School of Education
My time at IU Kokomo prepared me in every way to be a teacher. There, I realized you get out of education what you put into it.
John O. Malone
B.G.S. '98, Teacher Certification Program '00

An Environment of Endless Curiosity

Maybe you played school endlessly as a child. Perhaps you tear up every time you watch Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society. Or maybe your life was forever changed by that one teacher who took the time to understand you and help you love to learn. If the thought of teaching tugs at your heartstrings, you belong in the School of Education at Indiana University Kokomo.

Here, we believe in the power of teachers to change the world for the better. Our program will prepare you for the challenges, responsibilities, and abundant rewards teaching brings with it. You’ll be out in the real world, gathering hands-on experience in an actual classroom, beginning in your very first semester. Theory and practice go hand in hand in our program. You’ll dive into the theories that guide a solid, dynamic pedagogy and put them immediately into practice in classroom settings. Our collaborative partnership with 32 local school districts, the Center for Educational Partnership (CEP), allows IU Kokomo students to connect and grow in local classrooms. 

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the word.
- Malala Yousafzai

In order to become a licensed teacher in the state of Indiana, you must receive your degree from an approved Educator Preparation Program. The School of Education at Indiana University Kokomo is an approved EPP program where you can earn a degree in:

IU Kokomo student sits with Kindergarteners
 
Kindergarteners at an event
 
Teacher sits with her students

The faculty and staff at IU Kokomo are dedicated to your success. We want nothing more than to help you on your path to becoming an effective and compassionate educator. Our goal is to help you secure a satisfying professional position and begin making a difference in your own classroom. We provide resources to help you grow alongside your peers:

EdSAC 

You can join our student organization, the Education Student Advisory Council (EdSAC). Here you’ll find a support group of your peers in the School of Education. EdSAC promotes professional development, service learning, expansion of the knowledge of education, and visibility in the IU Kokomo community. All education majors are encouraged to join.

Tech Lab

You can use our Tech Lab, a shared spaced for education majors to work. This space is located in the Main Building in Room 176 and is open to students looking for a quiet space to work individually or a place to gather with peers and work collaboratively. This room is filled with all kinds of things teachers need: magazines, puppets, instructional aids, textbooks, fiction and nonfiction book collections, computers, printers, scanners, audiovisual items, and even children’s literature. There are tables to spread out to work and wifi available. The Tech Lab is often used for education classes but can be reserved by appointment. To reserve this room, please call 765-455-9286.

If you’re interested in diving into the School of Education at IU Kokomo to take advantage of opportunities like experiencing real-world classrooms both locally and abroad, working one-on-one with experienced faculty, and growing alongside a cohort of your peers, don’t hesitate to take the next step and apply today.

Accreditation and Reporting

Please note, the School of Education has been accredited since its inception in 1954 with the recent re-accreditation in spring 2017. Our programs are designed to meet the State of Indiana REPA Standards, Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards, relevant Specialized Professional Association (SPA) standards, and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards. The Indiana University Kokomo School of Education is accredited by CAEP for a period of seven years from spring 2017 to spring 2024. This accreditation does not include individual education courses offered to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes. All licensure programs have been approved by the State of Indiana.

Accreditation, Assessment, and Title II Reports

The pass rate on licensing exams for our programs is reported on the Indiana Department of Education's website.

Success in Numbers

100%

of our graduates receive a state of indiana teaching license

96%

of our graduates were rated highly effective or effective by their district

93%

of our graduates were rated as well-prepared to teach by their district

More Impact Data

86%

of our graduates feel well prepared to begin teaching

81%

of program completers were hired into teaching positions

93%

of candidates graduated with 2 years of T.E.P. entry

86%

of our graduates retained in program

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81%

of program completers were employed in a CEP district

A Brighter Future for All

Future teacher gains experience
Student teaching in a high school history class is less intimidating after presenting research at a national conference, and answering questions from doctoral students. Brianne Poor, a double major in history and political science and education at Indiana University Kokomo, was among the presenters at the Pi Sigma Alpha political science conference in Washington D.C., contributing her scholarship on how to accommodate more nations seeking membership in the United Nations Security Council.
Partnership helps grow future teachers
Facing a growing teacher shortage, north central Indiana school districts are partnering with Indiana University Kokomo to prepare their own future educators. The Tomorrow’s Teachers program begins this fall semester at Kokomo, Logansport, Western and Caston high schools, with IU Kokomo School of Education faculty teaching dual credit classes on site.
Education students test classroom technology
Imagine that in one class period, you could view colorful fish and sea creatures off the Galapagos Islands, fly over the Paris skyline, and search for pythons in the Amazon rainforest. With a virtual reality assist, students in a School of Education class at Indiana University Kokomo took this amazing field trip — while learning how to enhance their own teaching of math.
Education degree provides new career
It was the best graduation gift possible — a grown-up job. For the last six years, since Thor Turner quit his factory job to pursue his dream, his wife has teased him about getting a grown-up career. As he earned his bachelor’s degree in education at Indiana University Kokomo, he also worked 40 hours a week in retail.