Why Study Elementary Education – Special Education at PNW?
Earn dual licensure in elementary education and special education!
Improve the lives of all students by becoming a teacher through this dual-licensure program.
This program is for students who are committed to helping children in kindergarten through twelfth grade reach their full potential, regardless of their socio-economic status, cultural background, or severity of disability. Through foundational and methods courses, field placements in local schools and classrooms, faculty support, and mentorship in the field, this dynamic teacher preparation program develops innovative and effective teachers capable of teaching all learners.
- Coursework covering the fundamentals of teaching (e.g., literacy, math, science, and social studies) and extending beyond those essentials, to include differentiated strategies needed in today’s schools, such as effective instruction, classroom and behavior management, assistive technology, assessment, and collaboration.
- Extensive field placement experience in urban, suburban, and rural schools.
- Dual licensure in elementary education and special education
Jennifer Call Jones
Dr. Jennifer Call Jones recently graduated from the University of Utah where she earned her Ph.D. in Special Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood. Prior to that, she taught in public schools in various roles including as a special education preschool teacher for children with mild to moderate disabilities and as a first and second grade teacher. Dr. Jones has several research interests including preparing teacher candidates to build partnerships with families and teaching parents to implement reading interventions with their children which promote emergent literacy skills. She has presented on these topics at several international conferences.
- Elementary Teacher (K-6)
- School Counselor (requires Master’s)
- Principal (requires Master’s)
- CAEP accredited
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Because of the high demand for teachers who are qualified to meet the individual needs of exceptional students, our graduates are offered a broad variety of career opportunities. These graduates can choose to teach in general education classrooms, self-contained classrooms, and resource rooms in school districts across the country.
In addition to having the skills to teach in traditional elementary programs, graduates are prepared to work as consultant teachers, co-teachers in inclusive settings, and a in range of other roles designed for students with a wide range of needs.
Where do our alums work?
- School City of Hobart
- Chicago Public Schools
- Valparaiso Community Schools
- School City of Hammond
- Merrillville Community School Corporation
- La Porte Community School Corporation
- Portage Township Schools
- Lake Central School Corporation
- Michigan City Area Schools
- Griffith Public Schools
- Applicants to the Early Education program must have:
- A 2.5 GPA and 2.8 Professional GPA
- Required to pass the CASA assessments (or meet an approved alternative) measuring proficiency in basic academic skills.
Elementary Education students have scholarship opportunities through Financial Aid and the School of Education and Counseling. Find scholarship details here.
Additionally, candidates may apply through various professional organizations for scholarships (e.g., Indiana State Teachers Association, Phi Delta Kappa, etc.) or grants (e.g., USAGrantApplications.org).