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.
Butler/IPS Lab Schools
Philosophy Into Practice
All teacher education students are given the opportunity for site-based instruction at our two IPS/Butler Lab Schools, which are Reggio Emilia inspired, project-based schools—and models for others to follow.
More than just practice
Real-time teaching opportunities
At Butler, we believe in the power of experience to develop extraordinarily prepared teachers. From their very first semester, Butler education majors are put in real classroom settings—with students of all ages—to see firsthand what it’s like to be an educator. Our extensive hands-on experience gives alums a competitive edge in the job search.
Youth and Community Development
Go Beyond the Traditional Classroom
Our newest major—Youth and Community Development—prepares students to provide high-quality educational and outreach practices in community settings. Graduates are hired for positions in museums, nonprofit youth organizations, educational policy roles, recreation and sports programs, and community centers.
Educational Neuroscience Symposium
Join us for the Educational Neuroscience Symposium on September 30, 2023. The 2023 Butler University Educational Neuroscience symposium invites educators, parents, mental health professionals, all others who work with children and youth. This day-long hybrid symposium will address nervous system development and how development is impacted by trauma which informs our discipline protocols, as we meet adults and students in their emotional and social nervous system states.
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.
“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.
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.