Educating Teachers: A Southeast Tradition
Professional preparation of future teachers has been a significant part of Southeast's mission since it was founded as a teachers college in 1873. At the College of Education, this 130-year tradition continues and, in fact, has evolved into one of the nation's finest teacher education programs.
So how good is Southeast's College of Education? Consider just a few of its many achievements:
- Winner of the prestigious Christa McAuliffe Showcase of Excellence Award, making Southeast the only institution to ever be granted this honor twice and the only one in Missouri to ever receive the award
- Selected as one of 20 national model programs by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities
- Recipient of the "Best Practice Award for Global and International Teacher Education" from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, recognizing exemplary practice in intercultural and global arenas
- Full accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
- Elected for the White House Conference on Education to develop "the New American School" in conjunction with the Department of Education—one of 33 in the country and the only Missouri institution to be selected
- Home of the largest Alternative Teacher Certification Program in the Midwest
Undergraduate degrees are offered in early childhood education, elementary education and exceptional child education. Both middle school and secondary education programs allow a student to select a specialized field of study to match his or her strengths and interests. All undergraduate programs emphasize active learning and real-world experiences, with field experience beginning in the freshman or sophomore year.
A number of options are available for educators to complete advanced certification programs as well as graduate and post-graduate work, including two doctoral degrees. At all levels of education, Southeast's award-winning tradition of training skilled and innovative teachers promises to continue far into the future.