2019-20 Academic Catalog 
    Jul 02, 2022  
2019-20 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education, BA, Concentration: Reading

About the Program

Apply Now You can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education at Purdue University Northwest. A student must meet Gate requirements in order to proceed with their education degree. One requirement of the Gate System is the successful completion of the CASA tests. The degree meets licensing requirements of the Indiana Professional Standards Board and the Purdue University School of Education. It includes a 16-week student teaching requirement, completed at an area elementary school.

Degree Requirements

  • 121 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C required for all courses, with the exception of HIST 15100, HIST 15200, HIST 10400/10500, and ENGL 20100/23100/23800/35000
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 required for graduation

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits)

Total 121 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C required for all courses, with the exception of HIST 15100, HIST 15200, HIST 10400/10500, and ENGL 20100/23100/23800/35000; 2.5 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Courses that are only offered on one campus will be noted by an (H) for Hammond, or (W) for Westville.

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 8 (12 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note: Admission to program required to begin Semester 3 courses. Admission requirements include passing CASA score, 2.5 GPA, and minimum C in all milestone courses.


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply.