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DEAN’S REPORT 2017 School of Education and Professional Studies

School of Education & Professional Studies (SEPS)/Graduate Division Eastern Connecticut State University 160 Webb Hall 83 Windham Street, Willimantic, CT 06226 Phone (860) 465-5293 | Fax (860) 465-4538

The School of Education and Professional Studies (SEPS)/Graduate Division of Eastern Connecticut State University has established a significant role for leadership to advance academic and civic contributions to the local region, the state of Connecticut, and beyond. I am pleased to share with you our success from the prior academic year. Eastern is proud to be home to some of the nation’s most talented faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Our programs are also well regarded among peers as a result of contributions made by members of the Eastern community.

In this volume, you will learn of our outstanding new faculty and the accomplishments of our students and alumni. At the core of our work is an emphasis on social engagement and impact that promote inspiration, innovation, and integrity. All undergraduate and some graduate programs within the school require an internship or other experiential learning, whereby liberal arts competencies are practically applied. These efforts have led to an indelible footprint on the satisfaction and achievements of our alumni. Student leadership through research, entrepreneurial spirit, and social advocacy are distinctive hallmarks, yielding public recognition by esteemed associations, such as the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) and the Association of Information Technology Professional (AITP). In fact, a historic number of Eastern students, 18 of which from SEPS, presented during the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Participants were selected from among 4,00 applications. Holmes Master’s, graduate students, along with undergraduate students from the Education and Kinesiology and Physical Education Departments, met with state and national legislators to advocate on behalf of the education profession. Jacob Easley II, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Education & Professional Studies/ Graduate Division

Three virtues are made evident through coursework, and the public contribution made by our programs. Inspiration, Innovation, and Integrity.

Our faculty continually innovate via programming to ensure access for students. The Education Department has added a new advanced master’s program targeted to experienced teachers. The M.S. Educational Studies major boasts an interdisciplinary core with concentrations in Early Childhood, English Language Arts, Reading Language Arts, and STEM. The program concludes with action research designed to address real issues of teaching and learning in participants’ classrooms. The program prepares candidates for the initial skills to pursue national board certification. As we look toward another banner year, we will continue to focus on the four goals of our strategic plan, with particular emphasis on strengthening a culture of effectiveness and continuous improvement and expanding our collaborative engagement with alumni and the community at large. I hope that you will join with us in our quest. Should you find interest in partnering with us, hosting internships, supporting academic scholarships, or promoting our quality programs, the faculty, staff, and I look forward to hearing from you! Regards,

Jacob Easley II, Ph.D. Dean

ATTRACTING TALENT: NEW FACULTY Brianna Halladay Assistant Professor, Department of Economics Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara (Economics) Research Interests Gender differences and possible explanations for the scarcity of women in top positions within corporations Awards/Honors Graduate Student Association Excellence in Teaching Award in the Social Sciences (2015); UCSB Economics Department Teaching Assistant of the Year (2014)

Brianna Halladay’s research focuses on gender differences and possible explanations for the scarcity of women in top positions within corporations. Her research uses laboratory experiments to answer important questions for which data are unavailable outside of the lab. She comes to Eastern with an already established and growing publication record. Dr. Halladay earned her doctorate in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Statistical Methods from Boston University. During her doctorate program, Dr. Halladay also won multiple teaching awards both within the department, as well as university wide. Dr. Halladay is an avid Red Sox fan. She enjoys cooking with her husband in her spare time. Her first job at the age of 16 was as a bagger for the local grocery store. Because of this, Dr. Halladay is always cognizant to make sure her bread and eggs do not end up smashed.

Stefania Farace Assistant Professor, Department of Business Administration Ph.D. University of Calabria (Business Administration) Research Interests Consumer Behavior with a special focus on the analysis of pictures and their impact on visual persuasion and consumer evaluations Awards/Honors Research presented at international conferences, such as Society for Consumer Psychology (SCP) and the European Marketing Academy (EMAC)

Stefania Farace’s research revolves around consumer behavior, with a special focus on the analysis of pictures (e.g., user-generated content, advertising, Twitter posts) and their impact on visual persuasion and consumer evaluations. Her articles have been published in the Journal of Interactive Marketing and the European Journal of Marketing. Dr. Farace earned her doctorate in business administration and her master’s in marketing from the University of Calabria (Italy). She also holds a research master’s in marketing from the University of Groningen (Netherlands), and she has been a visiting scholar at Babson College (Boston). Her first job was at the age of 16 as a salesperson in an organic fruit and vegetables store. Through this experience she learned the importance of quality and excellence for customer retention.

