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FSU's College of Education: Beyond the Numbers

U.S. News and World Report recently released its rankings for top graduate schools in the country. FSU's College of Education saw its graduate program jump six spots, claiming #35 among public universities. We're proud to be recognized for the work that our students and faculty do, and we know that FSU's College of Education is only going to keep getting better and better'particularly with the support of our alumni and friends.

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Remembering the Legacy of Stephen Hawking

With the news of Stephen Hawking's passing today, there is undoubtedly a void in the scientific community. Yet, just as Hawking hypothesized that black holes can get smaller and eventually disappear, so too will this void shrink as young scientists build off of Hawking's tremendous legacy. FSU's College of Education does its part to help inspire the next generation of students, including its FSU-Teach program, which helps students get ready to teach math and science. Now more than ever, the world needs scientists who can help unravel the mysteries of the universe and follow in the footsteps of the late physicist.

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Welcomed Wellness: Why Wellness Should Be on Our Minds

Whether you are an undergraduate, a graduate student, or a professional entering the workforce, you know that life can get a little overwhelming. Managing school, work, personal relationships, workout routines, and social activities can be challenging. Everything seems to be so important that we lose sight of the most important part of our lives: ourselves. Wellness and self-care should be something we think about every day, but the reality of modern living means that oftentimes our own wellbeing is one of the last things we consider.

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Femina Perfecta: Honoring Women in the College of Education

Before there was Florida State University, there was the Florida State College for Women. The College, the third largest women's college in the nation at its height, contributed to the overall identity of modern day FSU, down to its current seal. In fact, the seal for the Florida State College for Women and FSU's seal are virtually identical in design, save for the inclusion of Femina Perfecta on the College seal, which translates into The Complete Woman. The idea of a complete woman, it turned out, became the values of FSU: Vires, Artes and Mores.

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Diversity in the Classroom

There is a broad range of lived experiences brought into the classroom environment by the ethnically, culturally, linguistically, and racially diverse students we are charged with teaching. As educators, we have a commitment to creating an inclusive community of learners where respect for these differences is a priority. Educators can make a difference in their classroom by knowing and understanding the cultural background of students, as well as help them to know, understand and respect each other's. A conscious effort to include diverse perspectives and instructional materials in the learning environment should be a priority, especially in rethinking how instructional strategies and information help students connect with the teacher and each other.

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Super Bowl LII: A Breakdown of the Big Event

The popularity of the Super Bowl in the U.S. is rooted in the popularity of football, particularly the NFL, and sustained by the spectacle the event has become. Professional football still ranks as the top spectator sport in the United States, and while the strength of the position may be declining, other sports (notably NASCAR and collegiate football) have not yet surpassed the popularity of professional football. The Super Bowl is the pinnacle of professional football, and in one sense draws attention because the best teams are competing.

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Out-of-School Influences on Learning and Instruction

Faculty and students from across the College of Education at Florida State University are conducting research focused on out-of-school influences on learning and instruction. Their work on these issues highlights important considerations for teaching and learning in whatever contexts it occurs, both in the U.S. and around the world. The wide range of topics covered include grief among U.S. college students, parenting challenges of gifted children in Italy, teachers' use of social media, economic relevance of instruction, and the effects of state and federal policy on teachers and students. Read on to learn more about our latest publications on these topics.

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School Psychology Awareness Week 2017

November 13-17 is National School Psychology Awareness Week. The goal of this week is to recognize the role that school psychologists play in schools and to join others across the country in making a commitment to be agents of positive change in schools. This year's theme is Power Up! Be a Positive Charge.

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Top 10 Reasons Why Educators Should Care About Bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. The Florida Department of Education defines bullying as systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment; or unreasonably interfere with the individual's school performance or participation.

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FSU COE's Top Picks for Good Reads

September 6th is National Read a Book Day. In a world where digital media is king, it's important to remember the benefits of reading good old-fashioned books (think stress reduction, keeping your mind sharp, and better sleep).We asked our faculty and staff here in the College of Education about their favorite books. Read on to learn about their must-reads!

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Student Spotlight: Alyssa Hernandez

I applied to the FSU COE from a recommendation from Bill Mattera ' a graduate of the college's Higher Education program who was the residence hall director and my supervisor in undergrad. Bill was a proud Seminole during football season, which is quite noticeable at a college without a football team! The fellowship I received definitely influenced my decision, too!

