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Letter from the Dean

Thank you for considering or choosing Avila University as the place to continue your education. As Dean in the Avila School of Education, I want to share with you several reasons why Avila teacher candidates achieve higher-than-average success in their careers, are highly sought after by K-12 schools and experience deep satisfaction in their professional lives. 

  • First, Avila teacher candidates work with a Teaching Excellence (TEXT) Team filled with outstanding K-12 classroom mentors specially trained by Avila and ready to help you create a lifetime network of personal and professional relationships.

  • Second, Avila School of Education faculty authentically care about you and your success, not only while you attend Avila, but also in your life and career in the years beyond your university experience.  Faculty know every teacher candidate personally and are committed to helping you make your dream a reality.  Even if you are not sure what you want to do or be, School of Education faculty are equipped to help you explore your potential and find a carrier that is ideally suited for you.

  • Third, the Avila School of Education is one of the few in the area that offers special education certification at the undergraduate level.  A dual program allows teacher candidates to earn both elementary and special education certification at the same time. 

  • Fourth, we have built a rigorous technology strand of courses to prepare teachers to enter the classroom with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to employ the latest educational technologies with children and youth.

  • Fifth, Avila teacher candidates have international and global travel opportunities available to better prepare you to work with the diverse student audiences found in K-12 schools.  Additionally, you will have many opportunities for co-curricular involvement, professional development and service to others.

My door is always open to you. I look forward to welcoming you to the Avila School of Education and working with you to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

Karen Garber-Miller, Ph.D.
Dean in the School of Education