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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.

    Meet the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport!

    I am excited to announce that the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Studies has been renamed to the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport.

    The three elements in the new name, Health, Kinesiology, and Sport, were chosen for the significance they represent within the department. Health and Sport are connected to the program offerings within the department through combinations of physical, mental, and social well-being. Kinesiology is a broader term defined as the student of human movement, encompassing a multi-theoretical base to include the physical, physiological, social, psychological, performance, health, sport performance, and pedagogy aspects of movement. Therefore, the name change will better describe the broader scope of the department.

    Dean Andrea M. Kent
    College of Education

    Congratulations to COE Faculty!

    Congratulations to the following College of Education faculty for receiving promotions and awards.

    Dr. Andre Green — Promotion to Full Professor (LTE)

    Dr. Susan Martin — Promotion to Associate Professor and Tenure (LTE)

    Dr. Nancy Gaillard — Promotion to Senior Instructor (LTE)

    Dr. Ron Styron — Dean's Award for Outstanding Contribution and Faculty Excellence (LTE)

    Dr. Phillip Norrell - Faculty Excellence Award (HKS)

    Dr. Susan Martin - Faculty Excellence Award (LTE)

    Dr. Brenda Litchfield - Faculty Excellence Award (PS)

    Dr. Amy Upton - Bukstein Foundation Scholarship for Developing Faculty (PS)

    We are South!

    Ms. Raven McShan is a Davidson High School Graduate, USA College of Education Honor Student and USA Scholarship Recipient. Raven is majoring in secondary education, language arts. We enjoyed her inspirational words at the 2016 Employee Campaign for the South Alabama Fund. #WeAreSouth #GoJags #Upward&Onward

    Ms. Raven McShan and Dr. Paige Vitulli

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

    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
    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!

    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  

    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
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    Part-time Instructor Opportunities at the Department of Leadership
    and Teacher Education

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    College of Education

    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.

    COE Alumni News

    James Madison Legacy Project

    Andrea L. Kohutek, who teaches seventh grade social studies at Causey Middle School, was selected to participate in the James Madison Legacy Project at Samford University in June, 2016. The James Madison Legacy Project is a three year nationwide initiative of the Center for Civic Education whose goal is to provide effective professional development to teachers in high need schools thereby increasing the achievement of students in attaining state standards in civic and in government. Participants will also evaluate the relative effectiveness of the Center’s research-validated traditional We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution professional development model enhanced with online resources and a new blended-learning variation of the traditional model that also uses online resources.

    Andrea has two degrees from the U.S.A. College of Education-an M.S. and an Ed.S. and is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Pictured with Andrea is Dr. Alan D. Stevens, Executive Director at Alabama Center for Law & Civic Education (The Cumberland School of Law @ Samford University). Read more about the project here.

    COE Alumnus Ben Hannan -
    a New Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Development

    USA head men’s golf coach Ben Hannan has resigned his coaching position in order to accept the position of USA Assistant Athletic Director for Athletics Development. Hannan is a 2014 graduate of the COE’s master’s program in Educational Administration – Higher Education Administration. Read more...

    Matt Spivey: Teacher,
    Coach and Neighbor

    Matt Spivey, a veteran educator and a 2000 graduate of the University of South Alabama with a degree in secondary education, made a bold move when he not just accepted a teaching job at Elizabeth S. Chastang Middle School but relocated his whole family to a disadvantaged neighborhood. Putting roots in Trinity Gardens gave Spivey "credibility he would not otherwise have." He became a teacher, a coach and a neighbor. He wants to see his students become caring parents, hard-working employees and engaged citizens.  Matt Spivey was selected as one of Mobile Bay magazine’s “40 under Forty,” an annual feature focusing on young leaders. Read more...

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