College of Education

  • USA College of Education
  • College of Education Convocation 2015
  • College of Education Students
  • Jaguars are getting degrees in Education!
  • UCOM Park
  • WOW2015-Selfie
  • HPELS Welcomes 2015 Freshmen

"We offer challenges and opportunities that will prepare you for a life of inquiry and professional development that will enhance the quality of life for every citizen."
Dean Richard L. Hayes

Discover USA College of Education

The College of Education is one of nine colleges and schools of the University of South Alabama.  Founded on February 1, 1967, the College has a total annual budget exceeding 14 million dollars and supports 85 different programs leading to six distinctive degrees.  The College is nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and its educator preparation programs are accredited by the Alabama State Department of Education.

Realize Your Potential to Change the World

Our purpose is to prepare highly-qualified professionals who are committed to meeting the educational needs of our community, state, and nation in an international context that demands a literate citizenry equipped with the tools to be effective in the 21st century - critical thinking and problem-solving, entrepreneurship and economic literacy, interpersonal communication, multicultural competence and global awareness, teaming and collaboration, and proficiency in the use of information and technology to communicate effectively with others.


Welcome New Faculty at College of Education


Dr. Mitchell Woltring

Dr. Mitchell Woltring Mitchell Woltring is a new professor in the HPELS Department with an expertise in sport management. He is from Wisconsin and received his bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He received both his Master’s degree in Sport Management and his Ph.D. in Human Performance from Middle Tennessee State University. Professionally he has spent time working for the La Crosse Loggers Baseball Club, the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Middle Tennessee State University Baseball, the New York Mets Baseball Club, and has spent time coaching high school baseball in Wisconsin and Tennessee. He spent two years at Middle Tennessee State University as a Graduate Teaching Assistant where he served as the lead instructor in courses such as Administration of High School and College Athletics, Sport Tourism, Youth Sport Programming and Administration, and The Sport Agent – a course he created. He lives in Mobile with his wife Sarah, who is a high school Spanish teacher, and their dog Lambeau. Mitchell and Sarah are both avid Green Bay Packer and Milwaukee Brewer fans, with Mitchell’s family having season tickets to the Green Bay Packers.  


Dr. Ronald Styron

Dr. Ronald Styron Ronald A. Styron, Jr. is a new professor at the Department of Leadership and Teacher Education. Dr. Styron has served as K-20 instructor and administrator.  He has served as principal investigator for $3,000,000 in grant awards from United States Naval Research Laboratory, United States Department of Education, the Mississippi Department of Education, the Louisiana Department of Education, and the Greater New Orleans Leadership Center.  He has been recognized as a United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School Principal,  St. Tammany Parish School Board Principal of the Year, Greater New Orleans Leadership Center Fellow, Louisiana PTA Educator of Distinction, and Louisiana Department of Education Regional Principal of the Year.  He has collaborated with leadership and academic scholars including Grant Wiggins, Tim Waters and Larry Michaelsen.  He has published 43 refereed publications, conducted 73 professional presentations and presented 67 instructor and administrator training sessions. His research interests include leadership, technology applications, and innovative instructional practices.  He has taught face-to-face, blended, and online courses including Administrative Approaches to Technology, Advanced Organizational Theory, Careers in Education, Consensus Building and Decision Making, Contextual Dimensions of the Principalship, Educational Resources Development and Management, Instructional Supervision, Principal as Manager of Resources, Public School Finance, Research in Educational Administration and Supervision, Seminar in Higher Education Program and Curriculum Development, Special Problems in Educational Administration, Writing Successful Grant Proposals and Theories in Educational Organization and Administration. 


Megan O'Neill - Fulbright Distinguished Award Recipient 

Megan O'Neill

Congratulations to Megan O'Neill, an Instructional Design doctoral student, who was just selected by the US Department of State for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program.
The purpose of the Fulbright Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those in other countries. Megan will be going to New Zealand for February and March in 2016. Megan teaches marine biology at Spanish Fort High School. She will be working with science teachers in Wellington, NZ on the use of flipped classrooms.

College of Education Events

COE News

Dr. Andrea Kent
This past January, Dr. Richard Hayes made the decision to resign as Dean of the College of Education effective August 15, 2015. The initial search for this position was closed and will begin again in the fall semester.
Effective August 15, 2015, Dr. Andrea M. Kent, Associate Dean and Professor, has agreed to serve as Interim Dean.  Dr. Kent earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design and Development and her Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from USA and earned her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Mobile. Dr. Kent has been a member of the faculty of the College of Education for the past 11 years and has served as Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor, as Director of Field Services, and in her current role as Associate Dean.

Congratulations!

Dr. Ron Styron

Congratulations to Dr. Ron Styron on receipt of an outstanding paper award at the 2015 Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications conference for his paper entitled Directing a Quality Enhancement Plan, which is based on his Alloy Improvement Model that takes an integrated approach to organization improvement.


Dr. Joel Lewis

Congratulations to Dr. Joel Lewis on her recognition as the Alabama Young Professionals Social Justice Champion, which recognizes a person who works hard to ensure fairness, equity and inclusion in their community.


Dr. Andre Green Congratulations to Dr. Andre Green on his receipt of a $295,000 award from the National Science Foundation for his Pathway to Mathematics Program that is intended to increase the number of mathematics teachers in the MCPSS through an intensive 4-semester master’s degree program.

Visit Our Campus

Visit our beautiful campus in West Mobile and drop by our offices and instructional facilities in UCOM 3600. 

Driving Directions and Map

Students at the COE entrance


Download the USA App

Download Mobile USA App

Download the USA App for access to email, calendars etc. go to the USA mobile page >>

Virtual Tour & Campus Maps

Campus Maps

Take a virtual tour of campus, get directions or search for buildings and places on our campus maps page >>


Assistive Options

Top of page


Assistive Options

Open the original version of this page.

Usablenet Assistive is a Usablenet product. Usablenet Assistive Main Page.