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Educational Studies

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

Applications will be accepted in Spring 2017: Jan. 23 - Feb. 10 (closes at 4:00 PM Feb. 10).  Please refer to the Admissions requirements page for more details.

Students should apply to the EC-MC, MC-EA and EC-A programs using the following link:
DES Admission Application

Students should apply to the SPE program using the following link:
SPE Admission Application

 Students should apply to the SPE program using the following link:
SPE Add on Certification Admission Application

DES programs

Early Childhood-Middle Childhood
Certificate: EC-MC (71-1777*)
Certifiable major for developmental range birth through age 11 education. Does not require a minor.

Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence
Certificate: MC-EA  (72-1777*)
Certifiable major for developmental range ages 6 through 12/13 education. Must complete a certifiable minor

* "1777" denotes all subject areas for the EC-MC and MC-EA majors.  This certification number may change based on minor certification subject area.

Early Childhood-Adolescence
Certificate: EC-A  (74-1777*)
Certifiable major for developmental range birth through age 21. Required to complete a content major.

Special Education
Certificate: 72-1801 or 73-1801
Prepares teacher education candidates to earn a Cross-Categorical Special Education certification.