May 26, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Education

Location: Mathematics-Education-Psychology Center 206
Telephone: 859-572-6069
Fax: 859-572-6623
Email Address:
Web Address:
Dean: Dr. Ginni Fair
Other Key Personnel:

Interim Associate Dean: Ginger Blackwell
Department Chair, Department of Teacher Preparation and Educational Studies: Dr. Eileen Shanahan
Department Chair, Department of Educational Leadership and Advanced Studies: Dr. Jim Allen

Welcome to the College of Education. Our talented faculty and staff ensure that our programs have rigor, relevance, and sustainability of the highest caliber, and we pride ourselves on the quality of relationships we create and foster with students and colleagues alike. The collaborative effort of all of our partners increases the impact of our college across the region and beyond.

The College of Education is an outstanding place for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners to learn, teach, and work together. We are delighted that you have discovered us - and we invite you to explore the educational and experiential riches associated with our programs and exceptional faculty and staff.

College Advising Center

Location: Mathematics-Education-Psychology Center 230
Telephone: 859-572-6944
Web Address:
Director: Anna Stryker

Josh Brittingham
Patsy Fisk
Maren Harris



Advisors in the COE Advising Center provide assistance and academic advising to students majoring in one of the college’s undergraduate programs. Students in the College of Education are assigned an advisor based on their major and last name. To schedule an appointment with an advisor, students should click on the advising appointment link (


The education/school counseling/educational leadership programs are accredited by CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation). The special education program is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children.

Centers and Institutes

Center for Environmental Education

Location: Mathematics-Education-Psychology Center 160
Telephone: 859-572-5239
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Web Address:

The Center for Environmental Education is an NKU center within the Department of Teacher Preparation and Educational Studies in the College of Education. As such, it provides both formal and informal learning experiences for pre-service, in-service, formal, and informal educators. Formal learning experiences include a variety of undergraduate- and graduate-level environmental education courses, micro-credentials, and endorsement program for licensed teachers. Informal learning experiences include professional development workshops, P-12 outreach, university partnerships, and community events to promote environmental stewardship. NKU undergraduate students are involved with the work of the CEE via internships, undergraduate research, teaching experiences, and lesson development. The CEE is part of the Kentucky University Partnership for Environmental Education (KUPEE) collaborative, and works collectively to promote environmental literacy across Kentucky. The CEE works with area teachers to provide hands-on experiences, curriculum resources, and materials to enhance their environmental education experience.

Center for Educator Excellence

Location: Mathematics-Education-Psychology Center 268
Telephone: 859-572-6126
Email Address:

The mission of the Center for Educator Excellence is to foster collaboration in the Northern Kentucky region to recruit, support, and retain highly qualified educators who will meet or exceed national standards as they prepare all children to be productive participants in the global, knowledge-based economy.

Institute for Talent Development and Gifted Studies

Location: Mathematics-Education-Psychology Center 282
Telephone: 859-572-6685
Email Address:
Web Address:

The mission of the Institute is to be internationally recognized as the standard bearer of talent development and gifted education. The Institute shares Northern Kentucky University’s three-part mission of teaching, scholarship, and public engagement by being a comprehensive and valued resource for students, teachers, and parents in the regional community; innovating educational technology best practices that support the precocious abilities of gifted and talented children; conducting rigorously applied research on topics relevant and useful to gifted and talented students, educators, and parents.  The Institute strives to develop collaborative, meaningful partnerships with businesses, community agencies, and educational institutions in support of high potential and gifted youth. The Institute offers the following programs and services: Camp Innovation Pathways to College; Young Women Lead; Dreamfest Conference; and Graduate Gifted and Talented Endorsement and Micro-Credential Courses.