Our Faculty

At IUPUC you will work with faculty who have expertise in social diversity inclusion, equity, social justice, critical theories, civic engagement, new literacies, Univeral Design for Learning (UDL),  youth and community-based research and practice, mathematical reasoning, and scientific discovery.

Our Mission

We strive to improve teaching, learning, and human development in a diverse, rapidly changing, and increasingly multicultural and technological society. We prepare reflective, caring, and highly skilled educators and scholars who are committed to social justice and equity, participate in dialogue and inquiry into school change, and partner with key stakeholders to improve teaching and learning at the local, national, and international levels.



Do you believe education is the key to a bright future for children? If you are passionate about challenging inequalities and promoting social justice, and believe knowledge has the power to change lives and the world in which we live, a career in education might be right for you.

In the IUPUC Division of Education our goal is to develop high quality, caring professionals who will be leaders in continuously transforming schools within the diverse society in which we live. Here, you will develop the understandings and gain the experiences you will need to become a reflective, compassionate, and socially conscious teacher—with the power to create real, long-term change in the communities where you live and work. 

Program Overview

At IUPUC, you can earn an Indiana University Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Elementary Education, which can lead to a generalist license to teach in a kindergarten through sixth-grade (K-6) classroom upon completion of all state-mandated licensing exams. Graduates from our elementary program are employed in a range of educational settings!

As an elementary education major, you will select and complete one of the following concentration areas:

  • Special education (K-6)
  • Language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science (general)
  • English as a New Language (beginning in the fall of 2018)

If you want to specialize in teaching middle, junior high, or high school students, you can complete a substantial portion of the required coursework to earn an Indiana University Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Secondary Education at IUPUC. If this is your goal, you will transfer to IUPUI, another IU campus, or another college or university to complete the remaining courses that are not currently offered on the IUPUC campus. Our academic advisors will work with you closely to develop a personal plan of study and timeline for the transfer.

As an education major at IUPUC, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Engage in research projects with faculty mentors who are experts in their fields and who welcome your participation in their scholarly endeavors. With the support of a faculty mentor you can apply for a grant of up to $1000 through the IUPUC Office of Student Research to support your research.
  • Get involved in Kappa Delta Pi (an international honor society for education majors). 


Programs in the Division of Education at IUPUC are accredited by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and TESOL. In April of 2017 we submitted a self-study report to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) as we seek re-accreditation. (In 2013, NCATE merged with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council to form CAEP)

CAEP Accreditation Notice to Our Stakeholders

The Division of Education at Indiana University-Purdue University of Columbus (IUPUC) is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) from December 10 through the 12. You are invited to submit comments to the site team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the IUPUC Division of Education's elementary education program, and should specify your relationship to the program (e.g., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates, etc.).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Or by email to: callforcomments@caepnet.org

Such comments must be submitted by October 29, 2017 and must be based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:

  • In CAEP's performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
  • A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.
  • Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.Thank you!

Jenny Conner-Zachocki, Ph.D.
Division Head, IUPUC Division of Education

Performance Data

Higher Education Act, Title II:

Contact, Address and Additional Links


4601 Central Avenue
Columbus, IN 47203

Phone: 812.348.7311

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