At the end of each academic year the Education Department recognizes two students, one from the Education Major programs (Early Childhood and Middle Childhood), and one from the Education Minor programs (Adolescence to Young Adult and Multi-age), as “outstanding teacher education students with the potential to make a substantial contribution to the profession of teaching.” The students receive a certificate from the department and their names are recorded on a plaque hung in the department office.


Students may be nominated by a peer or by Education faculty.  To be eligible for the award, the student must demonstrate:

  • Instructional excellence
  • High level of commitment to profession (going above and beyond requirements)
  • Professional behavior
  • Outstanding peer mentoring/leadership, and
  • Completion of student teaching and eligibility for graduation during the academic year of the award


  • Submit letter of nomination to the Education Department by mid-March.
  • Nominated candidates should submit one letter of recommendation from a cooperating teacher in either a student teaching or a field placement by April 1.


The award recipients will be selected by a committee of the following:

  • Three Education Program faculty members
  • Two junior members of the Education Student Board