The School of Education seeks to produce teachers of excellence by integrating learning and Christian faith to prepare professional educators to be effective for teaching and serving in a global society.

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

  • Special Education Minor — Mild Intervention. With additional testing can be added to the initial license.
  • 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 Interventions.

The mild interventions 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 fifteen 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 will be prepared to be effective or highly effective within the teacher evaluation model. Beyond this, our graduates will display a personal character that is above reproach and a commitment to serving students through a passion for improving their 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 guide the program. Candidates begin with the courses required of all elementary education candidates and then progress to twelve additional credits of advanced study in targeted interventions, 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.