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Long History, Excellent Reputation for Teacher Education

Since its founding in 1875 as the Indiana Normal School, IUP has been widely recognized for its excellent programs in teacher education. Educator preparation at IUP was the first mission of the university in 1875.

The Normal School and Model School advanced knowledge about education and excellence in teaching as mutually supportive goals. In 12 decades of growth and change, IUP has maintained a commitment to the linked goals of excellence in learning and excellence in teaching.

Reasons to Choose IUP for Educator Preparation:

  • IUP offers 22 initial and 11 advanced teacher education programs.
  • Numerous opportunities are provided to practice “hands-on” learning by participating in a full range of activities offered in culturally and economically diverse urban and rural settings.
  • Our faculty are committed to the preparation of outstanding teachers.
  • Collaboration is modeled as university faculty, public school personnel, and candidates work together to accomplish the goals of the IUP teacher education programs.
  • Our programs have received national recognition from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and our specialty program associations.
  • Our graduates are recruited by school districts and educational institutions across the country.
  • IUP was selected for the Princeton Review's “Best Colleges” guidebook for the 17th consecutive year, was ranked by as one of the top 10 colleges in Pennsylvania, and selected by Money Magazine for “Best College for You.”


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