NEW YORK, NY – Colby Aaron Smith, graduating senior at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), has been admitted to Teachers College, Columbia University Graduate and Professional School of Education. He is the first student from UAPB to be accepted into the program.
Colby’s passion for the study of English language and literature began during his elementary school years. While at UAPB, he developed an interest in sharing the love of literature and learning with adolescents. During the spring semester of 2012, Colby has been enrolled in the professional semester (student teaching) as an intern in the Watson Chapel School District of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He credits his experiences working with junior and senior high school students with reaffirming his commitment to the field of education.
His studies at Columbia will include literary genres, specialized secondary education topics, and methodology coursework in teaching reading and writing. His coursework at Teachers College will culminate with hands-on teaching experiences in assigned middle and senior high schools in one of New York City’s five boroughs.
During his time at UAPB, Colby has been active in several organizations in the Schools of Education and Arts and Sciences. He credits God, parental support, and department faculty for the opportunities he has been afforded. “I am extremely grateful for the instruction and mentoring that I have received here. I am blessed to have truly experienced education with a personal touch.”
Colby has also been offered admission to master’s programs at New York University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
About the Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College, Columbia University, is the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the United States, and also perennially ranked among the nation’s best. Its name notwithstanding, the College is committed to a vision of education writ large, encompassing the four core areas of expertise: health, education, leadership and psychology.