College of Education
Editor’s Note: At the time this catalog went to press, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, had just approved Iowa State University’s request to combine the College of Education and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences into one administrative unit. As of July 1, 2005, all academic programs and majors listed with these two colleges will be offered under the College of Human Sciences.
Jerry R. Thomas, Interim Dean
Roger Smith, Associate Dean
Ann Thompson, Interim Associate Dean
Departments of the College
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies www.educ.iastate.edu/elps/
Health and Human Performance www.educ.iastate.edu/hhp/
The mission of the College of Education is to optimize human potential and performance within a pluralistic and global society. To achieve this mission requires the study, practice, and integration of learning, teaching, discovery, and engagement with practitioners in the field. In these ways, the College of Education prepares exemplary professionals for leadership roles in education, health promotion institutions, business and industry and other human development agencies. The College seeks to ensure excellence in its services and programs and to develop selective areas for national and international prominence.
Building on our land-grant heritage, the College of Education is a leading teaching, learning, and research college focused on optimizing human potential and performance, serving the people of Iowa, and contributing to the national and international scholarly community.
The College of Education is a diverse college guiding students as they prepare to work with people in different organizations. Degree programs include teacher education, preparation for professions in health and physical activity, and professional programs at the graduate level. The College of Education, in conjunction with other colleges, offers licensure programs for early childhood education, elementary, secondary, and community college teaching; school principals and superintendents, as well as school media specialists, special education and school counseling.
In addition, certification programs also exist for students in the Department of Health and Human Performance.
A person who is to work effectively with people needs broad personal and professional knowledge and understanding. The College of Education strives to provide each student with a sound general education as well as preparation in an area of specialization.
Recommended High School Preparation
Recommended preparation for students entering most departments of the College of Education should include 4 years of English (including speech) with emphasis in composition and communication skills; 3 years each of mathematics and natural sciences, and 3 years of social science and/or humanities. In addition, students interested in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education are advised to complete three or more years of high school study in one foreign language.
Each student in the College of Education works closely with an academic adviser who is associated with the curriculum in which the student is majoring. Advisers assist students in developing academic programs and in adjusting to university life. They also provide information and guidance about career choices. Advisers attempt to adjust each student’s schedule of course work in accordance with the student’s interests and capabilities.
The college offers an orientation program during the summer for students planning to enter in the fall. Incoming students are encouraged to attend the orientation session so that academic assessments can be made and appropriate classes may be scheduled for the following term.
Majors and Special Programs
For more information about a major, see 1) the curriculum descriptions in this section of the catalog, 2) the department catalog section under Courses and Programs and 3) department websites.
Early Childhood Education—Administered jointly by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Elementary Education—Administered by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Health and Human Performance—Administered by the Department of Health and Human Performance. Options within this major include: Physical Education Licensure, Health/Fitness Management, Athletic Training,Exercise Science, and Community and Public Health.
Secondary Education—The College of Education provides secondary education licensure programs in conjunction with subject matter areas, or majors, offered by various departments across the University campus. These subject matter areas include agriculture, art (master’s program only), biology, chemistry, earth sciences, English, foreign languages, general sciences, health, family and consumer sciences education, mathematics, music, physical science, and physics. See Index, Teacher Education.
The Departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and Health and Human Performance offer programs leading to the degrees of master of science, master of education, and doctor of philosophy. Graduate study in the College of Education is conducted through the Graduate College. Details are found in the Graduate College section of this bulletin, (www,grad-college.iastate.edu) and on department websites.
The College of Education Honors Program provides an opportunity for students with a 3.35 grade point average or higher to complete their course of study in the University Honors Program. For more details, contact the academic adviser, the College Honors Committee, or see Index, Honors Program.
International Studies (secondary major only)
The International Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program which may be taken only as a second major. Students pursuing a second major in international studies must complete the International Studies Program as described in this catalog (see Index, International Studies).
The General Education Requirement
Students in the College of Education are required to complete a program in general education which is integrated with their professional training and extends through the undergraduate curriculum.
The general education program emphasizes intellectual growth and personal development as contrasted with specific vocational preparation. It is recognized that many contributions to general education may be made by courses which have other primary objectives.
The program aims to stimulate a desire for learning and intellectual endeavor, develop understanding and appreciation for the physical and cultural world, encourage independent thinking and analysis, increase competence in all aspects of communication, and create an understanding of individuals as social, psychological, and physical beings.
The student is expected to complete studies in five groups in general education. Areas represented below are not departmental titles. In some cases, courses relating to a given area may be found in several different departments. Credits listed are minimum requirements.
Teacher Education and Licensure
All students who are recommended by Iowa State University for teacher licensure must meet the requirements of the University Teacher Education Program and be recommended by the Director of Teacher Education.
Each student will be enrolled in the department in which he or she plans to major and must meet the graduation requirements of that department and the college in which it is located.
For details concerning the professional teacher education requirements and the areas of specialization requirements, see Teacher Education, Courses and Programs. Information disclosure for students and employees is available at www.iastate.edu/~disclosure/.