The University of Missouri College of Education is proud to celebrate 150 years of investing in excellence in education, research, and outreach. We recognize the rich history of our College as the foundation on which we continue to improve and leave a legacy for the next 150 years.

1839

University of Missouri founded

1839

Through the establishment of The Geyer Act, by the Missouri legislature, and thanks to the efforts and generous contributions of 900 Boone County citizens, the University is the first public higher education institution west of the Mississippi River.

This 1800s lithograph is one of the earliest images of campus. It is not attributed to an artist but is consistently cited as published in 1875. Of note are the long-vanished “Chalybeate Spring” pagoda, bottom center, and Normal [School] Building, lower right. Courtesy University Archives, C:0/47/2.

1862

Land Grant Universities created

1862

President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, creating the nation’s land-grant universities.United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Land- Grant Colleges and Universities.

1867

Department of Normal Instruction (i.e., Education) established at MU

1867

The University of Missouri was one of the first state universities to establish normal instruction for educating teachers at a collegiate level. It had 3 units:

1) Normal School for instructing teachers

2) Preparatory school for preparing students for university admission

3) Model school to demonstrate ideal teaching methods for students enrolled in the Normal School

1867

First model school opened

1867

Located on the present Missouri State Teachers Association site, it served as Columbia’s only high school with a total enrollment of 150 pupils and two rooms. It closed in 1870.

1867

First women enrolled at MU

1867

These Education students paved the way for admission to other units in 1872.

1868

First Education Professor appointed

1868
E.L. Ripley, courtesy
University Archives,
Collection C:8/23/1.

E.L. Ripley of Michigan.

1870

MU’s first female graduate, Mary Louise “Lulie” Gillett

1870

Mary Louise “Lulie” Gillett, graduated from the Normal School. Gillett Residence Hall is named in her honor.

Mary Louise “Lulie” Gillett
Mary Louise “Lulie” Gillett, Missouri Alumnus Magazine, 1967, p6.
1878

MU’s first female Dean appointed

1878

MU’s first female Dean appointed to the College of Normal Instruction (i.e., Education). Grace C. Bibb was a writer, educator, and feminist forerunner. She contributed to the advancement of education in America through her tireless efforts to establish and further the professional education of teachers.

Grace C. Bibb
Grace C. Bibb

 

1881

School administrator preparation began

1881
Superintendent’s Special Certificate
Superintendent’s Special Certificate issued to William A. Lientz, 1881.
1885

Cadets parade in front of Academic Hall

1885
Cadets parade in front of Academic Hall in 1885.
Cadets parade in front of Academic Hall in 1885. Courtesy University Archives, C:1/141/8.
1903

President Richard Henry Jesse on his aspirations for Teachers College

1903

University President Richard Henry Jesse on his aspirations for the Teachers College: “It is the purpose of the University to make this Teachers College better than any Department of Education now in existence in any American State University. This would not be a very difficult task. We do not expect to stop in our ambition here. We aim to make it as good a teachers college as can be found in the Union. This will involve an expenditure of much money and a thorough reorganization.”

1908 Savitar image of University President Richard Henry Jesse

 

1903

The College of Education organized

1903

as an independent, degree-granting division of the University.

1904

University Lab School re-established

1904
University Lab School, student teaching, 1904.
University Lab School, student teaching, 1904.
1906

President Jesse stated…

1906

“…The greatest single need of the teachers college today is a building in which to offer courses primarily for teachers, and in which the work of observation and practice may be carried on.”

1908

MU joined the American Association of Universities

1908

MU joined the American Association of Universities and became Missouri’s Flagship Institution. Established in 1900 by fourteen American universities, three public and eleven private, the AAU sought to establish common standards for doctoral education. Regarded with disdain by European universities at the time, this was a means of asserting the quality of American graduate education.

Association of American Universities University of Missouri College of Education

 

1910

Pi Lambda Theta Education Honorary founded

1910

Pi Lambda Theta Education Honorary founded at MU to advance education as a profession.

