About the Program
Our experiential and research-informed program in Elementary Education prepares you to work with children in kindergarten through sixth-grade. We’re grounded in theory, research and best practices, and our graduates work in a wide variety of linguistic, socio-economic and cultural contexts. Once admitted, you’ll select from one of two concentrations: Reading or Special Education. Within these concentrations you’ll develop and refine your skills in teaching as you apply your understandings of developmental theories, best practices and the latest research in the field. Courses are offered in a sequence or series of strands, each focusing on specific aspects of learning and education. As you follow this sequence, you’ll engage in experiences and coursework that prepare you for the challenges of today’s and tomorrow’s classrooms.
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.