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Message from the Department Head


Greetings and thank you for your interest in the Department of Educational Studies (EDST) in the College of Education at Purdue University!

Cast against a vibrant history of innovation, research, teaching, and learning that continues to contribute to the enhancement of human potential in a wide variety of learning environments, our internationally recognized faculty offer world-class opportunities for study that emphasizes discovery of new knowledge. Amidst a collaborative, nurturing atmosphere in which professors know students by name, educational experiences are targeted at cutting-edge advances from the very people who have discovered them.

The EDST faculty is comprised of distinguished teachers and scholars who investigate, apply, practice, and disseminate information related to:  the education of diverse learners; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as the liberal arts; and effective instruction.  Programs of study at the graduate level enable students the opportunity to pursue their interests in:

  • Counseling Psychology (accredited by the American Psychological Association)
  • Gifted and Talent Development Education
  • Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations
  • Educational Psychology and Research Methodology
  • School Counseling (accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Special Education

In addition, EDST offers undergraduate majors that encourage students to work alongside faculty, who emphasize hands-on and exploratory experiences in:

  • Learning Sciences
  • Special Education

Our graduates historically are successful in a diversity of positions in both the private and public sector. Depending on the program completed, graduates are employed as college and university faculty, researchers, consultants, educational research analysts, program evaluators, assessment specialists, clinicians, or therapists.

Whether you are a hard-working undergraduate, am ambitious graduate student, or a distinguished alumnus, we value your interest in EDST, and I invite you to browse our website to understand what we do and why we enjoy doing it. Thank you for your interest in EDST!


F. Richard Olenchak, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Head