The College of Education at Missouri State University is home to a regional Assistive Technology Demonstration Project. Faculty and staff with expertise in assistive technologies such as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), low vision and Braille devices, screen readers, mobility aids and a full array of other equipment provide demonstrations of the apparatus.
Projects and Initiatives
The Blindness Skills Specialist Program enhances the educational performance of students who are blind or visually impaired.
Center City Counseling Clinic is a community-based training clinic where advanced graduate students provide supportive counseling services to children, adults, couples and families under the supervision of licensed faculty members. Our sliding fee scale allows counselors-in-training to provide play therapy for children, psycho-educational groups (including child-parent relationship training classes for parents), and individual and couples counseling for adults.
The Child Development Center is a learning laboratory for students to observe young children and to participate in a high quality developmentally appropriate early childhood program for children 6 weeks to 5 years old. The Center experience allows to students to link educational theory with practice.
The Hispanic Initiatives Program is a community outreach project that provides communities and schools serving Hispanic youth and their families with identified services and support. The MSU College of Education has identified a need for students pursuing educational degrees in the areas of teaching, counseling and school administration with field experiences and clinical practice in more ethnically diverse settings.
The Agency for Teaching, Leading, and Learning(ATLL) is one of 11 regional centers in Missouri, funded by DESE and serving teachers, administrators and school districts. Working in collaboration with southwest Missouri school districts, the ATLL provides facilitation and support services, through a network of individuals with content area and practical expertise. Our collaborative work focuses on enhancing the quality of both teacher and administrator practice for effective educational planning and programming to raise student achievement.
The Teaching Academy is based upon the professional development school model of training pre-service teacher candidates in field sites. This particular training model supports the existing field-based program in elementary education by providing a seamless transition from in-school methods training to guided pedagogical practice under the auspices of public school/university faculty, school administration and a university supervisor/coordinator.
The National Elemiddle School Association (NESA) is being organized by educators across the fifty states to advocate for sound, research-based, data-driven, educational practices for all schools that educate both elementary and middle grades children. Organizations exist to support elementary schools, middle grades, and high schools. Until now, however, no single national organization existed to advocate for schools, districts, teachers, principals, parents, and students who share a common building across elementary and middle grades. Research demonstrates how both elementary and middle grades students can be advantaged by sharing the same building.
Choosing Education as a Career Seminars
"Choosing Education as a Career" is a recruitment program for high school students, principals, and counselors. The goal is to encourage high schoolers, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups, to choose teaching as a career. High need shortage areas such as special education, math, science, foreign languages, and early childhood are emphasized. College of Education staff work in partnership with Missouri State University personnel and P-12 leaders to present seminars in geographic areas strategically chosen as promising locations. Seminars provide information pertaining to education career benefits, high quality preparation programs, affordability, licensure requirements, job markets, and potential for advancement. Principals and counselors recruit sophomores and juniors within their schools to attend seminars and visit the MSU campus.