Why Choose the College of Education?
Higher education is a lifetime investment and we believe that the commitment to becoming a Bulldog Educator is an investment worth making.
Teaching and Mentoring by Faculty
Teaching is inherently a relationship-based process; therefore, we believe that the only way to truly help a student learn how to teach is to walk the journey with them. By teaching classes both on campus and school based sites, faculty can mentor the real interactions that help theory become practice. Courses are taught by faculty, not by TAs (Teaching Assistants) or GAs (Graduate Assistants) at Butler.
Undergraduate Research and Honors
Faculty scholarship is rooted in their practice, so students are mentored in the practice of being a teacher researcher. Undergraduates are often included in research presentations, publications and are recognized as emerging leaders in the field. This includes recent selection of two students to the post-baccalaureate Fulbright Teaching Assistantship program.
Educating in Classrooms and Beyond
Being a major in education tends to call up images of schools and classrooms, and this is certainly where important work is being done! However, educators can be found in areas outside traditional school settings and many of our alums are thriving in places such as museums, hospitals, youth nonprofits, cooperate wellness and many others. Your education degree is a perfect way to meet the demands of an ever-changing job market.
Support After Graduation
Our college an on-going placement rate of 100% - and has for over a decade! However, research tells us that the most vulnerable time for a teacher to leave the profession is in their first few years of teaching. That is why we offer professional collaboration nights six times a year for first through third year graduates. These evenings are a time to interact with seasoned professionals as well as student teachers for reciprocal mentoring, support and problem solving. They are open for graduates to participate in virtually or in person – we’ve had alum from as far away as Spain join us!
Perhaps the most important aspect of your program is the time you actually spend in the classroom observing, teaching, and learning from master teachers who mentor urban and suburban experiences. The College of Education proudly offers an extensive field experience and student teaching program that begins early in your college career. This program is designed cooperatively by university faculty and school personnel to ensure that education students are experiencing and interacting in quality real-world classroom situations.
Beginning with observations and continuing through beginning teaching tasks, the sequence of experiences is designed to fully prepare you for your full-time student teaching role near the end of the curriculum.
Student teaching will be the capstones of your preparation to become a teacher. This is the point in your college career where you have the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have gained through your studies at Butler. The master teacher and Butler faculty are there to help you perfect your techniques and to share with you valuable advice that has been learned through years of teaching.
The College of Education provides two student teaching experiences: a full semester for middle/secondary students and a full year for elementary; a program characteristic that is well received by personnel directors.
The College of Education boasts 100 percent placement of education graduates (licensed and seeking employment) for more than a decade through its education placement service. As a graduate or one who has completed 15 or more credit hours at Butler University, you will be eligible for this service from the Office of Student Personnel Services that assists you in securing positions in education where you can put your years of study and hard work to use.
Your professional growth is encouraged through the development of a portfolio, a credentials file, real-world interviews, and other experiences directly related to success in gaining employment. Butler's location in a large metropolitan area offers a variety of professional possibilities. The reputation of the College of Education for quality preparation, makes graduates of Butler highly desirable as educators.