Preparing Educators who are Scholars and Leaders


The Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development offers teacher education programs at the graduate, post-baccalaureate, and undergraduateIDA Recognized Program Seal levels where students can become world-class scholars and teacher leaders. Our faculty members are outstanding educators who combine years of classroom experience with a deep knowledge of research-based practices to create a high-quality learning environment. Our programs offer students a comprehensive curriculum of theory, research, cross-disciplinary studies, and practicum. Our goal is to improve teacher effectiveness and we are committed to raising the bar in teacher education.

We prepare educators who are:

  1. Scholars and leaders in professionalism
  2. Educators committed to high-quality teaching
  3. Leaders in translating evidence-based research into the classroom
  4. Experts in differentiated instruction

We design our classroom experience to meet the needs of all students and pride ourselves on being responsive to diverse learners. Many of our faculty are actively involved in the local education community and work in schools, focusing on dyslexia, ESL, mathematics, and special education.

The Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development is a place of great value, we deliver a high caliber education with a cost comparable to other education programs in the surrounding area. We are so pleased that you are considering joining our team and we invite you to explore our diverse range of programs. We can work together to change minds!

Learn more about our programs:

Master's Programs Certificate Programs Teaching Certification


Information Session


Join us for a graduate study information session on Tuesday, April 22nd and learn more about our graduate and non-degree programs. There are excellent scholarship opportunities and by attending the information session, you will be able to discuss your educational goals with graduate education faculty. Find more details here.

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