College of Education Departments & Centers
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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.
Child Advocacy Studies
Director: Jodi Saunders
The Child Advocacy Studies program can provide a career in many fields including social services, healthcare, education and criminal justice.
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.
Early Childhood & Elementary Education
Department Chair: Penny Warner
Early Childhood and Elementary Education prepares students for teaching in today's society. A Reading Instruction minor is also available.
Department Chair: Theresa Waterbury
Leadership Education strives to prepare students for school and organization management in ways that help each individual learner.
Physical Education & Sport Science
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.
Department Chair: Wendy Shannon
The Rochester Education program includes Rochester Elementary Education, Austin Elementary Education, Teacher Preparation Collaborative and Graduate Induction Program. Programs are offered in both Rochester and Austin.
Department Chair: Jeanne Danneker
Special Education prepares students for working with students who have various disabilities including developmental and behavioral.
Center for Clinical Practice
Director: Jane Morken
The Center for Clinical Practice connects Teach21 faculty and staff.
Center for Collaboration, Partnerships & Professional Development
Director: 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.
Center for Assessment & Accreditation
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.
Center for Teacher Success
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.
Outdoor Education & Recreation Center
Director: Eric Barnard
The OERC offers various exciting events and opportunities to get outside and explore.
University Children's Center
Director: June Reineke
The Children's Center provides education and care for children between the ages of six weeks and fourth grade.