Original Pi Lambda Theta Charter, 1910.
Original Pi Lambda Theta Charter, 1910.

 

1911

Phi Delta Kappa established

1911

An international professional organization for educators, it was established by merger of three honorary organizations that existed at Indiana University, Columbia University and MU. Now an international organization, it focuses on bringing together top leaders, thinkers, and doers in education to collaborate and inspire one another.

Original Phi Delta Kappa Charter, 1911.
Original Phi Delta Kappa Charter, 1911.
1913

Mizzou pioneered K-12 distance education

1913

Mizzou pioneered K-12 distance education,through MU Extension, by providing correspondence classes to students in rural areas of the United States and beyond.

1915

University Lab School cited

1915
University Lab School, 1912-1924
University Lab School, 1912-1924

John and Evelyn Dewey, renowned psychologists, devoted an entire chapter in their book, Schools of Tomorrow, to the Elementary Lab School due to its reputation as one of the top ranking experimental progressive schools in the country.

1930

First paper in the world to discuss using computers in libraries

1930

First paper in the world to discuss using computers in libraries, published by Ralph H. Parker, Director of MU Libraries from 1947-1968. He was the inaugural Dean of the School of Library and Informational Science from 1966-1974, which is now part of the College of Education as the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies.

Ralph Parker
Ralph Parker,
courtesy University Archives
1932

Statewide testing services founded

1932

Statewide testing services founded for the purpose of providing assessments to high school students in Missouri. For several decades, the office functioned primarily as a University-based arm of the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), later becoming the Assessment Resource Center.

1936

University Laboratory School, now known as Townsend Hall, constructed

1936

University Laboratory School, now known as Townsend Hall, constructed. The building was named in
honor of Dr. Loran G. Townsend, Dean of College of Education from 1945-1963.

Townsend Hall, 1937
Townsend Hall, 1937, courtesy University Archives, C:0/47/12.
1945

A. Sterl Artley joined MU’s faculty

1945

A. Sterl Artley, founder of the International Reading Association and known for the famous Dick and
Jane series, joined MU’s faculty. More than a hundred million children learned to read from these books.

A. Sterl Artley
A. Sterl Artley
1952

Hill Hall construction completed

1952

Hill Hall was named for A. Ross Hill, Dean of the College of Education 1903-1907, and President of the University 1908-1921.

Hill Hall Rendering, 1950
Hill Hall Rendering, 1950, Courtesy University Archives
1953

Counseling Psychology program receives APA accreditation

1953

Counseling Psychology program receives American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation. One of the first counseling psychology programs to receive this recognition, it has been continuously accredited since 1953. It moved from the College of Arts and Science to the College of Education in 1998.

1955

Innovation in math education

1955

Lois Knowles (BS Ed 1931, MA 1931, PhD 1941) along with two colleagues changed the way math was taught when they published a textbook series called “Seeing Through Arithmetic,” which used a pedagogical technique that stressed the importance of understanding mathematical concepts.

Lois Knowles, Savitar, 1956
Lois Knowles, Savitar, 1956

 

1961

Study Abroad program established

1961

The only organized study abroad program of its kind in the University, and coordinated with the University of Reading in England, the program was one of the few in the country devoted to the study of comparative education.

Study Abroad program established.  The only organized study abroad program of its kind in the University, and coordinated with the University of Reading in England, the program was one of the few in the country devoted to the study of comparative education.

1968

One of the first Special Education programs in the country created

1968

under the leadership of Dean Bob Woods.

Dean Bob Woods
Dean Bob Woods
1971

Pioneered the practice of school guidance counseling

1971

Norm Gysbers was awarded a United States Office of Education grant to work with states to develop fully comprehensive career guidance programs for schools. Gysbers pioneered the comprehensive program model and is known today as the “father of school guidance programs.”

Norm Gysbers
Norm Gysbers
1973

University High School closed as practice teaching moved to public schools.

