College of Education Departments & Centers

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Business Education Button

Director: Dana Brigson

The Business Education program offers various learning opportunities such as online and face-to-face courses in order to better help students with busy schedules.

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Director: Jodi Saunders


The Child Advocacy Studies program can provide a career in many fields including social services, healthcare, education and criminal justice.

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Department Chair: Mary Fawcett

The Counselor Education program offers evening and weekend classes in addition to online, hybrid and face-to-face classes. The program will prepare you for a career in the field of counseling.

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Department Chair: Penny Warner


Early Childhood and Elementary Education prepares students for teaching in today's society. A Reading Instruction minor is also available.

Education Studies Button
Department Co-chairs: Jerry Redman & Rhea Walker

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Education Studies contains both Business Education and Foundations of Education.

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Department Chair: Theresa Waterbury


Leadership Education strives to prepare students for school and organization management in ways that help each individual learner.

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Department Chair: Chad Grabau


The Physical Education and Sport Science program offers preparation for careers in physical education (teaching), coaching, sports administration and many others.

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Department Chair: Wendy Shannon


The Rochester Education program includes Rochester Elementary Education, Austin Elementary Education, Master of Science in Education and Graduate Induction Program. Programs are offered in both Rochester and Austin.

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Department Chair: Jeanne Danneker

Special Education prepares students for working with students who have various disabilities including developmental and behavioral.

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Director: Jane Morken


The Center for Clinical Practice connects Teach21 faculty and staff.

Center for Collaboration, Partnership and Professional Development ButtonDirector: Dawnette Cigrand

The Center for Collaboration, Partnerships and Professional Development exists to assist in communication between the College of Education and B-12 organizations so that together they can create beneficial educational opportunities for everyone.

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Director: Jerry Redman


The Center for Assessment and Accreditation deals with data collection, analysis, reporting and more. The Center ensures that the College of Education continues to meet all Minnesota Board of Teaching requirements.

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Director: Paula O'Malley


The Center for Teacher Success keeps all teachers up-to-date on policies, practices, procedures and all that goes along with them in order to keep recruitment and admission up to standards.

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Director: Eric Barnard


The OERC offers various exciting events and opportunities to get outside and explore.

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Director: June Reineke

The Children's Center provides education and care for children between the ages of six weeks and fourth grade.