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Indiana University has been preparing teachers since 1851. The first "Department of Pedagogy" was part of what is now the College of Arts and Sciences in Bloomington. In 1908 a formal School of Education was established, and in 1923 the school became autonomous from the College of Arts and Sciences. The first B.S. in education was awarded in 1925.

Education classes have been offered in Indianapolis since 1914, when the Extension Division of Indiana University was founded. Enrollments and course offerings in Indianapolis grew steadily and by 1969 it was possible to earn a bachelor's degree in education at Indianapolis. In 1969, regional campuses of Indiana University and Purdue University merged to form IUPUI.

In 1972, the IUPUI Division of Education was formally established with offices in the Marrott Building on North Meridian Street. In 1975 the School of Education in Bloomington and the Division of Education in Indianapolis merged to become a single School of Education with two campuses, and the School of Education at IUPUI moved into a new Education/Social Work Building located at 902 West New York Street.

Today, Indiana University's School of Education is one of America's most respected educational institutions for the preparation of teachers, administrators, and specialists in all areas of education. The School of Education has full equality with the other professional schools of the university and grants the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Science in Education, Specialist in Education, and Doctor of Education.

Students may earn the B.S. degree in education entirely at IUPUI. IUPUI offers select graduate programs in education and enrolls a growing number of doctoral students. The Indiana University School of Education at IUPUI awards nearly 300 degrees annually, and boasts well over 13,000 alumni.

The mission of the Indiana University School of Education at IUPUI is to improve teaching, learning, and human development in a diverse, rapidly changing, and increasingly technological society. We prepare reflective, caring, and highly skilled educational practitioners and scholars who lead in their chosen professions; inform educational theory and practice through research; and work in partnership with a range of constituents to effect change from the local to national levels and throughout the world.

The mission of the School of Education at IUPUI is defined by its location in the largest population center in Indiana. Our urban location provides both the opportunity and the resources to focus teaching, research, and service on the constellation of issues related to urban education in America.