Education

Resources

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RESOURCES

State and Licensure Resources

 

Illinois State Board of Education

Professional Preparation and Recruitment
100 North First St., E-310
Springfield, IL 62777-0001
Phone: 217-782-4330
isbe.state.il.us

 

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DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Education

5050 E. State
Rockford, IL 61108
815-394-5071
815-394-5249
Dr. Christopher McCullough
CMccullough@rockford.edu

Education Unit Head & Chair

Faculty

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FACULTY

Associate Professor; Chair and Unit Head, Department of Education
Ed.D, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
M.A., Marshall University, Huntington, WV
B.S., Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Phone: 815-394-5071
E-mail: CMccullough@rockford.edu
Assistant Professor of Education, Interim Director of Early Childhood Education Programs
M.Ed. - Integrated Studies Brock University St. Catherine's, Ontario, Canada
B.Ed., Elementary Education K-8, University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario)
H.B.O.R., Honors Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation, Certificate in Tourism and Recreation, Lakehead University (Thunder Bay, Ontario)
B.A., Geography/English, Lakehead University (Thunder Bay, Ontario)
Phone: 815-226-5172
E-mail: EBott@rockford.edu
Elisa Bott, assistant professor of Education and interim director of Early Childhood Education programs, has enjoyed a varied career of over 20 years in education in both the public and private systems in Canada and abroad. She began her career as an outdoor education teacher, then taught in preschools and elementary schools, was an instructional coach, and a curriculum consultant for both Literacy and Numeracy (Kindergarten through high school).

She has presented at numerous international conferences on teacher professional development strategies and effective implementation of best practice in Literacy and Numeracy. While in Shanghai China, she worked as an Assistant Principal at the British International School of Shanghai. Lisa has published numerous articles and book reviews on teacher professional development. She has always been and remains a passionate advocate for effective teacher education and professional development. Her favorite role however, is that of Mom to her three boys.
Adjunct Professor of Education
Dean, College of Social Sciences, Commerce and Education; Professor of Education
Ph.D., Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Southern Illinois University
M.Ed., Education, Salisbury State University
B.Mus., Music Education, West Virginia University
Phone: 815-394-5204
E-mail: DDew@rockford.edu
Dr. Debra Dew serves as the Director of Elementary Education. In addition to securing clinical placements for students seeking elementary certification, she teaches the middle school programs class, the elementary student teaching seminar, and the field experience class. She has extensive experience as a K-12 music teacher in the Maryland Public Schools.

Dr. Dew received her BMUS from West Virginia University, her MS from Salisbury State University, and her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University. She is a member of the Association of Teacher Educators, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and Phi Delta Kappa.Debra Dew is a former public school music teacher. She teaches middle and secondary education methods courses and specializes in effective practice related to teacher education. An active member of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), Dr. Dew has served on several national committees.
Unit Compliance Accreditation Specialist
M.A.T., Teacher Leadership, University of Illinois-Springfield
B.S., Early Childhood Education, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign
Phone: 815-226-4377
E-mail: LEaston@rockford.edu
Laura Easton serves as the Education Unit’s Accreditation Compliance Specialist, who oversees the assessment plan and federal and state accreditation projects for the Education program. Laura is also an early childhood adjunct instructor. She has experience in teaching kindergarten and early elementary students in the greater Rockford area.
Assistant Professor of Education
Ed.D., Northern Illinois University
M.S., Northern Illinois University
B.A., Northern Illinois University
Phone: 815-226-3365
E-mail: LGerzel-Short@rockford.edu
Assistant Director of the Library of Congress Project
Phone: 815-226-3336
E-mail: MGriffith@rockford.edu
Assistant Professor of Education
Ph.D., History of Education, Indiana University
M.A., Ethnomusicology, University of Limerick (Ireland)
B.M., Music Education, Ithaca College
Phone: 815-226-4097
E-mail: JHardesty@rockford.edu
Jacob Hardesty is an Assistant Professor of Education at Rockford University, where he teaches foundations courses in educational history and research methods.  He completed his Ph.D. in 2013 at Indiana University in educational history.  His work has appeared in the High Ability Studies, American Educational History Journal, a forthcoming issue of History of Education Quarterly, and edited volumes.  He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education.  Dr. Hardesty has a B.M. in Music Education from Ithaca College and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick, Ireland.  Before coming to Rockford, he taught music for four years in public and Catholic schools, as well as education courses at DePauw University and Indiana University.

