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The School of Education

The primary mission of the School of Education is to prepare educators as leaders. Within the university, the School of Education serves Kansas, the nation, and the world by

  1. Preparing individuals to be leaders and practitioners in education and related human-service fields,
  2. Expanding and deepening understanding of education as a fundamental human endeavor, and
  3. Helping society define and respond to its educational responsibilities and challenges.

To accomplish this mission, the School of Education

  1. Offers an extensive curriculum leading to academic degrees and professional licensure,
  2. Requires faculty and students to engage in scholarship, and
  3. Provides a range of professional services to schools, other institutions, and individuals.

The components of preparing educators as leaders that frame this mission for our initial programs are

  1. Research and best practice,
  2. Content and pedagogical knowledge, and
  3. Professionalism.

These three themes build our conceptual framework.

Mission Statement

View the mission statement of the School of Education.

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Undergraduate Programs

The School of Education offers programs that lead to teacher licensure in unified early childhood and at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels, as well as nonlicensure options in athletic training, community health, or sport science with emphases in sport management and exercise science (pre-physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning).

Students planning to teach must complete programs composed of 3 major parts: General Education (requirements completed primarily in the first 2 years), Major (content areas in which students are specializing), and Professional Education (course work that helps them to understand students as learners and to communicate knowledge effectively).

On admission, students who plan to major in health and physical education report to the Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences. Students who plan to teach all other subjects and in elementary education and unified early childhood are in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. Course requirements for each of the three parts of the Teacher Education Programs are listed under departmental headings.

University Honors Program

The school encourages qualified students to participate in the University Honors Program.

Study Abroad

Licensure-year students in the Teacher Education Program may apply for teaching internships at any Department of Defense Dependents School, most of which are in Western Europe. Consult the School of Education, J.R. Pearson Hall, 785-864-3726, for further information.

Data from the Title II Report

The Title II Report provides information about the performance of KU School of Education teacher education program students on required state examinations. This data is part of the Title II report required by the federal government. 99 percent of KU teacher education students passed the required state licensure examinations in academic year 2008-09.

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Special Programs and Facilities

The School of Education provides these programs and facilities for students, faculty, and, in many cases, the public. Most facilities offer graduate students opportunities for assistantship, laboratory, and research experiences related to their programs of study. Contact the individual programs for information.

Applied Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Evaluation Clinic

This teaching and research laboratory in stress physiology, Robinson Center, 1301 Sunnyside Ave., Room 101, Lawrence, KS 66045-7520, assesses physical function through physiological tests. Fitness parameters of physical education majors and students in health, sport, and exercise sciences classes are assessed routinely. Demonstrations of physiological and biochemical concepts are performed for exercise physiology classes. Research on the physiological ramifications of exercise stress is conducted. Graduate and undergraduate students assist in service and research projects.

Beach Center on Disability

The Beach Center, Haworth Hall, 1200 Sunnyside Ave., Room 3136, Lawrence, KS 66045-7566, is funded by the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education. It is the only federally funded center in the nation conducting research with families with members with disabilities. The center is involved in research and training projects addressing family well-being across the life span. Projects are guided by six fundamental beliefs about families: positive contributions, great expectations, full citizenship, choices, inherent strengths, and relationships.

Center for Economic Education

The center, 431 J.R. Pearson Hall, works to increase the economic literacy of pre-service and in-service teachers through credit and noncredit teaching and consultation in economic education. It maintains a library of current materials on economic/consumer education.

Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation

The center, 735 J.R. Pearson Hall, engages in research and service in educational assessment and program evaluation. Issues in educational testing are studied and projects are designed and carried out to examine school effectiveness, personnel/student evaluation, and policy implications of educational testing and assessment. There are opportunities for assistantships for interested and qualified students.

Center for Psychoeducational Services

CPS, 130 J.R. Pearson Hall, is a training site for students in the Department of Psychology and Research in Education. CPS is staffed by student clinicians in school psychology and counseling psychology who earn credit while they gain practical experience working directly with clients. CPS is a self-sustaining, nonprofit agency.

Center for Research on Learning

The center, 521 J.R. Pearson Hall, conducts research to enhance learning and performance in school and nonschool settings. The center’s international network trains educators to use the products of its research. It serves as the parent organization for 4 research institutes: the Institute for Effective Instruction, the Division of Adult Studies, the Advanced Learning Technologies group, and the e-Learning Design Laboratory.

Advanced Learning Technology in Education

The Advanced Learning Technologies project at the KU Center for Research on Learning, 239 J.R. Pearson Hall, uses the most advanced and innovative technologies available to improve teaching and learning. Faculty and students in ALTEC come from a range of disciplines and programs, including the School of Education, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the School of Engineering, the School of Music, and the School of the Arts. This collection of talent gives ALTEC broad capabilities including advanced networking and telecommunication expertise, instructional design, data harvesting and warehousing, distance education experience, and programming.

