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College of Education

Catalysts for the Future.

In the College of Education, we know that better teachers are catalysts for a better future. It’s why we seek out students with genuine passions for learning. Then, we empower them with remarkable resources: highly respected veteran teachers, real-world teaching opportunities, and collaboration with fellow students who share the same passion.

IPS Partnerships

Butler is investing in our neighborhood's public education, providing innovative project-based learning for local P-12 students. Shortridge High School: An International Baccaulaureate World School and IPS/Butler University Laboratory School operate as partnerships between Butler and the Indianapolis Public Schools district.

Why Choose the College of Education?

You'll collaborate with dynamic, caring, and energetic people to transform K-12 education. You'll find out why nearly 100 percent of our recent graduates are working in education or pursuing advanced degrees. You'll learn what makes us different.

College Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Elementary Education majors spend seven out of eight semesters—up to 1,500 hours—learning in actual classrooms, working hands-on with diverse students in grades K–6. Butler students wishing to teach sciences, languages, and other subjects in grades 5-12 (middle/secondary education) can double major, developing deep content expertise, while learning teaching skills from a master practitioner in some 800 hours of field experience. Human Movement and Health Science Education covers physical and health education; coaching; sports and recreation; and preparation for graduate studies in nutrition, nursing, occupational and physical therapy, and more.

Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs & Certificates

Experienced educators and those wanting to enter the education field can diversify and energize their careers with Butler’s graduate programs in School Counseling, Educational Administration, Effective Teaching and Leadership. Expand your professional toolkit with a non-degree certificate in special education, licensed mental health counseling, initial 5–12 licensure, International Baccalaureate, and Hinkle Academy's wellness and sport leadership program.

Alternative Licensure

Alternative Licensure

These programs are for adults interested in pursuing a career in teaching. The Alternative Special Education Licensure Program, Graduate Initial Licensure Program (GILP) in Secondary Education, and Teachers for the Visually Impaired programs are unique avenues for people with bachelor's degrees to enter the teaching profession with the support and name recognition of the highly respected faculty in the College of Education. Both programs go beyond the minimum requirements of Transition to Teaching programs in order to prepare teachers of the highest quality for work in schools.

TEACH Butler

TEACH Butler

Any person seeking professional development, graduate credit, or PGP points through the College of Education will now be able to do so through the TEACH Butler program. The program includes workshops, online learning, conferences, guest speakers, and more. Students enrolled in the School Counseling program who need workshops for program requirements will find these workshops under TEACH Butler.