The mission of the Department of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum is to prepare teachers and other professionals for leadership roles in education-related settings; to engage in critical inquiry through professionally recognized research and scholarship; and to provide leadership to the profession and society.
The College of Education's teacher preparation program is "TE-PLUS - Teacher Education: Professionalism, Leadership, Understanding, and Scholarship." In the undergraduate component, students complete general education requirements and the majority of their professional and specialized education coursework which includes extensive field experiences in a variety of educational settings.
Graduate programs in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education foster the insights and skills needed to deal with the most pressing challenges facing the education profession. For educators, these degrees generally provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to obtain leadership positions in schools or to add initial or advanced certification in teaching.