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College of Education records

 Record Group
Identifier: 002-006-002

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of correspondence, minutes, reports, programs, announcements, and other material related to the governance and events created by the College of Education.


  • Creation: 1954-2003


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access. This collection is open to the public.

Conditions Governing Use

Towson University Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) is the owner of the original materials and digitized images in our collections; however, the collection may contain materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials. Consult with SCUA to determine if we can provide permission for use.

Historical Note

When the Maryland State Normal School (MSNS) opened its doors in January of 1866, it had one mission: to educate the future teachers of Maryland. One or two instructors would teach a variety of subjects with the sole purpose of training students in the fundamentals of Elementary Education. The only degree conferred was a diploma and a certificate allowing graduates to teach in the state. Students would have the opportunity to work with children through the Model or Demonstration School, as well as training centers in Baltimore City and County. While specific departments were established by the turn of the 20th century, it was not until 1906 after the arrival of George Washington Ward as Principal at MSNS, that the Department of Pedagogy was created. This department would become the Department of Education in 1918, under Principal Henry S. West.

By 1923, under the leadership of Dr. Lida Lee Tall first as Principal, and then President starting in 1935, teachers could specialize in three different areas: Rural School Curriculum – this program would offer support for those who wanted to work in small schools where many grades would be taught by one teacher; Curriculum for Kindergarten and Primary Grades; and Curriculum for the Intermediate Grades. 1923 is also the first year the course catalog lists descriptions for all the classes offered at MSNS. Besides offering classes about how to teach and manage classrooms, students took classes in “Educational Measurements”, “Educational Psychology”, and “Educational Sociology”.

The next year, MSNS’ faculty and student enrollment ballooned with the absorption of the now defunct Baltimore Teacher’s Training School. The program continued to change and progress and by 1934, when the State of Maryland mandated that teachers would need to obtain baccalaureate degrees, the school was up to the challenge with classes like “The Modern Elementary School”, “Modern Trends in Education and Their Historic Origins”, and “The History, Administration, Interpretation, and Construction of Tests”. The change also meant a new name, the State Teachers College at Towson (STC).

Dr. M. Theresa Wiedefeld, President of the school during World War II, met the challenge of a war-time loss in enrollment and staff and a continued demand from the state for new teachers by creating an accelerated program of training to reduce the amount of time students would be in class before receiving their degrees.

After the end of the war, STC, now under the helm of President Earle T. Hawkins, continued to grow and professionalize its programs. Under Hawkins, the school began to offer specializations in Junior High education in 1948, Kindergarten in 1949, and a Graduate program in 1958. 1960 saw not only the emergence of a program for senior high school teachers, but also the opening of the Lida Lee Tall Learning Resources Center. This building was actually the second constructed for this purpose on campus.

In 1962, anticipating the change that would come as all the state teachers colleges became liberal arts schools the following year, the course offerings underwent a major revision, while still continuing to spotlight kindergarten-primary education, elementary, and secondary. By this time, about 20 faculty members each year worked in the department. And enough advances had been made in technology that by 1968 a department called Instructional Technology was established on campus. In 1983, Towson State University divided its departments into various colleges, and so the College of Education and Instructional Technology was created. It would retain this name until 1987 when it became known simply as the College of Education.

The challenges of supporting a college unit with multiple departments as well as an elementary school on campus became too much for Towson State University to maintain and in 1986, the Lida Lee Tall Learning Resources Center closed. The building would still house a child care center until its demolition in 2006 when a new Child Care Center was erected on campus.

In 1996 the Department of Reading, Special Education, and Instruction was created. 10 years later the work in this department was split between Educational Technology and Literacy, Special Education, and Instructional Leadership programs. In 2013 a Middle School Education program was begun under the Department of Secondary Education. Also in 2013, mystery author James Patterson established a scholarship for incoming freshman students.

Today the College of Education oversees the departments of Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, Educational Technology and Literacy, and Instructional Leadership and Professional Development.


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This College oversees the Departments of Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, Educational Technology and Literacy, and Instructional Leadership and Professional Development. It was established in 1982 when the college system was created at Towson State University, now Towson University. This collection is composed of reports, committee work, meeting and correspondence files, and other material related to the administration of the College.


Series 1: Annual Reports This collection contains annual reports for both the College of Education and specific departments within the College.

Series 2: College Council This series contains meeting minutes and agendas related to the College of Education Council, advisory board to the Dean.

Series 3: Committees This series contains meeting minutes, agendas, and reports from various committees.

Series 4: Co-operatives This series contains files related to educational co-operatives that worked with the Department of Education.

Series 5: Correspondence This series contains correspondence to and from the Chair of the Education.

Series 6: Grants and Awards This series includes items submitted for various grants and awards in the field of education.

Series 7: Meeting Minutes and Planning This series contains meeting minutes and planning for the Department of Education.

Series 8: Student Teaching This series contains files relating to work of student teachers as well as correspondence of the Director for student teaching, including work with the Lida Lee Tall Learning Resources Center.

Series 9: Surveys and Reports This series contains reports and surveys to and from various accreditation agencies such as the Maryland State Department of Education [MSDE] and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education [NCATE].

Series 10: Conferences and Events This series contains files relating to different events sponsored by the Department of Education.

Guide to the College of Education records
Created by Felicity Knox, revised and transferred to ArchivesSpace by John Esh
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Repository Details

Part of the Towson University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Albert S. Cook Library
8000 York Rd
Towson MD 21252 United States