ISU School of Education

The School of Education prepares educators to lead classrooms, schools, colleges, and professional development programs - by developing student-centered learning environments that promote deep thinking and far-reaching understanding.

While offering a strong foundation in the humanities and social sciences, the School of Education provides cutting-edge teaching, research, and outreach to advance learning throughout the lifespan.

Whether you are preparing to teach science to toddlers or coach seasoned university presidents through strategic planning, you will find expertise in the School of Education to help you build partnerships, leverage resources, design curriculum, and deliver research-proven exercises that elevate the achievement of your charges.


SOE News Stories from the College of Human Sciences

Darling-Hammond comes to Iowa State as an endowed chair
Linda Darling-Hammond will come to Iowa State University this year as the Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair in the College of Human Sciences.
New hires bring international acclaim to College of Human Sciences
Nationally and internationally renowned experts are among 41 new employees joining the College of Human Sciences this fall.
Iowa State, Des Moines schools win $4.5 million grant to enhance STEM education
Iowa State University and Des Moines Public Schools have won a $4.5 million National Science Foundation grant to enhance STEM education.
Lagomarcino Hall moves closer to completion
The remodeling of Lagomarcino Hall moves a step closer to completion with the reopening of classrooms and the return of 45 faculty and staff to their offices.
Human Sciences students gain new international experiences
New opportunities are opening up for College of Human Sciences students to travel abroad, to both learn and teach in countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, Ecuador, China, and South Africa.
Iowa State University, Ames High School work to create civic education focus
Teachers and students from Iowa State University and Ames High School will attend a seminar aimed at producing a civics education focus.
Iowa State advances Chinese-American cultural exchange
Iowa State is co-hosting the first-ever Bald Eagle and Panda U.S.-China Culture Exchange Virtual Conference, which will look at contemporary and future issues in American and Chinese cultures.
ISU curriculum and instructional technology students lead K-12 student technology fair

Iowa State expands support to doctoral students, sophomores, veterans
Iowa State is expanding its efforts to ensure student success in the midst of growing enrollment. New efforts are reaching out to sophomores, doctoral students, and veterans.
College of Human Sciences students offer Veishea 2014 activities
Check out activities hosted by College of Human Sciences students, faculty, and staff as part of the annual campus-wide VEISHEA 2014 celebration.


SOE Internal News

Barbara Licklider on team that wins $2.4 million from National Science Foundation

Licklider is co-principal investigator on the Scholarship for Service project, also called Cybercorp.


Dr. Larysa Nadolny receives Exemplary Course Award

Dr. Nadolny received the 2014 Blackboard Exemplary Course Award for her online Digital Learning in the Secondary Classroom course. The award identifies online courses that are best designed and are engaging to students.


Long Beach State Officials Select Indiana State Administrator as New Vice President for Student Services

Officials at Long Beach State University have announced the selection of Carmen Tillery Taylor as the campus’ new vice president for student services. Interim President Donald J. Para on behalf of President-Designate Jane Conoley made the announcement to the campus community on Tuesday morning.

Linda Serra Hagedorn leads education innovation forum in Vietnam

Hagedorn, an associate dean in the College of Human Sciences, led the forum in Vietnam to identify innovative practices and approaches to enhance teaching and learning.

Ana Correia and her former graduate student Farrah Yusop for being the authors of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Design and Development Division's 2014 Outstanding Journal Article Award
Nine articles were nominated for this award.  The citation is as follows:  
Yusop, F., & Correia, A.-P. (2013). On becoming a civic-minded instructional designer: An ethnographic study of an instructional design experience. British Journal of Educational Technology. Article first published online: 6 November 2013. doi: 10.1111/bjet.12112. (

Science Bound Statistics
  • The high school class of 2014 was the largest in SB history: 54 students completed the program; this was also the highest ever class retention rate for the Des Moines program (63%). That is, 43 of the 68 students who joined the program in 2008-09 as 8th graders completed the 5-year program.
  • 82% of the high school class of 2014 will enroll at ISU fall 2014
  • More than 350 students have completed the 5-year precollege program
  • 100% of class of 2014 is college-bound immediately after high school
  • 84 students have completed the full nine-year program and graduated from ISU
  • The class of 2015 has nearly 70 students

School of Education student Samantha Roelfs featured in article about Cyclone Aides

Sammi (Samantha) Roelfs, a junior in elementary education, is featured today in this Inside Iowa State article about Cyclone Aides as Iowa State University welcomes new students during orientation this month.

Iowa School Business Management Academy has been accredited for seven years by the Iowa Department of Education

The Iowa School Business Management Academy (ISBMA or the “Academy”) prepares school business managers, board secretaries, and school administrators for performance of their business management responsibilities. The courses are designed to improve management and leadership abilities of school personnel responsible for human resource services, business functions, and finance operations in Iowa’s schools.

School of Education director honored for inspiring others

School of Education Director John Schuh received a 2014 Faculty/Staff Inspiration Award from the Iowa State University Alumni Association.

Des Moines Register features Iowa State alum's international teaching experiences

Gregory Grylls, a 2004 graduate, traveled from Kenya to Japan to Des Moines to shape his career in education. Grylls is now putting his background to work as principal at Cowles Montessori School.