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  • How will I support myself while I'm in school?
    When you apply for admission, inquire about graduate assistantships in your program and the department. While a limited number of graduate fellowships and some small scholarships are available, most graduate students are supported by graduate assistantships. Assistantships provide a salary and also carry a tuition waiver. If your own department doesn't have any vacancies, send your resume to other Purdue departments. You must be admitted to the Purdue Graduate School before you will be offered an assistantship. Graduate students whose first language is not English must pass either the ETS Test of Spoken English (TSE) or the locally administered Oral English Proficiency Test (OEPT) in order to be eligible for a teaching assistantship.
    • Purdue Graduate School Consult the Financial Support section of their website, particularly the booklet Funding Graduate Study (PDF).
    • Division of Financial Aid (DFA) To apply for federal and state student grants, work-study and loans, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on paper or online. Look for other useful financial assistance links on this website, even in the "Undergraduates" section.  
    • Other Purdue University employment If a spouse or significant other is moving with you, they can explore opportunities for full- or part-time employment as a Purdue staff member. Read Purdue job postings and submit a resume online at Purdue Human Resource Services. Work-study and other student jobs are listed online through the Division of Financial Aid.

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  • Tell me more about graduate assistantships.
    Most assistantships are half-time (0.50 FTE), but you may be offered the opportunity to work quarter-time (0.25 FTE), or three-quarter-time (0.75 FTE). By the way, FTE means Full-Time Equivalent, which is ordinarily assumed to mean 40 hours of work per week. International students, by law, may not exceed 0.50 FTE, or half-time employment. You can download a description of available assistantships (PDF) and the Curriculum and Instruction graduate assistantship application form (PDF)(DOC). Complete and return this application, along with a copy of your resume, to the address on the form. You must be admitted to the Purdue Graduate School before you will be offered an assistantship.

    • As a Teaching Assistant (TA), you might lead one or more sections of an undergraduate class with responsibility for preparing and delivering lectures and evaluating student work, you might oversee a recitation or laboratory section for a large lecture course, or you might supervise student teachers in the field. Most assistantships in C&I require, or at least strongly prefer, that you have prior K-12 teaching experience because most C&I courses deal with K-12 teacher preparation. These appointments are typically for 10 months and extend from about August 15 to May 15. TAs selected to teach Summer School classes receive additional paychecks, but there usually are few summer TA slots available. Individuals whose first language is not English must satisfy oral English proficiency standards to be offered a teaching assistant position.
    • As a Research Assistant (RA), you would perform research-related tasks, typically under the direction of a faculty member. You might work in a laboratory, collect observation data in a classroom, or type transcripts from taped interviews. These appointments are most typically available from faculty members who have been awarded research grants.
    • As an Administrative Assistant, you would perform administrative tasks under the direction of faculty or staff members. Although fewer of these jobs are available, they are usually 12-month appointments. Examples include auditing the transcripts of teacher licensing candidates or maintaining a department's website.
    • As a Residence Hall Assistant, you could live in a University residence hall and assist the other students living on your floor or in your unit. Contact Housing and Food Services for more information..

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  • What's Purdue really like?
    Make a virtual visit to Purdue by following the links below.

    About Purdue
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    Graduate School
    Read about graduate education online by viewing available Graduate School publications (including the Graduate School Bulletin, which includes a course catalog).
    BoilerStation
    This part of the Lafayette Journal & Courier (our local daily newspaper) website focuses on Purdue news.
    Purdue Exponent
    Published by the Purdue Student Publishing Foundation, this independent college newspaper is Indiana's largest collegiate daily newspaper.
    Student Helpdesk
    "Your definitive directory for what to do, where to go, [and] whom to contact" for questions about academics, career exploration, finances, or personal satisfaction, and more. Although designed for undergraduate retention, much of this information could be helpful to graduate students too.

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  • How do I get to Purdue?
    Greater Lafayette is located on Interstate 65, about an hour's drive northwest of Indianapolis and two hours southeast of Chicago, which means we're within easy driving distance of two major cities with international airports. Lafayette Limo provides a convenient shuttle bus service from the Indianapolis airport to the Purdue Memorial Union. Express Air Coach offers a shuttle service between Purdue and Chicago's O'Hare airport. Unfortunately, commercial flights are no longer available into the Purdue University Airport. However, you can arrive at Riehle Plaza, the downtown depot for Greyhound bus service and Amtrak train service. Purdue faculty, staff, and students can ride all of our local CityBus routes for free by displaying their Purdue ID cards.

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  • Why should I choose C&I?
    Read a spontaneous testimonial from one of our recent graduate students, Terry Linhart:
    • Flexibility of the program. I think this is a significant attractive feature of the department. While many look at Curriculum & Instruction and think "K-12", the way the PhD degree is configured allows for a wide range of interests.
    • The interdisciplinary nature of the program and faculty. The C&I faculty are very open to allowing students to tailor course selections to a specific area of study.
    • Availability of faculty to interact regarding desired study. Because I'm focusing on adolescents, I had never considered C&I as an option, thinking more of Psychological Sciences, Educational Psychology, or Child Development and Family Studies. But the C&I faculty member I contacted responded with warmth and enthusiasm.
    • Faculty. One of the main questions we have as grad students is, "Who will I study with?" Since coming here, I have discovered that the C&I faculty are well-respected by their peers because of their publications and research. They have connections around the world that provide a broad understanding of current research in the area of Curriculum and Instruction. More importantly, they are real people and enthusiastic toward grad students and their scholarly work.

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  • Why should I choose Purdue?
    According to Kaplan's 1999 National Guidance Counselor Survey, thousands of high school guidance counselors believe there's more than one good reason to attend Purdue University. The counselors chose Purdue's West Lafayette campus as a top school in the following eight categories:
    • Schools for the academically competitive student
    • Schools with top athletic programs
    • Schools with the best co-op (work experience for college credit) programs
    • Schools with the best range of extracurricular activities
    • Schools that are "hidden treasures"
    • Schools offering the maximum amount of individual academic attention
    • Schools for the student who is learning disabled
    • Schools representing the best value for your money

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