For the first time, Purdue University Northwest’s (PNW) School of Education & Counseling (SoEC) made the top 10 ranking of collegiate institutions issuing the most teaching licenses according to the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensing.
Coming in seventh out of the 46 institutions in Indiana granting teaching licenses, the recognition acknowledges the work of the PNW faculty, staff, university field supervisors and cooperating teachers who ensure PNW’s graduates in early childhood, elementary, special education and secondary education are well-prepared to be effective educators in Indiana classrooms.
Graduates from all of PNW’s educator preparation programs are eligible for an initial teaching license upon graduation and successfully passing Indiana CORE Assessments for Educator Licensure requirements.
The designation qualifies Purdue Northwest for a special visit from the IDOE in January, called the “Higher Education Roadshow.”
Anne Gregory, director of PNW’s School of Education & Counseling, said the roadshow will bring wonderful resources to the program’s future educators, including presentations by Indiana Teacher of the Year, Gerome Flewilling, and IDOE Director of Educator Effectiveness, Rise Regnier.
“This is an innovative way for the Indiana Department of Education to recognize the top universities in licensing teachers,” said Gregory.