Elementary Teaching Diploma and Degree Programs in Indianapolis

Jan 10, 2019

There are seven 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 (2017)* 29,791 5,972 3,429
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition and Fees 2017-2018'*' $9,334 for in-state and $29,806 for out-of-state undergraduate students,
$9,527 for in-state and $24,287 for out-of-state graduate students
$28,390 for undergraduate and $36,102 for graduate students $33,000 for undergraduate and $19,860 for graduate students
'Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016)* 89% 99% 100%
'Acceptance Rate (2017)* 80% 82% 59%
'Retention Rate (2017)* 75% for full-time students 75% of full-time students 78% for full-time students
'Graduation Rate (Students Beginning in 2011)* 45% 56% 52%

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.

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Students in this 120-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. The university allows students in this program to earn dual licensure in English as a second language, reading or special education.

Master of Science in Elementary Education

Students in this program focus on elementary education in an urban setting. Students will study the politics of schools, curriculum, and leadership skills. This program is intended for those who meet at least one of the following criteria: students who have a bachelor's degree; who started a master's, but have not taken a class in at least two years; who have a teaching license; who wish to teach college students; who wish to earn a doctoral degree in 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 the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) 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 129.5 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.

Marian University

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

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 one or more student teaching experience(s). 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 Transition 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 24 credit hours of study. Classes cover topics such as learning assessments, the principles and problems of education and child development. The program also includes teaching 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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