Elementary education prepares the future teacher to teach reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, music, art, health and physical education. Thus, the focus is on general and professional courses in education rather than a concentration in a particular subject area.
Elementary education is the study of the teaching-learning process in relation to the academic, affective, social, cultural, moral and psychomotor development of children ranging in ages from approximately six to thirteen. The School of Education offers a program leading to the B.S. in Education in elementary education.
The elementary education major leads to Indiana’s teaching license for early and middle childhood, typically grades K-5. With additional hours students can add special endorsements which will permit them to teach special education (including emotionally handicapped, mildly mentally handicapped, and learning disabled) or junior high/middle school.
Ability to teach/train
Explaining ideas clearly
Writing and presenting
Dealing with parents or guardians
Ability to teach to different learning levels
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Your major is not your career. Of course it can be.
A chemistry major can become a chemist, a history major can become an historian. But it is much more likely that your career choices will be enormously varied, and not tied to a specific major at all.
The 21st century workplace will challenge you to have many different jobs and most probably multiple careers. Your major will provide you a broad range of skills which will enable you to stay marketable in the fast-changing work world.
As you explore majors, be sure and take advantage of the following areas: college course bulletin, professors, upperclassmen, college alumni, family, friends and your Career Development Center Networking Program -- most importantly, don't panic! We're here to help.
In addition to the majors listed at the right, IU Southeast offers a number of certificate programs and academic minors to help students round out or expand their academic profile.
Learn more about our certificate programs and minors.