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.
Helen DeVos College of Education

Olivia Swartzel

Olivia Swartzel is a sophomore special education major from Cleveland, Tennessee. She works as a student aid in the education offices and is a Hicks Scholar. She chose to attend Lee following in the footsteps of what she calls her family’s legacy. “One of my favorite parts about Lee has been meeting people who are so devoted to helping me reach my goal to become a special education teacher. The education faculty are not just professors, but lifetime friends.” Olivia plans to teach special education at a public school after completing her degree.