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College of Education and Teacher Education

Suggested Plans of Study

Bachelor of Arts

The plan of study for the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Education consists of: (1) the general education requirements, (2) the requirements for the major (or area of concentration) and (3) a sufficient number of elective courses to bring the total credits to 126-143. Due to the importance of preparing teachers and education professionals whose knowledge and skills are current, the College of Education will not accept as credit toward graduation from any undergraduate program any professional studies course completed 10 or more years prior to graduation.

Purdue University offers programs, curricula, assessments and licensing in Grades P-3, K-6, 5-12, and P-12. We also offer two non-licensing, general education majors. Descriptions of programs vary by content areas. Official program guidelines are available via the Teacher Education website at www.teach.purdue.edu. Students seeking additional clarification and guidance should consult with an academic advisor.

General Requirements

The general requirements specify a minimum involvement in several areas. They have been established to ensure that students have the opportunity to acquire skills in the oral and written use of their own language, in a foreign language and in mathematics. General education requirements also allow significant experience in the fields of science, the arts, the humanities and the social sciences.


In teacher preparation, Purdue University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Higher Learning Commission, and the State of Indiana. Licensure requirements for any of the areas (majors) may be obtained from the student advising office of the college the student is enrolled in or from the Office of Professional Preparation and Licensure in the College of Education. A student who has an educational objective not covered in the lists of majors should consult the Office of Professional Preparation and Licensure.

Teacher Licensure Programs

Teaching Majors (College of Enrollment)
Agriculture (Agriculture)
Biology (Science)
Chemistry (Science)
Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs (Health and Human Sciences)
Earth/Space Sciences (Science)
Elementary Education
Engineering/Technology Education (Technology)
English (Liberal Arts)
Family and Consumer Sciences (Health and Human Sciences)
Mathematics (Science)
Physics (Science)
Social Studies (Education) Historical Perspectives, Economics, and Government and Citizenship 
Special Education (Education) Dual Program: Mild Intervention and Elementary Education
Visual Arts (Liberal Arts)

Additional Licensing Areas

Computer Education
English Learners

Non-Licensure Majors
For those interested in the field of education, but not necessarily teaching in the classroom.

General Education — Curriculum and Instruction
General Education — Educational Studies