December Commencement Marks Historic Moment for Marquette College of Education

Released: 12/21/09Dr. Bill Henk, Rebecca Hayward, Dr. Kathleen Cepelka

Marquette University recognized 560 graduates at the mid-year commencement on Sunday, Dec. 20, at the U.S. Cellular Arena.

The College of Education celebrated the awarding of two Master’s degrees from the Department of Education Policy and Leadership (EDPL). In addition, the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology (CECP) hooded 5 doctoral candidates and EDPL hooded 2 doctoral candidates. The College also recognized 3 graduate level certification students for work completed toward licensure by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and 25 undergraduate teaching licensure candidates.

Last but not least, the December graduation marked a truly historic milestone for the College of Education, which granted its first baccalaureate degree to Rebecca Hayward, a secondary education and mathematics major. Read more about Rebecca's COED experience on the Marquette Educator blog.

The reason that the College has no previous baccalaureate degree recipients is that until July 1, 2008, all Education majors earned their baccalaureate degrees through either the Way-Klingler College of  Arts and Sciences or the Diederich College of Communication.   That date marked the official shift in name from the School of Education to the College of Education and the authorization for the “new” academic unit to grant its own baccalaureate degree.   So although teachers have been prepared at Marquette since 1921 and have been certified by the School of Education since 1971, our academic unit has never had a baccalaureate degree completer of its own.  

Doctoral candidates:


Master's level candidates:


Graduate Certification candidates


Bachelor of Science candidates:


Undergraduate Teacher Certification candidates:


College of Education

Have a question or comment for the
College of Education?

Contact us.