Purdue’s teacher education program is confident that its graduates are prepared to be successful teachers. In fact, we offer the First Year Teacher Performance Pledge:
Purdue faculty and staff will provide individualized support to any first year teacher from Purdue, working in Indiana, who is not performing to an appropriate standard.
Working with the teacher’s school or agency, we provide support to any education graduate in need of additional guidance during the first year of teaching. This collaboration involves a review of the teacher’s evaluations and the development of an assistance plan that is mutually agreeable to the teacher and supervisor. The program does not replace or infringe upon the school corporation’s evaluations but complements the corporation’s efforts and procedures.
Additionally, the program provides first year teachers the opportunity to participate in additional course work or noncredit professional development courses at no cost during the graduate’s first year of teaching or the subsequent summer.