Become an important part of the STEM education pipeline, providing inspiration to future STEM professionals.

Engineering Technology Teacher Education

Engineering Technology Teacher Education Major

Every day, people with specialized knowledge share that knowledge with others, as teachers, trainers, consultants and more. With a national push to increase interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), you can help spread your knowledge too. By reaching students in middle school and high school, you will become a important part of the STEM education pipeline, providing inspiration to future STEM professionals as they are developing.

This program teaches the basics of most technology and engineering concepts, and it enables you to teach these concepts to middle school or high school students. Concepts include engineering design, prototyping, architecture and construction, robotics and automation. Learn to teach through service learning to help students tackle global challenges. Because this is a high-demand field, all of our graduates in recent years have found teaching jobs or other employment that utilizes their leadership and technology backgrounds.

Contact professors Todd Kelley, Nathan MentzerPaul Asunda, or Greg Strimel for more information about the engineering/technology teacher education degree program.

Special Features

  • Learn and Teach in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute's state-of-the-art laboratories which include relevant prototyping tools and equipment
  • Due to our close alignment with the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Engineering by Design curriculum (EbD) and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum, you can easily supplement your degree by pursuing additional certifications
  • Teach and learn in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute's state-of-the-art laboratories and the Engineering/Technology Education Laboratory, which is designed to emulate a contemporary middle-level environment
  • Benefit from expert faculty who hold doctorates, have teaching experience and conduct cutting-edge research on learning and teaching
  • Practice what you learn in the active Technology and Education Collegiate Association student organization with opportunities to participate in national conferences
  • Continue your education with an MS in Technology Leadership and Innovation with a specialization in STEM Education Leadership
  • Utilize the Polytechnic learning environment to become a career-ready graduate
  • If you participated in PROJECT LEAD THE WAY courses during high school, you can redeem up to 12 credit hours toward this major.

What can I do?

High School Engineering & Technology Teacher
Middle School Engineering & Technology Teacher
Corporate Trainer
Instructional Coordinator
Curriculum Developer
Training and Development Specialist or Manager

Where can I go?

Middle and High Schools
Colleges and Universities
Business and Industries

CAEPThe technology education program is part of the Purdue University College of Education. The Purdue University College of Education is accredited by the​ Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Engineering/technology teacher education has given me the opportunity to network with teachers and administrators around the country. I think it says a lot about my major when employers are coming to Purdue looking for us to work with them!
Molly Brogan
Engineering/Technology Teacher Education
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About the school/department

The Department of Technology Leadership & Innovation tackles the global challenge of preparing leaders for the 21st century. With a focus on technology-driven careers, the degree programs allow students to lead the development of high-tech solutions. Research projects also focus on improving current processes and practices.

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