COVID-19 Info Specifically for College of Education and Teacher Education Students

Last Updated: May 22, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Purdue University will host classes remotely for the remainder of the spring semester. See the things you need to know about COVID-19 on this regularly updated page.

Below are details specific to College of Education students, faculty and staff. This page will be updated regularly.

Student Teachers

Jennifer Barce, managing director, Academic Services:
As your school has likely already announced closure or plans for closure, please remember to review the updated policies for completion of your requirements. You are expected to participate in e-learning or distance learning along with your mentor teacher. Additionally, you should plan on returning to your classroom when school is back in session. Supervisors and instructors are prepared to provide alternatives to your assignments if e-learning or the edTPA cannot be completed. Please contact them directly. Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation together!

Early Field Experiences

Nancy Marchand-Martella, dean:
Beginning March 23, 2020, Purdue courses will move online. You will continue to participate in those courses, as modified by your instructors. Early field/TIP placements in those courses are canceled for the remainder of the semester. Your instructors will modify their assignments accordingly for online delivery. If you wish to continue to engage with your TIP placement and you are healthy, you may do so with the school’s permission.

Teacher Education Candidates

TJ Oakes, assistant dean:
Given the pandemic and stay at home Federal guidelines and Executive Order by the Indiana Governor and the closing of Pearson approved testing centers at Purdue, locally, and nationally, at its April 8, 2020 meeting the Teacher Education Council (TEC) Executive Committee acted on behalf of the TEC to waive the requirement for Fall 2020 only student teachers to attempt the content test(s) prior to proceeding into student teaching (Gate B) or Fall 2020 only internship.

Although the content test requirement is waived for Fall 2020 only, candidates are encouraged to continue to monitor the Pearson site to determine when the content test(s) will be available. The content test requirement with state level passing scores remains in place for licensure, per legislative statute and State Board of Education rules.

In addition, the content test(s) will not be an admissions requirement for those seeking to be admitted to the Transition to Teaching program this Summer or Fall of 2020. The content test requirement remains in place for licensure, per legislative statute and State Board of Education rules.

Updated Information and Policies

We’re in this together. If you have any questions contact the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure at

Graduate Students

All Current Students

The Student Emergency Fund assists Purdue teacher education students by providing financial support in an emergency situation. The fund can help with unexpected, unforeseen, and unavoidable emergency expenses surrounding situations such as accidents, illness, death of a family member, fire damage, or need for temporary housing.

See details here.

Prospective Undergraduate Students

If you had an on-campus visit scheduled, you will hear from us (if you haven’t already) via email about canceling and the virtual options we’ll host instead. Also keep an eye on our social media (links at the bottom of this page).


For all, follow best practices for your health.

Follow the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations for preventive actions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.