ALTEC is committed to developing new technologies to empower learners of all types and ages and to redefining the learning experience through innovative resources. ALTEC partners with those who recognize the tremendous capabilities available through electronic strategies for dissemination, communication, and collaboration. They provide support in the development of the initiative, interpreting the intent of the content authors with the latest in design, development, and delivery. ALTEC maintains its partnership with an individual project by contributing specific resources required through the phases of implementation, including design, development, maintenance, and evaluation.

Institute for Educational Research and Public Service

The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service, 320 J.R. Pearson Hall, serves both the School of Education faculty members and the state of Kansas. This institute has a two-fold mission. The first part of this mission is to provide faculty with infrastructure support for its research. The support includes assistance with identifying funding sources, proposal development, and grant administration. The second part of the institute's mission is to help schools and other educational agencies respond to initiatives that are educationally beneficial to the state and that contribute to the teaching, research, and service missions of the school. The institute also houses the Assembly of Equity Programs, TRIO programs, and the Kansas Enrichment Network. At the heart of these programs lies an interest in promoting educational opportunity for youth and young adults in the state.

Kinesiology/Biomechanics Laboratory

The laboratory, Robinson Center, 1301 Sunnyside Ave., Room 101, Lawrence, KS 66045-7520, analyzes human motion. The primary emphasis is on computer-aided cinematographical analysis, but other research tools such as electromyography (EMG), electrogoniometry, stroboscopy, and force plates are used. Major attention is given to the study of efficient movement techniques, equipment design, strength, flexibility, and body types.

Learning Resource and Technology Center

The center, 110 J.R. Pearson Hall, serves faculty and students of the school and the public. Its resources include the Curriculum Laboratory, professional books and journals, K-12 textbooks, curriculum guides and course outlines from school districts throughout the country, selected reference and reserve materials, and mediated instructional packages for pre-service and in-service teacher education. It supports teaching, research, and service involving educational applications of media and microcomputers. Teacher education students develop skills in operating media equipment and producing materials to support their teaching. A representative cross section of instructional equipment found in schools is available, along with emerging technologies used in distance learning and interactive video instruction. The center offers production support for instructional materials and research support for design, evaluation, use, and dissemination of instructional technology.

Microcomputer Laboratories

Microcomputer laboratories in Joseph R. Pearson Hall and Robinson and Dole Centers prepare students to use computers in administrative, instructional, and research applications. The laboratories offer a range of equipment found in schools, including PC and Macintosh computers. Computers are networked to KU’s backbone and resources such as scanners, laser printers, CD-ROM, CD, and DVD players. The laboratories contain application, programming, data management, data analysis, and instructional software that can be used for all grade levels and disciplines.

School of Education Student Organization

SESO is open to all students interested in careers in education. Information is available in the Welcome Center, 208 J.R. Pearson Hall.

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The School of Education

The primary mission of the School of Education is to prepare educators as leaders. Within the university, the School of Education serves Kansas, the nation, and the world by

  1. Preparing individuals to be leaders and practitioners in education and related human-service fields,
  2. Expanding and deepening understanding of education as a fundamental human endeavor, and
  3. Helping society define and respond to its educational responsibilities and challenges.

To accomplish this mission, the School of Education

  1. Offers an extensive curriculum leading to academic degrees and professional licensure,
  2. Requires faculty and students to engage in scholarship, and
  3. Provides a range of professional services to schools, other institutions, and individuals.

The components of preparing educators as leaders that frame this mission for our initial programs are

  1. Research and best practice,
  2. Content and pedagogical knowledge, and
  3. Professionalism.

These three themes build our conceptual framework.

Mission Statement

View the mission statement of the School of Education.

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Graduate Programs

To facilitate preparation for specific types of professional service and teaching, graduate study in education has been organized into the program areas encompassed by these departments:

Further information on graduate study may be found on the departmental sections of the online catalog.

Most graduate students are expected to complete work in education areas other than their program areas, as well as in liberal arts or other noneducation areas. The amount of such work depends on the degree sought and the major area. A student must be enrolled for the period during which the comprehensive or final examination is taken. Full-time graduate student enrollment in the School of Education is 9 graduate credit hours or the equivalent.

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Special Programs and Facilities

The School of Education provides these programs and facilities for students, faculty, and, in many cases, the public. Most facilities offer graduate students opportunities for assistantship, laboratory, and research experiences related to their programs of study. Contact the individual programs for information.

Applied Physiology Laboratory and Fitness Evaluation Clinic

This teaching and research laboratory in stress physiology, Robinson Center, 1301 Sunnyside Ave., Room 101, Lawrence, KS 66045-7520, assesses physical function through physiological tests. Fitness parameters of physical education majors and students in health, sport, and exercise sciences classes are assessed routinely. Demonstrations of physiological and biochemical concepts are performed for exercise physiology classes. Research on the physiological ramifications of exercise stress is conducted. Graduate and undergraduate students assist in service and research projects.

