The Center for Educational Partnerships (CEP) is a collaboration of the School of Education (SOE) and public school districts in the IU Kokomo service region. The CEP has grown to include 38 partner districts representing approximately 162 school buildings. The CEP provides an essential mechanism for district superintendents, principals, and teachers to provide input and feedback to the SOE faculty regarding teacher preparation practices and priorities as well as employment needs. As a result, the SOE programs are designed to meet the needs of the local schools and communities. The CEP also provides an opportunity for innovative and collaborative partnerships.
The CEP districts and schools exclusively provide the educational settings and cooperating P-12 teachers for IU Kokomo SOE students’ field-based experiential learning, which begins in the first semester of their freshman year and continues to their capstone student teaching experience.