Dr. Hardesty’s primary research interest involves the historical connections and tensions between popular culture and public education. His dissertation, which he is currently revising as a book, explores educators’ perceptions and responses toward the impact jazz would have on young people in the 1920s. More than a musical genre, jazz operated as the clearest diving line between a Victorianist ethos of restraint and an emerging modernist alternative. Despite a general dislike among both groups, university faculty and administrators allowed students more agency to shape the culture of their institutions than their secondary school colleagues, who sought to minimize young people’s exposure to jazz.
Adjunct Associate Professor of Education, Visiting Lecture, & 1st Year Advisor
Phone: 815-226-4174
E-mail: RJames@rockford.edu
Licensure Officer
Phone: 815-226-4159
E-mail: EJohnson-Lovett@rockford.edu
Elizabeth Johnson-Lovett is the Licensure Officer with the Education Department at Rockford University. Elizabeth started working at Rockford in the Education Department as the Administrative Assistant. After working with the Education Department and Education students for four years, she took on the role as the Certification/Licensure Officer. Elizabeth is the liaison to the Illinois State Board of Education and entitles teacher candidates with their teaching licenses and endorsements.

Elizabeth has been involved in teaching and education for a number of years. She has a passion to help students learn so they can become productive and engaging community members. She currently serves as a school board member to a local school district and has been serving since 2005. Elizabeth has also been teaching CCD at her church for over 20 years. She has taught grades Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade.

By being employed at Rockford University, Elizabeth was able to complete her long time goal to complete her Bachelor’s Degree. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Management Studies in May 2011. Elizabeth proved to her two daughters that you are never too old to learn and achieve your goal. Both of Elizabeth’s daughters have attended Rockford University. Her oldest daughter is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Management Studies while also working full time.
Adjunct Professor of Education
Director of Licensure Programs
M.A., Anthropology, McGill University (Montreal, Canada)
B.S., Education, Northern Illinois University
B.A., Philosophy, Macalester College
Phone: 815-226-4096
E-mail: MLagunas@rockford.edu
Maitreyi Lagunas has worked in private and public schools in DeKalb and Rockford, Illinois teaching elementary and middle school.  Maitreyi is presently pursuing her Reading Specialist.  She lives in Rockford with her husband and 3 children, and in her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening, and exercising.
Administrative Assistant Library of Congress Grant
Phone: 815-394-5044
E-mail: NMorris@rockford.edu
Director of Elementary Education, Assistant Professor of Education
Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Northern Illinois University
M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
B.A., Education, Eastern Illinois University
Phone: 815-226-3337
E-mail: SueSmith@rockford.edu
I have been involved in the field of Education since 1974. During my time in Prek-12 education, I have been a high school English/Journalism teacher, an elementary principal, middle school principal, assistant superintendent and a superintendent. During my eighteen years in the classroom, I coached several sports including tennis, cross-country, and track.

As an administrator for 15 years, I worked with all of facets of administration including the administration of the bilingual, Title 1, and school improvement grants as well as being in charge of the day-to-day operation of a building or district. Since I have come to Rockford University, I have continued to serve the field of education by preparing future educators by teaching classes in middle school methods, classroom management, and student teaching.
Associate Professor of Education
M.A.T., Reading Specialist, Rockford University
M.S., Education, Administration, Northern Illinois University
M.S., Education, Special Education, Loyola University, Maryland
B.S., Theology, Way College of Biblical Research, Indiana
B.S., Physical Education, Towson University, Maryland
A.A., Harford Junior College
Phone: 815-226-4181
E-mail: LStafford@rockford.edu
Professor Stafford brings to the Rockford University community teaching expertise from the regular classroom to separate setting special education classrooms; preschool to adult; recreation, camps and conferences; instruction to supervision.  She received the “Excellence in Teaching” award for Rockford University in 2013 and has been acknowledged by the Illinois Board of Education as “Those Who Excel” for classroom teacher.  She serves as Special Education Faculty in the Education Department providing instruction on exceptional children – Survey, Methods, Classroom and Behavior Management, Literacy, and Diagnosis. Lynn is a member of the Council of Exceptional Children, Kappa Delta Pi, Illinois Reading Council and the Association and Supervision of Curriculum Instruction.  She has served on accreditation university teams for ISBE, Content Test review teams for Pearson and is a qualified scorer for licensure for edTPA. She provides professional development for local agencies and serves as a tutor for the Rockford Area Literacy Council.
Assistant Professor of Education: Director, Reading Specialist program
M.A.T., Reading, National University, Costa Mesa, California
B.A., Liberal Studies, Concordia University, Irvine, California
Phone: 815-226-4178
E-mail: KWagner@rockford.edu
Kimberlee Wagner is an Assistant Professor in the Education Department. She teaches literacy courses in the early childhood, elementary, and reading specialist programs. Professor Wagner spent six years teaching elementary grades in Southern California. After moving to Illinois in 2003, Professor Wagner taught art, music, Title I Reading, and Reading Recovery in several local school districts.  Professor Wagner received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Concordia University in Irvine, California, and her MAT in Reading from National University in Costa Mesa, California. She is currently in the dissertation phase of an Ed.D in Reading, Language, and Literacy at National Louis University. Her research interests are guided reading and professional development practices for teachers.
Adjunct Professor of Education
Adjunct Professor of Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education
Adjunct Professor of Education
Adjunct Professor of Education

