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Why Elementary Education at Valpo?

With the nation experiencing a teacher shortage, K-12 teachers are in extremely high demand. The Education department offers an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and offers a minor in Education that can lead to secondary licensure (6-12th) with two extra courses plus student teaching. This minor can be added onto any degree in History, Sciences, World Languages, English, as well as many others.

The Education program offers over six weeks of full-day in-school teaching experience prior to student teaching, thus equipping our students with deep background experiences in at least three grades. Come Find Your Calling in the Classroom here at Valparaiso University.

Elementary Education Highlights

98% of students

are teaching within three months of graduation.

Experts and Mentors

Professors at Valpo help students develop their knowledge, their career plans, and their curiosity.


Students serve communities across the country, from urban to rural.

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Dr. Ryan Eckart
Dr. Ryan Eckart has worked in public education in Indiana for eighteen years. Currently the principal of Red Cedars Elementary School, Eckart has also worked as a teacher, interventionist, assistant principal and district administrator. Dr. Eckart works to build a positive climate and culture with his staff and students through his focus on literacy and technology. Through his beliefs in developing strong relationships with students…
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