Promoting lifelong learning

Our mission is to enrich lives in the classroom and in communities. Our students will become the next generation of teachers, adult educators, informal educators, counselors and educational leaders. Our faculty’s research helps us understand how people learn and teach. Today's students will support tomorrow's learners.

Nothing Less than Legendary

Before you can even apply to the College of Education at Oregon State University, you will be required to take Winston Cornwall’s class: Civil Rights and Multicultural Issues in Education.

It will be unlike any other class you’ll take at Oregon State. You might cry, express anger, feel embarrassed or buoyant — maybe all within a matter of minutes.

Your perspectives will be challenged, and you might challenge your classmates — as well as Cornwall himself, whose reputation as an instructor is nothing less than legendary.

A School Counselor with Street Cred and Clout

Doctoral candidate Holly Thompson knows how to relate to students who come from generational poverty, addiction, abuse and homelessness. She’s been there. “I love those kinds of kids — from families that are a mess,” she says. “I experienced a lot of that, so I’m good at working with this population.”

Currently a counselor at Rowe Middle School south of Portland, Thompson inspires kids to hang tough and get through hard times. “I tell them I did it, so they can, too, and they hear that,” she says. Thompson, who was Oregon’s 2015 School Counselor of the Year, was selected for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative and is president of the Oregon School Counselor Association. The single mother of a 5-year-old son, Thompson will earn her Ph.D. in counseling in spring. Not bad for someone who never thought she’d attend college.