How the College of Education is addressing the 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.