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Purdue University. College of Education, 1908-

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Historical Information

Purdue University established a department of education in 1908. The creation was the University's response to a 1907 Indiana state law mandating that all new teachers have professional education of at least 12 semester hours.

For the first six years of its existence, Purdue's education department was comprised solely of one person. George L. Roberts boasted 27 years of experience in the state's public schools, beginning as a one-room schoolteacher and going on to become superintendent of schools in Greensburg, Frankfort, and Muncie. At Purdue, Roberts was a professor of industrial education, and he was a solo act until 1914, when, thanks to the Vocational Act of 1913, the University could afford to hire more faculty members.

For the next 75 years, various units at Purdue housed education faculty, including the Division of Education and Applied Psychology and the School of Humanities, Social Science, and Education. In 1989, Purdue officially created the School of Education. In 2005, Purdue renamed the School of Education to the College of Education.

Citation

A Century and Beyond: The History of Purdue University; A University of Tradition: The Spirit of Purdue; and Facts at Your Fingertips, 2002-03.

Retrieved January 14, 2011 from: http://www.education.purdue.edu/about_us/history_mission.html

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Department records, 1925 - 2013

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 90, Series 2
Scope and Contents This series contains records from the departments and programs that constitute the College of Liberal Arts. The bulk of records are from the English department and the department of Visual and Performing Arts.
Dates: 1925 - 2013

College of Education records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 16
Scope and Contents The College of Education records document the first sixty years of Teacher Education at Purdue University (1908-1968). The majority of magazines, newsletters, pamphlets and catalogs are from the 1990s and 2000s.  Also included are the opinion survey for the various Indiana higher education planning regions for 1974, along with the Purdue University accreditation report for the National Council for The Accreditation of Teacher Education for the years 1972-1974; a detailed listing, along with...
Dates: 1908 - 2010; Other: Majority of material found within 1990 - 2010

Aubrey H. and Doris M. Smith papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 525
Scope and Contents The Aubrey H. and Doris M. Smith papers contain Aubrey Smith's certificates and letters of recognition for distinguished service to Purdue, a train ticket from 1945, as well as his notebook, masters thesis, doctoral gown, and collection of materials relating to Purdue including a commencement brochure and an issue of the Purdue Alumnus. The papers also contain Doris M. Smith's copy of the Purdue Women's Club program and her notes, poems, and essays from Education 410 and English 551 classes...
Dates: 1929 - 1972