Undergraduate and Teacher Education

The College of Education is invested in providing students clear pathways to become teachers and mentors. Faculty members in the Departments of Curriculum and Instruction as well as Kinesiology and Health Education, Educational Psychology and Special Education stress the importance of preparing teachers for diverse classroom settings. The College’s undergraduate majors cover different areas of education that reflect the needs of individual students and their learning habits. Each of our programs feature coursework readings, discussions and assignments, coupled with significant field experience that places students in front of a classroom. This invaluable experience prepares students for a rewarding career as a certified teacher or advocate for education and early childhood development.

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All-level Special Education

Learn to engage with students with disabilities ranging from mild to severe. This major certifies students to work with early childhood through 12th grade students with disabilities.

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Early Childhood - 6th Grade Bilingual Education

Learn to teach students of linguistically- and culturally-diverse backgrounds inside of bilingual classrooms. This major prepares students to teach in the areas of biliteracy, math, science, and social studies through a sociocultural awareness. Fluency in Spanish is required before starting the program.

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Early Childhood - 6th Grade Generalist/ESL

Learn to teach students of linguistically- and culturally-diverse backgrounds at the elementary level. This major prepares students to teach in the areas of literacy, math, science, and social studies through a sociocultural awareness.

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Youth and Community Studies

Focus on interacting and engaging with children and youth in a variety of disciplines and contexts. Students will have the option to specialize in coaching, early childhood, special populations, or youth and social services. Graduates with this degree are prepared to engage with children as counselors, teachers, youth leaders and coaches.

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UTeach Urban Teachers

The UTeach Urban Teachers program allows students from language arts and social studies backgrounds to prepare as classroom teachers educating youth in grades 7-12 with a focus on linguistically and culturally diverse urban teaching and learning contexts. All current undergraduate students are eligible to participate in UTeach Urban Teachers and can enter the program in their final year at the University.

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Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE)

The Physical Education Teacher Education program prepares undergraduate students with the skills to motivate children towards active and healthy lifestyles. This unique program certifies students to become PE teachers or coaches while also completing a major in Youth and Community Studies or Applied Movement Science.