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Alumni Spotlight: Amy Booher

I have known since 9th grade that I wanted to teach special education. My family came to tour FSU because my twin sister was interested in attending. I originally wasn't considering FSU, but after touring, I liked what I saw and heard and I looked more into the College of Education. I found information on the special education program and I was sold when I read about the BS/MS set up the program offered.

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Why Schools Need to Step Up Suicide Prevention Efforts

Dr. Marty Swanbrow Becker, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, was recently invited to author a blog post for the Brookings Institution. The post discusses the popular Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" and how we can leverage it to increase awareness about suicide prevention among students. Check out the article below:

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Alumni Spotlight: Jessica Geymayr

I currently work for the Denver Broncos as their Partnership Activation Coordinator. My job entails working with our official sponsors and executing the details of their contracts. All game day and off-season activations that you see happening behind the scenes, we plan and arrange. The type of clients I work with can range from Fortune 500 national companies to local Colorado businesses.

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Student Spotlight: Seyedahmad Rahimi

Are you a member of any student/campus organizations? If so, which ones? I am a board member of the Instructional Systems Students Association (ISSA) and I am the head of the reporting committee in ISSA.

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Alumni Spotlight: Sue Glaser

I actually have three different job titles at the moment: Satellite Program Coordinator, FSU Satellite Program in Visual Disabilities; Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired (FIMC-VI); and Transition Coordinator, Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind Transition Program.

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Student Spotlight: Stephanie Phillips

I am an Assistant Equipment Manager for both the Men's and Women's Basketball teams at FSU. My main job is to wash the laundry for both teams, prepare and pack their uniforms and distribute Nike apparel to the players and staff. During home games, I sit by the bench and assist the players, coaches, and trainers by getting towels or anything else they may need. The best part of my job is being able to work directly with a representative from Nike to order and receive all the clothes and shoes that the players wear.

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Education, Equity and Global Citizenship

Here in the FSU College of Education, one of our greatest strengths is the collaboration of our faculty and students across all four departments on research that informs both policy and practice. Our latest efforts are focused on education, equity, and global citizenship. Topics covered include gender differences in math and science education, international teaching and learning, social justice, local politics and access to education, and inequality in youth sports programs. Read on to see our latest publications in these areas.

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Alumni Spotlight: Wilnic Gideon

I'm an assistant principal at a Title I High School in Palm Beach County, Florida. My job consists of assisting the principal in all duties related to helping the school reach the school improvement goals while maintaining a safe and nurturing environment in which all students are empowered to reach their highest potential. Other duties include being in charge of discipline and academics for over 400 students, math department, school-wide positive behavior support initiative and mentoring program at the school.

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Super Bowl Anxiety ' How the Pros Manage Jitters

The Super Bowl is one of the most watched events on the planet. On February 5, the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL will play for the 51st Super Bowl championship in Houston, TX. Millions will be watching, enthusiastically rooting for their favorite team. We spoke with Florida State University Sport Psychology Professors Dr. Graig Chow and Dr. Gershon Tenenbaum about what is going on in these elite athletes' heads before this big game and how sport psychology professionals can help them prepare.

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FSU COE's Must-Read List for Every College Student

January 23-27, 2017 is Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!. The goal of Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! is to promote literacy throughout the state by raising awareness in your community and with students. The 2017 theme is Literacy Changes Our World.

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Spotlight on the Career Path of an Education Leader

Educational leadership is a noble profession. It combines academics, research, and practical teaching pedagogy that allows those with an advanced degree in education leadership to pursue a wide range of careers. Educational leaders can become advanced teachers, curriculum designers, education policymakers, and most commonly, administrators.

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Top 7 Reasons to Apply to the FSU College of Education

The education industry is one of the best career paths for those who are looking to have an impact on the youth of today, make a competitive salary, and attain job security. Specifically, the federal government is making a huge push for education, especially in STEM-related fields, ensuring that the professions of teaching, policy, and research in education fields are only going to grow.

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Why Come to FSU for Your Graduate Degree?

We think it is a no brainer, but if you still need a little push on deciding to come to Florida State University College of Education for your graduate degree, check out these stats.

