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New School of Education Meets Fresh Classroom Challenges

November 2012

The process of educating educators is changing, and the new SAU School of Education stands ready to meet the challenge.

As part of the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Education brings teacher education undergraduate programs, graduate programs and the Children's Campus under a single umbrella.

Combining the graduate and undergraduate programs-which previously operated separately within the former College of Education and Health Sciences-allows the School of Education to better organize and create a curriculum that meets the need of students as well as the demands of state and national accrediting bodies.

"It puts all of our resources together so we can employ them in a much more effective way," said Thomas Carpenter, PhD, the school's director. "We are one big school with lots of programs and lots of interchange of ideas."

Dean Marple, EdD, a professor of secondary education at St. Ambrose since 1989, said the synergy between undergraduate and graduate programs has brought a new energy. He said new projects and approaches are being implemented as well.

Meanwhile, classroom challenges aren't deterring students from pursuing careers in teaching. Undergraduate enrollment in the School of Education this year is up 5 percent from a year ago.

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