Welcome from the Dean
Welcome to the School of Education and our website. I am honored to have been asked to serve as interim dean following Gerardo Gonzalez’s fifteen years of service and as we search for his successor. I look forward to a productive year during which we will carry on the great traditions and innovative spirit that has long been the hallmark of the IU School of Education. Whether you are a prospective student, someone interested in joining our world-class faculty and staff, or someone who wants to learn more about one of the nation’s premier schools of education, I invite you to explore our programs of study and the vast array of resources included on our website.
As you will see, our faculty is internationally recognized and stands at the forefront of research, teaching and service to the educational community. I’m proud to say we’ve prepared outstanding educators, administrators, and researchers for over 100 years. Our alumni network is over 68,000 strong and includes numerous award-winning teachers such as the Indiana Teachers of the Year the last four consecutive years 2011 – 2014.
You will discover here the impressive breadth of our educational programs, but let me highlight a few of our most recent initiatives and accomplishments. In 2014 we launched the INSPIRE Living-Learning Center (LLC) for undergraduate education students. The INSPIRE LLC is a residential facility located directly adjacent to the School of Education that supports ways for education students to connect with others, to engage in inquiry, and to develop partnerships.
For many years, the IU School of Education has partnered with universities all over the world and you can find our graduates working on every continent. Our faculty is engaged in research and educational development work in every corner of the globe. Through the Global Gateway for Teachers program (which includes 18 countries along with urban and Navajo Nations placements), or through the Peace Corps Master's International partnership, our students gain cross-cultural experience first-hand.
At the graduate level, our programs have been consistently ranked among the top 25 according to the annual U.S. News and World Report “Best Graduate School” survey. In the category of “Best Online Education Programs,” we are second in the nation. In fact, we were the first IU school on campus to offer a fully on line doctoral degree. Gina Anderson, the first graduate of the program, who graduated spring 2015 with an Ed.D. in Instructional Systems Technology shared this about her journey:
“…When I learned about this program, I was instantly interested,” she said. “I was looking for blended programs where I could do it partly at home and this was the perfect opportunity to finish what I had started. Without this program, it probably would have never happened.”
Finally, for those of you interested in the growing “makers movement,” the IU School of Education’s Learning Sciences program is home to a new Makers Lab that will offer opportunities for students to create learning experiences for children that link artistic creativity and information and computer technology.
Again, I invite you to explore our website, and to discover the extraordinary opportunities that the IU School of Education has to offer.
Terrence C. Mason
Interim University Dean, IU School of Education