Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department or School

Leadership and Counseling

Committee Member

Professor Jim Barott, Ph.D., Chair

Committee Member

Professor David Anderson, Ed.D.

Committee Member

Professor Jerry Robbins, Ed.D.


This study examines the historic development of teacher training in the western world and the United States, focusing on the establishment and institutionalization of teacher preparation in the normal schools of the mid-nineteenth century. This study presents the institutional building blocks that formed the foundation of teacher preparation in America.

In addition, this study examines these building blocks as they became manifest in the establishment of the Michigan State Normal School from its founding in 1849 through its transition to a four-year college in 1900.


Additional committee member: Professor Patricia Williams-Boyd, Ed.D., DA

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