners seeking additional licenses to practice in the State of Indiana.

The Educational Leadership program provides graduate education for those individuals interested in obtaining their Indiana principal's license. Extensive field experiences, authentic learning, and problem-solving exercises are integrated into each course. The program prepares candidates for leadership positions in P-12 schools.

IU South Bend offers degree programs leading to the following licenses:
Elementary Education
  • 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 education majors are required to complete one of the following concentrations:
  • exceptional needs
  • early childhood
  • English language learners

Secondary Education
  • 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 Intervention
  • 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.

P-12 Special Education majors are required to complete the following concentration:

  • Early Childhood

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

Counseling and Human Services
  • Prepares candidates for educational or clinical settings
  • Degrees and programs: clinical mental health counseling; school counseling; and addiction counseling

Educational Leadership
  • Prepares candidates to become principals and superintendents in P-12 schools

Candidates who would like more information about IU South Bend’s licensure programs should contact the Education Advising Office located in Education and Arts 2200.

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 Other Educational Institutions

Candidates 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 candidates by the Education Advising Office in Education and Arts 2200. 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 are 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 2200. 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 and Arts 2200.


Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA) is Indiana’s current licensing system. REPA prescribes how new educators will be prepared, and also affects how currently licensed educators can renew, add to, and professionalize their license. 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 and concentrations most in demand 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 and 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 2200.

Academic Bulletins

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2023-2024 Campus Bulletin
2022-2023 Campus Bulletin
2021-2022 Campus Bulletin
2020-2021 Campus Bulletin
2019-2020 Campus Bulletin
2018-2019 Campus Bulletin
2017-2018 Campus Bulletin
2016-2017 Campus Bulletin
2015-2016 Campus Bulletin
2014-2015 Campus Bulletin

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