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Joshua, a junior in social studies education from Gary, Ind., wants inspire the next generation. He plans to use his Purdue teaching degree to educate and empower his future students — ultimately helping to improve society — and you can too.

  • Do you dream of making a difference?
  • Is your “calling” to teach?
  • Are there teachers in your family?
  • Have others told you you’d make a great teacher?
  • Do you want to play a part in creating the next generation of scientists, veterinarians, managers, pharmacists, philosophers, pilots, engineers, astronauts, and teachers?

If you answered “yes” to at least one of the questions above, teaching may be the profession for you. And Purdue is the place to do it. We’re a small school within a big university. Join our teacher education family and get the most out of a Big Ten college experience at Purdue. And you’ll also get loads of experience in actual K-12 classrooms where you’ll put what you’ve learned into action.


Who was your favorite teacher? Be that person for countless children for years to come. Purdue University offers 15 different teaching majors and we can help guide you toward teacher licensure in Indiana and most other states. Your journey begins here.


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Why Teach

Teaching is a challenging yet rewarding career and you can take advantage of the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of young people.


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What do you want to teach? Elementary education? Special education? Social studies education? Or what about science or mathematics education? Purdue offers 15 teaching majors across six different colleges.


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Career Outlook

Odds are good that you’ll get a great teaching job right out of college! Many school districts in Indiana and other states report a shortage of teachers at all levels and subjects. That means you’ll be in high demand once you graduate with your teaching degree. The Indiana Department of Education reported (see page 58 in the linked PDF) a particular shortage in special education and English learners but all areas of teaching are needed across the state and beyond.


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Funding and Scholarships

Do you need help figuring out how to pay for college? We have resources! Read more about our scholarships and other funding opportunities.



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Apply today!

Are you ready to launch your career in the teaching profession? Apply now. See more information about specific application deadlines.




Come to Purdue and learn all about becoming a teacher. At Become a Teacher Day, you will learn about the challenging and rewarding profession of teaching. You’ll also get to know Purdue’s campus and participate in fun campus activities with current Purdue students. The next Become a Teacher Day will take place in the spring of 2020. Email us and request to be notified when details are announced.