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Centers & Initiatives

In the College of Education, centers and initiatives help prepare our students to work in schools and in settings which support the work of schools. These extracurricular organizations and activities are especially important for engaging our students with the larger community and vice versa. 

Centers

Center For Educational Technology (CET) - CET promotes initiatives that enhance student access to, and engagement with, technology and that help faculty integrate technology into their teaching contexts.

Education & Counseling Center (ECC) - The ECC provides quality and affordable educational and counseling services to children and adolescents.

Initiatives

DePaul University / Facing History and Ourselves Collaboration (DPU/FHAO Collaboration) - The College of Education and Facing History & Ourselves have come together to raise awareness among educators and the public about the need to teach for social justice while also providing educators with concrete tools to enhance their classroom practice in addressing complex social issues.

Integrative Knowledge e-Portfolio - Integrative Knowledge E-Portfolios (IKEs) are places where our students reflect on their lifelong and life-wide experiences, integrate personal and professional knowledge, and explore the impact of beliefs and knowledge on their roles and actions as professional educators and counselors. IKEs are a canvas on which students can weave together, challenge and showcase their knowledge, values, goals and professional identities.

Teaching with Primary Sources Program - Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, the Teaching with Primary Sources program offers free professional development to K-12 educators in the use of primary sources, "the raw materials of history."

College of Education Quarterly Forum Initiative - This initiative sponsors quarterly forums on important education issues. Forums are free, open to all DePaul students and faculty, teachers in public and private schools, alumni and members of the community. Previous forums have included topics such as restorative justice in schools, challenging high stakes testing and the impact of poverty on children's mental health. To learn about upcoming events, please see our COE Events page or contact Diane Horwitz at dhorwit1@depaul.edu.

Catholic School Council - The CSC emerged in the fall of 2009 from discussions with the principals and presidents of the four Catholic high schools in which the College of Education has a formal partnership. The goal is to find mechanisms and processes to best utilize the partnership and to collaborate more effectively with other units within the university.

Initiatives Working in Schools

R.E.A.L. - Undergraduate and graduate students have administered the Respect Excellence Attitude Leadership (R.E.A.L.) program, operated by associate professor Horace Hall, in 15 to 20 CPS schools since 2000. This program helps Latino and African-American students learn cultural competency skills.

Stockyard Institute - The Stockyard Institute is a project that explores Chicago communities as places to engage youth, community residents and artists through a small, open interchange of projects and programs in electronic and visual arts, social activism and experimental pedagogy.

Student Teaching and Field Experience - Every undergraduate student in each of the College of Education's 20 majors serves a minimum of 100 hours of field experience time. Fieldwork places all COE students in area schools assisting teachers and working directly with children. After completing the field experience requirement, the colleges undergraduates perform a full quarter of student teaching in approximately 100 CPS, charter or Catholic schools in the Chicago area.

Additionally, graduate courses require a variety of field experiences, from clinical internships to practicums to student teaching. A link to COE courses requiring field work and hours embedded per course can be found here.