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College of Education

College of Education

Message from the Dean

The Richard W. Riley College of Education enjoys a long and successful history of preparing teachers and leaders for work in and beyond schools, and today that tradition continues.  In 2009, we were awarded a $7.5 million Teacher Quality Partnership grant by the U.S. Department of Education to fund an initiative called NetSCOPE.  Our faculty will work with nine South Carolina school districts to improve high-needs schools, enhance teacher quality, and increase student learning.  Through this exciting project, our reputation as a leader in educator preparation will continue to expand.

However, we are a college that is preparing other types of professionals as well.  We offer excellent programs in athletic trainingexercise sciencefamily and consumer sciences, and sport management.   Our students in these programs benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and faculty members who are committed to their success in the major and in their careers.  We are witnessing dramatic growth in these programs, a testament to the quality of professional preparation that our students receive.

At the graduate level, we offer an array of master’s programs to meet contemporary needs.  With input from our external constituents, our programs stay current, relevant, and responsive.  We offer programs in counseling and development (school and agency), curriculum and instruction (with concentrations in various teaching fields, including educational technology), educational leadership, literacy, middle level education, special education, and a new major in sport and fitness administration.  

In addition to our academic programs, we are committed to working with schools and communities through outreach and research activities.  Beginning in fall 2010, a new Institute for Educational Renewal and Partnerships will begin serving a vital role in the College of Education to facilitate collaboration and innovation in our ongoing work with schools and in our work across departmental and program boundaries at Winthrop to ensure quality programs.  

Rakestraw at Commencement, smallWhat is it that contributes to our success?  Our commitments.
We are committed to leadership, stewardship, collaboration, and innovation; and they are increasingly exemplified in everything that we do.  We care about schools and student learning; and we are fully invested in preparing professionals who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to meet the challenges faced by educators today. These are exciting times for the Richard W. Riley College of Education. 
I encourage you to take a journey through our website and learn more about us.

Jennie Rakestraw
Jennie F. Rakestraw, Ed.D.
Dean of the College of Education