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

Engineering-Technology Teacher Education

Hilde Thayer Alumni Profile
Hilde Thayer
Engineering/Technology Teacher Education '14

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, Jenny Daugherty or Paul Asunda for more information about the Engineering/Technology Teacher Education degree program.

Special Features

  • 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 doctoral degrees and teaching credentials
  • 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
Business and Industries
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

What to expect in Engineering-Technology Teacher Education

Core courses

TLI 26200 Foundations of Integrated STEM Education
TLI 16100 Prototyping in Engineering/Technology Education
TLI 26500 Teaching the TE of STEM
TLI 36100 Engineering and Technology Education Instructional Planning and Evaluation
TLI 36700 Teaching Design and Innovation I
TLI 46000 Teaching Design and Innovation II
TLI 46100 Engineering/Technology Teacher Lab Planning
TLI 46200 Methods of Teaching Engineering/Technology Education
EDCI 27000 Introduction To Educational Technology And Computing
EDCI 20500 Exploring Teaching As A Career
EDCI 28500 Multiculturalism And Education
EDST 20010 History And Philosophy Of Education
EDPS 23500 Learning And Motivation
EDPS 26500 The Inclusive Classroom
EDPS 32700 Assessment Literacy
EDCI 30900 Reading In Middle And Secondary Schools: Methods And Problems

What it's like to be a TECHIE!

The Polytechnic learning environment

Our learning experience is designed to produce graduates who not only have deep knowledge, applied skills, and experiences in their chosen discipline, but also problem solving, critical thinking, communications, and leadership skills sought by industries and communities.

About the department

The Department of Technology Leadership & Innovation tackles the global challenge of preparing leaders for the 21st century. With a focus 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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