School of Education
College of Professional Studies
Neff Hall 250 ~ 260-481-4146
The certification only program in elementary education is intended to prepare students for successful careers as teachers of children in elementary generalist (K-6) classroom settings. Candidates must demonstrate competencies in four content areas of Reading/English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science/Health/PE, and Social Studies/Fine Arts by passing content exams in each area prior to student teaching. Elementary Education students will also supplement their program with a Specialty Area in a concentration, dual license, or minor. See the list of options under the Specialty Area heading below. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, you are eligible to apply for an Indiana teaching license.
To earn the license in elementary education, you must satisfy the requirements of Purdue University Fort Wayne (Regulations) and the College of Professional Studies.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the certification only program in Elementary Education students will:
- Become more caring, humane and functional citizens in a global, multicultural, democratic society
- Improve the human condition by creating positive learning environments
- Become change agents by demonstrating reflective professional practice
- Solve client problems through clear, creative analyses
- Assess client performance, creating and executing effective teaching, counseling, and educational leadership by utilizing a variety of methodologies reflecting current related research
- Utilize interdisciplinary scholarship, demonstrating technology and critical literacies, and effectively communicating with all stakeholders.
Our education programs are currently NCATE accredited and we have applied for continued accreditation through CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) and nationally recognized as a high-quality program through the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI). Because of these statuses, students who meet specified requirements are eligible for the elementary education teaching license in the state of Indiana. Indiana holds reciprocal licensing agreements with other states.
- This program is available on campus
Declaring This Program:
- You must declare this program with the School of Education
Pre-Professional Education: 12 Credits
Professional Education: 49 credits
Requirements for Admission to Block 1:
1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college
2. Pass the Pearson CASA (Core Academic Skills Assessment) or one of the following alternative measures:
CASA = Reading (220) Writing (220) Math (220)
- ACT Composite score of 24 based on math, reading, grammar, and science
- SAT Combined score of at least 1100 on critical reading and math if taken prior to 3/1/16 or 1170 composite beginning 3/1/16
- GRE Combined score of at least 301 (after 8/1/11) or 1100 (prior to 8/1/11) on quantitative and verbal
- Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
- PPST (prior to 9-1-2013) Reading (176) Writing (172) Math (175) Composite (527)
3. Take Pearson content exams for elementary education generalist
4. Minimum 2.70 cum. GPA in Pre-Professional Education courses and completion of each course with grade of C- or higher.
5. Candidates may retake a Pre-Professional Education course only one time.
6. Pass a Criminal History Report. Criminal History Reports are valid for one year and will be repeated when necessary.
Block 1: 9 Credits
Courses in each Block are co-requisites to each other, so they must be taken together. Blocks must be taken in sequence of 1, 2, and 3.
Additional Required Courses: 8 Credits
These courses may be taken at any time during Blocks 1, 2, or 3.
Student Teaching: 12 Credits
Requirements for Admission to Student Teaching:
- Complete an application for student teaching and meet with the Director of Student Teaching ONE YEAR before intended student teaching semester. See Student Teaching Office for exact dates.
- Minimum 3.00 cum. program GPA
- Candidates may retake a Professional Education course only one time
- Pass a Criminal History Report. Criminal History Reports are valid for one year and will be repeated when necessary.
- Pass all Pearson content exams for elementary education generalist.
Must Select One of the Following 3 Options:
Option 1: No Dual License
Option 2: Dual License in Special Education or Early Childhood
Option 3: Dual License in English as a New Language
Total Credits: 62 (not counting a Specialty Area)
Requirements for Certification
- Completion of Student Teaching and all course requirements
- Minimum 3.00 cum. program GPA and completion of each course with grade of C- or higher
- Pass the Elementary Education Pedagogy test
- Provide evidence of CPR/AED/Suicide Prevention certification
- Apply for license
All elementary education candidates must complete one specialty area of a concentration, dual license, or an approved PFW minor. For an exception to any of these specialty areas, please see your advisor.
A concentration does not lead directly to a license in that area.
Exceptional Needs Education: 9 Credits
Language Arts Education: 15 Credits
Mathematics Education: 15 Credits
Science Education: 14 Credits
Social Studies Education: 18 Credits
A dual license does lead to a license.
Early Childhood Education: 21 Credits
English as a New Language: 21 Credits
Exceptional Needs - Mild Intervention: 21 Credits
Minors: Variable Credits
You may complete one of the following university minors:
Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Economics, English, Fine Arts, Folklore, French, Geology, German, History, Human Services, Journalism, Linguistics, Mathematics, Media Production, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Professional Writing, Psychology, Public Affairs, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, and Theatre.
Minors do not lead directly to licensure. See Undergraduate catalog Colleges for specific course requirements for each minor.