1973

Due to budget and space limitations, the junior and senior high portions of the Lab School closed and practice teaching moved to the Columbia Public Schools setting. The west door of Townsend Hall marks what was once the entrance to this portion of the Lab School.

Townsend Hall, west entrance.
Townsend Hall, west entrance.

 

1977

College of Education Professor hired as First African American Coordinator for Black Studies program.

1977

Dr. Carolyn Dorsey, Associate Professor of Higher Education (now Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis) became the Black Studies Program Coordinator for MU.

Carolyn Dorsey
Carolyn Dorsey
1978

University Elementary School closed

1978

Following national trends among colleges and universities, regular public schools were more widely used as settings for teacher preparation. The east door of Townsend Hall marks what was once the entrance to this portion of the Lab School.

Townsend Hall, east entrance.
Townsend Hall, east entrance.

 

1978

School Psychology program established

1978

School Psychology became available as an emphasis area.

School Psychology program established. School Psychology became  available as an emphasis area.

1979

Established partnership with Ministry of Education in Thailand

1979

Under the leadership of Dean Bob Woods, the College formed a long term relationship with Prince of Songkla University in Thailand.

Bob Woods receiving an honorary degree
Bob Woods receiving an honorary degree, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand.

 

1980

Education Ambassadors founded

1980

Created by Dr. Jo Behymer, a four-time education alumna, the Education Ambassador Leadership Team represents and promotes the University of Missouri and the College of Education through coordinated recruitment and service activities.

Jo Behymer and the Education Ambassador Leadership Team
Jo Behymer and the Education Ambassador Leadership Team, 2012.
1984

MU’s first African American Dean appointed

1984

Dr. Mary F. Lenox became the first African American woman to hold the position of Dean at MU, for the School of Library and Informational Science. This School is now part of the College of Education as the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies.

Mary F. Lenox
Mary F. Lenox
1986

Adventure Club programming piloted

1986

Adventure Club programming piloted at Grant Elementary School in Columbia, with the purpose of providing enrichment-based, before and after school care.

1995

Teaching Fellows program piloted

1995

1,360 students have participated since the initial pilot, which included two Fellows.

Teaching Fellows program piloted.  1,360 students have participated since the initial pilot, which included two Fellows. CPS Insights Newsletter, 1996.

1996

The School of Library and Informational Science merged with the College of Education

1996

The School of Library and Informational Science merged with the College of Education and became the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies (SISLT).

John Wedman
John Wedman, first SISLT Director.
1997

First online course at MU

1997

Associate Professor Tom Kochtanek taught the first online course at the University of Missouri, “Information Science 334, Library Information Systems.”

Screenshot from IS334 website, 1997.
Screenshot from IS334 website, 1997.

 

1997

Adventure Club moved from MU Extension to the College of Education

1997
Adventure Club moved from MU Extension to the College of Education. Adventure Club Logo circa 1990's.
1990’s Adventure Club Logo
1998

Townsend Hall renovation and expansion begins

1998

Under the leadership of Dean Richard Andrews, the designs for the Townsend Hall renovations were made with flexible learning environments and team-teaching in mind.

 

Townsend Hall during renovation
Townsend Hall during renovation
1998

Counseling Psychology moves to the College of Education

1998

Originally part of the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Science, the program moved to the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology within the College of Education.

1999

MU High School founded

1999

Through MU Extension, the High School began offering an accredited diploma-granting program, in addition to the stand-alone independent study courses and distance courses which have been offered by MU since 1913.

 founded. Through MU Extension, the High School began offering an accredited diploma-granting program, in addition to the stand-alone independent study courses and distance courses which have been offered by MU since 1913. MU High School logo.

2000

The Reflector opened

2000

This multi-level computer lab, library, training facility, and gathering space for students, faculty, and staff is located inside Townsend Hall.

The Reflector, 2000.
The Reflector, 2000.
2006

First endowed deanship at MU established

2006

The Joanne H. Hook Dean’s Chair in Educational Renewal and the Hook Center for Educational Leadership and District Renewal were established through a gift from Harold and Joanne Hook. Joanne graduated with a degree in elementary education in 1955; Harold earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1953 and a master’s degree in accounting one year later.

