Mar 05, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

School of Education

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School of Education
College of Professional Studies

Neff Hall 250 ~ 260-481-4146

Faculty and Staff Contacts

Dr. Jim Burg ~ Dean
Dr. Terri Swim ~ Associate Dean
Dr. Isabel Nunez ~ Chair
Mr. Jim Beard ~ Advisor
Mrs. Meg Underwood ~ Advisor
Mrs. Cheryl Wolever ~ Department Secretary
Mrs. Melinda Woods ~ Advisor Secretary

Procedures for Declaring or Changing Majors:

Current students wishing to declare or change majors to one of the following programs of study should contact the School of Education secretary at 260-481-4146 or stop by the office in Neff Hall 250 and inform the secretary of your intent to declare or change your major.  The secretary will then submit appropriate paperwork to the Registrar’s Office on your behalf.  The process usually takes one to two weeks before you will see the switch on your myBLUEprint.

The School of Education offers B.S.Ed. degrees in early childhood education, elementary education and secondary education.





Early Childhood:  

Licensure (Preschool-3rd Grade) - 4-year option  
Licensure (Preschool-3rd Grade) - Transfer option*  
Non-Licensure (Birth-Age 5) - Transfer option*  

*These programs require an A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education prior to transferring into this PFW program.


Elementary Generalist (K-6)  



    Elementary Education with a concentration in Education Policy (non-licensure)      




Secondary:   Middle School Generalist (5-9)      

Select two content area concentrations:
Language Arts
Social Studies

    Middle School/Jr. High and High School (5-12)       

Select one content area major:

Biology   (Life Science)
Earth and Space Science
: This program is currently under revision.  See your advisor in the College of Education and Public Policy for more details.
English   (Language Arts)
History (B.A.)   (Social Studies) Must also complete a minor in one of the following:


    Secondary Education with a concentration in Education Policy (non-licensure)      

The following content areas may also be added to any of the majors listed above

English as a New Language (certificate)  
Exceptional Needs-Mild Intervention (minor)  

French (minor)  
In addition the following teaching majors are available at PFW through the College of Visual and Performing Arts:
Art Education  
Music Education  

Special Academic Regulations for Students in the School of Education

Professional Education

Students are usually admitted to Professional Education (Block 1) courses beginning their junior year.

There are a number of academic regulations for students seeking admission to the Professional Education program. They include the following:

  1. pass the Pearson CASA Basic Skills Assessment or alternative measure
  2. for early childhood degree completion majors only, completion of an A.S. in early childhood with a minimum of 3.0 GPA
  3. completion of all Pre-Professional Education classes
  4. complete at least 45 credit hours with a minimum 2.70 cumulative GPA (PFW); 2.70 cumulative GPA in your major course work with at least 50% completed in major (secondary) “as defined below under the Graduation heading”
  5. successfully complete all program assessments
  6. pass a Criminal History Report
  7. students may repeat a Pre-Professional Education course one time.

Student Teaching

Below are the requirements for entering into the student teaching semester:

  1. complete an application for student teaching and meet with the Director of Student Teaching ONE YEAR before intended student teaching semester (Fall: meet Sep-Nov; Spring: meet Feb-April).
  2. submit and pass a Safe Hiring Solutions Criminal History Report
  3. must have no more than 6 credit hours of general education or specialty area/major courses remaining before student teaching
  4. completion of each Block course with a grade of C- or higher.
  5. successfully complete all program assessments
  6. must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA and 3.00 major GPA (PFW)
  7. take the Pearson content exam(s)
  8. candidates may retake a Professional Education course one time


Below are the requirements for graduation:

  1. apply for graduation
  2. successfully complete all program assessments
  3. completion of student teaching and all course requirements
  4. no grade lower than a C- in the 120 credits used to meet BSEd degree requirements
  5. minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA
  6. secondary students must also have a 3.00 major GPA (PFW) as defined below: 
  • History major - HIST courses
  • English major - ENGL (ENG), COM (JOUR), LING, CLCS, CMPL, FVS (FILM), FOLK courses
  • Math major - MATH and STAT courses
  • Biology, Chemistry and Physics major - BIOL, CHM, PHYS, ENTM and FNR courses
  • Spanish major - SPAN courses and ILCS 30000


Below are the additional requirements for obtaining an Indiana teaching license:

  1. pass the Pearson pedagogy exam
  2. pass the Pearson content exam
  3. provide evidence of CPR/AED certification
  4. provide evidence of suicide prevention certification
  5. apply for license

International Students

International students desiring to complete a program in the School of Education, or Public Policy must comply with all university requirements for international admissions, including demonstration of English language proficiency. International students seeking to obtain a license to teach, counsel, or administer in an Indiana school must obtain a social security number prior to application of the license.

Early Field Experiences

If you are pursuing a B.S. in a teacher education program, you are required to participate in the prescribed field-experiences. Field-experience courses are numbered EDU 10100, 20100, 30100, and 40100 and must be taken as shown in the degree-requirements listings.

This distinctive program provides an organized series of courses designed to integrate all professional education courses with field experiences. The program allows you repeated opportunities to participate with teachers/pupils in classrooms. In the early part of your field-experiences, you are introduced to teaching, educational concerns, goal setting, and professionalism. Beginning in your freshman or sophomore year and continuing up to your final semester, field experiences build upon one another so that you gain valuable classroom experiences designed to prepare you for your student teaching.

Pass/Not-Pass Option

Permission to elect this option must be requested on a form available from the College of Professional Studies. Permission will be granted only if the course will not be used to fulfill any degree requirements other than total credits for the degree.

Certification-Only Option

Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree and who seek to obtain a teaching license in early childhood education, elementary education, or secondary education may qualify for enrollment under a Certification-Only status. Students who complete our certification-only option will qualify for an Indiana teaching license, but will not receive a second baccalaureate degree. Students enrolled in this option will have to complete the same education (EDUC) courses (51 credits in early childhood education, 61 credits in elementary education or 36 credits in secondary education) as those enrolled in a degree-seeking program, however, they may be waived from completing PFW general education requirements and PFW content (secondary major) course requirements provided that they pass the Pearson Basic Skills Assessment (or alternative) before admission to Block 1 and the Pearson Content Assessment exams before student teaching (must take prior to Block 1). For more information on this option, contact the Education advising office in the School of Education, Neff Hall 243,  260-481-6449.

Special Academic Regulations for Students in Education Policy Concentrations

1st Checkpoint for Admission to Education Policy courses requires:

  1. Completion of 45 credits with a minimum 2.70 cum GPA (PFW), and enrolled to retake any course that has a grade of “C-” or below.
  2. Submit and pass a Criminal History Report via Safe Hiring Solutions (criminal reports must be updated each year).

2nd Checkpoint for Admission to Senior Internship

  1. Complete an application for internship by specified date.
  2. Submit and pass a Criminal History Report via Safe Hiring Solutions.
  3. Minimum 2.70 cum GPA (PFW); no grade lower than a “C-” in any required course.

3rd Checkpoint: Verification for Completion of Degree

  1. Apply for graduation.
  2. Completion of Internship and all course requirements.
  3. Minimum 2.70 cum GPA (PFW) in courses required for the degree; no grade lower than a “C-” in any required course.

For an exception to any of the above requirements, a student should request permission for a waiver in writing from the School of Education Chair. All waiver requests must be submitted at least 10 days before classes begin.

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