Beach Center on Disability

The Beach Center, Haworth Hall, 1200 Sunnyside Ave., Room 3136, Lawrence, KS 66045-7566, is funded by the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education. It is the only federally funded center in the nation conducting research with families with members with disabilities. The center is involved in research and training projects addressing family well-being across the life span. Projects are guided by six fundamental beliefs about families: positive contributions, great expectations, full citizenship, choices, inherent strengths, and relationships.

Center for Economic Education

The center, 431 J.R. Pearson Hall, works to increase the economic literacy of pre-service and in-service teachers through credit and noncredit teaching and consultation in economic education. It maintains a library of current materials on economic/consumer education.

Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation

The center, 735 J.R. Pearson Hall, engages in research and service in educational assessment and program evaluation. Issues in educational testing are studied and projects are designed and carried out to examine school effectiveness, personnel/student evaluation, and policy implications of educational testing and assessment. There are opportunities for assistantships for interested and qualified students.

Center for Psychoeducational Services

CPS, 130 J.R. Pearson Hall, is a training site for students in the Department of Psychology and Research in Education. CPS is staffed by student clinicians in school psychology and counseling psychology who earn credit while they gain practical experience working directly with clients. CPS is a self-sustaining, nonprofit agency.

Center for Research on Learning

The center, 521 J.R. Pearson Hall, conducts research to enhance learning and performance in school and nonschool settings. The center’s international network trains educators to use the products of its research. It serves as the parent organization for 4 research institutes: the Institute for Effective Instruction, the Division of Adult Studies, the Advanced Learning Technologies group, and the e-Learning Design Laboratory.

Advanced Learning Technology in Education

The Advanced Learning Technologies project at the KU Center for Research on Learning, 239 J.R. Pearson Hall, uses the most advanced and innovative technologies available to improve teaching and learning. Faculty and students in ALTEC come from a range of disciplines and programs, including the School of Education, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the School of Engineering, the School of Music, and the School of the Arts. This collection of talent gives ALTEC broad capabilities including advanced networking and telecommunication expertise, instructional design, data harvesting and warehousing, distance education experience, and programming.

ALTEC is committed to developing new technologies to empower learners of all types and ages and to redefining the learning experience through innovative resources. ALTEC partners with those who recognize the tremendous capabilities available through electronic strategies for dissemination, communication, and collaboration. They provide support in the development of the initiative, interpreting the intent of the content authors with the latest in design, development, and delivery. ALTEC maintains its partnership with an individual project by contributing specific resources required through the phases of implementation, including design, development, maintenance, and evaluation.

Institute for Educational Research and Public Service

The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service, 320 J.R. Pearson Hall, serves both the School of Education faculty members and the state of Kansas. This institute has a two-fold mission. The first part of this mission is to provide faculty with infrastructure support for its research. The support includes assistance with identifying funding sources, proposal development, and grant administration. The second part of the institute's mission is to help schools and other educational agencies respond to initiatives that are educationally beneficial to the state and that contribute to the teaching, research, and service missions of the school. The institute also houses the Assembly of Equity Programs, TRIO programs, and the Kansas Enrichment Network. At the heart of these programs lies an interest in promoting educational opportunity for youth and young adults in the state.

Kinesiology/Biomechanics Laboratory

The laboratory, Robinson Center, 1301 Sunnyside Ave., Room 101, Lawrence, KS 66045-7520, analyzes human motion. The primary emphasis is on computer-aided cinematographical analysis, but other research tools such as electromyography (EMG), electrogoniometry, stroboscopy, and force plates are used. Major attention is given to the study of efficient movement techniques, equipment design, strength, flexibility, and body types.

Learning Resource and Technology Center

The center, 110 J.R. Pearson Hall, serves faculty and students of the school and the public. Its resources include the Curriculum Laboratory, professional books and journals, K-12 textbooks, curriculum guides and course outlines from school districts throughout the country, selected reference and reserve materials, and mediated instructional packages for pre-service and in-service teacher education. It supports teaching, research, and service involving educational applications of media and microcomputers. Teacher education students develop skills in operating media equipment and producing materials to support their teaching. A representative cross section of instructional equipment found in schools is available, along with emerging technologies used in distance learning and interactive video instruction. The center offers production support for instructional materials and research support for design, evaluation, use, and dissemination of instructional technology.

Microcomputer Laboratories

Microcomputer laboratories in Joseph R. Pearson Hall and Robinson and Dole Centers prepare students to use computers in administrative, instructional, and research applications. The laboratories offer a range of equipment found in schools, including PC and Macintosh computers. Computers are networked to KU’s backbone and resources such as scanners, laser printers, CD-ROM, CD, and DVD players. The laboratories contain application, programming, data management, data analysis, and instructional software that can be used for all grade levels and disciplines.

School of Education Student Organization

SESO is open to all students interested in careers in education. Information is available in the Welcome Center, 208 J.R. Pearson Hall.

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