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Elementary Education

Department of Teacher Education

An elementary education major at Anderson University prepares candidates to teach kindergarten through grade 6. All elementary education majors must select a minor along with their elementary major. The minor does not have to lead to licensing, but the department strongly suggests choosing a minor or concentration that will enhance their major, such as the reading minor or the special education minor (mild intervention). Our program focuses on teacher preparation both in the classroom and in the field, leading to success on licensing exams.

Program Overview

Elementary Education

In preparing for careers as elementary educators, students participate in classroom observations, as well as completing a semester of student teaching. Students may also volunteer for organizations, like College Mentors for Kids, in a variety of capacities that both serve the community and broaden their experience working with young people.



  • Introduction to Mild Disabilities
  • Organization & Management for the Elementary Classroom
  • Foundations in Reading Instruction
  • Child & Adolescent Development

View the full list of courses for the elementary education major.

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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