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About Butler University

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About Butler University College of Education

Butler’s College of Education is committed to creating a living laboratory experience for students and a community of scholars with fellow educators and civic partners. Through our innovative online graduate programs, we are preparing the next generation of educational leaders.

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Why Choose Butler University

Butler University, founded on ideals of equity and academic excellence, creates and fosters a collaborative, stimulating intellectual learning environment. Our highly ranked programs prepare students to make a difference in the world, no matter what career path they pursue. Through experiential learning, a student-centered approach, and continuous innovation, we prepare students to make a significant impact.

The College of Education believes we must prepare our students for schools and communities as they could be. Our history of excellence and positive student outcomes demonstrate our commitment to learners we serve. Graduates of Butler’s programs become agents of change in schools and communities across the country.

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Butler University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Butler University College of Education is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


U.S. News & World Report Rankings:

  • 2022-2023 No. 1 in Regional Universities – Midwest
  • 2022-2023 No. 1 in Best Colleges for Veterans – Midwest
  • 2022-2023 No. 1 Most Innovative School – Midwest

Fast Facts

  • School Type: Private, Coed
  • Year Founded: 1855
  • Students representing 46 states and 24 countries

Our Mission

The mission of the College of Education is to provide accessible, meaningful, and expansive professional preparation that enables educators to create conditions for individuals to reach their full potential and for schools and communities to thrive.

Our Vision

The College of Education envisions a world where educators serve as inclusive collaborators and agents of change toward a just society. We work toward a world in which the histories and strengths of individuals and their communities are valued, respected, and integrated into the education of all.

Our Values

Our shared commitments include:

Pursue a Just and Equitable Society.

We aspire to embody and enact anti-racist and identity-affirming teaching, scholarship, and professional practices. This means providing maximum access and opportunities to notice, name, and interrogate our own practices and those of others. We commit to dismantling systems and policies which have historically been used to marginalize and which persist in denying full educational access to all learners. Simultaneously, we uphold, strengthen, and create systems and policies that promote just and inclusive practices.

Learn from, Contribute to, and Apply Theory and Research.

We work to integrate theory and research to inform, interrogate, and renew our professional practices. We are intentional and transparent in engaging with research to assess what is working within our practices while also challenging who we are and changing our practices to interrupt inequitable systems for all learners. Using the research we create and seek, we confront what is difficult in our individual and collective work to transform ourselves and impact communities.

Embody Inclusive and Responsive Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring.

We demonstrate transparency in the ongoing and intentional development of our professional identities through self-examination and self-transformation. We are engaged and active contributors to our professional practice through collaboration and solution-focused advocacy. We commit to keeping our teaching practices relevant and engaging for all students across all identities. Our teaching and mentoring must reflect what we hope to see revealed in our students’ professional practices.