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Elementary Teaching Diploma and Degree Programs in Indianapolis

There are six schools in the Indianapolis, Indiana, area that offer degree programs in elementary teaching. To make an informed education decision, learn about the program and admission requirements at three of these universities located within about five miles of the city's center.

Indianapolis Elementary Teaching Schools

Elementary teachers are required to have at least a bachelor's degree to work in the field, so it's not a surprise that diploma-level programs are not available near Indianapolis. However, there are several degree options in the area. This article highlights the coursework and teaching experiences available at three universities. It includes a table of school statistics for comparison as well as some info on a couple of other colleges in the area.

  • Located about a mile from downtown, Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis offers a bachelor's degree program and a master's degree program in education, both of which focus on early childhood education.
  • The University of Indianapolis, which is located about six miles from central Indianapolis, offers a bachelor's degree program in elementary education.
  • Additionally, Marian University, which is situated approximately five miles from the center of Indianapolis, offers a bachelor's degree program in elementary education. It also has a bridge to teaching program that allows bachelor-degree holding individuals to earn a master's degree in teaching and prepares them to seek licensure as a teacher after graduation.

Comparison of Schools

Check out this table to get additional details about the profiled universities. There are many facts and figures that might help you narrow down your options, including info on tuition, acceptance rates, student retention numbers and more.

Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis University of Indianapolis Marian University
School Type 4-year, public* 4-year, private not-for-profit* 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Total Enrollment (2014) 30,690* 5,442* 2,771*
Campus Setting Large city* Large city* Large city*
Tuition and Fees 2015-2016 $9,056 for in-state and $29,774 for out-of-state undergraduate students,*
$9,183 for in-state and $24,032 for out-of-state graduate students*
$26,290 for undergraduate and $34,442 for graduate students* $30,500 for undergraduate and $16,098 for graduate students*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2014) 86%* 97%* 100%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 70%* 66%* 56%*
Retention Rate (2014) 71% for full-time students* 74% of full-time students* 74% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (2014) 43%* 52%* 54%*

Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.

Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis

This university's elementary education programs are offered through its School of Education. The school and its programs are accredited by the National Council for accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Students in this 124-credit hour program focus their studies teaching children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Classes in the program cover topics such as teaching elementary school math, using computers in education and educational psychology.

According to the Rules for Education Preparation and Accountability, to earn teaching licensure from the Indiana Department of Education, students must complete a concentration, minor or obtain dual licensure in addition to completing the requirements for the education major. To that end, the university allows students in this program to concentrate in either language arts or social studies, minor in one of eight areas, such as physics, art and sociology, or earn dual licensure in English as a second language, reading or special education.

Master of Science in Elementary Education

Students in this program can focus on early childhood education for students in pre-kindergarten through third grade or teaching students in grades 1-6. Regardless of the chosen focus, however, students must complete a total of 36 credit hours of study. Classes in the pre-kindergarten through third grade program cover topics such as curriculum in early childhood education, family involvement in the 21st century, cultural forces and schools, administration of early childhood programs and strategies for educational inquiry. Classes in the grades 1-6 program cover assessment in schools, issues in language learning, political perspectives in education and the philosophy of education.

University of Indianapolis

This school's elementary education teaching degree program is offered through the Department of Teacher Education, a component of its School of Education. The department and its programs are accredited by NCATE and the department itself approved by the state's Board of Education to provide programs leading to teaching licensure.

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Students in this program must complete a minimum of 124-course credit hours. Classes in the program cover topics like biology for elementary education, elementary teacher's math, technology in education and classroom communication. Students also complete two supervised teaching experiences and create an employment portfolio prior to graduation.

Marian University

Marian University's elementary education programs are offered through its School of Education. The school and its programs are accredited by NCATE.

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Classes in this program focus on subjects such as teaching and learning in kindergarten, human growth and development, integrating teaching methods, observation of the young child and creating positive classroom environments. The curriculum also includes a 12-credit hour student teaching experience. Graduates are licensed in primary and intermediate elementary education teaching.

Students in the program may also complete assessments and receive additional licensure. Available licensure types include art, exceptional needs and music.

Master's Bridge to Teaching

This program is designed to prepare bachelor's degree holders for licensure as an elementary education teacher. It is available on both a part- and full-time basis and requires completion of 36 credit hours of study. Classes cover topics such as learning assessments, the principles and problems of education and child development. The program also includes three internships.

Other Schools

Butler University is located approximately six miles from downtown Indianapolis and offers a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education that leads to licensure in the field. Situated about 25 miles from downtown Indianapolis, Franklin College offers a bachelor's degree and a minor field of study in elementary education that prepare graduates for licensure as a teacher.

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