School of Education

324 School of Education Building


Karen K. Wixson, Professor and Dean of School

Sam Miller, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Terry Ackerman, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Assessment


The School of Education is comprised of six departments:

Departments (Department Code)

Counseling and Educational Development (CED)

Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC)

Educational Research Methodology (ERM)

Library and Information Studies (LIS)

Specialized Education Services (SES)

Teacher Education and Higher Education (HED)

The Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education and the Department of Specialized Education Services offer Bachelor of Science programs several of which prepare students for the Standard Professional I License in North Carolina. Undergraduate majors include Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, Professions in Deafness (Advocacy & Services for the Deaf; Auditory-Oral/Birth–Kindergarten Teacher Licensure; Birth–12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Licensure; and Interpreter Preparation), Special Education, and Elementary Education and Special Education General Curriculum Dual Major with Teacher Licensure. All departments in the School of Education offer graduate programs leading to master's, specialist's, and doctoral degrees, as well.

The School of Education also supports programs in teacher education conducted under the auspices of other schools (Music, Theatre and Dance; Health and Human Sciences) and departments within the College of Arts and Sciences by responding to course requirements in the areas of social, philosophical, and psychological foundations; methodology; curriculum; and student teaching. Recent emphases in competency-based curricula and individualized programming contribute to newly designed teacher education programs.

All licensure programs for school personnel are approved by the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction. The School of Education, with licensure programs in other units, is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The School of Education is a professional school that strives to prepare outstanding practitioners, study the profession, create and disseminate new knowledge in professional education, and engage in field services and apply research findings. A general discussion of Teacher Education may be found under School of Education Licensure Programs in this bulletin.

Students seeking further information on graduate-level programs are referred to the Graduate School Bulletin.


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