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.
Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies
- The first such university-affiliated institute in the United States, it's purpose is to research the philosophies and practices of renowned Japanese educators Daisaku Ikeda, Josei Toda and Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, as well as to provide workshops and symposia on these to students, educators, counselors, academics, and educational leaders in the greater Chicago area.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Moos Elementary Partnership- Working closely with faculty and staff at this CPS school, Dean Zionts and faculty have developed a creative collaboration that allows COE faculty to pilot innovative programs that offer benefits to each institutions' students.
Office of Innovative Professional Learning (OIPL) -
OIPL offers all schools and organizations individualized and customized professional development, coaching, or mentoring that relies on best practices and creating a professional learning community.
- 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
- 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.