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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Teacher Education

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Department of Teacher Education

School of Education

Neff Hall 240 ~ 260-481-4146

Dr. Lucas Rodesiler - Chair of Department of Teacher Education

Ms. Tamara Davich ~ Department Administrative Assistant

Staff Contacts

Ms. Leslie Clark ~ Director, Student Success Center
Mr. Jim Beard ~ Advisor

Ms. Ranada Clark ~ Advisor
Ms. Mindy Esparza ~ Administrative Assistant, Student Success Center 

Purdue University Fort Wayne has been educating and preparing teachers since 1967. We offer B.S.Ed. degrees in Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle-level, and Secondary Education as well as minors in Early Childhood and Special Education. Your degree will make you eligible for licensure by the State of Indiana to teach preschool through Grade 3, grades K-6, grade 5-9, or grades 5-12.

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 Department of Teacher Education secretary at 260-481-4146 or stop by the office in Neff Hall 240 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.






Early Childhood:


Preschool to Grade 3 (Licensure)    
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)  





Education Studies (non-licensure)








Middle School:


Middle School Generalist (5-9)  






Select two content area concentrations:
Language Arts
Social Studies






Secondary Education   (5-12)





  Education Studies (non-licensure)






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

Select one content area major:

Biochemistry   (Chemistry)**
Biology   (Life Science)**
Chemistry  **
English   (Language Arts)**

Mathematics (B.S.)   **
Physics (B.S.)   **
Spanish (B.A.)   **

If one of the following five majors is selected, you must also complete a separate subject minor in Biology Minor  , Chemistry Minor  , Economics Minor  , English Minor  , French Minor  , German Minor  , History Minor  , Mathematics Minor  , Mild Intervention Minor/Dual License  , Physics Minor  , Political Science Minor  , Psychology Minor  , Sociology Minor  , or Spanish Minor  

1. Economics (B.A.)   **

2. History (B.A.)   **

3. Political Science (B.A.)   **

4. Psychology (B.A.)  **

5. Sociology (B.A.)   **

*These programs require completion of a degree in the content area from any Purdue University campus.



All Grades:



Art Education (P-12) 

Music Education (P-12)  








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)  

Special Academic Regulations for Students in the Department of Teacher 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. For Early Childhood Degree Transfer completion majors only, completion of an A.S. in early childhood.
  2. Completion of all Pre-Professional Education classes.
  3. For Early Childhood and Elementary Education majors - complete at least 45 credit hours with a minimum 2.50 overall GPA (2.70 GPA for Early Childhood Education - Degree Completion majors).
  4. For Middle School Generalist, College of Science, College of Liberal Arts, and College of Visual and Performing Arts degree majors - complete at least 50% of total credits needed to graduate in this degree and have a 2.50 GPA in the content courses (as defined below under the Graduation heading) as well as a 2.50 overall GPA.
  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 2.70 cumulative GPA and 2.70 major GPA (PFW).
  7. Take the licensure content exam(s).
  8. Candidates may retake a Block 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 2.70 overall GPA, including all non-licensure programs.
  6. Secondary students must also have a 2.70 major GPA (PFW) as defined below: 
  • Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry and Physics major - BIOL, CHM, PHYS, ENTM and FNR courses
  • Economics major - ECON courses
  • English major - ENGL (ENG), COM (JOUR), LING, CLCS, CMPL, FVS (FILM), FOLK courses
  • History major - HIST courses
  • Math major - MA 16500, 16600, 17500 or 27500, 26100 or 26300, 31400, 35100, 46000, 44100 or 58000 and STAT 51100 or 51600
  • Psychology major - PSY courses
  • Sociology major - SOC courses
  • Spanish major - SPAN courses and ILCS 30000


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

  1. Pass the licensure pedagogy exam.
  2. Pass the licensure content exam(s).
  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 Department of Teacher Education 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 for the license.

Criminal History Reports

Anyone with a record of a sex crime against a child or other serious crime may not be placed into a clinical placement in which there is an actual or potential possibility that they will come into contact with children (IC5-2-12-12). Students who cannot be placed in clinicals as a result of their criminal histories and subsequently cannot complete the program requirements will be unable to graduate from the program.

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.

Course-Associated Placements

The Teacher Education department continues to streamline our placement process. Providing a variety of placements remains a priority for each student’s program. Experiential learning shall correlate to and supplement course content, providing students with authentic teaching and learning opportunities. We work to vary placement settings with respect to geography, student and community demographics, and institution type. Unless exceptions are approved by the department chair, students are limited to two placements within the same school, whether paid or unpaid, to ensure diversity of experiences.

Students’ pay arrangements during course-associated experiences will remain with the employer. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate course and employment co-settings with both the course instructor and the employer prior to the co-setting arrangement. It is imperative that students take responsibility to remediate any conflicting policies prior to the start of a placement in which employment also occurs.

Academic Renewal Option

The Department of Teacher Education participates in the Academic Renewal Option for eligible students returning to PFW after an absence of five or more years.  See an advisor in the Department of Teacher Education advising office for details.

Pass/Not-Pass Option

Permission to elect this option must be requested on a form available from the Department of Teacher Education. 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, unless they hold a Purdue University or PFW degree in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics, Physics, or Spanish. Students enrolled in this option will have to complete the same education (EDU) courses (51 credits in early childhood education, 62 credits in elementary education or 36 credits in secondary education) as those enrolled in a degree-seeking program. However, licensure content assessment exams must be taken prior to Block 1 and passed before student teaching. For more information on this option, you may view these programs in the catalog under Program Descriptions - Certification or contact the advising office in the Department of Teacher Education, Neff Hall 243, 260-481-6449.

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

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