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Dr. Ari de Wilde (KPE) was promoted to Associate Professor. His main research interests include the business history of sport, the North American bicycle racing industry, and research methodology in sport studies/management.

Dr. Mihyun Kang (COM) was promoted to Associate Professor. Her research interests span the areas of consumer psychology, new/ emerging media, and creative strategies in advertising/marketing.

Dr. Sukeshini Grandhi (BUS) was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor. Her research interests lie in the area of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), understanding how people use technology and the associated cognitive, social and behavioral processes. She uses this understanding to draw implications for how technology has to be designed to enhance the use experience for a particular user group.

Dr. Anita Lee (KPE) was promoted to Full Professor. Her research interests include physical activity for public health, exercise and sport psychology assessment, measurement and evaluation in exercise science, and coaching education and accreditation.

Dr. Xing Liu (EDU) was promoted to Full Professor. His research interests include categorical data analysis, multilevel modeling, longitudinal data analysis, structural equation modeling, and educational assessment.

Dr. Fatma Pakdil (BUS) was promoted to Associate Professor. Her research interests include Organization Theory, Healthcare Organizations, Total Quality Management, Service Quality, Quality Control, and Quality Engineering.

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Dr. Candice Deal (BUS) was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor. Her scholarly research interests center on International Accounting and cross-listed firms, examining Capital Markets in Emerging Economies and the Accounting and Financial implications of emerging economies, specifically the Bahamas.


The Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE) has been awarded over $1 million to develop home visitor training modules. The CECE collaborated with the Office of Early Childhood and the University of Connecticut to write the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Innovation grant, which was awarded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Drs. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith and Sudha Swaminathan (ECE) were awarded a $50,000 Spencer Foundation grant for the project entitled “The Relationship of Teacher-­Child Math Talk During Preschool Play to Young Children’s Mathematics Learning.”

Drs. Edmond Chibeau and Andrew Utterback (COM) successfully earned a $50,000 planning grant. The award, underwritten by the Davis Educational Foundation, supports the study of how an oral communication skills center might be established on a college campus to support oral communication/public speaking. The grant was developed collaboratively with other regional colleges and universities.

Dr. Anita Lee (KPE) was accepted into the 2017-18 Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Leadership Institute in Denver, CO. Dr. Lee joins more than 5,000 other women in faculty, staff, and administrative roles in higher education have further developed their leadership ability by attending the HERS Institute over the past 40 years.

Dr. Mark Fabrizi (EDU) was named editor-in-chief for “The Leaflet,” the journal of the New England Association of Teachers of English (NEATE).

Dr. Daniel Switchenko (KPE) received the Outstanding Human Performance Professional Award from the School of Education and Professional Studies at Central Connecticut State University.

Dr. Brendan M. Cunningham (ECO) received a $28,000 faculty grant from the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium. As the principal investigator, Dr. Cunningham will collaborate with Eastern student Michael Beckstein, ’18 (majoring in Economics and Music) and Federal Communication Commission economists Peter Alexander and Daniel Shiman and Professor

Nodir Adilov (Indiana University--Purdue University Ft. Wayne). Their project is entitled “The Efficient Use of Space Orbit” and it involves an analysis of whether satellite operators will adequately invest in their satellite fleets or not, as well as potential steps for enhancing their investment activity.

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EDUCATIONAL EQUITY: MINORITY TEACHER RECRUITMENT Equity and access are important goals for social justice practice in the field of educator preparation. The belief that every student in Connecticut is deserving of a well-prepared teacher who possesses the skills to support their holistic development is one that must be honored by action. Such action does not rest with a single entity, but begs multiorganizational commitment. This includes state and local policy makers, community groups, school districts, and educator preparation programs, to name a few. The current teaching force, both across the nation and in Connecticut, does not represent the student population served by our schools. For the next generation of school-goers, no racial group will outnumber another. We must act today to meet the needs of a rapidly changing society. Eastern Connecticut State University is committed to this charge. Ensuring equity within the teaching profession is a long-term endeavor.

EASTERN’S INITIATIVES HOLMES MASTER’S PROGRAM | The AACTE Holmes Master’s Program supports master’s degree students from historically underrepresented groups interested in careers in teaching, school administration or higher education. The first initiative of its kind within the region, the inaugural cohort of Holmes Masters enrolled in summer 2016.

