A Passion for Teaching and Learning

Areas of study

Programs of study and teaching licenses depend on the subject area you would like to teach, or the age and grade range you would like to teach. The School of Education offers three endorsements, one in Special Education and one in English as a Second Language/Bilingual Education. Either of these endorsements may be added to any of the teaching licenses listed below.

Early Childhood Developmental Therapy: Developmental Therapist non-licensure certification; broad background in early childhood education; training in instructional methods and assessment strategies for young children; an understanding of the needs of young children with special needs; and strategies for working with families whose first language is not English.

Early Childhood Education: Birth through grade 2; program automatically includes both Special Education and ESL/Bilingual Education within the plan of study.

Elementary Education: All subjects 1st through 6th grade; must choose Special Education or English as a Second Language/Bilingual Education endorsement to add to the Elementary Education license plan of study.

Instructional Development: Non-licensure education program; opportunity for practice in the field of instruction; engagement with community partners through a senior-level Performance Learning experience.

Secondary Education: Subject specific for 9th through 12th grade; may choose to add Special Education or ESL/Bilingual Education to their subject specific license.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • English Language Arts
  • Social Science Education

Specialist Certification: Kindergarten through 12th grade; may choose to add Special Education or ESL/Bilingual Education to their subject specific license.

  • Physical Education
  • Art Education
  • Music Education: includes both instrumental and vocal

School Nurse Certification: Kindergarten through 12th grade

Licensure Only: For those individuals who have already completed a Bachelor’s degree in a specific major, Education coursework for state licensure can be obtained. Graduates may also choose to add Special Education or ESL/Bilingual Education to their subject specific license.

Admission requirements

The following are requirements for admission into the School of Education:

  • ACT score of 22 or higher (6 on writing) OR
  • SAT Score of 1030 or higher
  • A cumulative gpa of 2.7 or higher
  • A grade of C or higher in IN 150 and IN 151 (Freshman Composition I & II)
  • A minimum of 24 credits completed
  • Successful completion of the first 40 hour internship (ED 170)
  • A grade of C or higher in ED 120 Introduction to Education
  • Completion of a criminal background check
  • Demonstration of positive professional dispositions suitable for working with children, families and community agencies
  • A positive collective vote from the Committee on Teacher Education Programs