College of Education

Elementary Education


| Bachelor of Science

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

Sample courses in this program include:

  • ED199, Exploring Educator Identity
  • ED299, Integrated Foundations of Teacher Education
  • ED204, Infusing the Arts in Early and Middle Childhood Curriculum
  • ED417, Integration of Methods in Early Childhood Classrooms
  • ED414S, Teaching Mathematics: Middle Childhood

Please visit the Butler University Bulletin for more course information.

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Catalysts for a better future

In the College of Education (COE), we believe in student-centered learning by incorporating the different ways that humans think, discover, and express knowledge in our instruction. 

We believe in the power of experience to develop extraordinarily prepared teachers. From the first semester, students are immersed in a variety of settings with students of all ages, seeing firsthand what it’s really like to be an educator. It’s no wonder COE graduates have had a 100% placement rate year after year. 

Lifelong partnerships are essential in order to train and sustain good educators. Our faculty are more coaches than lecturers, personally guiding students through both classroom and clinical experiences to help them discover what they are meant to do, not what they should do. They remain connected long after graduation, serving as lifelong career mentors to COE graduates.