College of Education

Undergraduate Programs

All undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Education at Butler University are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Indiana Office of Educator Licensing and Development (OELD).

Elementary Education

Curriculum Sheet

In addition to a comprehensive liberal arts background, the elementary education program prepares students for teaching and instructional leadership in elementary schools. By completing the program requirements, elementary education majors also meet state licensing course requirements for licensure in grades K-6.

Middle and Secondary Education

Professional Education Components
Curriculum Sheets

The middle/secondary education program at Butler University enables students to combine the strength of in-depth preparation in an academic content area with the professional teacher education skills necessary for success in the classroom. Extensive clinical experiences are provided prior to student teaching in a variety of school settings.

A middle grades/secondary program (grades 5-12) may have the following content area major (36 to 54 hours depending on individual major requirements):

  • English
  • Foreign language: French, German or Spanish
  • Mathematics
  • Science: primary areas in biology, chemistry, physics
  • Social studies

Or, all grade (K-12) licensure in:

  • Music education: choral, instrumental, area
  • Physical education and Health (K-12 licensure, exercise science concentration)

Human Movement and Health Science Education

Curriculum Sheet

The mission of the Human Movement and Health Science Education Program(HMHSE) is to prepare educational leaders who promote quality programs for physical, health, physical activity, and sport programs in a variety of settings.

 In February 2013 the American Association for Health Education (AAHE) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) declared Human Movement and Health Science Education a nationally recognized program. This is the highest possible distinction for an undergraduate program in our disciplines that signifies we are meeting the national accreditation standards for preparing quality professionals.

 Students who study Human Movement and Health Science Education are prepared with professional expertise to become role models and change agents for advancing the health, quality of life and wholesale well-being in a pluralistic society. The HMHSE program aligns itself with the consensus goal for a diverse citizenry to cultivate the knowledge, skills, and confidence for developing a health-enhancing, physically active lifestyle for a lifespan regardless of ability or age. To this end, comprehensive strategies include quality physical and health education school curricula, quality physical and health educators, interdisciplinary school curricula, before, during and after school programs, and broad based initiatives such as the National Physical Activity Plan, the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Plan (CSPAP), Michelle Obama's Let's Move in Schools Campaign, NFL Play 60, and the federally legislated Coordinated School Health Program to name a few. In addition, all HMHSE students are prepared to pursue careers in allied health sciences such as fitness training, sports performance, athlete development, exercise physiology, kinesiology, rehabilitation/therapy, and health promotion. Effective teaching and training principles are applied to students' interests in coaching various sports on all levels. Students are also prepared to pursue advanced degrees based on individual interests in related disciplines e.g., Physical Education, Health Promotion, Nutrition, Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, Kinesiology, or School Counseling. The HMHSE program takes pride in preparing undergraduates with expertise to pursue careers and/or graduate studies that contribute in various ways towards developing health-enhancing physically active lifestyles in a range of contexts with diverse populations.

 Students who study Human Movement and Health Science Education have the option to obtain Indiana teaching licensure in Physical Education (P-12) and/or Health Education (P-12) upon successful completion of all university, College of Education, and Indiana Department of Education requirements. In addition, all HMHSE students become ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified as personal trainers and are prepared for American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Health/Fitness Instructor (ACSM-HFT), National Strength and Conditional Association (NSCA) Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) and/or Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exams after successfully completing the program. Student placement in a varied array of local schools and businesses during their educational experiences provides a glimpse of the diverse nature of the city of Indianapolis as well as learning arenas. Students participate in practicum learning experiences over the course of their program in many local school districts; among them Indianapolis Public Schools, Metropolitan School Districts of Pike, Lawrence, and Washington Townships along with select Charter and Private Schools. Experiential learning in non-school settings includes the Jewish Community Center, YMCA, the Riviera Club, St. Vincent's Sport Performance, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, IU Health, Riley Hospital, Primetime Sports, Butler Athletics, and the Indiana High School Athletic Association. Opportunities for pre-professional development, student leadership, networking, and philanthropy in a variety of settings is provided at a local level through the Physical Education Majors (PEM) Club as well as state and national conferences (IAHPERD, AAHPERD, ASHA, ACSM and NIRSA) throughout the program. 


By completing the Butler University requirements, the middle/secondary education major also meets the state licensure requirements.