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2015-2016 University Catalog 
2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering Technology Teacher Education, BS

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About the Program

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 Dr. Kelley, Dr. Mentzer, Dr. Daugherty or Dr. 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

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Engineering Technology Teacher Education  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

TTLI-ETTE-BS/Major: TCED 201610
120 Credits for graduation

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (80 credits)


Technical Electives 6 (12 credits) and Free Electives 8 (4 credits) (See Supplemental Information)

University Core Requirements


Program Requirements

15/16 Credits

15 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

13 Credits

16 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15 Credits

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • EDCI 49808 - Credit Hours: 16.00 •

16 Credits


*Fulfills University Core

  1. 120 credits listed above are required for the ETTE Bachelor of Science degree.
  2. ● 3.0 Professional Education GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree, with at least a C- or higher.
  3. ♦ 2.5 Core GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
  4. 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
  5. Students must fulfill all Teacher Education Requirements 6. (See Supplemental Information)
  6. 32 credits of upper division courses (30000 level or higher) must be taken at Purdue University, West Lafayette.

See below for all supplemental Information

Degree Requirements

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

myPurdue Plan is knowledge source for specific requirements and completion

ETTE Supplemental Information

All prerequisites must be met

Science Foundation Selective (3 credits)

2 Any BIOL, CHM, EAPS, PHYS, or UCC Science course not already required/being used on the plan of study

Written Communication Foundation Selective (minimum 3 credits)

3 Written Communication Foundation Selective

Humanities Foundational Selective (3 credits)

4 See approved UCC Humanities list at:

Technical Elective (12 credits)

6 Any non-required College of Technology or Engineering (ENGR) course

Teacher Education Requirements

7 Teacher Education Requirements

  1. Basic Skills Competency Tests Assessment
  2. Engineering and Technology Education Content Tests (
  3. GATE A: Admission to Teacher Education Program (TEP)
    EDCI 20500 , EDCI 28500 , EDPS 23500 , EDPS 26500  (Blocks 1 and 2)
  4. GATE B: Retention
    TLI 46100 , TLI 46200  (Block 3)
  5. Criminal History Background Check: A current Criminal Background Check must be on file in the Office of Field Experiences (OFE).
  6. Student Self-Disclosure Statement: The Student Self-Disclosure Statement is submitted to OFE at the start of a Foundational course in which you complete a course-related field experience placement, EDCI 20500  or EDPS 23500  or EDPS 26500 . For additional information please visit

Free Elective (12 credits)

8 Any non-remedial course offered for credit at the University not already required/being used on the plan of study

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

Expired Course

Any course without a link to its description is one that has been expired.  However, this course could fulfill the degree requirement historically.

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