The School of Education Records document
the academic and research programs of the School of Education at Oregon State
University in elementary and secondary teacher education as well as vocational
and adult education. Teacher education began at OSU in 1909 under the
department of Industrial Education and culminated with the merger of the
College of Education with Western Oregon College (now Western Oregon
University) from 1982 to 1989.
Oregon State University
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The offering of coursework in teacher education at OSU began in 1909
under the direction of the Department of Industrial Pedagogy. Initially, only
classes in the preparation of public school teachers in the topics of
Elementary Agriculture, Domestic Science and Art, and Manual Training were
offered by the Department. By 1914, however, programs for the instruction of
Commerce and Extension Methods were added to the curriculum. In 1918, OSU was
designated by the State Board of Vocational Education to serve as a center for
the preparation of teachers in vocational subjects and was organized into six
areas of instruction: Agricultural Education, Commercial Education, Education,
Home Economics Education, Industrial Education, and Psychology.
In 1932, an administrative reorganization changed OSU's teaching program
from the School of Vocational Education to the School of Education and expanded
the focus of the School to include instruction in preparing students to teach
in the Biological and Physical Sciences, Agriculture, Mathematics, Home
Economics, Industrial Arts, Secretarial Science, or for educational and
vocational guidance. Expanding to include courses in physical education and a
department for science education in 1942, the School began to offer a four-year
degree course in Elementary Education in 1954 and later received national
ten-year accreditation in elementary and secondary education and counseling. In
1962, a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education was first offered by the School.
By the early 1970's, teacher preparation courses became largely field- based,
with the School placing students in public schools early in their program.
In 1982, responding to budget cutbacks, the State Chancellor of Higher
Education merged the OSU School of Education with that of Western Oregon State
College (now WOU). Despite creating the largest School of Education in Oregon
and the region, the merger dissolved in 1989 due to logistical complications.
That same year, classes in teaching program fell under the direction of the OSU
College of Education. Due to further budget reductions after the passage of
ballot Measure 5 in 1990, the College of Education was merged with the College
of Home Economics in 1991 to form the College of Home Economics and
Given differences in the series designations between the paper and
microfilm records in this collection, the microfilm is described separately
below and in the inventory.
The paper records of the School of Education are organized into 6
series. Series I consists primarily of correspondence and memoranda relating to
grant-funded research projects and programs, curriculum development,
student-faculty relations, education committee work, and admission policies and
programs. Series II pertains to research proposals and projects and includes
budgetary materials, correspondence, annual reports, field reports, handbooks,
newspaper clippings, and completed applications for grant funds. These
materials are arranged in rough chronological order.
Series III are meeting minutes from School of Education committees
including the Educational Council, Teacher Education Committee, Graduate
Advisory Committee, Commission on Missions, and the Computer Education Advisory
Committee. Minutes from periodic meetings of the School of Education Division
Directors, Dean, and Faculty can also be found in this series.
Series IV contains reports and studies generated primarily by the School
of Education, OSU, and the State of Oregon regarding administrative policies
and regulations, adult education programs, the OSU/WOSC merger, vocational
education, the role and growth of community colleges in the state, and OSU's
International Educational Development Program.
Series V are newsletters generated by the School of Education and
students in the Education program covering the years 1969 to 1975. Series VI is
a packet of photocopied correspondence, newspaper clippings, and reports
organized to offer a historical overview on the merger of the OSU and WOSC
(Western Oregon State College-now WOU) Schools of Education.
The microfilm records consist of one series: I. General Subject File,
1963-1968. This series includes bylaws, correspondence, memoranda, minutes,
reports, and research proposals. These records pertain to the administrative
structure of the School, research projects and programs, coursework and
enrollment, committees, and the Oregon Education Association.
Use of the Collection
Restrictions on Access :
Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation :
School of Education Records (RG 184), Oregon State University Archives,
The paper records are organized into 6 series: I. Correspondence; II.
Research Proposals/Projects; III. Minutes; IV. Reports/Studies; V. Newsletters;
and VI. Historical Review. The microfilm records consist of one series: I.
General Subject File.
Related Materials :
In addition to photographs from the School of Education (P108), other
records pertaining to this department can be found in the records of the
Vocational and Technical Education Department (RG 146). Documentation after the
merger in 1991 with the College of Home Economics is in the records and
photographs of the College of Home Economics and Education (RG 141, and P44).
Materials regarding the joint OSU/WOSC Program can be found in the records of
the Academic Affairs Office (RG 22). The holdings of the Archives also include
papers of former School of Education faculty members E. Wayne Courtney and Dale
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series I: Correspondence, 1963-1984
Associated Students of
Black Student Union/Fred
Milton Protest, 1969
College Student Personnel
Administration Graduate Program, 1968-1972
Foreign Educator Visits and
John Adams High School
Teacher Preparation Program and the Portland Urban Teacher Education