Mar 22, 2018  
2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog

Department of Educational Studies

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Welcome to the Department of Educational Studies (EDST)

Cast against a vibrant history of innovation, research, teaching, and learning that continues to contribute to the enhancement of human potential in a wide variety of learning environments, our internationally recognized faculty offer world-class opportunities for study that emphasizes discovery of new knowledge. Amidst a collaborative, nurturing atmosphere in which professors know students by name, educational experiences are targeted at cutting-edge advances from the very people who have discovered them.

The EDST faculty is comprised of distinguished teachers and scholars who investigate, apply, practice, and disseminate information related to:  the education of diverse learners; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as the liberal arts; and effective instruction. In addition, EDST offers undergraduate majors that encourage students to work alongside faculty, who emphasize hands-on and exploratory experiences in Learning Sciences and Special Education.

Our graduates historically are successful in a diversity of positions in both the private and public sector. Depending on the program completed, graduates are employed as college and university faculty, researchers, consultants, educational research analysts, program evaluators, assessment specialists, clinicians, or therapists.

Whether you are a hard-working undergraduate, an ambitious graduate student, or a distinguished alumnus, we value your interest in EDST!

F. Richard Olenchak, Ph.D.
Professor and Educational Studies Department Head

Mission Statement

The Department of Educational Studies (EDST) seeks to contribute to the discovery and development of human potential in diverse learning environments. This mission is accomplished through the discovery, application, and dissemination of new knowledge centered on three key themes: We aim to develop future generations of innovative, engaged, and skilled education professionals through our high quality undergraduate and graduate programs. The department supports the mission of the College of Education and the goals and objectives of the college’s strategic plan. We are committed to fostering a collaborative culture that values inquiry, diversity, and engagement among students, faculty, staff, and community as we move forward with our educational mission.


Contact Information

Department of Educational Studies
Beering Hall, Room 5108
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098
Voice: (765) 494-9170
Fax: (765) 496-1228

Undergraduate Studies

For information about undergraduate study in the Purdue University College of Education, please contact:
Office of Advising & Recruiting
Beering Hall, Room 3229
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098

Voice: (765) 494-2345
Fax: (765) 496-0587

Graduate Information

For Graduate Information please see Educational Studies Graduate Program Information .




      Educational and Psychological StudiesEducational Leadership and Policy Studies

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