Dec 10, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Elementary Education (B.S.Ed.)

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Program: B.S.Ed.

Neff Hall 240 ~ 260-481-4146

The B.S.Ed. in elementary education is intended to prepare students for successful careers as teachers of children in elementary generalist (K-6) classroom settings.  Elementary Education majors will also supplement their degrees 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 B.S.Ed. in elementary education, you must satisfy the requirements of Purdue University Fort Wayne () and the School of Education.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of a major 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.


  • The Elementary Education program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) 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.

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on campus

Declaring This Major:

  • You must declare this major with the School of Education

Program Requirements:


General Requirements


General Education Requirements: Credits 33


Category A: Foundational Intellectual Skills

Category B: Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing

6. Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing

7. Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing

(at least 3 credits and all outcomes in approved courses)

Category C: Capstone

8. Capstone Experience

(at least 3 credits and all outcomes in approved courses)

Education Requirements: Credits 57

Preprofessional Education Requirements: Credits 18

Criminal History Background reports must be ordered by the students each year they are taking EDU courses that require field placements in school settings.  Prior to being admitted to the Block 1: Professional Education program you must complete the following initial requirements:

Student Teaching: Credits 12

 One of the following options must be completed:

  • Cr. 0-3.

  • Cr. 1-16. Credits: 12    or
  •   Student Teaching: Elementary and , SPED Credits: 9/3 or
  •   Student Teaching: Elementary and , ECE Practicum  Credits: 9/3 or
  •   Student Teaching: Elementary and , ENL Practicum   Credits: 9/3 or
  •    Student Teaching: Elementary and , STEM Practicum  Credits: 9/3

Additional Required Courses: Credits 0-9

  • Elective courses (if necessary to reach 120 credits for the degree):  Credits 0-9
  • Some or all of these electives can be fulfilled by completed one of the following Specialty Areas.

Specialty Area

Concentrations, Dual Licenses, or Purdue Fort Wayne Minors

Elementary Education students are required to complete one of the following specialty areas to fulfill the Specialty Area requirements:

  • a Concentration (a set of courses in exceptional needs, language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies that does not directly lead to licensure) 
  • a Dual License program (a set of courses in combination with a major in elementary education that will also lead to licensure in Early Childhood; Exceptional Needs-Mild Intervention; Elementary STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; or Teaching English as a New Language)
  • an Purdue Fort Wayne Minor (You may complete one of the following university minors: Art & Design, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Economics, English, Folklore, French, Geology, German, History, Human Services, Journalism, Linguistics, Mathematics, Media Production, Mild Intervention, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Professional Writing, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, and Theatre.  Minors do not lead directly to licensure.  See Undergraduate catalog for specific course requirements for each minor.)

Note: Some of the courses listed below may be counted in the elementary degree as well as the subject area.  However, some subjects will require more than the 120 credits required for a degree in elementary education.


Social Studies: Credits 18

Dual Licenses

Total: Credits 120 minimum

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean. 

Additional Course Use:

Courses listed below may also be considered in meeting specific requirements.

  • EDU 31500 required, EDU 24900 accepted
  • AD 25501 required, AD 10101 accepted


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