About the Program
Purdue University Northwest offers a degree in Early Childhood Education which prepares candidates for the Indiana initial teaching license, Early Childhood Generalist, Prek- Grade 3. Through course work, field experiences, practicum and student teaching, candidates gain knowledge, acquire skills and develop dispositions to effectively integrate theory with practice, as outlined in the National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Preparation Standards. Graduates of the program are highly qualified early childhood professionals committed to supporting families and providing all children with developmentally appropriate learning environments and instruction. Formal admission to the program is required, including passage of the basic skills assessment in math, reading and writing (CASA).
The School of Education and Counseling at Purdue University Northwest offers programs in education and counseling based on the state of Indiana’s requirements for licensure for classroom teachers, licensed mental health counselors, and school counselors. As part of the NASDTEC, the state of Indiana has teacher reciprocity agreements with 46 states. However, counseling candidates must meet the qualifications of the state in which they are located. Candidates are encouraged to contact the state agency or other regulatory body responsible for determining the state’s requirements for certification and/or licensure.