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Purdue University College of Education

In the College of Education at Purdue University, we are forward thinkers committed to rigorous programs and ground-breaking research.  We are dedicated to continuous improvement toward inclusive excellence through self-reflective practices.  We embed our values into who we are so that inputs, decisions, and results are driven and measured according to our values. 

The College of Education is comprised of approximately 1521 students (629 undergraduate; 892 graduate), 90 faculty (66 tenured/tenure track), 166 staff and more than 18,000 alumni.  An additional 902 undergraduate and 453 graduate students are enrolled in teacher education programs in other colleges across the Purdue campus.

Values to which we adhere include:

  • We hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of professional behavior and ethics and anchor decisions to our vision and mission.
  • We commit to advancement through interdependent collaboration, collegiality, and transparency.
  • We commit to creativity, innovation, and productivity.
  • We promote inclusive excellence so each person may have equitable access and opportunities for their next giant leap.
  • We take responsibility and action to model, educate, and advocate for social justice and equity.
  • We commit to education systems for sustainable social progress. 

The College of Education's 2021-2026 Strategic Plan is available here.

Visit the College of Education website:  www.education.purdue.edu

Presence on Campus

The College of Education includes programs and faculty whose expertise is teaching and learning, and whose persistent pursuit of innovation improves the educational experience of all.  This includes teacher and administrator education programs, as well as other essential elements of education.  Home to internationally known scholars in counseling and educational psychology, learning design and technology, learning sciences, and research methodology, among other areas, our faculty and programs consistently transform what it means to learn, how to improve learning, and how to study the learning process.

Reflective of the historical commitment as a land-grant university to educate teachers in the content areas, the College of Education serves as a signature collaborator across the University providing strong leadership in interdisciplinary teacher education programs with six colleges.  These partnerships include faculty joint or courtesy appointments in the College of Science, School of Engineering Education, College of Health and Human Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, College of Agriculture, and the Purdue Polytechnic Institute.  The College of Education is the hub for all of Purdue’s Teacher Education programs.  Three undergraduate teaching majors are contained within the College of Education:  elementary education, special education, and social studies education.  The College of Education also includes post-baccalaureate initial and advanced educator licensing programs in English Language Learning, Gifted Education, School Administration, Secondary Education, and Special Education. The other majors are part of the collaborative teacher education program organized across six colleges with shared curriculum and goals and jointly appointed faculty.

Beyond campus, our teacher education programs foster partnerships with close to 150 different schools in 78 districts and place our pre-service teachers in clinical experiences and student teaching. 

History

Purdue University has been training teachers for more than 100 years.  In 1907, the Indiana legislature adopted a teacher-training law.  Purdue University stood ready to lead the effort.  George L. Roberts was appointed the sole faculty member and department head of Education in the School of Science.  The first bachelor’s degree was awarded in 1910, the first master’s degree in 1930 and the first doctoral degree in 1939.

In 1989, Education bid farewell to its home of 26 years – the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education – to become the School of Education.  In 2005, in alignment with a new university policy, the School of Education became the College of Education.

Online Learning

In additional to our residential offerings at the West Lafayette campus, Purdue’s College of Education offers four nationally ranked online master’s degree programs, graduate certificates, teacher licensure programs and hybrid doctoral programs to meet the varied needs of our stakeholders across Indiana and beyond, and that advance students’ knowledge and careers. Our online programs provide access to our world‑renowned faculty and top-quality academics in a convenient, flexible format.

Online students enjoy the same rigorous academic programs as on-campus students, but with a much more flexible class schedule.

Purdue University’s online master’s degree programs in the College of Education jumped 20 spots in the newest 2022 U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of Best Online Programs moving to #22 from #42.  Out of 343 listed universities, this places Purdue in the top 6% of online master’s programs in the nation.

More information can be found here.

Diversity and Inclusion

Purdue’s College of Education is committed to making our college an equitable and welcoming environment for all.  Social justice and diversity are more than scholarly priorities for the College of Education; they are values we hold true as we work to make the college, the campus, and the world more welcoming, tolerant, and inclusive.  The college’s Office of Diversity Initiatives is one space that aims to encourage and support an environment that represents and values diversity among groups of people and individuals based on ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, gender, exceptionalities, language, religion, sexual orientation, and geographic area.  The college supports and is active in Purdue’s Equity Task Force implementation and has a number of initiatives in the College through its Office of Diversity Initiatives.

The Office of Diversity Initiatives strives to:

  • Build a community of diversity through support, unity, and guidance within Teacher Education.
  • Develop strategies that will recruit and retain underrepresented students in Teacher Education.
  • Provide programming that will increase awareness of diversity and inclusion of all cultures through strategically planning, developing, implementing and supporting initiatives designed to enhance the climate related to diversity for students.

More information can be found here.

Research and Engagement

Seven centers provide an impetus for research and engagement.  The center for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of STEM (CATALYST), the Gifted Education Research and Resource Institute (GERI), the James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship, the Purdue Counseling and Guidance Center, Serious Gaming Center, Evaluation and Learning Research Center, and the Teaching Resource Center.

Our College of Education faculty, professional staff, and graduate students have been awarded millions of dollars in funding to support their research, engagement, and other academic projects. Funding comes from the federal government, state governments, private foundations, professional organizations, and internal college and university programs.

More information can be found here.

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