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COE Graduation Requirements

All undergraduate students who plan to teach in an elementary, middle, or high school must complete the bachelor’s degree. Candidates must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 126 semester hours of college course work. They also must meet all requirements listed under respective program areas.

At least 40 of the 126 semester hours needed for graduation must be in upper-division courses—courses numbered 300 or above.

Student teaching is required for initial licensure programs.

Educational Placement

The College of Education has moved to entirely self-managed credentials. Self-managed files are appropriately responsive and practical in the era of portfolios and electronic applications and communications. Current job listings can be found through Butler’s Internship and Career Services website, at, or on individual school district websites.

Teacher Education Undergraduate Transition Points

The College of Education has set four transition points for delineation and progress through the licensure/degree program.

Annual updates will be made available at

COE Core I and COE Core II

To complete COE Core I and COE Core II, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 2.8. A cumulative GPA of 2.8 as well as completion of state testing requirements is required of anyone transferring from another college within the University to the COE.
  2. A grade of C or higher in FYS101 and FYS102. A student receiving a grade of C- or below in either class must either repeat the class and receive a grade of C or above or obtain a grade of C or above in a comparable or higher-level class.
  3. Grades of C or above in all COE Core I courses: ED112, Introduction to the Profession of Teaching; for music education majors, ME101, Foundations in Music Education I; ED245, Introduction to Computers in Education; for music education majors, ME102, Foundations in Music Education II.

    The Indiana State Department of Education requires that all candidates demonstrate basic skills proficiency for admission to an education program. The following assessments/routes are used to document basic skills proficiency at the time of admission:

    1. ACT score of 24 or above (composite score).
    2. SAT score of 1,100 or above (math and verbal).
    3. Passing scores on the Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA). Cutoff scores in each of the three areas are: Reading=220, Math=220, Writing=220. Passing scores must be received one week prior to the start of classes each semester.
  4. Grades of C or above in all COE Core II courses: ED299, Integrated COE Core II Block or the following three courses: ED241, Developmental Theory and Application in Education; ED242, Educating Children with Special Needs; and ED244, Concepts of Education.
  5. Completion of a Philosophy of Teaching Statement and attainment of satisfactory scores on the COE Student Disposition Assessment or evidence of satisfactory remediation.

Apply to Teacher Education/COE Core III (End of COE Core II)

Upon completion of COE Cores I and II, any student who wishes to be admitted to the teacher education program must complete the application available at and meet the following criteria:

  1. Recommendation by the student’s program area and by the COE Recruitment, Retention, and Recognition Committee.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.8.
  3. Completion of approved professional education courses with no grade lower than a C (C- is not acceptable): ED112, ED245, and ED299 or the following three courses: ED241, ED242, and ED244. Any course resulting in a grade of C- or lower must be repeated to attain a grade of C or above.
  4. Satisfactory completion of appropriate clinical and field experiences.
  5. A grade of C or above in the major. A class in the major with a grade of C- or below may be repeated to attain a grade of C or above. With the advisor’s permission, the student may instead substitute an equivalent course and attain a grade of C or above.
  6. Satisfactory progress in completing requirements for a specific major.

A decision based on the criteria above by a College committee (with appropriate program representation) determines the student’s eligibility to continue in the program.

COE Core III: Program-Specific

To enter COE Core III, the student must have successfully completed COE Cores I and II and must be admitted to teacher education based on the aforementioned criteria.

Apply to COE Core IV: Student Teaching

  1. Candidates for student teaching must have completed COE Cores I, II, and III and been admitted to teacher education.
  2. During the first semester of the junior year, candidates for student teaching must obtain a student teaching application available at Completed applications (except for fall semester grades) are to be submitted to the advisor by the published due date; fall semester grades are then added to this application. Failure to meet the deadline may jeopardize student teaching placement.
  3. Candidates must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8.
  4. At least 15 semester hours must be taken at Butler University to qualify for admission to teacher education and student teaching.

A decision is made by the program area for admittance to COE Core IV and is based on disposition assessment rubrics and grades. Students who do not meet these criteria may appeal in writing to the Administrative Team of the College of Education and may be asked to appear in person.

COE Core IV: Student Teaching and Internship

State licensure tests, CPR/Heimlich certification, and evidence of suicide prevention training are required for initial licensure.

Recommendation for licensure is made by program area based on disposition assessment rubrics and grades.