Elementary Education, BA

Elementary teachers have tremendous influence on the children they teach. The elementary education program will prepare you to become a teacher through a combination of coursework and supervised experiences, called “clinical practice”, in grade school classrooms.


About the Program

In addition to developing practical and theoretical knowledge, you will develop your awareness and understand of diverse cultures and people. All with an immersive curriculum that prepares you for real-world experiences, individual child’s development and growth as a student.

Clinical practice can occur through a variety of ways:

  • On or around Purdue’s campus
  • Partner with the Indianapolis Public School Urban Experience
  • Travel outside of Indiana to Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, or even internationally

Students who successfully complete all requirements of a teacher preparation program that is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Indiana Department of Education are eligible for licensure in the state of Indiana.

Once licensed, an elementary education graduate is qualified to teach all subjects to elementary students (kindergarten through 6th grade) in a public, private, or independent school. Purdue has interstate licensing agreements with the other 49 U.S. states, which means graduates will be able to teach in Indiana and any other state in the country.

Plan of Study

To view a detailed Plan of Study for the BA in Elementary Education degree, please visit the Purdue University Course Catalog.

Transfer Information

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue’s overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.8


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