Elementary Education

+6%Projected job growth for elementary education teachers in Indiana from 2016–2026.

350Number of hours spent in K-6 classrooms BEFORE student teaching!

98%Percent of IU South Bend graduates rated effective or highly effective by their building principal and the State of Indiana. (Data from 2019–2020)

B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education

Become an Elementary School Teacher

Welcome (future) Elementary Education students! You have a passion for working with youth and a desire to inspire and guide children during some of their most formative developmental stages. IU South Bend's elementary education teacher preparation program is nationally recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI). Earn your bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and learn how to teach children in kindergarten through sixth grade (K-6)!

Teacher candidates at IU South Bend explore innovative educational theories and practices, challenge themselves, and work collaboratively with their classmates and faculty as they grow into effective, inspirational, and multiculturally-competent educators.

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Earn one degree—prepare for two licenses!

Upon earning your Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) in Elementary Education, you will be prepared to pursue licensure as an Elementary Generalist for grades K-6 in the State of Indiana. In addition, Elementary Education students must select a particular concentration. This concentration provides an opportunity to further explore a particular area of interest and prepares you to pursue the relevant additional license after degree completion.

Available concentrations:

  • Early Childhood (Grades Preschool-3)
  • English Language Learners (Grades K-6)
  • Special Education/Exceptional Education (Grades K-6)

Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP standards are rigorous and ensure high quality programs. Learn more about why accreditation matters.

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Explore information about degree requirements, expectations, and policies. Remember your academic advisor will be here to assist and support you throughout your journey to your degree!

Elementary Education Program Details

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Do you have questions? Want more information? Not sure where to start? Contact the Education Advising Office at edschool@iusb.edu!

On behalf of the faculty and staff, we look forward to getting to know you!