SCHOOL DISTRICT PARTNERSHIPS | SEPS networks in a consortium manner to develop and offer opportunities for minority teacher recruitment and dual enrollment. Three participating school districts – Bolton, Coventry and Windham – seek to expand college and career access in the areas of education and science, technology , engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This program prepares highly motivated junior and senior level high school students for college and careers.

EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER CREDENTIAL (ECTC) | Eastern partners with regional community colleges, such as Norwalk Community College, on an innovative program aimed at providing ease of accessibility and affordability for graduates of associates degree programs in early childhood education. The Early Childhood Teacher Credential is for professionals who wish to earn a four-year degree and become head teachers in preschool programs in the state of Connecticut.

ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS REPORT | In the fall of 2016, graduate student researchers administered an electronic survey regarding the teaching profession to 202 students, and received 108 responses. The researchers conducted a root cause analysis to examine the reasons why high school students would have an interest in the teaching profession. A detailed report of the findings was prepared and distributed to State of Connecticut legislators and Department of Education administrators, as well as to teacher preparation program leaders across the state. The report is currently available online:

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Joined by students, Chamanthika Wickramasinghe ’17g/ ECE, Ayda Parra-Rojas ’17g/ELE, Dalton Piecka ’17/SEC, Tyler Gibbs ’17/HPE, and Jenna Rodriguez-Mancini ’17/ ELE, School of Education and Professional Studies Dean Jacob Easley II discusses educational policy with Senator Richard Blumenthal at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Connecticut Chapter legislative day in Hartford. Professors Niki Kunene and Alex Citurs (BIS) and their students collaborate with members of Junior Achievement of Southwestern New England regarding community programming in local public schools. Dean Easley meets with Chris Soto and Gilbert Bonafe of Higher Edge Connecticut, generating ways to grow the pipeline of student success by coaching Connecticut’s first-generation and low-income students to and through college. Operations Management Course Students Demonstrate Liberal Arts Practically Applied, Gaining Real Life Experience and Supporting Our Community of Local Businesses! Led by Faculty Mentor Fatma Pakdil, BUS 260 undergraduate project groups worked with local businesses and analyzed several operations management related topics. “We collaborated with companies located in our community by focusing on their problems, issues, and projects so students could see the real life applications and practices of topics covered in the course,” quotes Dr. Pakdil. Teams of three students worked with the help of company and academic mentors. Having a real case with various topics to work on was challenging, informative and showed students what they can expect after graduation.

Some of these accomplishments were shared at the CREATE (Celebrating Excellence and Artistic Talent at Eastern) Conference on April 21, 2017. For project specifics, go to:

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STUDENT AWARDS James Doucette III ’17

A Sport and Leisure Management major, was awarded a National Undergraduate Scholar award by the American Kinesiology Association (the most progressive national department-level organization for kinesiology with Columbia University, the Universities of Virginia, Ohio State, Connecticut, and Michigan as members). According to AKA: “The annual scholar awards honor a select number of students from member departments, recommended by department faculty, whose academic and leadership records are distinctive. The awards are intended to recognize and promote academic excellence, to further the professional competence and dedication of academically accomplished students and to promote kinesiology and its related fields.”

Taylor Herold ’17

A Communication major from Manchester, CT, won the Ken M. Bedini Student Leader Award at the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Northeast Conference in Hartford. She was one of five recipients among a pool of students from 131 schools in the region. Named after Eastern’s immediate past vice president of student affairs, the award was established to recognize outstanding contributions of the region’s undergraduate student leaders. Herold met the award criteria with ease, being an honors student, manager of the Campus Activity Board (CAB), a Student Orientation Counselor (SOC), an e-board member of the Senior Class Committee and active member of Eastern’s LEAP student leadership program.

