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College of Education and Teacher Education

Mission Statement

The College of Education provides leadership through exemplary teaching, research and engagement while embracing collaboration, creativity, respect and diversity. The college's mission is to advance scientific discovery in both applied and scholarly learning; prepare students to become exceptional teachers and education professionals; and maximize educational outcomes through inspired teaching, research and public service.

To further its mission, the College of Education creates knowledge through innovative inquiry and superior scholarship; delivers a contemporary and innovative professional curriculum; empowers faculty, staff and students to effect professional, social and technological change in a global, multi-cultural and diverse society; engages in cross-disciplinary collaboration to seek solutions to critical educational challenges both locally and globally; informs educational programs and policy; and attracts and retains talented and diverse faculty, staff and students.

Organization and Purpose

The College of Education consists of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department of Educational Studies.

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers undergraduate instruction in elementary education and social studies education as well as courses in teaching methods for all programs leading to initial teacher licensure offered at Purdue. At the graduate level, the department offers degree programs in curriculum studies, education for work and community, educational technology, literacy and language education, mathematics education, science education and social studies education. At the graduate degree level, the department prepares master teachers, curriculum specialists, teacher educators, educational researchers, instructional designers, educational technology specialists and university faculty members.

The Department of Educational Studies offers undergraduate-level and graduate-level instruction in counseling and development, cultural foundations, educational leadership, educational psychology, gifted education, measurement and research methods and special education. At the graduate degree level, the department prepares educational researchers; educational policy analysts; school principals and superintendents; counseling psychologists; school counselors; teacher educators; and specialists in gifted education, measurement and the social and philosophical foundations of education. There is a counseling psychology doctoral program accredited by the American Psychological Association and a school counseling master's program accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

The College of Education offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with licensure majors in elementary education, social studies education and special education and two non-licensure, general education majors. All other Purdue undergraduates who seek teacher preparation are enrolled in the college that provides their academic major. Other information especially relevant to those wishing to pursue programs leading to teaching careers in secondary education may be found through the college in which the academic major is pursued. Specific offerings of the College of Education's curricula and degree requirements are listed in appropriate sections of this website. The two departments of the college offer both introductory and advanced work in various fields.