College of Education

You’ll change lives.
(We’ll show you how.)

It takes more than passion alone to change the trajectory of a child’s life. You need to understand how to be a great mentor and advocate for communities. You need to know the ins and outs of building a lesson plan from scratch. You need hundreds of hours of classroom experience to hone your abilities.

For all of the above and more: Butler delivers. (Which is why our Elementary and Middle/Secondary Education students have had a 100 percent placement rate for well over a decade.)

Whether your aspirations lead you into the classroom or to another educational setting, we provide you with the tools and confidence needed to shape how future generations learn, dream, and prosper.

Reggio Children Exhibition

The Butler University College of Education is hosting the Mosaic of Marks, Words, Material Exhibition and Atelier of the Infant-Toddler Centers and Preschools of the Istituzione–Municipalityof Reggio Emilia, Italy. The Mosaic exhibition, a collaboration between Reggio Children and North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA), is hosted by Butler University College of Education and located at South Campus from September 1–December 1, 2023. 

Learning Never Stops

Butler offers graduate degrees and certificates that prepare you to be successful principals and school counselors. Boost your career and reach more students through our on-campus master’s and certificate programs aimed at counselors, social workers, and educators.

Professional Development

Any person seeking professional development, graduate credit, or PGP points through the College of Education can do so through the TEACH Butler program. The program includes workshops, online learning, conferences, guest speakers, and more.

Upskilling Educators

The high attrition of educators, coupled with an insufficient pipeline of teacher candidates from bachelor’s degree programs, has led to drastic increases in alternative teaching credentials and emergency permits. Teacher-Led, Teacher Education program, offered by Butler University’s College of Education and Executive Education, is designed to support new teachers, alternatively credentialed, emergency-permitted, or long-term substitute teachers with the training they need to succeed in the classroom.

COE graduate classmates

Innovative Classrooms

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South Campus

Our new home on the 40-acre South Campus includes a library for Education students and classrooms equipped with the latest technology, including video cameras to record practice teaching.

Available concentrations for Youth and Community Development majors
Placement rate of COE graduates
Student-teaching hours logged by Elementary Education majors

Alumni Spotlight

“Spending time with people in the College of Education feels like one big hug.”

2019 graduate Tommy Roers studied Secondary Education and Spanish and went on to become a Fulbright Scholar in Uruguay where he taught English. He now serves as an English as a Second Language teacher at Pike High School in Indianapolis.

A language class with different colored flags