Harold and Joanne Hook, 2004.
Harold and Joanne Hook, 2004.

 

2007

Missouri Prevention Center founded

2007

MPC brings community members and College of Education researchers together to help schools and families, applying techniques that promote social and academic success.

Missouri Prevention Center founded.  MPC brings community members and College of Education researchers together to help schools and families, applying techniques that promote social and academic success.  MPC logo.

2007

College of Education became a Charter School sponsor

2007

The MU Office of Charter School Operations strives to improve the quality and performance of Missouri charter schools by collaborating with stakeholders to achieve exceptional educational outcomes for all students.

2008

First faculty endowed chair in the College established

2008

The first faculty endowed chair in the College was established through a generous gift from Richard Miller. In 2016, Susan Empson, Professor in the Department of Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum, was chosen as the Richard G. Miller Chair in Mathematics Education.

Richard Miller
Richard Miller
Susan Empson
Susan Empson
2011

MU High School moved from Mizzou Online to the College of Education

2011
2012

Mizzou K-12 Online launched

2012

As the University’s accredited pre-collegiate online and blended learning program, Mizzou K-12 is a global learning community with 8,500+ students from 135 countries and all 50 U.S. states.

Mizzou K-12 Online Graduation, 2012.
Mizzou K-12 Online Graduation, 2012.

 

2013

Teach Abroad program established for College of Education students.

2013

A culturally immersive six-week teaching internship, the Teach Abroad Program provides opportunities for experiential learning, development of critical thinking skills, and engaged global citizenship.

Teach Abroad, India, 2015.
Teach Abroad, India, 2015.
2013

Dorsey Leadership Academy established

2013

The Dorsey Leadership Academy provides leadership opportunities and other programming for future teachers from underrepresented groups or those who are the first in their families to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Dorsey Scholars, 2017.
Dorsey Scholars, 2017.
2014

eMINTS National Center moved to the College of Education

2014

Originally part of the University of Missouri System, eMINTS is an educational program designed to equip educators with a focus on technology in the classroom, standards-based instruction and research-based teaching practices.

eMINTS National Center moved to the College of Education. Originally part of the University of Missouri System, eMINTS is an educational program designed to equip educators with a focus on technology in the classroom, standards-based instruction and research-based teaching practices. eMINTS logo with slogan: Inspired Teachers | Inspired Students

2015

The Bridge opened in Townsend Hall

2015

The Bridge is a conversation space for students, faculty, and professional staff to develop and expand their cultural knowledge, awareness, and competencies. It is available for classes, meetings, presentations, or interactive discussions regarding a wide range of diversity and inclusion topics.

The Bridge opened in Townsend Hall. The Bridge is a conversation space for students, faculty, and professional staff to develop and expand their cultural knowledge, awareness, and competencies. It is available for classes, meetings, presentations, or interactive discussions regarding a wide range of diversity and inclusion topics. The Bridge Logo with slogan: Connecting our Shared Humanity

2017

Nureva Inc. Collaboration Room established

2017

Nureva Inc. Collaboration Room established, building on a long history of technological innovations. The Nureva room in 102 Townsend features the Nureva Span system, a 20-foot digital canvas that allows up to 22 people to work simultaneously, encouraging collaboration and facilitating long-term projects. The room is available for faculty, staff, and student use.

Nureva Inc. Collaboration Room, 2017.
Nureva Inc. Collaboration Room, 2017.
2018

Dean Kathryn Chval stated…

2018
Kathryn Chval
Dean Kathryn Chval

“Imagine how many people made investments of time, intellect, and resources to transform our college through times of prosperity, scarcity, peace and war during the past 150 years. Through it all, education facilitated knowledge, opportunity, access, and transformation. The College of Education is proud to extend this legacy of innovation and impact at MU and beyond for the next 150 years.”

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