Our Youth and Community Development program will prepare you for career opportunities working with young people outside of the traditional school day–like challenge education/outdoor education, after school programs, museum education programming, social work, counseling, student affairs, community development, or non-profit work. In addition to 39 hours of professional education coursework, you’ll also choose one of five concentration areas, providing you with more in-depth knowledge of a specific area of youth or community work. Concentration choices include Arts Administration, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Human Communication and Organizational Leadership, Recreation and Sports Studies, or Sociology with an emphasis in social work. The capstone experience you’ll have your senior year—similar to student teaching—will be a full-time internship that aligns with both your major and your area of concentration.
Our minor in Sport Coaching requires 19 credit hours and is open to all Butler University students, regardless of college or field of study. The program is a collaboration with Butler’s Health and Recreation Center and prepares students for coaching opportunities. Coursework topics include philosophy, vision and goal setting, ethical practices, building relationships, inclusive and safe sport environments, practice and competition best practices, and assessment strategies. You will also have the opportunity to attain the National Federation of High School Sports (NFHS) Level 1 Coaching Certification in one sport-specific course of your choosing and/or in First Aid, Health, and Safety for Coaches.
Our minor in Special Education—Mild Intervention requires 18 credit hours and is designed for students interested in creating environments inclusive for learners of all abilities. Students learn how to assess and design programs for students receiving special education in courses and extensive field experiences. This minor is required for the Early Childhood licensure pathway, and both the minor and licensure pathway are available to students majoring in Elementary Education or Middle/Secondary Education. The minor is also available to Communication Sciences and Disorders students.
Our minor in Recreation and Sports Studies requires 18 credit hours and is open to all Butler University students, regardless of college or field of study. The program is designed for students interested in health, physical activity, recreation, and sports. Coursework topics include prevention and treatment of injuries, officiating sports, water safety instruction, and more.
Middle/Secondary educators must be strong teachers and academic content experts in areas like math, social studies, literature, sciences, or languages. Our program prepares you to be just that. At Butler, you’ll learn the teacher education skills necessary for success in the classroom and receive in-depth preparation in an academic content area you’re passionate about sharing with students in grades 5–12. Middle/Secondary students complete more hours of content courses than Butler students majoring in those areas, enjoy extensive clinical experiences, and complete two full-time student teaching experiences in both middle and high school settings. By the time you graduate, you’ll be a highly effective, sought-after content expert with more than 800 hours of teaching experience on your resume.
Our Exploratory Education major is a great starter option for students who think they would like to teach or work with youth in a community setting, but aren’t sure which path to take. As a student in this major, you’ll take introductory classes in education, experience the wide variety of educational work and settings available, and participate in assessments to discover your strengths, values, and interests—all with the purpose of unlocking your passion to confidently declare a major that is right for you.
This licensure pathway focuses on the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for supporting English learners and their families in educational contexts. Students learn how to assess and design programs for English learners in courses and extensive field experiences. The program is available to students majoring in Elementary Education or Middle/Secondary Education.
Elementary Education majors have a passion for helping children become curious, questioning learners. Students majoring in this field have active learning experiences including a full-time, full-year student teaching experience—the only in the state of Indiana—as well as opportunities beginning your first year of college to observe and work side-by-side with Butler faculty and veteran educators in actual PreK–6 classrooms and non-traditional sites, including The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Riley Hospital for Children. By completing the program and all required standardized tests, students will meet state licensing requirements for grades K–6 or Pre-K 3. By the time a student graduates from this program, they will have spent up to 1,500 hours in local classrooms preparing them to teach in a variety of school communities
Do you have a passion for understanding the critical role that education plays in a democratic society? Our 19-credit hour Education minor is available to all Butler University students not pursuing a College of Education major. This program provides a general foundation of educational knowledge. Coursework topics include developmental theory and application, multilingual learners, foundations of special education, and more.
Our Diverse Learners minor focuses on equipping pre-service teachers with the specialized knowledge necessary to meet the needs of students in an inclusive classroom. This 18-credit hour minor includes coursework in topics such as educating students with special needs, teaching English learners, special education law, and behavior management. This hour minor is open to all College of Education majors and students majoring in Music Education.