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Elementary Education (B.S.Ed.)

B.S.Ed., Elementary Education

College of Education and Educational Technology

Special Notice

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is changing the structure of teacher certification. IUP is responding by also revising how we offer certain majors that lead to teaching certification. Please note that what you read below may not in its entirety reflect the experience you might receive in this program.

What You'll Do

Watching a six-year-old read his first book or seeing the pride of a fifth-grader who earned a star at the top of her math test are just some of the rewards of teaching. As an elementary education major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll take a range of courses that will help you grow into a highly effective educator.

At IUP, your professors will teach you how to lead a classroom and will offer you time-tested as well as innovative strategies for engaging young learners. Indiana University of Pennsylvania has earned a reputation for outstanding teacher education.

Among the many the topics you’ll cover in your IUP classes are school law, educational psychology, the education of students with disabilities, teaching math, teaching art, reading for the elementary school, and pedagogy. You’ll also gain valuable experience by taking part in IUP’s extensive student teaching program.

Special Features

  • An honors program is available.
  • IUP offers FLISET (Foreign Language and International Studies for Elementary Teaching ), which is a specialized program of study for those who want to combine Spanish with elementary teaching in bilingual or immersion schools.
  • The McKeever Environmental Learning Center’s student teaching program provides a unique option for education majors.
  • IUP offers the Elementary Education degree with an urban track, as well as the CCAC/IUP Collaborative Elementary Education Program, which is aimed toward urban teaching and operates through both IUP and the Community College of Allegheny County.

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What You'll Become

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree for Elementary Education leads to teaching certification for kindergarten through sixth grade in Pennsylvania. Children in this age group often inspire their teachers with their excitement in learning.

There is a lot of room for creativity in this area of teaching, which can cover art and science as well as reading and math. Elementary educators enjoy a schedule that changes from hour to hour. 

Employment of school teachers is expected to grow by 12 percent between 2006 and 2016, although some areas—especially in urban settings—will do better than others. This is expected to create 479,000 additional teacher positions, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor.