College of Education

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"The College of Education faculty is committed to supporting our students and collaborating with the community in order to prepare our graduates to meet the demands of their profession and exceed their professional goals. "
Dean Andi M. Kent

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.

Hot from the Press - Dr. Johnson's Oxford Handbook on Multimethods and Mixed Research Methods

Dr. Burke Johnson Dr. Burke Johnson co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Multimethod and Mixed Methods Research Inquiry with Dr.
Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber, Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The Handbook has over 70 contributors, features interdisciplinary perspectives
Dr. Jonson's book and paradigms, and presents the most comprehensive and current review of the  multi-method and mixed method research field. It provides ample amount of examples and case studies from a wide range of academic disciplines and will serve as an authoritative guide for researchers, policy makers, faculty, and graduate students. 

Dr. Melody Tucker, College of Education Alumna, Milken Award Winner - The Oscar of Teaching!

Melody Tucker - Milken Award Winner

Milken executive VP Jane Foley,  Citronelle High School science teacher Dr. Melody Tucker and state superintendent Tommy Bice hold a check for $25,000 from the Milken foundation. (Cassie Fambro |

Read more at index.ssf/2016/01/citronelle_ high_teacher_earns.html 

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Dr. Andrea Kent - New Dean of College of Education

Dean Kent

After a national search to fill the position, Dr. Andrea M. Kent has been selected and has agreed to serve as Dean of the College of Education effective January 1, 2016.

Dr. Kent has served as Interim Dean since August and has been a member of the faculty of the College of Education for the past 11 years. In addition to these roles, she has served the College as Director of Field Services, as the State Teacher Certification Officer, as Interim Director of Graduate Studies, and as Associate Dean." Dr. Kent earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design and Development and Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from USA and her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Mobile.

As a native of Mobile and a former student in the Mobile County Public School System, Dr. Kent has a keen interest and a personal investment in the success of K-12 and post-secondary education in our community." Please join me in congratulating Dr. Kent on her new appointment and in supporting her in this role." I am confident in her leadership and excited about the future of the College of Education.

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2014-2015 Annual Report

The College of Education faculty have been busy as they engaged in research and service that also made an impact on their teaching.

Click here to read the Annual Report.


James Bridgeforth

Dr. James Bridgeforth has been awarded the Mid-South Educational Research Association, Herbert M. Handley Outstanding Dissertation Award for his research on the American professoriate. Dr. Bridgeforth’s dissertation entitled Race, Gender, and Faculty Advancement at American Colleges and Universities featured a national study that developed strategies to support the recruitment and retention of women and people of color in the American professoriate, specifically at Predominantly White Institutions. His study included 650 tenured and tenure-track faculty members at more than 300 colleges and academic departments from all 50 states. Dr. Bridgeforth’s research examines the intersection of race, equality, and economic advancement as it pertains to higher education.  

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