SOE News

School of Education begins new academic year

The School of Education welcomed 314 education students to a new academic year as fall 2008 classes began Aug. 19.

Besides the returning students, newcomers included 182 graduate students from 18 states as well as Canada, Cyprus and Turkey. In addition, 92 UNC juniors entered the School’s undergraduate professional programs. Moreover, 40 post-baccalaureate students began work this year in programs leading to licensure in a range of specialty areas, such as English as a Second Language, literacy and special education.

Three new faculty joined the School of Education this fall, bringing the total number of full-time faculty to 51.

“The opening of the fall semester is always an exciting time,” said Interim Dean Jill Fitzgerald. “Students and faculty alike bring renewed energy to learning and teaching. Eagerness and enthusiasm to grow, create, and take on new challenges are at their peak.”

The School’s current academic offerings include 14 degree programs at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. Additionally, 13 post-baccalaureate programs are offered for students who want to earn licensure.  

Total student enrollment this year is 765. 

The day before the semester opened, new graduate students gathered in Peabody Hall for a day of orientation. Following presentations on various services and resources of the School, the students met with faculty by program areas.

The orientation concluded with a dialogue between new graduate students and veteran students about community life, facilitated by Kim Markworth, president of the School of Education’s Graduate Student Association.

"We are looking forward to an exciting new academic year in the Graduate Student Association,” Markworth said. “Orientation was a wonderful opportunity to welcome the incoming students to the School of Education and make them aware of what the GSA has to offer. We have many brown bag lunch programs and social events planned, and we hope to continue and improve our abilities to meet the needs of the graduate students in our School."