Department of Early, Middle and Special Education
The Department of Early, Middle and Special Education, accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), is responsible for the program at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The department has a goal to prepare early childhood, elementary and middle-level teachers with the knowledge, skills and disposition essential to becoming successful members of the teaching profession. We support a constructivist model of teaching and learning, which has as its foundation the developmental theories of Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky. Ten standards, based on the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards, define constructivist teaching and provide a performance-based process for preparing PreK through 4th grade or 4th grade through 8th grade teachers.
With the anticipated retirements of millions of public school teachers, the future looks bright for those students interested in a professional career in early childhood, middle and special education.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday