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The College of Education (COE) prepares educators at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. COE students are actively involved in learning, analyzing, discussing, assessing, and applying their knowledge and skills in educational settings.​

The COE enrolled 1421 students (511                                  undergraduates and 910 graduates) during                      Autumn Quarter 2017. 

DePaul’s COE has increased its market share and now ranks third among colleges of education in Illinois,               following for-profit universities, Concordia and National Louis.

The COE Doctorate Program has experienced record breaking numbers of enrolled students, Fall enrollment has increased over 400% since 2012. 

The COE currently collaborates with more than 300 Chicago area public and private schools, hospitals,                   community agencies, and higher education offices through a host of innovative programs.

More than 3,000 COE graduates are employed as teachers, principals, and administrators in the Chicago                 area.

88% of COE 2016 graduates with a Bachelor’s degree and 92% of graduates with a Master’s degree are                     employed after graduation. ​


•      The Office of Innovative Professional Learning (OIPL), launched in 2014 by Donna Kiel, director and instructional assistant professor, provides professional development, mentoring, and program evaluation to public and private schools, individuals, businesses, and organizations, throughout Chicago, nationally, and internationally. To date, The Office has provided professional development to over 700 teachers in middle and high schools and has provided professional development services to eight distinctive schools and universities in Beijing, China, and has provided professional development services to Chicago Public Schools, the Archdiocese of Chicago, Rosalind Franklin University of Medical Sciences, Rush University Medical Center, and other local and national organizations.

•      The International Baccalaureate Educator Certificate (IBEC) in Teaching and Learning, developed by the Office of Innovative Professional Learning, is a fully online certificate program that is endorsed and approved by the International Baccalaureate Organization. The IBEC is a fully online competency based learning experience that provides inservice teachers with the needed skills to teach in an IB World school in either the Middle Years Program (MYP) or Diploma Program (DP). The IBEC has enrolled inservice teachers throughout the United States as well as teachers from China, Korea, Kuwait, Japan, and Egypt. The IBEC has provided DePaul international recognition by the IB Organization and teachers across the globe as an example of educational innovation and practical and meaningful use of competency based, online learning.

•      The Stockyard Institute, founded by Jim Duignan, associate professor, is an arts and pedagogical initiative that establishes collaborative, community-wide arts and education projects with youth, teachers, artists, and residents deep inside Chicago communities. The Stockyard Institute coordinates with area schools, youth centers, cultural organizations, and community facilities to design and organize temporary public art projects and sustainable art and education programs. Since its inception in 1995, the Stockyard Institute has connected with thousands of DePaul University students, local teachers, youth, and community residents building, teaching, exhibiting, exchanging, and publishing projects in Chicago, the U.S., and around the world. Recent projects, artworks, and ideas of the Stockyard institute and Jim Duignan have been exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center and Smart Museum (2017), Chicago Cultural Center, Reykjavik Art Museum, Public Art Saint Paul, (2016), Brooklyn’s interference Archive and 6018North in Chicago (2015), and Hull House Museum, Kochi-Muziris Biennial, Sullivan Galleries, EXPO Chicago, and Columbia College (2014). 

•     The COE has maintained a 4-year creative collaboration with Bernhard Moos Elementary School, in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. To date, over 120 COE students have completed their student teaching and field experiences at the school. The International Baccalaureate training program, developed by the Office of Innovative Professional Learning is being piloted at the school and The Stockyard Institute has set up a satellite space on the 3rd floor of Moos to work on projects with the school and its community. 

•      DePaul and the international nonprofit organization, Facing History and Ourselves, announced a first-of-its-kind, multiyear collaboration in 2012 to incorporate Facing History’s acclaimed resources, materials, and classroom strategies on civic engagement throughout programs for working and aspiring teachers studying at COE. The collaboration is the first between Facing History and a university college of education and was made possible through a generous gift from DePaul Trustee and alumnus Jack Greenberg and his wife, Donna. The Collaboration, fully implemented and now in its fifth year, has impacted approximately 2,500 stakeholders in education. The collaboration is directed by James Wolfinger, associate dean and professor, and associate professors, Melissa Ockerman and Dr. Barbara Rieckhoff are coordinators. 

•     The DePaul University Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education, established in April 2015 and directed by Jason Goulah, associate professor, is the first-such university-affiliated institute in the United States, North America, and in the Anglophone academy worldwide dedicated to researching the philosophies and practices of renowned Japanese educators Daisaku Ikeda, Josei Toda, and Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. The Institute provides workshops and symposia on these to students, educators, counselors, academics, and educational leaders in the greater Chicago area. In December 2016, Goulah and Fr. Holtschneider traveled to Japan to award an honorary doctorate to Daisaku Ikeda, namesake of the DePaul University Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education, and to begin discussions about forming exchange agreements between DePaul University and Soka University (Tokyo). 

•     Established in 2000 by Horace Hall, associate professor, the R.E.A.L. (Respect Excellence Attitude Leadership) program offers underprivileged, underserved, and underachieving African-American and Latino elementary and secondary students safe classroom spaces to creatively express themselves through language arts-based projects, literacy activities, and life-skills curriculum. In 2015-16, R.E.A.L. and the Ikeda Institute began “Value Creation in R.E.A.L.” with St. Francis de Sales High School on the South Side of Chicago. This program engages high school males in the R.E.A.L. program with a literacy curriculum based on the book America Will Be!, Daisaku Ikeda’s published dialogue with civil rights leader Vincent Harding. 

