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Graduate School of Education News

LogoSchool of Education (SOE) becomes Graduate School of Education (GSE)

The Board of Trustees took action at its February meeting to grant independent status within the university to the newly-renamed Graduate School of Education (GSE), officially separating the School of Education from the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). The transition places the Willamette education program in the stratum of professional graduate schools alongside the College of Law and Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

As an independent college, the Graduate School of Education is better positioned to serve teachers and the teaching profession by having the ability to:

  • Respond to marketplace needs for programs and professional development
  • Create visibility for GSE offerings distinct from CLA, and
  • Enable faculty and administrators to gain recognition as leaders in the field of teacher preparation.

Anticipated this spring are the approval of the GSE's application for national accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the deployment of a new Masters in Education degree program in Salem and Portland.

For more, visit the (newly redesigned) Graduate School of Education website.


GSE teams with Willamette Academy for relationship-building event

All MAT students (including full-time and Aspire) will have the chance to participate in a collaborative program with Willamette Academy beginning mid-April.

The goal of the program, which will use small group sessions among MAT candidates and the parents of current Willamette Academy students, is to help the future teachers develop skills for fostering relationships with their students' parents.

Small groups of MAT students will begin to meet with parents beginning Tuesday, April 13.