Dean Heller

Dean William Heller

Message From The Dean

On behalf of the students, staff, and faculty of the College of Education, let me welcome you to a place where the focus is on helping children realize their fullest potential as learners and individuals. Whether this potential is in mathematics, science, the arts, literacy, or the social sciences the College of Education is the place where outstanding university students are prepared to become teachers and will, as a consequence of their preparation, help children attain their maximum achievement.

The College of Education recognizes the varying abilities of each child, which is why it prepares teachers for all children. The university students earning a degree in education will qualify for certification in both general and special education with endorsements in English as a Second Language(ESOL) and Reading.

The College of Education believes that course content should be integrated with real experiences in the schools as observers, volunteers, mentors, tutors, interns, and student teachers. These experiences provide students with a reality orientation second to none. It also provides an opportunity to apply what is learned in the classroom to real situations. As a result of the coursework and experiences in the schools, College of Education graduates are well-prepared for whatever opportunities they are given.

The College of Education also believes that all teachers need to continue to develop as professionals. The graduate programs offered by the College are designed to help teachers become more effective in the classroom as well as to improve their schools. Leadership is critically important and the College’s program in leadership is designed to select outstanding teachers and prepare them for roles as assistant principals, principals, and other administrative positions

The College has the capacity to succeed because it has an outstanding faculty and staff who believe, without reservation, that all children can learn. Add the experience, expertise and commitment of the faculty and staff to the abilities and motivation of outstanding university students and you have a formula for preparing successful teachers. One example of this success was the selection of one of our recent graduates, Megan Allen, as Florida’s 2010 Teacher of the Year.

Please come by to visit, sit in our classes, meet our professors and staff, and meet our students. They are truly phenomenal young people who are acquiring the knowledge, skills, and experiences that will enable them to be competent educators. You will find that they care for ALL children. The students, and we in the College, share a common goal and that is to make a difference with every child.

The College is nationally accredited by the National Council on Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the FL Department of Education Program Approval.

Dean William Heller