College of Education

Marlene Zipperlen, Ph.D., Dean


The College of Education promotes quality in teaching and learning within a framework of educational opportunities. The College adheres to high standards of academic excellence in the preparation of caring, moral educators who are well prepared to teach in culturally diverse schools. The College of Education offers undergraduate and post-baccalaureate teacher certification programs at four levels (EC-12, EC-6, 4-8, and 8-12) with certifications in all-level art, music, physical education, special education, Spanish, and theatre. Other areas of certification include English Language Arts and Reading, History, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Social Studies, Spanish, Speech, Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, Life Science, and Special Education. Non-certification majors in athletic training, sport management, recreation leadership, exercise science, and motor activities are also offered in the department of Exercise and Sports Science through selected and varied programs. Programs within the College of Education are endorsed by the State Board for each certification and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Students are encouraged in their professional endeavors by a faculty dedicated to model lifelong learning and to foster critical and creative thinking in professional interactions with each other, with the students, and with the educational communities within our sphere of influence.