IIn the fall of 2017, Dr. Deal took a group of 6 Eastern students to participate in Charger Startup Weekend; a business competition where students had to come up with and pitch a business idea, then work on developing the business, create projections, conduct customer discovery, and finally present their business proposals to a panel of esteemed judges. The Eastern team placed 3rd with their business idea called “Community Kitchen.” After a year-long, five-phase national competition involving 72 teams, Eastern’s team placed 4th in the Database Driven Website Competition at the 2017 Association of Information Technol-ogy Professionals (AITP) National Collegiate Conference in St. Louis Missouri. Eastern’s team cre-ated a website for Grow Windham, a nonprofit in the Willimantic area that teaches nutrition and gardening skills to K-12 youth. The function-ality of the website will help Grow Windham to operate more efficiently and effectively in completing their day-to-day tasks, as well as succeed in obtaining federal grants and community outreach. Ten students from the School of Education and Professional Studies (25 total students from Eastern) were selected for presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Memphis. Chosen from more than 4,000 submissions, each student’s abstract demonstrates a unique contribution to the field of study, and resulted in the opportunity to pres-ent the work to peers, faculty, and staff from all over the nation.

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STUDENT ENROLLMENT: ON THE RISE 2017 Full-time graduate enrollment has increased 51.1% over 2016 2017 Part-time graduate enrollment has remained steady since 2016 169 is our Average Graduate Enrollment (for 2014-16 fall semesters) 2,218 is our Average Undergraduate Enrollment (for 2014-16 school years) • Accounting...................................................................................................................211 • Business Administration...............................................................................................501 • Business Information Systems.........................................................................................94 • Communication...........................................................................................................350 • Economics......................................................................................................................61 • Education (all programs)...............................................................................................113 • Finance...........................................................................................................................62 • LHRM...........................................................................................................................32 • New Media.....................................................................................................................37 • Physical Education.......................................................................................................128 • Pre-education...............................................................................................................423 • Sports & Leisure Management......................................................................................207

AVERAGE UNDERGRADUATE ENROLLMENT BY MAJOR (2014-16) Accounting Business Administration Business Information Systems Communication Economics Education (all programs) Finance LHRM New Media Physical Education Pre-education Sports & Leisure Management

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FACULTY DIVERSITY School of Education and Professional Studies (SEPS): Full-Time Faculty Female 43% Male 57% Minority 29% White 71%

SEPS FACULTY DIVERSITY (2016-17 FULL TIME) SEPS Faculty Diversity (2016-2017 Full Time) 100% 90% 80% White

70% 60%


50% Female 40% 30%


20% 10% 0%

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Eastern Connecticut State University’s teaching internship reshapes graduate teacher education by ensuring long-term, high-quality, residency experiences for professionals seeking to become classroom teachers.


Year-long, clinically-rich residency experience Earn a master’s degree and a stipend to cover part or all of your tuition, while enhancing your resume Multiple options for degree majors, including early childhood education, elementary education, and secondary education Meets Connecticut teacher licensure requirements


Full-time graduate students admitted to an Eastern education program (Also available to currently certified teachers) Evidence of experience working with youth that demonstrates a commitment to student success Minimum GPA of 3.0 at the undergraduate level

Placements available in urban and suburban school districts.

For more information, contact Fred Ashton

ASHTONF@EASTERNCT.EDU (860) 465-5011 The application date is April 20, 2018.


The Center for Early Childhood Education is a multidisciplinary research and training institute at Eastern Connecticut State University. Housed in a high-tech facility connected to a model early care and education program, the Center works to enhance the quality of early care and education.

The AACTE Holmes Master’s Program supports graduate level students from historically underrepresented groups interested in a career in teaching or school administration. Eastern’s Holmes Masters Program is the first one offered in the region.

Bolton Public Schools

Eastern Connecticut State University has partnered with both the Coventry Public Schools and the Windham Public Schools for the Teacher Residency program. This program is designed to reshape graduate teacher education by ensuring long-term, high quality clinical experiences for those professionals seeking to become classroom teachers. Each intern will work in an assigned classroom for a complete academic year, while completing university coursework.

SEPS has begun networking in a consortium manner to develop and offer opportunities for dual enrollment and minority teacher recruitment. Three participating school districts, Bolton, Coventry, and Windham, seek to expand college and career access in the areas of education and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This program will prepare highly motivated junior and senior level high school students for college and career readiness.

Both university and school district partners will collaborate on supervision and curriculum to ensure that theory and practice are integrated. Graduate students will also participate in school wide initiatives and demonstrate positive impact on student learning and the school community as a program outcome.

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Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC) Eastern Connecticut State University is partnering with regional community colleges, such as Norwalk Community College, for an innovative program design aimed to provide ease of accessibility and affordability for graduates of associates degree programs in early childhood education who wish to earn a four-year degree and become head teachers in preschool programs in the state of Connecticut. This partnership is for the Early Childhood Teacher Credential.

