Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

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Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College (logo).jpg
Established 2010
Type Public
Dean Dr. Mari Koerner
Location Multiple Locations, Arizona, USA
33°25′08″N 111°56′14″W / 33.41891°N 111.93719°W / 33.41891; -111.93719Coordinates: 33°25′08″N 111°56′14″W / 33.41891°N 111.93719°W / 33.41891; -111.93719

The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College administers Arizona State University's undergraduate and graduate programs in education. The college is headquartered on ASU's West campus, but offers programs at all four campus locations, online and in school districts throughout the state of Arizona. The College was named for ASU education alumna and successful business woman Mary Lou Fulton.[1]


Prior to 2009, ASU maintained three schools/colleges of education: the College of Education (later named the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education) at the Tempe campus, the College of Teacher Education and Leadership (CTEL) on the West campus, and the School of Educational Innovation and Teacher Preparation on the Polytechnic campus.

In May 2009, ASU's education programs underwent a renaming and reorganization. The Mary Lou Fulton College of Education, which was ASU's original College of Education, became the Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education.[2] This new school focused solely on graduate-level programs and research. All teacher preparation degree programs (including all undergraduate education programs) were consolidated into the College of Teacher Education and Leadership (CTEL). A year later, in May 2010, these remaining two education colleges were merged into the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, which now administers all education programs--graduate and undergraduate--throughout the university.


The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University is ranked 24th in the U.S. among graduate schools of education by U.S. News & World Report (2014). Rankings for the school continue to improve. Previous rankings for the Teachers College graduate school were 26th in 2013 and 35th in 2012.[3]

U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools rankings (2014) - Teachers College is 24th in the U.S. overall, including strengths in these categories:

  • 13th in U.S. - Student Counseling and Personnel Services
  • 15th in U.S. - Education Policy
  • 15th in U.S. - Secondary Teacher Education [4]

Teachers College is recognized as one of the nation's best schools of education for students wishing to earn an online degree. The U.S. News & World Report (2013) "Best Online Education Programs Rankings" ranks Teachers College 49th overall including strength in these categories:

  • 14th in Student Services & Technology
  • 34th in Faculty Credentials & Training
  • 41st in Admissions Selectivity [5]


The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College has two divisions: Teacher Preparation, and Educational Leadership and Innovation. The college emphasizes teacher education, community service, and academic research. A full spectrum of degree programs include B.A.E., M.Ed., M.A., M.P.E., Ed.D. and Ph.D. in fields such as early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, special education, physical education and educational administration/supervision. The College also offers advanced study and research in school leadership, curriculum and instruction, school and educational psychology, education policy, education technology, higher and post-secondary education.

In 2009, the College of Teacher Education and Leadership was expanded to administer all teacher education programs across the four campuses of Arizona State University (i.e., West, Tempe, Downtown, and Polytechnic)making it among the largest higher education teacher preparation programs in the United States. The 2009-2010 college annual report indicated that the college had more than 5,400 students. [6]


The College hosts several initiatives, such as iTeachAZ[7] which follows a professional development school model of teacher preparation in which students take classes and complete field work within a partner school district. In addition, the College is home to the Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy,[8] a school for gifted teens. Inside the Academy[9] is an online biographic project featuring archived video interviews of esteemed educational researchers produced by Teachers College in partnership with the ASU Applied Learning Technologies Institute. Another initiative called the Teacher Preparation Research and Evaluation Project (T-PREP)[10] gathers data from a variety of sources to assess the impact of the Teachers College teacher preparation program.


The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College earned the Best Practice Award for Effective Partnerships from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) in 2007.[11] The College received the Rich Media Impact Scholastic Achievement Award and the Best of the West Award from the Western Maricopa Coalition (WESTMARC) in 2007.[12] Additionally, the College was awarded the Best Practice Award for the Innovative Use of Technology from AACTE in 2009.[13]