Interim Dean: Professor David L. Hough, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean: Professor Sue George, Ph.D.
The mission of the Institute for School Improvement (ISI) is to achieve improved learning through research and development collaborations between PreK-12 schools, community constituents, and higher education institutions. Located at Missouri State University (MSU), ISI is a research arm of the College of Education. The Dean of the College of Education serves as head of the Institute, a senior faculty member serves as director of research and evaluation, and an experienced staff member serves as coordinator of school and community partnerships. The director and ISI staff work collaboratively with faculty associates and graduate assistants in programs and projects that link theory and research to practice. ISI activities take place in programs and projects for the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based practices.
Among its goals, ISI strives to:
Current programs and projects within ISI include the Ozarks Educational Research Initiative (OERI), the Teacher Education Alliance (TEA), Enhancing Children’s Healthy Opportunities (ECHO), the Laubach Way to Reading, and new initiatives underway.
Students who have already obtained a bachelors degree and are seeking Missouri state teacher certification should contact the Office of Teacher Certification Compliance, Hill Hall, room 200B, (417) 836-8772. This office provides a program evaluation and transcript analysis service for initial certificates ($50 fee required), advisement and assistance to gain certification and/or additional endorsements.
The following professional education programs have received continuing accreditation by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for purposes of teacher preparation and certification. More information on accredited programs.
Childhood Education and Family Studies, Dr. Cynthia K. Wilson Hale, 836-3262
Communication Sciences and Disorders, Dr. Letitia White, 836-5368
Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education, Dr. Tamara J. Arthaud, 836-5449
Reading, Foundations, and Technology, Dr. Cathy Pearman, 836-6769
Secondary Education (9-12 and K-12), Dr. Rebecca Woodward, 836-6204
*Only available as an additional area of certification. Student must be concurrently enrolled in another area of Elementary, Middle School, or Secondary Education.