With a world to teach, being equipped to do so with excellence is as important as the passion that drives you to do it. In the College of Education, students receive personalized classroom instruction from highly qualified professors in technology-rich classrooms. Underscoring the College’s commitment to academic excellence, all undergraduate teacher license programs and all graduate education programs are CAEP-accredited, and the athletic training education program is CAATE-accredited. 

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Take a quick look at the home of the Helen DeVos College of Education: the facility housing our dynamic and close-knit learning community.


The Educational Doctorate in Professional Practice prepares the candidate to bring both theory and praxis into their specific area of educational practice. This program was developed by the faculty of the Helen DeVos College of Education along with Local Education Agency (LEA) partners to give candidates the skills and dispositions to impact education administration, policy, and instruction. This includes understanding the nature of change, the relational aspects of administration, and the leading of an organization that is constantly in flux. Analytical data skills and current assessment techniques are foundational to the degree.
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Carissa Leonhardt

Carissa Leonhardt, from Fort Mill, South Carolina, is an Interdisciplinary Studies (K-5) major. She has been a part of Sigma Nu Sigma, one of Lee’s service clubs, for four semesters, and it has been “such a special, genuine, loving, and fun part” of her Lee experience. Carissa has also spent the last four years acting with Kingdom Players, Lee’s traveling performing arts team. With Kingdom Players, she has been able to travel around the country using drama to minister to churches and different communities. “Lee University is a family tradition. My grandparents, aunts, uncles, and parents all came to Lee, which easily made it my dream school since day one. Lee has been such a perfect home away from home for the past four years. It has molded me into the person I am today and has helped guide me spiritually, mentally, and academically,” Carissa shares. After graduation, she plans to teach 3rd grade in a Title I school.