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School of Education

Upcoming Event Oct. 25-26

Beginning Teacher Assistance Program 


The Lindenwood University Teacher Education Programs are accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The School of Education is also a member of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

The Lindenwood University School of Education faculty believe that developing and enhancing an educator as a instructional leader involves an act of blending both “art" and "science" for the most effective preparation experience.

The Spellmann Clock Tower reflects the relationship between the “art” and “science” similar to the education program at Lindenwood University. The aesthetics, or “art” of a clock, is only one component of crafting a well-designed clock. The fine mechanics, or exact “science” involved, is essential in order to produce a timepiece that is an efficient tool. An observer appreciates a well-designed clock for both its beauty and functionality. Like the “art” and “science” of a clock, certified educators practice and portray a similar balance in their professional and personal journey.

Key Reasons to Attend the School of Education at Lindenwood University

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Lindenwood University Degrees in Education are designed to meet the needs of aspiring and practicing educators. Our degree programs form a solid foundation, build upon existing skills and offer new approaches for analyzing contemporary problems and acquiring new perspectives, techniques, and knowledge. These approaches include a one-to-one relationship with an experienced and highly trained educator; a continuing problem-solving relationship with teaching peers; courses which provide strong foundations for professional growth; and the opportunity to prescribe an individualized program of studies.

Distinguishing Characteristics

  • Dynamic Liberal Arts Environment
  • Highly Regarded Accredited Programs
  • Outstanding Faculty Expertise and Experience
  • “Real World Authentic” Learning Experiences
  • Low Professor/Student Ratios
  • Individualized Attention from Committed Caring Advisors
  • Top Job Placement Rates
  • Lifelong Career Support
  • Convenient Schedules
  • Convenient Course Locations
  • Multiple Course Delivery Options
  • Reasonable Tuition
  • Embedded Leadership Development
  • Preparing Educators for 21st Century Instruction

For more information on:

Undergraduate and Graduate Teacher Education Certification Programs

  • Early Childhood contact Dr. Donna Nack, or Dr. Vanessa Vandergraaf
  • Elementary Teacher Education contact Dr. Jill Hutcheson
  • Middle School Teacher Ed contact Dr. Jill Hutcheson, or Susan Royals
  • Secondary Teacher Education contact Dr. Ken Johnson

MA in Teaching contact Dr. Vanessa Coe, Dr. Ken Johnson, Dr. Leitsch, or Dr. Bice

Graduate Teacher Education Advanced Certification Programs
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) contact Dr. Bice
  • Library Media contact Dr. Yvonne Gibbs
  • Counseling certification contact Dr. Jan Munro
  • Psychological Examiner certification contact Dr. Holly Karraker
  • Reading Specialist certification contact Dr. Rebecca Panagos or Dr. Patricia Leitsch
  • Gifted certification contact Mary Gismegian or Sharon Bacon
  • Special Education certification contact Dr. Janis Freeman or Dr. Lynda Leavitt

Graduate Teacher Education Non-Certification Emphasis Areas
  • Character Education contact Dr. Emilie Johnson (with record of completion certificate)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders K-12 contact Dr. Janis Freeman
  • Early Interventions in Autism and Sensory Impairments contact
        - Dr. Rebecca Panagos (LU-St. Charles)
  • Educational Technology contact Dr. Kevin Winslow, or Dr. Jill Hutcheson
  • Mathematics Education Specialist K-5 contact Dr. Sherrie Wisdom
  • Content Area Specialty contact Dr. Patricia Leitsch 
  • Interpretation in American Studies contact Dr. David Knotts

Graduate Educational Leadership Certification Programs
  • MA in School Administration (Initial Principal Certification) contact Dr. Dean Vazis
  • EdS in School Administration (Initial Principal Certification) contact Dr. Weir
  • EdS in Educational Administration (Advanced Principal/Supt. Cert.) contact Dr. Weir
  • EdD in Educational Administration (Advanced Principal/Supt. Cert.) contact Dr. Long / Stewart

Graduate Educational Leadership non-certification Programs
  • MA (Math Education Specialist K-5) contact Dr. Sherrie Wisdom
  • EdS in Instructional Leadership (P-12 Emphasis)contact Dr. Weir or Dr. Lynda Leavitt
  • EdS in Instructional Leadership (Math Education Specialist K-5) contact Dr. Sherrie Wisdom
  • EdS in Instructional Leadership (Reading Literacy Specialist K-12) contact Dr. Rebecca Panagos
  • EdD Instructional Leadership (P-12 Emphasis) contact Dr. Stewart / Dr. Long / Dr. Leavitt
  • EdD Instructional Leadership (Andragogy Emphasis) contact Dr. Henschke / Dr.  Isenberg
  • EdD Instructional Leadership (Higher Ed. Admin. Emphasis) contact Dr. Stewart / Dr. Long
  • EdD Instructional Leadership (Higher Ed. Leadership Emphasis) contact Dr. Long / Erin Kalkbrenner

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"Teaching and Leading as an Art and a Science"
The School of Education agrees that the general outcome of the teacher education program must be teaching professionals that believe and implement teaching as a blend of “Art” and “Science” as represented by the Beauty and Mechanism of the Spellmann Clock Tower… Teaching as an art because teaching is a craft that must be learned and applied in an authentic environment. Teaching as a science because it must be influenced by research and best practice for optimal student learning to be achieved.
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