Early Classroom Opportunity
The goal of the College of Education is to help the student become a reflective practitioner in the field who is able to guide his or her professional development through experience, observation and academic learning. Undergraduate degrees leading to licensure are available in adolescent/young adult, multi-age, early childhood, intervention specialist and middle childhood.
Practical experience in the classroom during all four undergraduate years and the extensive use of technology are hallmarks of all education courses. The college offers a master of arts in education degree with core concentrations in leadership, management of change, collaboration concepts and research. In the past 54 years, more than 5,000 people have earned initial teaching licenses, endorsements or administrative licenses, and in the past five years, the College of Education has awarded more than 111 superintendent licenses and 220 principal licenses.
The Mazza Museum
The Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books is the world’s first and largest museum devoted to literacy and the art of children’s picture books. More than 10,000 students, families, educators, art lovers and artists visit the museum each year. The institute sponsors presentations by numerous visiting artists and authors, and hosts youth art camps, summer and fall conferences, study tours and in-service training for teachers.
College of Education Points of Distinction
- Teacher candidates have a field experience each year as well as opportunities to tutor students in “The Clubhouse.” The Clubhouse is a free literacy outreach program available to area K-12 students. Undergraduate research is completed during these field experiences so that teacher candidates have a good grasp of assessment and interventions in order to have a positive impact on student achievement.
- Strong professional development relationships with local schools strengthen the student experience. The COE works closely with area schools to provide opportunities for teacher candidates to partner with local teachers for service learning, additional teaching opportunities and professional growth.
- The College of Education has experienced faculty members and strong programming for undergraduate and graduate programs. The COE prepares reflective practitioners, and the graduate program develops those skills into strong leadership traits. Various emphasis areas allow students to enhance skills in technology, reading, science education, human resource development, administration, curriculum and teaching.