About the College of Education
Departments and Programs
The College of Education consists of three departments: Professional Education; Health, Physical Education and Recreation; and Graduate Education. The College offers baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate degree programs that prepare candidates for teaching licensure in the following areas:
- Adolescent to Young Adult - Integrated Language Arts for grades 7-12
- Adolescent to Young Adult – Integrated Mathematics for grades 7-12
- Adolescent to Young Adult - Integrated Social Studies for grades 7-12
- Adolescent to Young Adult - Life Science for grades 7-12
- Adolescent to Young Adult - Physical Science for grades 7-12
- Early Childhood Education for grades Pre K-3
- Intervention Specialist - Mild/Moderate for grades Pre K-12
- Middle Childhood - Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics and Science (Choose 2) for grades 4-9
- Multi-Age Health Education for grades K-12
- Multi-Age Music for grades K-12
- Multi-Age Physical Education for grades K-12
- Multi-Age Visual Arts for grades K-12
The College also offers a non-licensure baccalaureate degree in Recreation and a Master of Education degree program with concentrations in School Leadership; Instructional Technology; Student Affairs in Higher Education; Curriculum and Teacher Leadership.
The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The College has a long and proud history of preparing caring and competent teachers for work with diverse students. We believe that a teacher who vicariously experiences students in their situations would be in a vantage position to more sensitively and successfully facilitate learning.
The Mission The mission of the College of Education is to prepare teachers who are effective in serving as empathic facilitators of learning for diverse students. We are committed to the preparation of educators who vicariously experience students in their situations, and actively care to the extent of taking appropriate action.
Conceptual Framework Programs in the College of Education are undergirded and oriented by the Conceptual Framework of the College. The theme of the Conceptual Framework is: “Empathic Facilitators of Learning.” The Conceptual Framework has five Elements that together serve as curricular pillars for the programs: Knowledge, Pedagogical Skills, Dispositions, Diversity, and Critical Reflection.
Our teacher candidates are systematically oriented to deeply appreciate the foundational importance of empathy in teaching. Empathy enables them to appreciate that the impact of psychological, cultural, social, and economic factors on students and their readiness for learning is not merely academic. They understand, in more realistic or existential terms, the influence of these factors on students as individuals, and as a collective. Empathy is vicarious experiencing that moves one to take action. Empathic facilitators of learning do not merely cognitively identify with or affectively relate to students, they actively care --- to the extent that they take professionally necessary or appropriate action. Candidates are guided to develop a level of empathy or action-oriented compassion that inclines them to go beyond tokenistic sympathy for students to taking appropriate action necessary for addressing a situation.