The School of Education has developed various resources to provide support services to students, faculty and the academic programs. These resources are the Office of Student Services, the Office of Continuing Education and the Instructional Technology Center, which houses state-of-the-art computer laboratories.
Basic information on the degree programs in the School of Education, as well as forms needed by students as they advance through the programs, are available in the Student Services Center, located on the third floor of Oliver Hall. Students enrolling in the B.S. program can arrange an appointment with undergraduate advising on the first floor of Oliver Hall.
The Office of Student Services in Oliver Hall receives and processes various School of Education application forms and supplies information on the Praxis I examination, Praxis II specialty area tests, Graduate Record Examination and the Miller Analogies Test. For information on student performance on the Praxis examinations, refer to the School of Education Web site at www.soe.vcu.edu/ssc/faq.htm.
This office coordinates clinical placements for students in practica, student teaching, internships and externships. Student teachers and graduate intern teachers are placed in school divisions and other educational facilities in the greater Richmond metropolitan area. Students in non-teacher education programs are placed in practica and clinical experiences through the coordinator of undergraduate advising. Placements are secured in schools, agencies, clinics and hospitals in the greater Richmond metropolitan area. Every effort is made to place students in clinical experiences relevant to their intended career path.
Applications and information on scholarships available to School of Education students can be obtained at the Student Services Center. Information on financial aid administered by the university is found in the appropriate level of “Expenses and Financial Aid” sections of this bulletin.
Licensure and endorsement information, materials and applications for Virginia education personnel are available in the Student Services Center. Licensure and endorsement are based, in part, on the successful completion of an approved program that complies with national standards.
For more information about this center, visit www.soe.vcu.edu/ssc.
The Instructional Technology Center, a multimedia facility, is used by faculty and students in the School of Education. The center houses microcomputers with sophisticated graphics capabilities, educational software and many similar resources for the development of instructional materials. It also provides access to the School of Education’s Local Area Network, VCU Libraries, the Internet and the Web.
The Instructional Laboratory, housed in the Instructional Technology Center, gives students many opportunities to learn about computer-assisted instruction in the classroom setting. It also lends support to students enrolled in the computer science basic literacy course and other technology courses offered by the school. The laboratory equipment includes Macintosh and IBM-compatible multimedia computers. Laptop computers, laser printers, color laser printers and scanners also are available.
The INFUSIO Distance Learning Technology Laboratory, also housed in the Instructional Technology Center, is a new technology facility designed to provide assistance to faculty, preservice teachers and associates in the School of Education. The lab presently houses a Polycom two-way video conferencing system, interactive Smart and Softboards, and Mimeo digital meeting assistant technology for electronic note taking. There are several high-end multimedia PC stations and a Macintosh computer with a variety of the latest software programs. Computers are equipped with headphones, microphones and digital cams for use in audio and video recording. The INFUSIO Lab includes a number of assistive technologies designed to enhance the concept of universal learning.
A university computer laboratory open to all students is housed in Oliver Hall. The laboratory is equipped with 24 IBM- and Mac-compatible computers that permit students to access the Internet and MS Office software.
The Office of Graduate Studies is responsible for the administration of graduate education from admission through graduation, for master’s, doctoral and certificate students. Refer to the Ph.D. in Education section of the bulletin for further information on doctoral programs.
The Center for Professional Growth is the contact for conducting School of Education off-campus related degree cohort programs, courses for credit and other professional development in-service workshops. Many off-campus partnerships and grant-funded projects also are coordinated and managed. The major emphasis is serving the community of K-12 administrators, teachers and staff in Central Virginia. Additionally, distance learning using various forms of technologies is being developed and offered by this office.
Programs, resources and scholarly and service endeavors of the school are extended by a number of academies, centers, institutes and programs directed by the faculty. These include:
Behavioral Intervention Program
Career Connections Techlink
Center for School-Community Collaboration
Center for School Improvement
Center for Sport Leadership
Central Virginia Leadership Academy
Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium
Metropolitan Educational Training Alliance
Partnership for Persons with Disabilities
Professional Opportunities for Developing Excellent Teachers:
English Second Language
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
Training and Technical Assistance Center
Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center