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Engineering / Technology Teacher Education

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If you’ve always wanted to be a middle school or high school instructor and you have an affinity for STEM, the engineering/technology teacher education major might be right for you! You’ll share your knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math with students when you learn how to teach such STEM-related subjects as automation, robotics, prototyping, engineering design, construction and architecture.

The Purdue Polytechnic Institute is one of 10 academic colleges at Purdue University. The Polytechnic specializes in team-based labs where you’ll test ideas, take things apart and put them back together — only better. You’ll learn side-by-side with professors who have worked in the industry and thrive on combining theory, imagination and real-world application. In this innovative environment, you'll learn by doing - gaining deep technical knowledge and applied skills in your chosen discipline coupled with problem-solving, critical-thinking, communication and leadership skills employers desire.

Future engineering technology teachers take winning honors at annual regional competition

Greg Strimel, headshot

Each year, the Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association (TEECA) holds regional and national competitions that engage college students who are studying to become engineering technology teachers. During the event, students find solutions to various challenges, such as the Teaching Challenge, which evaluates how well students teach others about a technological topic; the Problem-Solving Challenge, which enables students to use their design skills, 3-D modeling abilities and creativity to solve a specific problem; and the Transportation Challenge which incorporates elements of robotics and coding.

At the November 2020 Midwest Regional TEECA event, Purdue Polytechnic students continued their winning streak, despite the event being held virtually because of the pandemic. Greg Strimel, assistant professor of technology leadership and innovation, is the team’s mentor. Daphne Fauber, engineering technology teacher education major, is the president of the TEECA student organization.

In addition to Fauber, the Polytechnic’s team consisted of William “Liam” Rowe, Vanessa Santana, Megan Doyle, Milo Engel, Hayley Grisez, Hagen Rhodes, Jackson Otto, Cameron Ott and Sean Wiseman. With the exception of their second-place finish in the Problem-Solving Challenge, they placed first in the following challenges:

  • 1st Place, Teaching Challenge
  • 1st Place, Communications Challenge
  • 1st Place, Transportation Challenge
  • 2nd Place, Problem-Solving Challenge
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Minimum GPA: 2.5

Contact Information

Cassie Pendleton
(765) 494-0452

Purdue Polytechnic Institute

Careers in Engineering / Technology Teacher Education

  •   K-12 technology education teacher
  •   Training and development manager
  •   Corporate trainer
  •   Instructional coordinator

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