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College of Education

    "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.

    Congratulations to Our Faculty and Students!

    Dr. Vaughn Millner and Dr. Brandon Browning

    Dr. Vaughn Millner, and Dr. Brandon Browning were part of a team that was awarded a Health Resources and Services Administration federal grant. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Allen Perkins of the Department of Family Medicine at USA. The grant, entitled Primary Care Training and Enhancement, provides $1,841,644 in funding over 5 years. The purpose of the grant is to:

    (a) implement and evaluate a plan to identify and engage a population of high risk patients in their own health care leading to improvement in health status and a reduction in health care costs, and
    (b) enhance the interprofessional training of family medicine residents and other allied health professionals, including mental health professionals, in working in an integrated health care setting.

    Toward these ends Dr. Vaughn Millner and Dr. Brandon Browning, both faculty in Counselor Education in the Department of Professional Studies, will be designing educational modules on mental health care for family medicine residents, as well as supervising, mentoring and leading the mental health service delivery efforts in the Family Medicine Department during this grant. This includes working with master's students from their own Clinical Mental Health Counseling program who will be completing their clinical field placement in the Department of Family Medicine.

    Alabama Bicentennial Master Teacher

    Dr. Susan Santoli was selected as one of 12 Alabama Bicentennial master teachers, from throughout the state, who will develop and present professional development for Alabama teachers, grades 3-5, as part of a statewide program spanning the three years of Alabama’s bicentennial commemoration beginning in spring, 2017. 

    Kudos to Our Ed.D. Student!

    Congratulations to our Ed.D. doctoral student Tracey Childs, whose paper "Increasing Faculty Participation in an Early Alert System: An Exploratory Case Study" has been accepted for the 12th Annual National Symposium on Student Retention.

    Department of Leadership and Teacher Education

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    "I like to set an environment where we are exchanging information and ideas, we are working together; I learn from my students, they learn from me, and we learn from each other."

    Dr. Peggy Delmas

    Department of Professional Studies

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    "I believe we have to sort of tear down the walls of where we are and really go out and see what types of things we can do to help our community..."

    Dr. Joe'l Lewis

    Department of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Studies

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    "If you combine all of the things we have here..., it becomes a nice mix for students to actually see what they are learning in the classroom and experiencing it out there at sport and recreation events."

    Dr. Chris Keshock

    Meet Our 2015 Scholarship Recipients

    Brandon Clark - Exercise Science Program

    Brandon won the Williams Charitable Foundation Book Award.

    "“My ultimate goal is to graduate from a program that allows me to help individuals re-achieve their quality of life. I would like to work with college or high school aged athletes, but I would be happy helping any group of individuals get back to doing what they love to do.”
    Brandon Clark

    Alexandria Grow - Collaborative Secondary Special Ed/English Program

    Alexandria won the Barbara Phillips Endowed Award for Special Education Teachers.

    "“Society relies on teachers to prepare children for their futures. I want to look further than the paperwork and emails ahead of me and know that the impact that I can make in children’s lives is priceless.”
    Alexandria Grow

    Kastala Brown - K-6 Teacher Education Program

    Kastala won the College of Education Scholarship.

    “I persevered with my decision to become an educator because I knew that this was the calling on my life. After graduation, I plan to work as a teacher in the public school system while taking classes towards my master’s degree.”
    Kastala Brown

    COE News

    The Pillars

    College of Education Academic Year 2015-2016 at a glance.

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    College of Education

    2015-2016 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.

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    COE Alumni News

    COE Alumna Lisa Frye named Metro Mobile Reading Council Teacher of the Year

    Lisa Frye, a first-grade teacher at
    E.R. Dickson Elementary School and a USA College of Education alumna, has been named the Metro Mobile Reading Council's Teacher of the Year in recognition of her leadership in promoting literacy.  E.R. Dickson principal Katryna Kinn said Frye, pictured at right with fellow teacher and Metro Mobile Reading Council member Alexis Moran, makes learning come alive for her students through the use of digital tools such as Kahoot!, interactive exercises in class and the Talents Unlimited program. Lisa was honored with the award at the Ben May Main Library and will be recognized at the annual Alabama Reading Association conference in Huntsville in early November. Read more.

    COE Alumna Susan Donlin is Teacher of the Year in
    Marietta City Schools District

    Susan Donlin, a COE alumna and a teacher in the 7th grade adaptive classroom, has been named the Teacher of the Year in Mairetta City Schools in Georgia. When Susan attended the University of South Alabama, she majored in Special Education. After graduation, she worked with adults with intellectual disabilities in residential and vocational settings. Susan also worked in the field of early intervention care as a family care coordinator and as a director of an innovative inclusive preschool in Florida. Susan is now in her fifth year in the adapted curriculum program. Her students learn functional academics and are exposed to grade level standards, but also learn adaptive behavior and vocational skills. To read more, click here. To learn more about COE Special Education program, click here.

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