If you enjoy spending time with young children, want to nurture and have an impact on their lives, and want to help them learn as much as they can so they will have better and happier lives, consider a major in elementary education.
Teachers must be knowledgeable about what they’re teaching and must have the ability to communicate that knowledge, inspire trust and confidence, and motivate their students. They must understand children’s educational and emotional needs, have an awareness of cultures and differences, and be able to vary their teaching methods to meet those needs and differences.
IPFW’s challenging teacher education program stresses experience working with area teachers and is good preparation for successfully qualifying for the Indiana Standard License in Elementary Education. In pursuing a bachelor’s degree, a student will complete 67 credits of professional education training and a well-balanced core of liberal arts courses.
An integral part of teacher education is the time future teachers spend in classroom settings—the real world of teaching. At IPFW, this is known as the Field Experience Program—a four-part series of methods courses and supervised practical experiences that may start as early as the freshman year. Each phase is completed in sequence, and by the senior year a student is ready to spend an entire semester in full-time student teacing in local elementary schools. A student will have many opportunities to participate with teachers and pupils in classrooms.
Excellent faculty and staff, an up-to-date computer lab, and a curriculum lab with textbooks and instructional programs similar to those found in local schools are great reasons to prepare for a teaching career at IPFW. Our students graduate feeling very well prepared to teach in a variety of settings.
A Master's Degree in Elementary Education is also available at IPFW.