college of education | fall 2001

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The College of Education Celebrates 50 Years | Article 3 

100 Years of
Highlights from a Century of First for the College of Education

Maude Gilchrist

  • 1902:  First course in education offered. Dean of Women Maude Gilchrist teaches "History of Education."

  • 1903: "Practice teaching" established at Lansing elementary schools. Cooking and sewing are taught.

  • 1906: Michigan Agricultural College recommends certification through one-year program.

  • 1908: First course in agricultural education. Study of pedagogy and practice teaching established, and new division in agriculture created. 

  • 1918: First practice teaching center established in East Lansing.

  • 1924: The Department of Education established to offer teacher training through one- and two-year courses for rural schools, and four-year courses for preparation of teachers for secondary schools.

  •  1925: Course in school administration and tests and measurements offered for first time.

  • 1939: First full time student teaching in residence established in Mason, Williamston and Charlotte. First teacher certificates required by the state.

  • 1941: Center in Grand Rapids and Flint for full-time student teaching in home economics established.

  • 1942: Elementary education program started, requiring student teaching in two schools: one rural (ungraded) and one graded.

  • 1944: The Basic College established, and schools set up within the university. Education becomes a division.

  • 1945: Board of Agriculture approves the creation of the Institution of Counseling, Testing and Guidance.

  • 1946: Off-campus credit courses offered.

  • 1947: First professor of higher education appointed.

  • 1950: First course in college student personnel taught. 

Cecil Millard

Clifford Erickson

  • 1952: The School of Education is established. Cecil Millard becomes acting dean.

  • 1953: Clifford Erickson appointed dean. The Department of Physical Education becomes part of the new School of Education.

  • 1954: Adult Education program established.

  • 1955: School of Education becomes College of Education when Michigan State College changes its name to Michigan State University, New teaching curriculum established. 

  • 1956: Extern Program for Administrators initiated.

  • 1958: The Education Building completed.

  • 1959: Student Teacher Experimental Program (STEP) started with a Ford Foundation grant. Collaborative arrangements are made with community colleges throughout the state.

  • 1960: First group of faculty members heads to Nigeria to help establish a national university at Nsukka.

John Ivey

William Hawley

Keith Goldhammer

  • 1962: John Ivey replaces Erickson as dean. 

  • 1963: The Education Building is renamed Erickson Hall after Clifford Erickson's death. STEP renamed the Elementary Intern Program (EIP). Six EIP centers in place throughout the state. 

  • 1970: Training Teachers of Teachers (Tripe T) initiated.

  • 1971: William Hawley appointed acting dean. In recognition of his service to college, title of "acting " removed upon his retirement, making him the third dean in the college's history. 

  • 1972: Keith Goldhammer appointed dean. College forms a partnership with the Middle Cities Education Association. Intercollegiate athletics are separated from the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. 

  • 1974: Master of Art in Classroom Teaching (MACT) program in the Southwest Center in Benton Harbor becomes operational.

  • 1975: Triple T program becomes known as Excellence in Elementary Education (EEE).

  • 1976: College wins competition; establishes Institute for Research on Teaching (IRT). The Michigan Legislature establishes the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports based in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

  • 1978: Career Resource Center (later to be renamed the Michigan Center for Career and Technical Education) established in the College. 

Judith Lanier
  • 1980: Judith Lanier assumes the deanship of the college. 

  • 1981: Alternative Teacher Education Programs approved as pilot programs after two years of research and planning.

  • 1983: Thematic programs adopted as formal parts of teacher preparation. Former Secretary of Education T. H. Bell travels to Erickson Hall to honor the Institute for Research on Teaching and release A Nation at Risk

  • 1984: The Office of International Studies in Education established, and Jack Schwille appointed assistant dean in charge of its operation.

  • 1985: College establishes National Center for Research on Teacher Education (NCRTE). 

  • 1986: Holmes Group issues its first report, Tomorrow's Teachers.

  • 1988: Professional Development Schools Initiated. Task force recommends yearlong internship in Professional Development School.

  • 1990: College establishes National Center for Research on Teacher Learning (NCRTL). 

  • 1992: Professor William Schmidt becomes head of U.S. participation in Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
  • 1993: Carole Ames is appointed dean. First pilot cohort of students begins yearlong internship.

  • 1994: U.S. News and World Report issues first ranking of education school graduate programs. College has several programs ranked in the top 10, and elementary and secondary education programs ranked as best in the nation. 

  • 1995: Technology Exploration Center inaugurated. The Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education launches the Technology Certificate Program.

  • 1997: The Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA) established in the college under the direction of Hannah Professor P. David Pearson.

  • 2000: The Education Policy Center at MSU and the Center for the Scholarship of Teaching initiated. 

  • 2002: 50th Anniversary Celebration. 

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