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Undergraduate Degrees in Education

Certification Areas

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary/P-12 Education
    • Science Education
    • English Education
    • Social Science Education
    • Speech/Drama/Debate
  • PK-12 Education
    • Music Education
    • Art Education

Contact Person for Each Department

Professor Tony Gonzalez
Vocal Music Education

Professor Judith Palladino
Speech/Drama/Debate Education

Dr. Heather Sparks
Early Childhood Education

Professor John Schimek
Instrumental Music Education

Dr. Heather Sparks
P-12 & Secondary Education

Dr. Mike Raiber
Instrumental Music Education

Dr. Heather Sparks
Elementary Education
Director of Teacher Education

Dr. Lani Garner
Vocal Music Education

Conceptual Framework

The Personalized Professional Teacher Education model was created to illustrate the concept of the process that moves the individual through levels of learning and personal awareness of their roles as individual, teacher and leader.

We view learning as an active, personal and cognitive process. This model illustrates the faculty commitment to responsive, individualized teaching. Candidates are actively involved in their own learning and continually assess and evaluate their own progress as they pursue their individual teaching goals. They acquire knowledge, skills, and experience while enhancing and refining the dispositions deemed appropriate for professional teachers as they develop their potential to become empowered individuals and educational leaders.

How to Submit Your Comments to CAEP

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to:

Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:

  • In CAEP's performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
  • A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.
  • Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.


If you score above a 22 on the ACT/1100 SAT with a 3.0 GPA, you qualify for:

Academic scholarships from $1,700–$8,000 per year

Departmental scholarships from $3,000–$11,000 per year

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