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John Purdue believed that education was the flame that lit the world. We couldn’t agree more. Whether you aspire to educate people as a teacher, administrator, school counselor, psychologist, corporate trainer, researcher, or professor — we will help you get there. We work to discover and develop human potential.

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Nancy Marchand-Martella Suzi and Dale Gallagher Dean of Education
A Message from the Dean

Welcome to Purdue’s College of Education. Our campus is a community of learners that fosters the curiosity and motivation of people who want to create change in the world – be that through engineering, science, entrepreneurship or human-helping professions like education.

Our college is an exciting place to learn and create new knowledge. As part of a research-intensive institution, we value rigorous scholarship and discovery. Our teacher preparation programs combine deep content knowledge with relevant foundational courses. A noted hallmark of Purdue’s College of Education is making education accessible and equitable for all students, removing the barriers to quality education.

Whatever your role in our college – undergrad, graduate student, faculty member or staff – I encourage you to embrace our mission to discover and develop human potential.

Purdue's education program has put me on the path to reach my goal of becoming a great teacher and positive role model for my students. The close-knit program has provided me with so many opportunities and surrounded me with people who care, who are truly invested in my success. Purdue has become my home away from home.

Trinette Lopez Elementary Education Major
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Our Values

We are committed to creating a community that values and nurtures diversity, equity and inclusion. We work to make our college an equitable and welcoming environment for all and we prepare our students to do the same in their lives and workplaces.
“Education professionals go forth and teach hundreds of thousands of children. This multiplier effect gives you a special responsibility, but also a special opportunity, because the process that ultimately results in the educated person does not begin with the university. It may be reinforced here, but it has to begin with the first contact that the youngster has with a teacher. . . . The teacher who awakens and nourishes in a child the love of learning serves as role model whose ideas fire the imagination.” Steven Beering, Purdue President 1983-2000
We are thought-leaders with a commitment to rigorous academic programs and ground-breaking research. No one - student or faculty - comes to Purdue's College of Education because it will be easy, but because they will have opportunities to learn from and collaborate with top scholars and researchers.
We are a nationally top-ranked college with an excellent global reputation while making our expertise widely available at a local level. Our graduates are known as educational leaders in the P-12 system, higher education and business. Our faculty pioneer research and challenge conventional wisdom about how learning occurs. On campus, across the state, nation and world, Purdue's College of Education is a leader.