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Education

5050 E. State
Rockford, IL 61108
815-394-5071
815-394-5249
Dr. Christopher McCullough
CMccullough@rockford.edu

Education Unit Head & Chair

Scholarships and Awards

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SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

Dr. Diane Jenkins Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1997 through a Vision Campaign gift from Dr. Diane and Mr. Robert Jenkins, the award is given to an education major who has graduated from a high school in Winnebago, Boone or Ogle counties, and who has the required academic credentials. It may be renewed if the recipient maintains a 3.00 GPA and is active in the 4 T’s (Tomorrow’s Teachers Together Today).

 

Carol E. McDonald Education Scholarship
Mark McDonald established the scholarship in 2002 in honor and memory of his wife Carol Egdahl McDonald. Carol received her bachelor of science in education from Rockford University in 1970 and her MAT in 1981. The recipient will be chosen on the basis of merit by the Education Department and be a senior the following fall.

For more information on scholarships relevant to this department, please visit the Academic Catalog (pdf).

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Education

5050 E. State
Rockford, IL 61108
815-394-5071
815-394-5249
Dr. Christopher McCullough
CMccullough@rockford.edu

Education Unit Head & Chair

Conceptual Framework

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CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

Rockford University Mission and Vision embodied in the Conceptual Framework: As its mission, Rockford University seeks to educate men and women to lead responsible and productive lives by means of a curriculum grounded in liberal arts, complemented and extended by professional and practical experiences. The total academic and co-curricular experience provides Rockford University students with the foundation for fulfilling lives and effective participation in their professions and the civic life of their communities.

As its vision, Rockford University prepares its graduates to contribute to the world as knowledgeable, ethical, and productive citizens with the necessary resources to be active, effective, and reflective, possessing knowledge for understanding the world, values for envisioning the world, and skills for shaping the world.

Rockford University Mission and Vision aligned with the Conceptual Framework & Education Programs: Interwoven directly with the University mission and vision and the central theme of the unit’s conceptual framework, the Education Program mission and vision are to prepare teachers to empower their students’ minds to enhance present and future quality of life; to use and apply knowledge in real-life situations, and to successfully maneuver the path to self-actualization. Students in Education Programs are expected to be committed, responsible, scholarly, professional, respectful, collaborative, ethical, reflective, and fair educators who have full command of appropriate knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to empower students to learn in today’s diverse educational institutions.

Rockford University Student Learning Expectations embodied in the conceptual framework: Rockford University graduates will demonstrate knowledge for understanding the world, values for envisioning the world, and skills for shaping the world.

 

Knowledge for Understanding the World

A candidate with knowledge for understanding the world presents standards-based subject matter in meaningful ways and demonstrates a clear understanding of the physical, sociological, cognitive, and psychological development of each learner. Further, a successful candidate improves teaching behaviors through continuous systematic reflection targeting areas for improvement and growth. In addition, the effective candidate comprehends, interprets, analyzes, and synthesizes current research to determine a personal philosophy of education, an opinion about education as a social institution, and to make research-based decisions in the areas of pedagogy, assessment, and curriculum, to name a few.

A candidate with knowledge for understanding the world is committed, responsible, and scholarly.

 

Values for Envisioning the World

A candidate with values for envisioning the world plans for and interacts with each student in an equitable, effective, and caring manner while respecting diversity in relation to race, gender, culture, multiple ways of learning, linguistic differences, and exceptionalities. The successful candidate creates a positive learning environment by effectively managing and monitoring the classroom while implementing best practices of classroom management and effective teaching that successfully meet the diverse needs of each learner.

