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From the dean's desk

We are beginning another exciting year in the School of Education. At our core, we are about preparing classroom teachers. However, we are "opening our doors" by expanding our mission to include students from across campus who do not plan to complete traditional teacher preparation and/or teach in a classroom setting. We have developed two new minors, which give other students on campus the opportunity to become informed citizens with an understanding of the critical issues in education and health, to work with diverse populations of all ages both here and abroad, and to develop the knowledge and skills to successfully pursue education and health related careers, internships, graduate school and other post-graduation positions.

In addition, this year we are proposing a reconfigured physical education and health major and an outdoor education minor. We also have a committee working on an education studies major for students who might be interested in school psychology, education policy and education advocacy. We are also working with others across campus to include additional education courses in other minors and in the core curriculum.

You know, better than many, how important it is for everyone to be informed regarding educational and health issues. There will be more to come. Stay tuned! Thank you for all that you do to transform young lives and to empower the next generation.

Deborah Long, Interim Dean

NCATE reaccreditation underway


This past year, and through the summer, School of Education faculty and staff have been working hard preparing our NCATE (National Council on the Accreditation of Teacher Education) reaccreditation report. The report was submitted on Aug. 22. The Board of Examiners site visit will take place on April 19 -21, 2015. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the visiting team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the EPP (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). We invite you to submit written testimony to: Board of Examiners, NCATE, 1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036. You can also send an email to

Impact report: Your gifts matter

Gift funds made possible the acquisition of a number of crucial items for our new Early Childhood Education program. With the funds, we were able to purchase several assessments and curricular materials that are used in the field of Early Childhood and will benefit the children and families in the Little Village program. Also this past year, the Stewardship Committee, which oversees the use of gift funds, voted to set aside $5,000 in emergency funds to help our teacher candidates who have limited financial resources and are in need of support. We have been able to provide financial support to a number of teacher candidates who encountered unexpected barriers to fully participate in all of the School of Education offers. Thank you to each of you who have made this support possible through your donations.

New minors in education now being offered

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Two new minors in education were approved this past spring. The Teaching and Learning minor will prepare students who do not plan to teach in a traditional classroom, but plan careers that will involve mentoring, training and educating others in a variety of venues. The Wellness and Health Education minor will provide students with the foundation to take an exam to be certified as a Health Education Specialist through the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). With the addition of these minors, we now offer four minors in the School of Education including coaching and Early Childhood Education minors.

D.I.V.A.S. Conference

The DIVAS (Distinguished, Intellectual, Virtuous, Academic, Sistas) Conference was once again held on the Elon University campus on Sept. 27. The conference theme, “Sankofa: Reaching Back to Move Forward in Excellence,” references the ancient West African proverb that signifies the importance of moving forward while learning from the past. The keynote speaker this year was Brenda Allen, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at Winston-Salem State University. The conference was open to faculty, staff and students from across the state.
Recent News

Nate Bourne, one of the fast track M.Ed. cohort members, was recognized as a STAR Discovery Educator for using technology and digital learning in his classroom. He was one of three teachers system-wide in the Alamance-Burlington School System who were recognized.


Several junior Teaching Fellows were delegates at the 29th annual Emerging Issues Forum held at the Raleigh Convention Center Feb. 10-11. Read more ...

Five seniors presented at the North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference in Raleigh on Sept. 12, along with Assistant Professor of Education Heidi Hollingsworth. Read more ...

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