Academics and Admissions

Academics and Admissions

Elementary schools are diverse, and so is our department. Our menu of programs is long, with options for all varieties of educational interests and passions.  When you’re ready to begin your experience, learn about our admissions process and requirements.

Undergraduate Programs
The structure of our undergraduate degrees is relatively simple, but the options to tailor the programs to your own interests are outstanding.  Majors include early childhood education and elementary education, and a dual major with special education is possible with either elementary education or early childhood education. You may further specialize by adding a concentration area or additional licensure area.  In addition to a variety of programs, you may choose to participate in immersive learning and study abroad opportunities.  Studies in Germany, England, and Malawi are among the possibilities, as well as working with children, families, and communities just a short drive from campus. 

In partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, we offer the opportunity to turn your completed Associate's degree into your Bachelor's degree in elementary education or early childhood education. 

Graduate Programs
Our master’s program gives teachers the opportunity to build more expertise. Choices include applied classroom practices, applied early childhood practices, reading, high-ability licensure, a certificate in autism, computer education teaching licensure or graduate certification, and a graduate certificate in middle-level education. Degrees at the doctoral level, include the EdD in elementary education, designed for those seeking a leadership role in education. Graduate students planning to become college professors in education may choose the PhD program in elementary education.
We also have a long list of immersive learning and study abroad opportunities. Studies in Germany, England, and Malawi are among the possibilities, along with the Muncie Inquiry Semester that offers extended service in a local school, and the Schools Within the Context of Community Program, a focus on the links between schools, children, and their communities.

An increasing number of professionals in widely varied fields are finding themselves drawn to classroom service but haven’t yet developed the teaching skills necessary to effectively share their specialized knowledge. These teachers-to-be are the focus of the Transition to Teaching program, which builds bridges leading great new teachers toward classroom readiness and licensure.