College of Education


Opportunities for Students

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships (GAs) are available to qualified students on a competitive basis. GAs may teach, conduct research, or have other responsibilities that contribute to the student’s professional development.

Contact the Program Coordinator of your particular program for more information.

Conference Travel

Childhood Education and Literacy Studies provides travel support for qualified students to attend conferences where they are accepted to present academic work. Travel support requires proper documentation and departmental/university approval prior to conference travel.

Contact the Program Coordinator for more information.


Our faculty collaborate with students to engage in research that answers important questions. The faculty are committed to seeking ways to improve teaching in PreK-12 schools and in higher education, to support life-long literacy learning, and to integrate their disciplines with research-based pedagogy. Faculty invite students to participate in research projects. Some projects provide paid stipends and others are offered on a volunteer basis. Faculty help students understand the research process from conception, to design, to collection, to analysis, and to dissemination. Students can gain experience presenting at conferences and publishing in peer-refereed journals.


Childhood Education and Literacy Studies is dedicated to understanding and enhancing educational opportunities for all learners. Through an inquiry-based social context, we seek to position our graduates as leaders in education and as advocates for children, youth, families, and educators. Childhood Education and Literacy Studies is dedicated to research-based pedagogy and the lifelong development of professionals enrolled in our academic programs of Literacy Studies, Early Childhood, and Elementary Education. We engage in service that is based on academic excellence, scholarship and community-based initiatives, social justice commitments, and a strong ethic of community responsibility in areas related to education. Our partnerships provide a context for the symbiotic relationship of our research, teaching, and service.