How the College of Education is addressing the teacher shortage

Jennifer Smith

Purdue Expert: Teacher Shortage

Jennifer Smith is a clinical associate professor of special education in Purdue University’s College of Education. In this video, she explains the teacher shortage and its effects on education. Currently, fewer students want to be teachers and there are not enough graduates to fill open teacher positions. Smith says the lack of consistent teachers in the classroom is negatively impacting students, especially following the pandemic.

Purdue launches rural education center to help address teacher shortage

In support of Purdue University’s land grant mission which promotes equitable access for all students, the College of Education, in partnership with relevant stakeholders, has received approval for what is believed to be Indiana’s first comprehensive rural education center

Jennifer Barce and Stephanie Oudghiri

Addressing the teacher shortage: Purdue’s partnership with Ivy Tech gives “assured admission” to transfer students

Students who want to become teachers and educators in Indiana have a smoother path today with “assured admission” – if they successfully complete an associate’s degree at Ivy Tech Community College and are enrolled in a Purdue University Transfer Single Articulation Pathway (TSAP) Program, they are automatically admitted to the Purdue College of Education’s bachelor’s degree program.

ICHE awards STEM Teacher Recruitment Grant for 4th time to College’s CATALYST

For the fourth time, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) awarded a STEM Teacher Recruitment Grant to the Center for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of STEM (CATALYST) for innovative programming in the Purdue University College of Education.

Lynn Bryan, executive director of CATALYST, and a student seated at a table and smiling for a photo. On the table in front of them is a wooden wind turbine model.

Post-master’s Ed Specialist degree requirements updated, helps school administrators

Recently, Purdue University reduced the additional research and related area credit hours for the Educational Specialist with a Concentration in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (EdS) degree in the Superintendent Licensure program, saving time and money for becoming licensed as a superintendent.

Professionals jumpstart rewarding teaching careers via College’s Transition to Teaching program

Many teachers start their training in college and begin their teaching careers after graduation, but according to the National Center for Education Statistics, 18% of public-school teachers enter teaching careers through an alternative route to certification. Transition-to-teaching programs are one way professionals who already have a bachelor’s degree in the subject they want to teach can learn teaching fundamentals and move towards teaching licensure.

Purdue Online, College of Ed work together to launch updated, practical online teaching resource

In 2019, the Purdue Repository for Online Teaching and Learning (PoRTAL), a digital repository resource for instructors and designers interested in online teaching and learning, was released. On June 1, 2023, Purdue Online will launch PoRTAL 2: Online Teaching and Learning in Action, an expanded set of professional development learning modules for online instructors and others.

College of Education: Part of Indiana’s $2M funding initiative to support teachers of English Language Learners

Purdue University is one of ten Indiana universities offering a completely online add-on license to prepare teachers – for free – to provide effective language, literacy, and content-area instruction for students classified as English Language Learners (ELLs).

Washington Irving Elementary 3rd grade class with teacher Juan Barboza.

Phil VanFossen

Four Indiana deans of education discuss why students should become teachers

The deans of four Indiana teacher training schools – the Purdue University College of Education, Indiana University Bloomington School of Education, Teachers College at Ball State University and Bayh College of Education at Indiana State University – are coming together to encourage students to go to college to become teachers – and to change lives in the process.

Obenchain, Barce receive IDOE grant to address state’s teacher shortages 

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced recipients of $10.6 million in funding to aid Indiana’s schools and community partners in supporting local initiatives to attract and retain educators across the state – including researchers in the College of Education.

Kathy Obenchain and Jenn Barce portraits.

Students covering a greenhouse with a tarp.

West Side students harvesting STEM know-how, with side of veggies, in GEAR UP program

Students at the Gary West Side Leadership Academy Thursday celebrated a fall bounty that went beyond tomatoes and beans. The students, who are participating in one of nine Indiana GEAR UP programs, watched the unveiling of a new greenhouse next…

On-campus leaders in online education: Purdue College of Education 

The College of Education’s Purdue Online program jumped from #42 to #22 this year in the U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) rankings for online education programs, putting it in the top 6% of ranked schools.

#22 Best Online Master's in Education U.S. News & World Report 2022

Jenn Barce

IHE quotes Barce on teacher shortage, alternative programs 

For-profit “alternate route” teacher-preparation programs are gaining popularity to help meet the nationwide teacher shortage, but our Assistant Dean for Teacher Education Jennifer Barce warns that alternative programs need to include quality assurance.

Barce gives back-to-school advice via Associated Press, state & national outlets

The Associated Press quoted Jennifer Barce, assistant dean for teacher education at the College of Education, saying the advice she gives student teachers preparing for their first day in the classroom works for kindergarteners too: “Be safe, healthy, fed and well-rested.” Fox News, Wane 15, the Indianapolis Star and a host of national outlets picked up the story because it’s good advice for parents, teachers and students.

Jenn Barce

Teacher in front of map teaching elementary students.

NCTQ names Purdue’s College of Education an “Equitable and Excellent” program

Building a more diverse teacher workforce is becoming ever more essential – so much so that part of the College’s Strategic Plan focuses on recruiting and retaining candidates from historically underrepresented groups. The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) recently named the College of Education as an “Equitable and Excellent” program, one of 89 institutions nationwide that exhibit equity and excellence in pass rates for aspiring teachers of color.

CL2EAR to enhance literacy, English language learning, and teacher professional development

The Purdue University College of Education launched the new Center for Literacy and Language Education and Research (CL2EAR) on August 1, 2022. CL2EAR will focus on faculty-led research, use literacy and language research at its core, and generate funding from multiple sources including research grants and contracts with departments of education.

Teacher with group of young students

Kathy Obenchain

Obenchain featured in media, shares insights into Indiana’s teacher shortages

Indiana schools have more than 4,200 open jobs right now, and more than half of those openings are teacher positions, according to the state’s education online job board.

Boilermaker Track to Teaching: A clear and quick path to teacher licensure

For some students, becoming a teacher is the career path they always planned. For others, the decision to enter the teaching profession comes later in their undergraduate studies.

Purdue University program named among top in country for preparing future elementary math

The undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program at Purdue University has been named among the best in the nation when it comes to ensuring future elementary teachers have the essential content and skills they need to teach mathematics.

Innovation Initiative: Pursuing a curriculum buoyed in big ideas 

Grounded in the pursuit of resiliency and reflection, the College of Education’s Innovation Initiative is the most comprehensive change in two decades for the teacher education curriculum. Faculty are collaborating to infuse the new curriculum with advances that answer the needs of our future teachers, the students they will educate and an evolving society.

Group of College of Education students in front of Beering Hall