Elementary Education

About the Major

As an elementary education major, you will learn the methods of teaching and learning with children from kindergarten through sixth grade. This program will teach you how to make the most of challenges and opportunities in an urban school environment. You will get out into the field early during your studies and start learning in the classroom. Students are immersed in programs of study that challenge them intellectually with new models of instruction and explorations of diversity. At the conclusion of the program, you will be fully equipped to teach your own class of diverse students in any urban, suburban, or rural school.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: cultural competency, teaching, problem solving, lesson planning, and inclusivity (IUPUI School of Education, 2019).

Engaged Learning Experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes.  Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IUPUI’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Field experience
  • Diversity and learning: teaching children
  • Methods of teaching reading
  • Teaching students with special needs
  • Social studies in elementary education
  • Student teaching

Possible Careers

  • Career counselor*
  • Library consultant
  • Nonprofit program coordinator
  • School counselor*
  • Social worker*

*These career options require additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Community and social services
  • Community Health Network
  • Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS)
  • Media and communications
  • Nonprofits

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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