Oct 03, 2023
We are excited that you are pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) with a major in Elementary Education. You have taken an important step in this process by completing your TSAP Associate degree in Elementary Education. We are ready to help you start this leg of your journey. The Purdue Fort Wayne TSAP on-campus program is designed with you, the learner, in mind.
Purdue Fort Wayne’s 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.
At the time you are admitted to the B.S.Ed. program, you will declare your major with the School of Education.
- Students can be admitted to Professional Education (Block 1) courses beginning their junior year. However, there are a number of academic regulations for students seeking admission to the Professional Education program. They include the following:
- completion of an A.S. in elementary education,
- completion of all Pre-Professional Education classes; students may repeat a Pre-Professional Education course one time,
- complete each PFW course with a C- or higher,
- minimum of 2.7 GPA, and
- pass a Criminal History Report.
- Specialty Area (Concentrations, Dual License, or Minors) - Students must complete a concentration, dual license, or approved minor. The Specialty Area credits usually place the student at or above the 120 credits needed for the degree. TSAP students wishing to complete only 60 credits at PFW should select Mathematics or Science Concentrations. All other Specialty Areas will require more additional credits beyond 120. See Elementary Education program description or academic advisor for more clarification.
- To earn the B.S.Ed. you must obtain an overall PFW GPA of 2.7; in addition, any course below the grade of C- must be repeated.
- All students in the B.S.Ed. with a major in Elementary Education program are expected to meet the same student learning outcomes, program requirements, and licensure requirements. Additional program requirements exist for all students in the B.S.Ed. with a major in Elementary Education; see the Program Description page for Elementary Education.
- You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program. Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career. 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.
- List of Major and supporting courses required at PFW; total credits in program = 120.
Elementary Education Major Requirements: Credits 60
Courses taken prior to, during, or after Block 1: Credits 15
Block 2: Credits 9 (P: Block 1)
Block 3: Credits 12 (P: Block 2)
Student Teaching: Credits 12
Specialty Area and Electives: Credits 3 or more
Students must complete one of the following concentrations, dual licenses, or minors.
(Note: many of the Specialty Area options have courses that double count with the major. In total, students must complete at least 120 credits for their degree. The Specialty Area credits usually place the student at or above the 120 credits needed for the degree. TSAP students wishing to complete only 60 credits at PFW should select Mathematics or Science Concentrations. All other Specialty Areas will require more additional credits beyond 120. See an academic advisor for more clarification.
Exceptional Needs: Credits 9
Social Studies: Credits 12
Early Childhood: Credits 12
Elementary STEM: Credits 18
Exceptional Needs - Mild Intervention: Credits 21
Teaching English as a New Language: Credits 21
Purdue Fort Wayne Minor: variable credits
You may complete one of the following university minors:
Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Economics, English, Art & Design, 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. NOTE: Minors do not lead directly to licensure. See Undergraduate catalog Colleges for specific course requirements for each minor.