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Charles Coble



  • Higher Ed: Science, Higher Ed: Education 


Charles R. Coble, currently a Partner with The Third Mile Group, was the Vice President for Policy Studies and Programs at the Education Commission of the States for three years, Professor Emeritus of Science Education and dean for 13 years of the nationally award-winning school of education at East Carolina University, Greenville North Carolina. He served for six years as the vice president of university-school programs for the 16-campus University of North Carolina (UNC). In that capacity, Coble led the development of the University School Teacher Education Partnerships in all UNC teacher preparation institutions, organized the UNC Center for School Leadership Development, which is a confederation of several high quality programs for the initial and continuing preparation of teachers and administrators.

Dr. Coble also led in the design and construction of an $11M state-of-the-art professional development center facility in Chapel Hill that also houses the James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy. Over his career, Coble has directed over $12M in grants and contracts and is the author or co-author of 10 books and over 80 published articles. Dr. Coble holds a Bachelor's degree in Botany, a Master's degree in Science Education, and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, all from UNC Chapel Hill. He has maintained, since 1964, a current North Carolina secondary science teaching license. 


Science Education
Teacher Education
Teacher Quality 



"University-School Teacher Education Partnerships in North Carolina, (with Roy Edelfelt). Journal of Inservice Education,Vol 30 Number 3 2004.

"No Child Left Behind and the Ready To Teach Act: Dual Challenges and Opportunities for Teacher Educators," (with J. Azordegan). Action in Education: Journal of the Association of Teacher Education, Summer 2004 Vol. XXVI, No. 2, Summer 2004.

"Going to Scale: Teacher Education Partnerships in North Carolina," Metropolitan Universities, Fall, 1999.

"Teachers Designing Curriculum as Professional Development: A Model for Transformational Science Teaching," (with H. Parke). Journal of Research in Science Teaching, October 1997.

"Quality Programs for Quality Teachers: Applying Total Quality Principles to Higher Education," North Carolina Journal of Teacher Education, Volume VII, Number 2: 6-14, Winter, 1994.


Exploring Earth Science (with J. Hopkins, S. Johnson, D. LaHart, D. Rice, M. Warner, J. Wright). Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1999.

Integrated Science: Patterns and Cycles (with L.A. Stiffler, H. M. Parke, S. R. Hill, L. M. Lacy, and L. Fixley). Durham, NC, Carolina Academic Press, 1999.

Integrated Science: Interactions and Limits (with L.A. Stiffler, H. M. Parke, S. R. Hill, L. M. Lacy, and L. Fixley). Durham, NC, Carolina Academic Press, 1999.

Integrated Science: Constancy and Change (with L.A. Stiffler, H. M. Parke, S. R. Hill, L. M. Lacy, and L. Fixley). Durham, NC, Carolina Academic Press, 1999.

Learning Twice: Introduction to the Methods of Teaching (with A.A. Glatthorn), New York, NY, Harper Collins 1993.


"Back to the Future in Teacher Education," in Teaching and Learning in the New Millennium, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society, Indianapolis, IN. Ed. by Barbara Day, 1999.

"Reform in Science Education" (w. H. Parke), in Knowledge & Power in the Global Economy: Politics and the Rhetoric of School Reform, Lawrence Erlbaum Publishing, Mahwah, NJ. Ed. by David A. Gabbard, 1999.

"Science Education" (with T. Koballa), in Handbook of Research on Teacher Education, (Second Edition), Macmillan NY, NY. Ed. by J. Sikula and T. Buttery E. Guyton, 1996.

"Leadership for Effective Student Teaching" (with A. Glatthorn), in The Field Experience: Creating Successful Programs for New Teachers. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Press, Inc. Ed. by G. A. Slick, 1995.