Our History

The College of Education

The education curriculum for the preparation of teachers was developed in 1903 at Mississippi State University with the establishment of the Department of Industrial Education. The School of Industrial Pedagogy was organized in 1909. This name was changed to the School of Education in 1935 and to the College of Education in 1963.

The unit is comprised of six academic departments, including Counseling and Educational Psychology; Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education; Music; Instructional Systems and Workforce Development; Leadership and Foundations; and Kinesiology; in addition are two teacher candidate preparation programs offered jointly with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences -Agricultural and Extension Education and Family and Consumer Sciences.

These academic departments are augmented by one primary research unit, the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision, and four service units, the Center for Educational Partnerships, the Learning Center, The Early Childhood Institute, and the Office of Clinical/Field-Based Instruction, Licensure, and Outreach, which are coordinated through the Office of the Dean.

Included in the Center for Educational Partnerships are the following service units: the Educational Design Institute, America Reads-Mississippi, The Program for Research and Evaluation in Public Schools, the World Class Teaching Project (which prepares teachers for National Board certification), the Writing/Thinking Institute (part of the National Writing Project), and the Migrant Education Service Center.

Deans of the College of Education

1935 — 1940 Sam P. Hathorne
1940 — 1956 Burrow P. Brooks
1956 — 1959 Theodore K. Martin
1959 — 1961 Homer S. Coskrey
1961 — 1970 Francis A. Rhodes
1970 — 1979 Merrill M. Hawkins
1979 — 1980 Max O. Heim
1980 — 1994 Arnold J. Moore
1994 — 2001 William H. Graves
2001 — 2004 Roy H. Ruby
2005 — present Richard Blackbourn

College Timeline

1903

The Department of Industrial Education founded.

1909

The Department of Industrial Education becomes the School of Industrial Pedagogy.

1935

Dean Sam P. HathorneThe name of the School of Industrial Pedagogy is changed to the School of Education, with V.G. Martin as Acting Dean; The School of Education taught Agricultural Education, Math & Science Education, Physical Education, and Trade & Industrial Education. Dean Sam P. Hathorne later named as 1st Dean.

1940

Dean Burrow P. BrooksUnder Dean Burrow P. Brooks, the School of Education is first divided into distinct departments. Founded at this time are the Departments of General Education (which became CISE), Industrial Education (which became ISWD), and Physical Education (which became Kinesiology).

1947

The School of Education is first accredited by the Mississippi High School Accrediting Commission.

1950

The Department of Guidance Education (which has become CEP) was founded.

1952

Business & Education BuildingAt this time, the School of Education is housed in the Business and Education building, which is now Bowen Hall.

1954

Winning Exhibit from the Schoold of Education

1956

Dean Theodore K. MartinDean Theodore K. Martin is named. The College’s T.K. Martin Center on Technology and Education is named for him.

1958

Under Dean T.K. Martin, the Department of Music Education (now the Department of Music) was founded.

1959

Dean Homer S. CoskreyDean Homer S. Coskrey is named.

Aerial view of the campus

1961

Dean Francis A. RhodesDean Francis A. Rhodes is named. Under Dean Rhodes, the School of Education achieves its first NCATE Accreditation. At this time, the School of Education was located in Hilbun Hall

The Famous Maroon Band

Hilbun Hall

1963

The name of the School of Education is changed to the College of Education

1968

Dean Merrill M. HawkinsMerrill M. Hawkins (who would later become Associate Dean, then Dean) is named the school’s first Assistant Dean.

1970

Wall, Box, and AmosDean Merrill M. Hawkins is named. At this time, the Department of School Administration, Supervision, and Adult Education (which is now our Department of Leadership and Foundations) was established.

1972

Allen HallThe College of Education is moved to Allen Hall, where it now resides.

1973

College of Education Dean's CabinetThe Bureau of Educational Research, the College’s first research center, is established, with Herbert M. Handley as Director.

1978

The Learning Center is established.

1979

Dean Max O. HeimDean Max O. Heim is named.

1980

Dean Arnold J. MooreDean Arnold J. Moore is named.

1981

The Research, Rehabilitation, and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision, now the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision, is established.

1994

Dean William H. GravesDean William H. Graves is named.

2001

Dean Roy H. RubyDean Roy H. Ruby is named.

2005

Dean Richard BlackbournDean Richard Blackbourn is named.