The 1970s had been a decade of much curriculum innovation, special programs, services to communities and schools, creative faculty and generating of grants. Although College of Education enrollments had begun to drop in the mid-1970s, further innovation and building on the momentum begun during that period continued into the 1980s.
Mar 21. The Department of Home Economics celebrates its 75 th anniversary.
The Department of Counseling and Personnel opens its state-of-the-art Center for Counseling and Psychological Services in Sangren Hall.
The Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation introduces its undergraduate program in Exercise Science, a program for non-teachers that does not require students to have education courses.
The Home Economics Department, still a part of the College of Applied Arts and Sciences, now renamed the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, merges with the departments of Distributive Education and Agriculture, acquires all of the vocational education programs and all business education programs from the College of Business and is renamed the Department of Consumer Resources and Technology. The first components of this department had moved into its permanent quarters in Kohrman Hall in 1980.
The Department of Counseling and Personnel receives accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, making WMU the first institution of higher learning in Michigan to be thus accredited.
The Merze Tate Center for Research and Information Processing (later renamed the Merze Tate Center for Research and School Reform) opens in Sangren Hall to support COE faculty and graduate students. It is made possible through a gift from the 1927 WMU graduate who became a distinguished diplomatic historian.
The College of Education publishes the first issue of its newsletter, the Network.
The COE’s Office of Certification, Orientation and Advisement merges with the Office of Professional Field Experiences to form the Office of Admissions, Advising and Field Placement.
The Education and Professional Development Department, from 1985 to the present, requires all elementary education students to complete a science/math minor before they enter the teacher education program as juniors.
The Department of Counseling and Personnel is renamed the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology. It consists of graduate programs only in counseling psychology, school counseling, counseling in community agencies and counseling in higher education.
The Special Education Learning Laboratory (SPELL) is opened by the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. It offers individualized, remedial and developmental programs to community children with a variety of handicapping conditions, while at the same time it is a faculty-supervised laboratory setting for undergraduate and graduate students to receive training in teaching physical education to special-needs children.
Science Education in Middle Schools project, consisting of summer workshops, begins.
A United States Department of Education grant funds the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation’s training program in physical education for special education teachers and it becomes the first such certified program in the nation.
The Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Department appoints the first permanent director of its Center for Counseling and Psychological Services.
WMU’s annual conference on guidance and counseling, the nation’s oldest such continuous conference, celebrates its 50 th anniversary.
The COE’s Education Technology Instructional Laboratory (computer lab) opens in Sangren Hall. Eventually there is also an enabling or adaptive technology center for Special Education students.
The Department of Consumer Resources and Technology acquires microcomputers and Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to be used to train its textile and apparel students in the state-of-the-art technology used in the industry.
The Department of Educational Leadership launches its Leadership Academy to train teachers to become administrators.