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The College of Education is the hub of teacher education programs at Purdue, providing instruction on teaching methods and overseeing all clinical experiences and licensure. Five partner colleges provide content expertise in subjects including math, English education and the sciences.

The College of Education at Purdue University is accredited at the initial-licensure level by CAEP, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Purdue earned this national recognition by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.

If you would like to contact CAEP you may visit, by phone at (202) 223-0077 or mail correspondence to:
1140 19th St NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036.

All programs are state-approved in Indiana. The College of Education works closely with the Indiana Department of Education to assure compliance with state requirements for educator professional licensure.

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CAEP Reporting Measures

1. Impact on P‑12 learning

Purdue Graduates Impact Student Learning*

  • At least 97% of hiring principals agree that our graduates:
    • Understand how students learn
    • Meet expectations for content preparation and knowledge
    • Adhere to the legal and ethical requirements of the teaching profession
  • 95%+ of graduates are satisfied with the training they received at Purdue, including the following areas:
    • Content preparation and knowledge
    • Inclusive and rigorous learning environments
    • Learner development and growth
    • Collaboration with school leaders and colleagues
    • View the full report >

2. Indicators of teaching effectiveness

  • 98% percent of teachers with 1-3 years of experience achieved “highly effective” or “effective” rating
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3. Satisfaction of employers and employment

  • 97% of hiring principals believe graduates are well-prepared and are satisfied with the training their teachers received from Purdue.
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4. Satisfaction of completers

  • 95% of graduates believe they were well prepared to teach by the Teacher Education Program at Purdue University’s College of Education
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5. Graduation rates

6. Ability of completers to meet licensing (certification) and any additional state requirements; Title II

Teacher Education Program Enrollment Data 2014-2019

GroupTests TakenTests PassedPass Rate (%)State Pass Rate (%)
Program Completers, 2018-1918717594
Program Completers, 2017-181941879682
Program Completers, 2016-172072039884
Program Completers, 2015-162222109591

See more details in the full Title II Report >

Title II Reporting Requirements

Purdue University is in compliance with Title II reporting requirements.

Title II Section 207 of the Higher Education Act (HEA) requires states, as recipients of HEA funds, and all institutions with teacher preparation programs that enroll students receiving federal financial assistance, to prepare annual reports on teacher preparation and licensing. Visit this page for complete details of Purdue University’s report.

7. Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they have prepared

8. Student loan default rates and other consumer information

EPP Admission or Entry Criteria

Minimum Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) Required for Entry in EPP*


Average Overall GPA of Admitted Teacher Candidates*


*Includes both admitted candidates and program completers in any program leading to initial instructional licensure (traditional undergraduate, Transition to Teaching, etc.)

Student Loan and Default Rates

Loan Amounts for undergraduates in Education Degrees

Aggregate Student Loan Graph

Loan Type 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2017-2018
Parent Plus Loan $1,725,265 $1,184,636 $989,441 $1,134,391 $1,083,927
Private Loans $463,064 $463,561 $269,952 $310,456 $416,570
Purdue Loan $210,560 $214,256 $135,027 $187,766 $362,422
Stafford Loan $3,044,171 $3,044,171 $2,293,748 $2,033,527 $1,965,681

Purdue University Undergraduate Level of Loan Balance at Graduation

Student Loan Level Graph

Loan Amount Number Graduating Students Percent Graduating Students by Loan Balance
$0 4,146 59%
$1-$9,999 499 7%
$10K-$24,999 1,010 14%
$25K-$49,999 1,083 15%
$50K-$74,999 156 2%
$75K+ 128 2%
Total Graduating Students 7,022 100%
Total Graduating Borrowers 2,876

Purdue University’s Three Year Cohort Default Rate

The cohort default rate is the percentage of borrowers who enter repayment in a fiscal year and default by the end of the second fiscal year. The Department of Education issues default rates according to the fiscal year that borrowers entered repayment. For example, the fiscal year 2014 3-year default rate is based on students who entered repayment between Oct. 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014 and defaulted before September 30, 2016. The results are then published the next September (September, 2017).

Purdue’s most recent cohort default rate: 2.3%
Amount of defaulters who did not graduate from Purdue: 70%

How It's Calculated

FY 2014 Cohort Default Rate Calculation
Purdue West Lafayette's Defaulters

*Results based on those surveyed in both Indiana new teacher and employer surveys conducted by the Indiana Department of Education

Effectiveness data and surveys from principals and teachers are part of the Indiana Department of Education’s 1388 EPP Report.