Interim Department Chair: Dr. Lee Langub
The Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, as a part of the Bagwell College of Education, is committed to excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship. The department, through collaboration with university colleagues, local school districts, community agencies and partners, and accrediting agencies strives for the preparation of professionals (undergraduate and graduate) to work with children and youth in the 21st century.
The primary mission of the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education is to provide quality teacher education programs with an emphasis on both content knowledge and pedagogical practices. Our program is committed to developing excellence in teaching for culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse learners (birth through five and pre-kindergarten through fifth grade) through programs of scholarship, research, and service, as well as locally and globally engaged partnerships.
The Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education will be a widely-recognized leader in transformative programs that prepare highly effective and socially-just educators to meet the needs of culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse learners and communities.