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  • Welcome

    The primary purpose of the Department of Educational Studies (DES) is to advance teaching and learning while preparing teacher leaders for a global society.

    We prepare teacher candidates to become teachers who ground curriculum in the lives of students; who embrace multicultural perspectives and uphold just teaching practices; value academically rigorous curriculum; and are culturally sensitive.

    Developing effective teachers

    We prepare students to...

    • Engage in reflection
    • Celebrate diversity
    • Research practice
    • Focus on teaching
    • Engage in service
    • Use technology
    • Create school partnerships
    • Construct knowledge
    • Be globally responsive

    ***Please note that the Early Childhood-Middle Childhood (EC-MC) program is now the Early Childhood-Elementary (ECE) program.

    ***Please note that the Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (MC-EA) program is now the Elementary-Middle Level (Elem-ML) program.


    Our programs

    Early Childhood-Elementary
    Certificate: 71-777*
    Certifiable major for developmental range birth through age 11 education. Does not require a minor.

    Elementary-Middle Level
    Certificate: 72-777*
    Certifiable major for developmental range birth through age 11 education. Must complete a certifiable minor

    * "777" denotes all subject areas for the ECE and Elem-ML majors.  This certification number may change based on minor certification subject area.

    Early Childhood-Adolescence
    Certificate: EC-A
    Certifiable major for developmental range birth through age 21. Required to complete a content major.

    Special Education
    Certificate: 72-801 or 73-801
    Prepares teacher education candidates to earn a Cross-Categorical Special Education certification.