•      The Education Counseling Center (ECC) serves as a training clinic for the COE, offering an opportunity for community members to access quality and affordable services while simultaneously preparing students to utilize evidence-based practices in their respective professions. From January 2016 through January 2017 the center provided over 3,000 hours of direct services to Chicagoland families. All service hours are supervised by the ECC director and are tied to courses within the COE, completed as internship hours, or were facilitated by COE student volunteers developing skills to work with youth. 

•      The Golden Apple Foundation Scholars Program provides evidence-based teacher support and tuition funding for aspiring teachers. 22 Golden Apple Scholars currently are pursuing a degree in the College of Education, 3 of whom are new scholars for the 2016-17 academic year. Barbara Rieckhoff, associate professor, serves as faculty liaison for the Golden Apple Program. 

•      For the third consecutive year, Nell Cobb, associate chair of teacher education and associate professor and Eunmi Lee, assistant professor, invited middle school girls in the Chicago-area to a two-week camp, DePaul Inspiring STEM in Girls, during Summer 2016. The camp was made possible by a $25,000 Motorola Solutions Grant and funds raised by College of Education Dean’s Advisory Board members and will be offered again in summer 2017.

•      Associate professors Fr. Anthony Dosen and Barbara Rieckhoff developed a program with the Big Shoulders Fund for a Catholic Leadership Development Program. Students who wish to pursue leadership roles in Catholic schools enroll in the COE’s principal preparation program and DePaul and Big Shoulders support a portion of their tuition. Graduates of the program make a commitment to work and lead Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago. During 2016-17, three COE students are recipients of the scholarship and are currently pursuing graduate degrees.

•      The COE continued its partnership with the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) during summer 2016 and offered cohorts in special education, early childhood education, and educational leadership. 

COE faculty are involved in local, state and federal bodies impacting education, including the following boards and service to publications. Recent appointments include: 
          •      Marie Donovan, associate professor, was re-elected as chair of the Faculty Advisory Council to the                             Illinois Board of Higher Education. 
          •      Mindy Kalchman, associate professor, was appointed to the prestigious Teaching Children                                              Mathematics editorial board. 
          •     Rebecca Michel, assistant professor, joined the editorial board of The Professional Counselor, the                                official journal of the National Board for Certified Counselors, and was named the Illinois Counselor                        Educator of the Year.
         •      Amira Proweller, chair of educational policy studies and research and associate professor, was invited                   to serve on the editorial board of Schools.
         •      Sonia Soltero was invited to serve on the Illinois State Board of Education Committee for Developing                       Standards for Pre-service ESL, BE and General Education Teachers, as well as the National Bilingual                         Education Standards Committee.

COE faculty actively contribute scholarly works to the profession and are recognized as experts in their fields. Recent publications include:
       •       Jason Goulah, associate professor, contributed a chapter to the SAGE Guide to Curriculum in Education,                which won the 2016 American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Book Award.
       •       Sonia Soltero, associate professor, published her third book entitled Dual Language Education:                                  Program Implementation and Design (2016). 
      •       John Taccarino, associate professor, published S (Success)-Factor: The Psychological Roots of Success                   (2016). 
      •      James Wolfinger, professor, published his book Running the Rails: Capital and Labor in the Philadelphia                    Transit Industry by Cornell University Press (2016).

      •      The COE offers eight undergraduate degree programs: early childhood education, elementary education;               exercise science; middle grades education; physical education; secondary education; special education;               and world languages education. 

     •        The COE offers twelve master’s degree programs in bilingual-bicultural education; counseling;                                    curriculum studies; early childhood education; educational leadership; elementary education; middle                    grades education; secondary education; social and cultural foundations in educations; special                                    education; sport, fitness and recreation leadership; and world languages education. 

     •        The COE offers undergraduate minors in bilingual-bicultural education; coaching; early childhood                             education; educational studies; English as a second language; English as a second language/bilingual                     education combined; health; physical education; and a certificate program in social and cultural                               foundations in education.

     •      The COE offers three fully online programs: educational leadership; special education (LBS1)                                        endorsement; and sport, fitness and recreation leadership.

           •      The COE offers a doctorate degree in three programs: curriculum studies, early childhood education, and              educational leadership. The Doctorate Program has grown in the past three years to record numbers.                      Graduates of the program are superintendents, principals, assistant principals, and teachers in public                    and Catholic Schools, higher education administrators, faculty and program directors, and education                      consultants throughout Chicago, the Midwest, and the nation. In 2015-16 the COE launched two new                      cohorts, Fraternal Order of the Police and Naperville.

     •      The COE offers twelve licensure and endorsement programs, three special certificate programs, and                        customized professional development through the Office of Innovative Professional learning, for current              and aspiring teachers, counselors, education specialists, and leaders who are interested in furthering                      their professional development and enhancing their credentials.

    •      The edTPA Illinois State Licensure Assessment System, a new state requirement for teacher licensure,                      has been fully implemented throughout all COE licensure Programs. 100% of elementary education and                special education 2016 graduates passed the assessment on their first try and the College had an overall                94.76% pass rate (235 students took the test).​

About the Dean

Paul Zionts was appointed dean of the College of Education in July 2009. Zionts is the author, co-author or editor of five books and more than 25 articles and chapters. A professor of special education, his research interests include educating children and youth with emotional and behavioral disorders, cognitive behavioral interventions and classroom management.
Before joining DePaul, he served as dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn from 2005-2009. He previously served as a professor and chair of educational foundations and special services at Kent State University and as professor at Central Michigan University.

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