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CAEP Contact

Education Unit Head:
Dr. Janet Smith

CAEP Coordinator:
Dr. Jean Dockers

Assessment Coordinator
Steve Brown

Contact Person
Amanda Hill

Phone: (620) 235-4489
Fax: (620) 235-4421


    110 Hughes Hall
    Pittsburg State Univesity
    1701 South Broadway
    Pittsburg, KS 66762-7564

Pittsburg State University College of Education

Founded in 1903, Pittsburg State University is a fully-accredited, regional university located in southeast Kansas. Pittsburg State offers more than 100 bachelor's and master's level academic programs in education, technology, business, and arts and sciences. PSU's highly regarded academic programs meet the rigorous accrediting standards of a variety of national and international accrediting bodies and the university is a pioneer in the Higher Learning Commission effort to assess student learning and educational quality. One of six universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents, Pittsburg State University has an enrollment of more than 7,000 students and more than 55,000 proud alumni across the U.S. and around the world. The historical and prevailing focus of PSU and the College of Education (COE) is excellence in teaching. PSU creates a learning environment that supports candidates throughout their program and teaching profession by providing undergraduate and graduate programs and services to the people of Southeast Kansas and beyond. The Teacher Education Program at PSU embraces a dynamic, progressive approach to preparing professionals who possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to meet the needs of all students and PK-12 schools.

The Education Preparation Provider (EPP) is housed in the COE but includes programs and faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Technology to offer a variety of teacher licensure programs. This unique combination of academic programs in the three colleges encourages collaboration by facilitating partnerships with secondary and post-secondary educational institutions and the community. The College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Technology contain most of the secondary education initial licenure programs by content area. Each licensure program area is involved in all aspects of the Teacher Education Program as active participants in the development and assessment of the Teacher Education Program through representation on education committees including the Council for Teacher Education, the COE Assessment Committee, the Elementary Education Coordinating Council, the Secondary Education Coordinating Council and the Advanced Programs Coordinating Council. The members of these committees are directly involved in EPP program alignment and continuous improvement efforts.The Office of Teacher Education (OTE) in the COE coordinates and aligns all programs across the EPP, manages all field placements, and has oversight of all data required for program review and accreditation. 

Education Unit Mission, Vision, and Goals

Conceptual Framework

The Educational Preparation Provider (EPP) Unit at Pittsburg State University Conceptual Framework is guided by the university's mission to provide transformational experiences for its students and the community.

Mission Statement

Mission: To prepare and mentor exceptional future LEADERS in education, and to further the profession through partnerships, research, and service.

Vision Statement

Vision: Robust community of effective educational LEADERS

LEADERS - Educational Framework

Guiding Principles

L=Lifelong Learners: Candidates seek opportunities to continually learn and improve professional practice. They have a deep and flexible understanding of the field and seek ways to connect information to local, state, national and global issues.

E=Effective Practitioners:  Candidates have a positive impact on student learning. They integrate assessment, planning and instructional strategies in coordinated and engaging ways for effective practice.  Candidates integrate cross-disciplinary skills (e.g., critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and communication) to help learners apply content to propose solutions, forge new understandings, solve problems and imagine possibilities. They understand that learning and development patterns vary among individuals. Candidates demonstrate skills in the use of technology that are appropriate to the respective disciplines.

A=Advocates: Candidates actively support learners and act as change agents for the profession. They understand that learners bring unique individual differences to the learning process and that learners need supportive and safe learning environments to thrive. Candidates consider family, community, and school in advocating for learners.

D=Data Literate: Candidates effectively use data to better understand learner needs and abilities and to guide instruction. They understand how to design, implement, interpret and communicate results from a range of assessments.

E=Ethical and Professional: Candidates demonstrate leadership by modeling ethical behavior, contributing to positive changes in practice and advancing the profession. They adhere to legal and ethical practices, including educational policies.

R=Reflective: Candidates engage in meaningful and intensive professional learning and self-renewal by regularly examining practice through ongoing study, self-reflection and collaboration.

S=Student Centered: Candidates approach the profession with learners’ needs, abilities, and cultures as primary considerations. They create and support safe, productive learning environments to meet the needs of individual learners.

Unit Goals:

Academic Excellence: Improve the quality and value of existing educational programs while responding to the needs of Kansas and beyond through emerging strategic initiatives 

  • Attract and retain well qualified faculty
  • Organize and support new program development to ensure alignment with regional, state, and global needs
  • Support successful and innovative teaching practices

Student Success: Strengthen relationships and enhance support systems and tools to help students achieve their academic and personal goals 

  • Recruit and retain highly qualified candidates
  • Fulfill high expectations for engagement and interaction of students with faculty and staff
  • Cultivate a culture of respect, diversity, understanding, and awareness
  • Help students understand life balance and self-care

Partnerships: Enrich and advance cultural, economic, and educational opportunities 

  • Collaborate with external stakeholders to promote joint planning, priority setting, and resource sharing
  • Recruit quality candidates in hard to fill areas
  • Create and support academic programs and opportunities that engage students in school settings
  • Enhance strong relationships with the region 

Responsive and innovative campus culture: Anticipate, respond to, and capitalize on opportunities 

  • Use data to guide strategic decisions and resource allocations at all levels of the unit
  • Create an environment where candidates feel a connection to the university, faculty and staff by prioritizing students and making their success the driving force behind decisions
  • Foster a diverse campus culture that supports an understanding and acceptance of a variety of ideas, beliefs, and cultures, thereby creating opportunity for all