The School of Education seeks to graduate teachers of excellence through the integration of learning, the Christian faith, and Anderson University’s core values of servant leadership, generosity, excellence, integrity, and responsibility. At AU, we prepare future professional educators to serve others within a global society.

All elementary education majors are required to add a minor or concentration to enhance their major.

  • Special Education Minor — Mild Intervention. Can be added to the initial license with additional testing.
  • Reading Education Minor — Can be added to the initial license with additional testing.

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Special Education

Alongside the elementary or secondary education program, teacher candidates at Anderson University can pursue additional testing toward a P-12 Indiana license in Exceptional Needs: Mild Intervention.

The mild intervention program is guided by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Preparation Standards, the CEC Individualized General Curriculum Specialty Skill Set, and InTASC Standards.

The program consists of 15 hours of exceptional needs coursework, practicums that increase in duration and intensity, and student teaching in a special education setting.

Our faculty is committed to a liberal arts education that aligns with Anderson University’s mission of preparing students for lives of faith and service. In the School of Education, teacher preparation also aims to promote character, commitment, and competence.

Our graduates are prepared to be effective or highly effective within the teacher evaluation model. Beyond this, they are prepared to display a personal character that is above reproach and a commitment to serving through a passion for improving their students’ lives.


Reading Education

The reading education minor is designed to strengthen the preparation of elementary teachers and their teaching skills in the areas of reading, writing, and language arts. The program provides advanced study in research-based, differentiated literacy programs and instruction. The Indiana Content Standards for Educators in Reading, as well as the International Literacy Association’s Standards for Reading Professionals, guides the program. Candidates begin with the courses required of all elementary education candidates and then progress to 12 additional credits of advanced study in targeted intervention, whole class frameworks for differentiation, and literacy research. Field experiences emphasize all instructional contexts from one-on-one tutoring and small group intervention to designing effective literacy classrooms. Candidates will be better prepared to address the varying levels of literacy in their classrooms, and therefore, be more effective at helping all students progress in this essential educational skill. The reading education minor prepares students for the Indiana Content Area Assessment in Reading.

Candidates who complete the reading minor and pass the licensure exam are eligible to apply to add an Indiana license in reading to their initial license.

TEACH Grants

TEACH Grants

Anderson University participates in the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program. A TEACH grant is a non-need-based grant provided to students who intend to teach, in order to help pay for their postsecondary education.

As a condition for receiving a TEACH grant, a student must agree to teach full time for at least four years as a highly qualified teacher in a high-need field, in a school or educational service agency (ESA) serving low-income students, within eight years of completing or otherwise ceasing to be enrolled in the program of study for which the student received the grant.

If the student does not meet the terms of the TEACH grant service obligation, all TEACH grant funds received will be converted to a direct unsubsidized loan that must be repaid in full, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH grant disbursement.

At Anderson University, TEACH grants are offered to all undergraduates who meet the 3.25 GPA requirement and have been admitted into the School of Education’s Teacher Preparation Program (TPP). The dean of the School of Education approves the TEACH grant for each year that a student applies. Click here for a TEACH Grant Application [PDF].

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