A candidate with values for envisioning the world is professional, respectful, and collaborative.

 

Skills for Shaping the World

A candidate with skills for shaping the world designs instructional strategies that reflect content knowledge standards and the needs of the learning community.

Capitalizing upon a variety of instructional strategies, the successful candidate facilitates each student’s higher-level thinking and performance skills, adapting the classroom environment and lessons to meet the diverse needs of each student. In addition, the candidate designs, constructs, and evaluates varied assessment measures that incorporate local, state, and national standards.

A candidate with skills for shaping the world is ethical, reflective, and fair.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Education

5050 E. State
Rockford, IL 61108
815-394-5071
815-394-5249
Dr. Christopher McCullough
CMccullough@rockford.edu

Education Unit Head & Chair

Programs of Study

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PROGRAMS OF STUDY

The Rockford University Education Department offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in early childhood education and elementary education, and a bachelor of arts degree in special education. The Education Department also offers a minor in secondary education for majors in biology, chemistry, English, French, German, Spanish, history, mathematics, physical education, theatre arts, and visual arts. The Rockford University Teacher Education Program (TEP) is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Majors and Tracks/Concentrations:

  • Early Childhood (B.A., B.S.) — Illinois Licensure (K-9), Middle School Endorsement
  • Elementary Education (B.A., B.S.) — Illinois Licensure (K-9), Middle School Endorsement
  • Special Education (B.A., B.S.) — Illinois Licensure (K-21)

 

Illinois State Board of Education
Professional Preparation and Recruitment
100 North First St., E-310
Springfield, IL 62777-0001
Phone: 217-782-4330
isbe.state.il.us
Admission to the Rockford University Teacher Education Program requires candidates to complete 45 hours of college level work with a cumulative 2.5 GPA in either Rockford University general education requirements or through the Rock Valley College Compact, including grades of C (2.0) or above in RHET 101 and 102 (or equivalent), and grades of C (2.0) or above in MATH 116 & 117 (or equivalent). In addition, candidates must pass the Illinois Test of Basic Skills; successfully complete EDUC 200 or 202 or 204 or SPED 200 or 202, where applicable; pass a criminal background check; and, meet with the Education Department Chair to sign an official Declaration of Major/Minor form. Official admission occurs after all the above requirements have been met and upon formal approval by the TEP Admissions Committee.

The programs culminate in the student teaching semester; acceptance is not automatic. Admission to student teaching requires senior status, completion of prerequisite course work, a cumulative 2.5 GPA, with a 3.0 major GPA. Candidates must complete EDUC 401 or 402 with a grade of C (2.0) or above; successfully complete EDUC 201 or 203 or 205 or SPED 201 or 203, where applicable (or equivalent); and pass the Illinois Content Area Test. LBS1 candidates must pass the LBS1 Test and the General Curricular Special Education Test. In addition, candidates must successfully complete the Student Teaching Application, have three positive recommendations from professional sources on file, receive a favorable Education Department Dispositions review, and be officially approved by the Student Teaching Admissions Committee.


Course Requirements

Rockford University’s Education Department offers students the opportunity to either major in early childhood education, elementary education or minor in secondary education. Degree requirements for these programs can be found in the Academic Catalog (pdf).

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DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Education

5050 E. State
Rockford, IL 61108
815-394-5071
815-394-5249
Dr. Christopher McCullough
CMccullough@rockford.edu

Education Unit Head & Chair

Education

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EDUCATION

Teacher education programs at Rockford University are firmly rooted in the liberal arts to provide a broad range of knowledge and practical experiences that will help students understand themselves, our society, the natural world, and the world of arts and humanities. Students learn how children and adolescents develop physically, socially and psychologically in the context of schools. Students will discover and understand how children and adolescents learn, how to recognize and adjust for individual differences, how to create a positive learning environment, and how to evaluate their own teaching skills.‌

By preparing teacher candidates to be agile and accountable and to value a practical education, our teacher education programs embody the vision of Rockford University. Jane Addams, our 1882 valedictorian, founded the country’s first settlement house, Hull-House. She believed in the value of educating all citizens of the world. And we do, too.

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DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Education

5050 E. State
Rockford, IL 61108
815-394-5071
815-394-5249
Dr. Christopher McCullough
CMccullough@rockford.edu

Education Unit Head & Chair