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 we’ve 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.

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.

Upskillng 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.

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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

Featured Student

“In order to be a teacher, you should learn by actually teaching.”

Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Matthew Aspinwall knew that he wanted an Elementary Education program that would provide classroom opportunities early on. When he learned that Butler’s College of Education (COE) put students in real classrooms in year one—and a full year of student teaching (instead of one semester at most other schools)—he was sold.

Matthew Aspinwall

Featured Story

Butler University and Ivy Tech Community College Announce Statewide Transfer Agreement

Ivy Tech Community College and Butler University have partnered to create their first transfer agreement, making a seamless process for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. This agreement also seeks to address Indiana’s teacher shortage by providing an affordable pathway.

COE South Campus Tower