Accreditation

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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. Programs in Elementary Education, Social Studies Education, and Special Education are housed within the college. Five partner colleges provide content expertise in subjects including Math, English, Agriculture, Early Childhood and Exceptional Needs, Family and Consumer Sciences, Visual Arts, Engineering Technology, and the Sciences. Purdue Online also provides unique access to a variety of additional licensure programs focusing on High Ability, English Language Learning, Special Education, Educational Leadership, and a variety of Transition to Teaching opportunities.

See a full description of our licensure programs here >

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 for initial licensure within our Teacher Education Program.

The College of Education will undergo a review of its Advanced Programs in Teacher Education in the spring of 2022. Those programs are Educational Leadership, High Ability, English Language Learning, Career and Technical Education Leadership, and Special Education.

If you would like to contact CAEP you may visit www.caepnet.org, 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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By state law, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) collects and reports information from Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) annually. The following information is collected from EPPs, principals, teachers, and schools: 

  • The “attrition, retention, and completion rates of teacher candidates for the previous three (3) calendar years.” 
  • Average scaled or standard scores of program completers in basic skills, content, and pedagogical testing.
  • Average number of times program completers took the basic skills, content, and pedagogy tests before passing.
  • Percentage passing the basic skills, content, and pedagogy tests on the first attempt.
  • Admission practices of each program as they compare to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) minimum admission standards.
  • Principal survey results of the quality of their teachers completing an Indiana program within the previous two (2) years.
  • Teacher feedback form results for those receiving initial license within the previous three (3) years.
  • Staff performance evaluation results reported in the aggregate.
  • The number of teacher candidates in each content area who complete the teacher preparation program during the year, disaggregated by ranges of cumulative grade point averages.
  • The number of teacher candidates in each content area who, during the year:
    • (A) do not pass a content area licensure examination; and
    • (B) do not retake the content area licensure examination.

This information must be reported using a matrix which is to be posted to the IDOE website. While this matrix is not intended to rank or “grade” programs, it provides an opportunity for the public to interpret or compare program quality based on a variety of data points. Please note that all data points are based upon the September 1– August 31 Title II timeframe.

CAEP Reporting Measures

CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) requires eight annual reporting measures which are used to provide information on program outcome and program impact. Below are the eight reporting measures for our programs with links to data tables that provide supporting evidence for each measure, including the IDOE reports.

1. Impact on P‑12 Learning and Development

Principals surveyed by the Indiana Department of Education in 2020 provided feedback on first and second year Purdue College of Education initial licensure alumni. They found Purdue graduates to be prepared in their knowledge of content and pedagogy and prepared with appropriate professional dispositions. Data for graduates of CAEP Advanced licensure programs are not available from the Indiana Department of Education. Purdue College of Education will conduct its own analysis of these candidates during 2021.

  • 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

Graduates surveyed by the Indiana Department of Education in 2020 represent the classes of 2017, 2018 and 2019 who are employed throughout Indiana schools. Graduates stressed the effectiveness of early Purdue’s field experiences and the strength of their preparation. Data for graduates of CAEP Advanced licensure programs are not available from the Indiana Department of Education. Purdue College of Education will conduct its own analysis of these candidates during 2021.

  • 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

The Indiana Department of Education provides an annual report of teacher performance as evaluated by their building leaders. The report reflects performance by teachers within their first three years based on evaluations conducted in 2018-2019. Data for graduates of CAEP Advanced licensure programs are not available from the Indiana Department of Education. Purdue College of Education will conduct its own analysis of these candidates during 2021.

  • 98% of Purdue graduates who are teachers with 1-3 years of experience achieved a “highly effective” or “effective” rating.
  • View the full report >

3. Satisfaction of Employers and Employment Milestones

Principals surveyed by the Indiana Department of Education in 2020 provided feedback on first and second year Purdue College of Education initial licensure alumni. Data for graduates of CAEP Advanced licensure programs are not available from the Indiana Department of Education. Purdue College of Education will conduct its own analysis of these candidates during 2021.

  • Hiring principals believe graduates are well-prepared. They are satisfied with the training their teachers received from Purdue.
  • View the full report >

4. Satisfaction of Completers

Graduates surveyed by the Indiana Department of Education in 2020 represent the classes of 2017, 2018 and 2019 who are employed throughout Indiana schools. Data for graduates of CAEP Advanced licensure programs are not available from the Indiana Department of Education. Purdue College of Education will conduct its own analysis of these candidates during 2021.

  • Graduates believe they were well prepared to teach by the Teacher Education Program at Purdue University’s College of Education.
  • View the full report >

5. Graduation Rates

The four-year graduation rate for the class who entered the College of Education in 2015 was 69.8%.

View retention and graduation rates by undergraduate major here.

Most CAEP Advanced Programs are completed on a part-time basis and result in a certificate or licensure addition. A review of completers found here reflects the semesters to completion for the 2018-2019 completer group.

6. Ability of Completers to Meet Licensing and State Requirements for Certification

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.

See more details in the full Title II Report >

See specific details about alternative programs in this Title II report >

Initial Licensing for Purdue Teacher Education Completers

GroupTests TakenTests PassedPass Rate (%)State Pass Rate (%)
Program Completers, 2018-191871759480
Program Completers, 2017-181941879682
Program Completers, 2016-172072039884
Program Completers, 2015-162222109591

Licensure Results for Alternative Completers can be found here >

Licensure Results for Advanced Program Completers can be found here >

7. Ability of Completers to be Hired in Education Positions for Which They Have Been Prepared

Purdue University’s Center for Career Opportunities assist us in identifying employment information for graduates. In addition, we have launched an extensive new effort to track all program alumni annually, including alumni of our Advanced Programs. We will publish the results of our efforts in 2021-2022.

In 2018, 100% of our undergraduate students were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Percent Employed or Grad School graph

8. Student Loan Default Rates and Other Consumer Information

Purdue’s most recent official 3-year cohort default rate is the 2017 rate of 2.2%  The 2017 3-year cohort Default Rate is based on borrowers who entered repayment between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017, and subsequently defaulted prior to September 30, 2019. The rate was released by the U.S. Department of Education on September 28, 2020.

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

College of Education graduates have reduced their debt load since 2015. 50.4% of undergraduates completed with debt in 2019, 5.8% lower than 2015. Scholarships and grants awarded to education students increased to over $377,000 in 2018-2019.

Other National Reports

Purdue’s Advanced Programs in Special Education, Educational Leadership, English Language Learning, and High Ability are part of Purdue Online. These programs were evaluated by U.S. News and World Report in multiple categories. Out of the 311 schools ranked, we are in the top 9% for best online graduate education programs. Out of the 392 schools, we are in the top 11% for best education school.

College of Education20162017201820192020
Best Online Master’s in Instructional Media Programs
(our Learning Design and Technology master’s program)
5
Best Online Master’s in Education Programs for Veterans6 (tie)
Best Online Master’s in Special Education Programs10
Best Online Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction Programs15 (tie)
Best Online Master’s in Education Programs
TOP 9% – overall ranking for all College of Education online programs
4135212928
Best Education Schools42464345pending

View the full submission for Graduate Programs here
View the full submission for Masters Programs Online here

We welcome community participation in our Teacher Education Advisory Board!
For more information, contact Dr. Anne Roycroft, eroycrof@purdue.edu