The Early and Elementary Education Living-Learning Community gives freshmen an opportunity to examine educational topics related to early childhood and elementary education through field trips, workshops, and discussions while taking classes with other students who are considering the teaching profession as a career.

Students will enroll in the same sections of major specific and core curriculum classes as part of this experience. Faculty will assist students in connecting with upper-level students, learning professional skills, and examining unique experiences within the community. 

Location: This community is located in Palmer/Davidson Halls within Studebaker West Complex.classroom space


  • Build a support network and make lasting friendships with your peers in both the classroom and the community
  • Engage in activities that promote academic achievement like discussions with faculty who will offer extra support and guidance or find a study partner within the community
  • Utilize makerspace¬≠¬≠ including dry erase boards, practice classroom with crafting supplies
  • Have access to new classroom technology (like SMARTboard) to practice your skills and complete course projects
  • Participate in creating new traditions for the living-learning community, including community service projects, field trips, and 32 clubs and student organizations for Education & Child Development Education majors.
  • Have opportunities to develop leadership and interpersonal skills through involvement in student organizations and activities (both within and outside of the living-learning community)
  • Network with faculty, upper-level students, advisors, staff, and alumni in the education profession


  • Dual early childhood/early childhood special education
  • Dual elementary/special education
  • Early childhood education
  • Elementary education
  • Special education

Programming: Students may choose to participate in the following activities.

  • Visits to charter schools
  • Community service days
  • A behind the scenes tour at the Indianapolis Children's Museum
  • In-hall advising nights
  • Visits to the state capitol for Teacher Advocacy Day and more.

Partners: To accomplish these goals, the Early and Elementary Education Living-Learning Community works very closely with the Department of Elementary Education and partners with other campus departments, including Academic Advising, Student Voluntary Services, and College Mentors For Kids.