West Lafayette, Indiana

Purdue University

Undergraduate Elementary, Traditional

Suggested citation:
National Council on Teacher Quality. (2020). Purdue University Undergraduate Elementary. Teacher Prep Review. [Data set].
Retrieved from: https://www.nctq.org/review/view/Purdue-University-IN-1

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Program Diversity
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Courses reviewed: EDCI 32500, EDCI 32600, and EDCI 36300

The research-based content proven to be necessary for teaching all children to read should be clearly evident in course materials such as lecture topics, assignments and textbooks. All of a program's required reading courses — not just some courses — should impart what is necessary to teach reading.

The program meets the standard because its coursework covers all five of the components of effective reading instruction:

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension Strategies

Elementary Mathematics
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Students cannot excel in mathematics without skillful instruction in the earliest years of school. Teacher candidates generally require three semesters of coursework, complemented by adequate field practice, to progress from a procedural to a conceptual understanding of the essential mathematics topics taught in the elementary grades.

Courses reviewed: MA 13700, MA 13800, MA 13900, and EDCI 36400

Through a review of the coursework noted above, the program was found to provide teacher candidates with good coverage of numbers & operations, algebra, geometry, and data analysis & probability. The program was also found to require at least three SCHs of coursework focused on the methods of mathematics instruction.

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Building Knowledge
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Because they teach all subjects, elementary teacher candidates need to have a solid grasp of literature and composition, American and world history, geography and science. Teacher candidates should also develop some expertise outside of their professional studies, not only to enrich their own academic experience, but also to serve as a fallback major in the event that the student teaching experience is unsuccessful.

Requirements established by the program and/or the institution in which it is located ensure that all elementary certification candidates must take relevant classes in the checked topics below.

Literature & Composition
 ✗ World literature
 ✗ American literature
 ✔ Writing, grammar and composition
 ✗ Children's literature
Consider requiring all elementary teacher candidates take the equivalent of a three semester credit hour course that provides an introduction to major authors, works and forms of children's literature and includes some examination of children's literature as an historical phenomenon.
History & Geography
 ✔ Early American history
 ✗ Modern American history or Government
Because of the range of course options permitted, all elementary teacher candidates are not required to take the equivalent of a three semester credit hour general education course that focuses on US history from the Civil War or Reconstruction to the modern period (beginning anywhere from 1865 to 1900 and concluding near the present) or on the constitutional underpinnings, the specific branches, and state and national features of our democracy.
 ✗ World history—ancient
 ✔ World history—modern
 ✗ Geography
 ✔ Biology
 ✗ Chemistry
Consider revising required coursework in Chemistry so that it covers topics such as measurement, matter and energy, atomic theory and structure, the periodic table, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, chemical bonding, states of matter, reaction rates and equilibria, acids and bases, nuclear chemistry, and biochemistry.
 ✗ Physics
Consider revising required coursework in Physics so that it covers physics or physical science, including topics such as motion, energy, conservation laws, gravity, phase changes, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, sound, light, and wave dynamics.
 ✗ Earth science
Consider revising required coursework in Earth science so that it covers earth science, including topics such as geology, climatology, astronomy, and oceanography.

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