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November 21, 2014

College Update Fall 2014-College of Education

  • The college began an Early Childhood “fast-track” graduate program in May 2014.
  • Twenty-four pre-service teachers from Shanghai Normal University were hosted on campus for a three-week training session on U.S. pedagogy.
  • Anita Collins was welcomed as a new faculty member.
  • A successful, three-part professional development series was offered for P–12 teachers in June and July 2014. Registration was closed at 20 teachers.
  • The two-week Science and Math Extravaganza for Kids took place on July 17-31. Eighty areas second- through eighth-grade students attended the camp, now in its 18th year.
  • A one-year professional development program for 45 K–8 regional grade school teachers was funded through the U.S. Department of Education. The goal is to increase math content knowledge and effective teaching methodology.
  • Clinical, placement and certification personnel recently moved into remodeled offices on the second floor of the Regional Education Center.
  • In fall 2014, SVSU and Ming Chuan University offered the first joint courses in “Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language.” Kerry Segal, a professor of English, is the coordinator of the program.
  • The elementary education program recently received national recognition by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation/Association for Childhood Education International; SVSU was the only elementary program in the state of Michigan to be so recognized.