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  Welcome from the Dean  
     
 
Richard L. Hayes, Dean
This is an exciting time in the history of the College of Education. On February 1, 1967, the College was formed as the first college independent of Arts and Sciences and was the first college in the University to begin a program of graduate studies. In the forty years since then, we have worked hard to establish ourselves as the Gulf Coast leader in preparing professional educators, through teaching, service, and research, to develop commitments to life-long learning and the improvement of communities.  
 
Our graduates carry this commitment into their professional lives as educators, whether as teachers, counselors, administrators, special educators, psychometrists, media specialists, instructional designers, or practitioners and researchers in health, physical education, and leisure studies.
   
Our commitment is informed by a sense of the practical and guided by our hope for the possible. We understand that the problem of educating each generation of students for effective citizenship in a global society demands our persistent attention as life long learners. Our understanding is based on our direct experience working in and with the diverse set of communities that inform our lives together.
     
  As a community of learners, we are dedicated to providing quality, accessible undergraduate and graduate professional education that prepares our graduates for a professional career. This work is done in a dynamic environment of collaboration that involves faculty working along side our students and educational partners in classrooms, laboratories, schools, community and government agencies, health and recreational facilities, and local businesses. In this way we are able to promote the creation and dissemination of knowledge while also serving our constituents through professional development programs and community outreach that assists regional educational agencies in meeting their professional obligations.
 
     
  The College of Education offers many advantages to the student pursuing an education degree. Whether pursuing a B.S., Master's, Specialist’s or Doctoral degree, students benefit from a compassionate and knowledgeable faculty, rich research resources, technologically advanced facilities, and an ever-changing environment on the cutting edge of educational innovations. We also offer the education major a wealth of hands on training opportunities as well as internships for Master's and Ph. D. candidates. Our approach is diverse and rich in the concepts and principles of teaching and curriculum design at all levels. Our graduates are expertly prepared to teach, develop curricula, provide special education programs, lead educational programs, and design instruction for all facets of academic education and industry.  
   
  On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of the College of Education, I invite you to join our community of scholar-practitioners. We offer challenges and opportunities that will prepare you for a life of inquiry and professional development that will enhance the quality of life for every citizen.
 
   
  Richard L. Hayes, Dean
 
 
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