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In February, William Jessup University held a ribbon cutting ceremony to launch a new School of Education, the first professional school in the university’s 75-year history. ”Te opening of this school marks a declaration that Jessup is committed to partnering with other educational organizations to garner lasting impact today and beyond this generation,” President Jackson said during the memorable event.

Te mission of the SOE is to develop transformational, educational leaders who reach with compassion, teach with excellence and learn for lifelong impact. Delivering both graduate and undergraduate academic preparation to earn degrees and credentials, Jessup’s SOE prepares students to teach, lead organizations and significantly contribute to the field of education.

Te new school delivers broad and sophisticated institutional capabilities focused on evolving capacities and


pursuing the needs within educational and training communities. It is committed to providing dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs, conducting and connecting educational research to learning, collaborating and facilitating professional development opportunities, and continually cultivating professional relationships.

One of the goals of the school is to prepare undergraduate and graduate professionals to explore and develop character and ethical behavior to teach throughout the world. “Te school purposely embeds the development of character into all of our programs and courses,” said the school’s first academic Dean, Tim Gillespie. “We prepare graduates to be Christ- like educators who exhibit and teach character qualities that administrators and superintendents are looking for to represent their school districts, classrooms and most importantly positively impact the lives of the students they serve.”

Credentialing candidates learn to apply researched-based best practices and find early access to the classroom. Candidates in these programs demonstrate excellent first time pass rates on state mandated testing. Undergraduate candidates complete their undergraduate degree and credential in four years. Graduate candidates complete their credential in as little as twelve months.

Te ribbon cutting ceremony recognized the ongoing support of numerous advisory board members, local superintendents and special guests in attendance as it reflected the value of education for God’s will in our lives and the concept that ideas matter. President Emeritus, Bryce Jessup shared the history of the Teacher Tai Education Center now housing departmental offices for the new school. Te building is named in memory of an anonymous donor’s grandmother who had strongly influenced their life and thereby created a ripple effect that continues to touch lives for the better.

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