College of Education and Public Policy

Chair’s Welcome

Congratulations on selecting a vibrant profession where you will have many opportunities to positively impact the lives of children, adolescents, and their families.

For those of you who are new to our program or are interested in finding out more, we want to get to know you, and we look forward to assisting you in the transformation to a high-quality, professional educator. Each P-12 learner in Indiana (and the nation) has the right to be taught by a knowledgeable, skilled, and passionate educator. As part of the academic process, we will challenge and support you to:

  • broaden and deepen your understanding of the content you will teach,
  • improve both the art of and skills used when engaging learners with the content to be learned,
  • clarify and act upon your beliefs regarding the competencies and capabilities of each P-12 learner; and
  • be up-to-date on the changes that are happening in the field of education.

Faculty in this department are proficient teachers, researchers, and community members.  They have degrees from high-quality institutions such as the University of Michigan, The Ohio State University, the State University of New York (SUNY), Harvard University, and, of course, Indiana University. They are known nationally and internationally for teaching, research, and service. Get to know them, so that you can benefit from their vast knowledge bases and experiences.

As part of our dedication to the community, we believe in the importance of getting to know people and making a difference in education. Teaching extends beyond the walls of the school and classroom. To acquire and refine your teaching skills, you must spend a great deal of time with P-12 learners in local schools and different community settings. Join Drs. Nichols and Isik-Ercan in working with new language learners or Dr. Nowak at Science Central working on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, or any of the Block faculty as you engage in extended field experiences in local schools. Volunteer in local organizations such as Junior Achievement, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and Erin’s House. In other words, seize the opportunities do public good while gaining real-world experiences and making a difference in your community.

For our returning students, we are looking forward to the excitement and positive energy you bring back to our program and your own transformation. We have some exciting new changes afoot that I would like to point out. First, the academic advising center has a new name. It is now the Educational Planning and Information Center (EPIC). Please go to that office to find information on academic advising, field experiences, student teaching, and licensing. While there, welcome Jim Beard to his new role in assisting with Student Teaching placements and Tamika Blanks to her new role of Coordinator of Academic Advising. Get to know both of these vital staff members as you move throughout your program. Second, we are remodeling the Curriculum Lab and expect that you will join us in a big celebration when it is complete. Last, we will be working with students like you to design a new professional organization for students. We need to hear from you about your vision for such an organization.

In the Department of Educational Studies, growth and change equals opportunities. So, join us in the transformative journey as we all listen, motivate, and learn new ways to teach with passion.

Terri Jo Swim, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Educational Studies
Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne