Early and Elementary Education Living-Learning Community

The Early and Elementary Education Living-Learning Community gives freshmen an opportunity to examine educational topics related to early childhood and elementary education through field trips, workshops, and discussions while taking classes with other students who are considering the teaching profession as a career.

Students will enroll in the same sections of major specific and core curriculum classes as part of this experience. Faculty will assist students in connecting with upper-level students, learning professional skills, and examining unique experiences within the community. 


  • Build a support network and make lasting friendships with your peers in both the classroom and the community
  • Engage in activities that promote academic achievement like discussions with faculty who will offer extra support and guidance or find a study partner within the community
  • Participate in community events while living among other dedicated students with similar academic interests and ambitions
  • Have access to new classroom technology (including SMARTboard) to practice your skills and complete course projects
  • Participate in creating new traditions for the living-learning community, including community service projects, field trips, and a book club
  • Have opportunities to develop leadership and interpersonal skills through involvement in student organizations and activities (both within and outside of the living-learning community)
  • Network with faculty, upper-level students, advisors, staff, and alumni in the education profession

Partners: To accomplish these goals, the Early and Elementary Education Living-Learning Community works very closely with the Department of Elementary Education and partners with other campus departments, including Academic Advising, Student Voluntary Services, and College Mentors.


  • Dual early childhood/early childhood special education
  • Dual elementary/special education
  • Early childhood education
  • Elementary education
  • Special education


  • EDEL 100 - Education in a Democratic Society, 3 credit hours
  • EDPS 260 - Human Growth and Development for Elementary Education, 3 credit hours
  • MATH 201 - Number, Algebra, and Probability for the Elementary Teacher, 4 credit hours
  • SPCE 201 - Introduction to Students with Exceptional Needs, 3 credit hours
  • SPCE 331 - Technology in Special Education, 1-3 credit hours

Programming: Students may choose to participate in visits to charter schools, community service days, a behind the scenes tour at the Indianapolis Children's Museum, in-hall advising nights, visits to the state capitol for Teacher Advocacy Day, and more.

Location: This community is located in Palmer/Davidson Halls within Studebaker West Complex.