Eastern Connecticut State University has partnered with Spelman College to collaborative enhance curricular-based programing. The initiative focuses on cultural competence and leadership development among Early Childhood Education candidates at both institutions.

STUDENTS, FACULTY & ALUMNI: SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT & IMPACT Jennifer Karcich (’99/KPE), was recently awarded Colchester District Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Karich has been a physical education teacher at the William J. Johnston Middle School in Colchester for 18 years and is an active leader as the Safe School Climate specialist, a Positive Behavior Interventions and Support Coach, as well as Bacon Academy’s girls’ cross-country coach. She helped write the Carol B. White PEP grant awarded to the district in 2003. Last spring she was selected as one member of the first national cohort of teachers to be part of the No Barriers Global Impact Challenge team. Jen believes the opportunity would give her middle school students the foundation for creating their very own social impact project to benefit the community and enrich them through life-changing experiences.

Dr. Justin Brown (’09/SLM) received the prestigious National Institute of Health (NIH) Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) Early-Stage Investigator Award for 2017. The award recognizes early-career prevention scientists who have not competed successfully for a substantial NIH-supported research project before the award nomination submission deadline, but who have already made significant, outstanding research contributions to their respective fields and are poised to become future leaders in prevention research. Learn more about Dr. Brown’s work and view his award lecture online: Eric Grundfast (’09/SLM), Senior Director of Sales for the Iowa Wild, American Hockey League, has been featured in the Eastern Magazine article “Champions in the wide world of sports management” by Amy Brenner-Fricke and Anne Pappalardo in the Fall 2013 edition. Eric relocated to Des Moines, IA to start a new franchise owned by the Minnesota Wild. In a recent letter to Dr. Chatterton, Eric states, “I try to focus on giving back just as the Eastern staff and University gave back to me.” He serves on the Board of Directors for The ALS Association, Executive Leadership Team for American Heart and serves in an advisory role for the business/ sport management department at Grand View University in Des Moines.

Dr. Susannah Richards (EDU) Newbery Medal Award winner, hosted Kwame Alexander, and his friend and guitarist, Randy on a visit to Tolland Middle School. Read the story on the School Library Journal website

TWO COMMUNICATION ALUMNI RECEIVED A TOTAL OF FIVE EMMY NOMINATIONS THIS YEAR David Wurtzel (’13), currently at PBS affiliate CPTV-TV 24 in Hartford, was nominated for three Emmy Awards in the Boston/New England chapter-one nomination in the craft category for Short Form Photography and two nominations in Interstitial. Megan Saunders (’15), currently at NBC affiliate KTVB-TV 7 in Boise, Idaho, was nominated for two Northwest Regional Emmy Awards in daytime/morning news.

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EASTERN FELLOWS Recognizing and Engaging Distinguished Eastern Alumni in the Life of the University! The following alumni were inducted September 2017

Jim Girard (’97/BUS), summa cum laude, currently serves as VP, Human Resources, Harris Corporation — a global technology company headquartered in Central Florida. Prior to joining Harris in 2014, Girard had an extensive and diversified twenty-year tenure in human resources with United Technologies Corporation (UTC). His career in HR was initiated while he was still a student completing his undergraduate education at Eastern — while he was working part-time at Pratt & Whitney, in HR systems. He received his master’s degree in Management at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute program in Hartford. Girard is a national board member and the current chair of the Finance Committee of INROADS, the nation’s largest non-profit source of paid internships for diverse, high-performing, undergraduate students. He and his wife Lisa founded the Linda Alapi Juras Memorial Endowed Scholarship for Early Childhood and Elementary Education majors at Eastern in 2014. Andrew Mitchel (’89/ECON), summa cum laude, began his career with Arthur Andersen as a tax accountant, obtained his CPA license in 1993, and started working for United Technologies Corporation as a Senior International Tax Specialist. He graduated from UConn Law School in ‘98 and took a job at PepsiCo, Inc. in NY, as a Senior Manager Tax Planning. He earned his Master 8 Law (LL.M.) in Taxation from the New York University School of Law. Mitchel started his own law firm in Essex, where he grew up, focusing on the U.S. taxation of cross-border transactions. A member of the International Fiscal Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants, he frequently speaks about U.S. international tax matters, has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and other media, and authors the International Tax Blog. He teaches International Tax as an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law. Mitchel attributes his success to the strong academic foundation he received at Eastern and returns to visit the campus, a place he believes continues to “get bigger and better.”

