History of the Education Department
Selected Events in the History of the Education and Educational Psychology Department
DANBURY STATE NORMAL SCHOOL
|1903||Danbury State Normal School is established for the purpose of preparing “teachers in the art of instructing and governing in the public schools of the State….”|
|1904||41 students are enrolled on September 6th in the first classes “to train teachers…
Enrollments climb to 362 students by 1912, dropping to 66 in the post World War I academic year of 1920-21.
|1925||Extension courses are offered at the School|
|1931||Formation of a Commercial Department for training business education teachers occurs. This program remains until 1935.|
|All courses are extended for three-year durations in 1932, and three years later a “special third year” is offered.|
|DANBURY STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE|
|1937||Danbury State Normal School for the training of teachers becomes Danbury State Teachers College.
The CT State Legislature authorizes the granting of a Bachelor of Science degree
|1941||The College becomes accredited by the American Association of Teachers Colleges.|
|1954||The College becomes accredited by several groups:
|1955||Effective as of September, new certification requirements are mandated by Connecticut State for Connecticut teachers to “work toward a Master’s Degree.”|
|1958||16 teachers are awarded the first graduate Masters of Science degree|
|DANBURY STATE COLLEGE|
|1959||The College’s name is changed, omitting the word “Teachers” from the title.|
|1961||A four-year secondary education program is introduced at the College, leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.|
|WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE COLLEGE|
|1967||Danbury State College becomes Western Connecticut State College.
The first time, full-time master’s degree students are accepted to the College.
|1968||A sixth year program is offered at the College for teachers interested in becoming Reading Consultants.|
|1969||Teachers are offered a sixth year program in Elementary Education by the College.|
|1976||The Board of Trustees of the College noted that less than 50% of undergraduate degrees were now in Education.
There is an academic curriculum shift in emphasis to the service sector.
|1977||The College offers a Master of Science degree in Guidance and Counseling.|
|WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY|
|1983||The four state colleges become “universities” under the Connecticut State University System with the College being renamed Western Connecticut State University|
|1986||Students preparing for a career in teaching learned that they no longer can “major” in education after 1990.|
|1990||During the spring semester of 1990, the Education Department participated with other departments in a “test trial” of an Advanced Technology Classroom constructed by IBM. This classroom was the first of its kind in the USA.|
|1993||The Connecticut State regulated that Elementary Education undergraduate students needed to major in an Arts and Sciences academic subject area, replacing the earlier stipulation that students could be Elementary “majors.”|
|2000||The M.S.T. degree program is approved.|
|2001||The University begins the State approval process for its first doctoral degree program, the Ed.D. degree in Instructional Leadership|
|2002||In September, the University is site visited by Connecticut Department of Higher Education for approval of the Ed.D. degree and in December the University received final approval from CT Board of Governors to institute the Ed.D. Program in Instructional Leadership.|
|2003||In September, the EdD Program in Instructional Leadership admitted its first class of doctoral students.|
|2004||In September, all WestConn’s Teacher Preparation Programs formally received full reaccreditation from the Connecticut State Department of Education. In October, the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award, Silver Level, was awarded to the EdD in Instructional Leadership Program at the 17th Annual Conference on Quality and Innovation.|
|2005||In September 2005, The Ed.D. program in Instructional Leadership admitted its second class of doctoral students.|
|2007||In February of 2007, the Connecticut State Department of Education conducted its site visit for the Certificate in Intermediate Administration and Supervision (Endorsement #092). In September 2007, The Ed.D. program in Instructional Leadership admitted its third class of doctoral students. The Connecticut State Department of Education and the Department of Higher Education in Connecticut approved the program for the Certificate in Intermediate Administration and Supervision (Endorsement #092). This program is a collaborative effort between Western Connecticut State University and Central Connecticut State University. It is only available for students in the EdD in Instructional Leadership program.|
|2008||In March 2008, following its Fifth Year Review, the EdD in Instructional Leadership program was accredited by the Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education. In May 2008 the first Ed.D. Program cohort in Instructional Leadership graduated. The first candidates in the Certificate in Intermediate Administration and Supervision (Endorsement #092) program completed their program with a 100% pass rate on the Connecticut Administrator Test (CAT). The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Secondary Education Program -- Biology, Mathematics and Spanish was approved in the Fall 2008. The first cohort will be admitted in the Summer of 2009.|
|2009||In February 2009, the Certificate in Intermediate Administration and Supervision (Endorsement #092) was nationally recognized with no conditions by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) of the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA). In May 2009, the EdD in Instructional Leadership program in collaboration with Phi Delta Kappa Chapter 0176 will hold its first Conference in Instructional Leadership.|
Dr. Leah G. Stambler, Professor of Education
With the assistance of: Cheri Jowdy, B.S. Elementary Education Alumnus (2002)
Meg Moughan, Haas Library Archivist
Additions August 2003, 2004, 2006 by Dean Lynne W. Clark
Additions March 2009 by Dr. Theresa J. Canada and Dr. Marci A. B. Delcourt