Daniel L. Clay
Since joining the college on July 1, 2016, Dean Clay has provided strong leadership in guiding the strategic planning process, fund-raising, new faculty and staff hires, and renovation plans. He brings a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship to the college and is a leader in the application of continuous quality improvement methods.
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Welcome to the University of Iowa College of Education.
I am honored to lead a world-class college of education where our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners make a positive and profound difference every day – leading research, engaging our communities, and preparing education and mental health professionals for innovation and impact.
More than 1,500 students from across the state, nation, and world are part of our college. These students, both undergraduate and graduate, come to learn from and conduct research with faculty in our top-ranked programs. Our students relish experiencing a Big Ten environment and the rigor of a Research I institution in a personal, welcoming, and inclusive community that supports student success and stretches them to do their best.
Our college is also home to internationally-recognized research centers such as the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development as well as new centers such as the new Scanlan Center for School Mental Health.
Our major renovation, which is close to completion, has created seven new technology -enhanced, collaborative, state-of-the-art classrooms, a more welcoming and student focused main entrance in North Lindquist that integrates our student-services offices and resources along with the dean’s suite, a new café, and more informal spaces that invite collaboration and create a sense of community.
Our college has a rich history, with Iowa legislators creating the State University of Iowa, the state's first public institution of higher education to provide teacher training for Iowa's growing population in 1847. A year later, five of the university’s first six degrees conferred were granted to teacher education graduates, and in 1874 the university created the nation’s first permanent college-level department of education – a source of pride as our university celebrates its 175th anniversary this academic year.
I am also proud of our more than 28,000 alumni who are living and working across the state, nation, and globe as well as the hundreds of schools, granting agencies, universities, and other community partners whom we work with every day.
Come see how you can make a difference at the top ranked College of Education in Iowa, by pursuing one of our more than 80 academic opportunities, many which are among the best in the nation.
I look forward to seeing you soon and continuing to partner together to make a difference in our schools and communities. Go Hawks!
Daniel L. Clay, PhD, MBA
College of Education
Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs
Pam Wesely provides oversight and leadership in the areas of academic affairs, graduate programs and student support, and international programs. She also oversees the Education Studies and Human Relations (ESHR) major and non-licensure majors and the Baker Teacher Leader Center. She is the liaison from the College of Education to the Graduate College. Wesely has been at the University of Iowa since 2009, where she has specialized in language education, language teacher development, research methods, and social justice in education.
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Associate Dean for Research
Saba Rasheed Ali
Saba Ali provides leadership to advance the research mission of the College. Her responsibilities include oversight of the Center for Advanced Studies in Measurement and Assessment, the Center for Evaluation and Assessment, the Center for Research in Undergraduate Education, the Grants and Research Services Center, and the Iowa Reading Research Center. She is liaison with the Office of the Vice President for Research.
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Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Student Services
Mark McDermott provides leadership and oversight for the Teacher Education Program (TEP) as well as for the services associated with TEP recruitment, admissions, field experiences, program completion exams and licensure. This includes overseeing the Office of Student Services.
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The Department of Counselor Education prepares students to facilitate human development across the life span, to advocate for clients and students, and to serve local, national, and international communities through the delivery and creation of state-of-the-art counseling services. The department achieves these goals by advancing knowledge, skills, and attitudes appropriate for effective and ethical professional counseling practice and by conducting and disseminating related research.
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Educational Policy and Leadership Studies
The Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies (EPLS) is made up of three distinct graduate degree programs. All are designed to prepare education leaders, teachers, professors, and researchers in the fields of Higher Education and Student Affairs, Educational Leadership, and Schools, Culture, and Society.
Psychological and Quantitative Foundations
Saba Rasheed Ali
The Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations administers graduate programs that involve the psychological and quantitative foundations of education. Our programs seek to understand issues related to education from a psychological and/or quantitative perspective, rather than from a social or historical perspective.
Teaching and Learning
In the Department of Teaching and Learning, faculty are preparing today's teachers for tomorrow's schools. With a variety of certification areas at both the undergraduate and graduate level, our college has the right program for you. Experienced faculty provide opportunities for students to learn from cutting-edge technologies. In addition, faculty conduct cutting edge research, securing millions of dollars in external funding. Whether applying to an elementary or high school as a beginning teacher or a research university as a faculty member, our graduates are in high demand.
Offices and Services
Education Technology Center
The Educational Technology Center (ETC) provides technological support and other services for the College of Education community.
Grants and Research Services Center
The Grants and Research Services Center (GRSC) provides support for grant and research projects, training projects, and service projects in the college, assists in identifying funding sources, provides information and workshops on grant-related topics, and provides support services for the development, implementation, and utilization of research, training, and service projects.
Office of Graduate Teaching Excellence
The Office of Graduate Teaching Excellence was created to support graduate students as they prepare to become the next generation of faculty. The office is guided by its mission statement to be "dedicated to excellence in college teaching and the preparation of future faculty."
Office of Student Services
The Office of Student Services (OSS) administers the Teacher Education Program, student field experiences, teacher licensure, and graduate student programs. We are here to help with any questions you have about admissions, applications, policies, and
Please visit Faculty and Staff Resources for HR policies, self-service log-in, and more.