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The Holmes Master’s Program A national partnership program for growing Connecticut’s teaching force by preparing educational change agents from historically underrepresented populations. What are the benefits of membership?

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Eastern Connecticut State University Graduate Assistantship Membership in a national network of peers and social media platforms Mentoring opportunities by AACTE Holmes Scholars alumni Opportunities to present your research at the AACTE Annual Meeting Leadership and professional development opportunities

What are some of the requirements?

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Be a member of a historically underrepresented group Be a full-time matriculated graduate student in an education field Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a 3.0 GPA (Graduate Assistants) or a 3.5 GPA (Research Assistants) for graduate coursework

Priority Deadline February 12

Final Deadline July 6

To learn more, visit or contact the Graduate Division

You are invited!

Graduate Open House WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2018 5-7 p.m.


One-Year Graduate Programs that inspire Innovation and Integrity


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EDUCATIONAL STUDIES with EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS, READING/LANGUAGE ARTS and STEM Learn About Programs / Meet Faculty / Tour Campus For more information, Contact the Graduate Division (860) 465-5292 / RSVP at:

The School of Education and Professional Studies at Eastern Connecticut State University offers a wide variety of outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs, well regarded within the region for inspiration, innovation, and integrity. As Connecticut’s only public

School of Education and Professional Studies (SEPS)/ Graduate Division Departments

liberal arts university, all programs

Business Administration

are firmly grounded in “A Liberal


Education Practically Applied” and most require fieldwork, clinical practice or internships. Students, faculty, and staff

Economics Education Kinesiology and Physical Education

create solutions to community problems, apply innovative practices and curriculums,

Partnerships and Centers

and engage in creative activity and student

The Center for Early Childhood Education

research across all majors. Eastern’s School

The AACTE Holmes Program

of Education and Professional Studies’ five

Coventry Public Schools

academic departments and seven partnerships and centers are listed here.

Windham Public Schools Bolton Public Schools Norwalk Community College Spelman College

For more information about our programs, visit

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Program Listings Undergraduate Program Majors

Undergraduate Program Minors

B.S., Accounting B.S., Business Administration B.S., Business Information Systems B.S., Communication B.S., Early Childhood Education* B.A., Economics B.S., Elementary Education* B.S., Finance B.S., Physical Education* Secondary Education* B.S., Sport and Leisure Management

Accounting Business Administration Business Information Systems Management Coaching Communication Economics Health Healthcare Informatics Insurance Management Information Systems Physical Education Social Informatics Sport and Leisure Management

*Teacher Certification Elementary Education (1-6) Physical Education Early Childhood Education (1-3) w/Special Education (Nursery-K) Secondary Education (7-12) Biology Earth Science English History/Social Studies Mathematics

Graduate Program Majors

Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Program Majors with the School of Arts and Science B.S., Labor Relations Human Resource Management B.A., New Media Studies

M.S., Accounting M.S., Early Childhood Education** M.S., Educational Studies (concentrations) Early Childhood Education English Language Arts Reading Language Arts STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) M.S., Educational Technology M.S., Elementary Education** M.S., Organizational Management M.S., Secondary Education**

**Teacher Certification Early Childhood Education (1-3) w/Special Ed. (Nursery-K) Elementary Education (1-6) Secondary Education (7-12) in: Biology Earth Science English History/Social Studies Mathematics

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School of Education and Professional Studies (SEPS) Named a Green College for the 8th Year in a Row

“Great College to Work For” 8th Consecutive Year

Top 25 Public Universities in the North

College of Distiction for Education and Business!

1st Annual SHAPE America College Bowl Champions 2017

#1 Graduation Rate Among Connecticut State Universities

College of Distiction for Education and Business!

Ranked 86 in the 2017 Best Colleges for Regional Universities North

“Best of the Best” Top Focus Rankings for Communications and Media Services (41 of 1017). College Factual Ranked 7th Best College for Business in Connecticut and one of the “Best Colleges for Business in America!” Niche Colleges National Ranking

Top 5 Bachelor’s and Master’s Teaching Programs in Connecticut Second Best Undergraduate Elementary Teacher Prep Program in New England and Fourth Best Undergraduate Secondary Teacher Prep Program in New England


Dean's Report 2017  

School of Education and Professional Studies

Dean's Report 2017  

School of Education and Professional Studies