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College of Education - About the College

Message from the Dean - Dr. Monika Williams Shealey

Welcome to the College of Education at Rowan University. This is an exciting time for Rowan University. The US News and World Report ranked Rowan University #19 in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges for Regional Universities in the North. In addition, The College of Education was ranked #136 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs. As the oldest College on campus, the College of Education has a long-held commitment to excellence in teaching, community engagement and innovation in scholarship.

Dean Shealey

The College of Education’s primary mission is to ensure that faculty and undergraduate and graduate candidates develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to foster academic achievement, social responsibility, personal responsibility and social justice in themselves so that they can, in turn, facilitate high achievement in P-16 learners. The faculty and staff strive to live out our mission daily, which is captured through our conceptual framework. The Learning Community in Action philosophical framework reflects the College’s dedication to knowledge, diversity, technology and impact on learners. One example of how the College has been able to demonstrate this commitment is through the Professional Development Schools (PDS) network. Rowan University and two of its partnering Professional Development Schools (PDS) have been awarded the fifth annual National Association of Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) Award for Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement. This achievement recognizes PDS relationships for their ongoing contributions to the mission and vision of NAPDS in creating and sustaining genuine collaborative partnerships between P-12 and higher education, which shape educator leadership and practice.

The College of Education is also committed to advancing diversity and social justice through advocacy, which is reflected through our curriculum, field and clinical experiences, and signature pipeline program, the Rowan Urban Teacher Academy (RUTA). RUTA is offered to high school juniors interested in becoming urban teachers and/or teachers in high shortage subject areas. This program is designed to attract students to the field of education through exposure to curriculum and practicum experiences that focus on teaching. Further, RUTA seeks to assist students in developing an understanding and appreciation for the inherent strengths in the urban context.

In addition to a myriad of teacher education programs, the College of Education offers programs in educational leadership, school psychology, counseling, higher education, school administration, health and exercise science, literacy education, and special education. In support of our programs and in an effort to provide direct services to the broader community, the College of Education offers an Early Childhood Education Demonstration Center, Reading Clinic, and Special Education Assessment Clinic. Our commitment to community engagement and providing meaningful and relevant clinical experiences for our candidates exemplifies our promotion of the Learning Community in Action.

Please peruse our website to learn more about the College of Education and how we can assist you in transforming your life as well as the lives of others. We hope you decide to join our outstanding academic community.

Dean Monika Williams Shealey