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

Engineering-Technology Teacher Education

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. You will also receive a Project Lead The Way pre-engineering teaching certificate. 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 Mentzer, or Paul Asunda for more information about the engineering/technology teacher education degree program.

Special Features

  • All new, first-year students in engineering/technology teacher education will receive a *$4,000 renewable scholarship!
  • Learn in a program that routinely is among the best in the nation, including number one four times in eight years (as listed by the Association for Career and Technical Education)
  • Integrate Project Lead The Way (PLTW) competencies into your program
  • Expand your career options by becoming certified to teach PLTW courses in secondary education
  • Teach and learn in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute's state-of-the-art laboratories and the DEPCO, LLC 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
  • Utilize the Polytechnic learning environment to become a career-ready graduate
  • Recent News about the major

What can I do?

K-12 Technology Education Teacher
Corporate Trainer
Instructional Coordinator
Training and Development Specialist or Manager

Where can I go?

Middle and High Schools
Colleges and Universities
Corporations
Business and Industries

The bachelor's degree in engineering/technology teacher education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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

About the 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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