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Applying Social Sciences in Today's World

Today, studying society and the relationships of the people within society is crucial to the understanding of who we are, what we do, and where we are going in the future. As such, teachers who are able to educate students and impart the importance of social science are a rare commodity. A Ph.D. in Social Science Education opens up a broad range of opportunities to make an impact on the world we live in.

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What's the Difference Between an EdD and a PhD in Education?

There are two primary doctorate programs in the field of education: the Ed.D. (doctor of education) and the Ph.D. (doctor of philosophy). Both of these degrees are great for those who are pursuing a career in education, but each comes with its own focus. The best way to decide which degree best suits you is to understand how each degree compliments a specific career path within education.

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13 Things You Didn't Know About STEM

If you're pursuing a degree to enhance your career options, you'll be glad to know that earning just about any degree will put you far ahead in the working world than someone who forgoes college altogether. But did you know that if you earn an education degree in STEM fields, you'll be joining an ever-growing industry of educators who are having a massive impact on students' futures as well as the STEM industry as a whole?

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7 Reasons Why You Should Get a Ph.D. in Education from FSU

With a Ph.D. in Education, you will be able to influence others and impact learning policies. There are plenty of career opportunities at competitive wages and different areas you can specialize in with your studies. Below are the Top 7 reasons why you should earn your Ph.D. in Education from Florida State University.

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Learning By Experience: Putting an Ed Psych PhD to Practice

If you're interested in getting a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, you may wonder what kind of jobs will be open for you when you finish. It's an understandable concern given today's very tight work environment. You don't want to spend all that time getting a degree only to find you can't get a job that you'll love.

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Online Programs are the Key to the Future of Higher Education

With recent advancements in technology, distance education has become readily available to students in most major universities across the country. Many higher ed administrators tout the ample benefits of online degree programs. According to Babson Survey Research Group, the number of college students enrolled in an online program in 2015 was up 3.9 percent since the previous year (source).

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Special Ed Master's Preps You to Work with Autistic Children

Students who have autism is a growing demographic in today's education industry. As more progressive approaches to education continue to improve access to students with disabilities, teachers who are able to support new teaching methodologies and who are trained to specifically work in that environment are going to be in demand. With a bachelor's degree, many educators aren't fully trained to deal with the nuances of working with children with Autism; however, many graduate programs that focus on special education help provide students with the ability to work effectively.

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Learn From the Best Educational Leadership Program in the South

Florida State University is one of the best universities in the southeastern United States. For Colleges of Education, U.S. News & World Report ranks it #37 in the nation, tied with Penn State. The college offers a wide range of programs that are designed to help students pursue meaningful careers in the education industry, whether that's teaching, administration, or research.

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Importance of STEM Education in Elementary School

As a nation, our education industry has recognized a shortcoming in our students. We've fallen behind other industrialized countries in terms of STEM-related fields, which include Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Not only does a STEM-focused education open students to new subjects, it also allows for different learning methodologies to be utilized.

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What Can You Do With a Graduate Degree in Math Education?

With the growing importance placed on efficiency, big data, and technology by corporations all over the world, highly-educated math teachers are increasingly in demand. The U.S. Bureau of Statistics states that the market for Ph.D.s in math education and related fields will grow by 23% between 2012 and 2022, and mean salary is predicted to hit $110,000. But the big question for anyone who graduates with an advanced degree in math education is: What can you do with it?

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What Is Educational Psychology?

Educational psychology strives to answer these questions. It is the study of how people learn, retain and use information. Just as we learn in a variety of settings, educational psychologists work in a variety of settings. An educational psychologist may work in a K-12 school setting, at a college or university, or at a community agency. In a school setting, an educational psychologist may work with students, parents, teachers, or all three in order to improve student learning.

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Top Careers for an Ed.D. Graduate

A Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) is an advanced degree in the education field. It differs from a Ph.D. in that it is designed for a practitioner as opposed to a researcher. Those who pursue an Ed.D. do so because they have an interest in education policy, how it impacts teaching process and practice, and how it can better the field of education overall. Often times, graduates with an Ed.D. go on to land high-impact policy positions at local and state school districts, think tanks, and companies who are involved in the education industry.

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