A Letter from the Dean

Box, JeanieThe faculty members of Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education strive to be the best on a national level in teaching, scholarship and service to prepare outstanding graduates who are successful in their respective fields of study. We make every effort to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve academically, emotionally, spiritually, socially and professionally. We also encourage them to become more involved in service and global opportunities so that they can make a positive impact on the world. 

Within our school there are three dynamic departments which recently have experienced changes in their academic name and structure all prompted by the desire to better engage our students in their professional fields of study, in the community, and with our constituents.                              

  • Family Studies has become the Department of Human Development and Family Life Education. Majors within this department include undergraduate programs in human development and family science with concentrations in child development education, child life and gerontology, and the possible addition of a master’s degree in marriage and family in the near future.
  •  Teacher Education is now the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Programs housed under this departmental umbrella include two undergraduate programs: the ESEC program -- early childhood education/early childhood special education /elementary education/elementary collaborative education (P-6th grade) and the secondary education undergraduate program for students who wish to major in subjects taught in high schools. Graduate programs include two fifth-year nontraditional programs in elementary and secondary education along with online offerings for gifted master’s program, elementary master’s and teacher leader program at the educational specialist level.
  •  Graduate programs offered in the Department of Educational Leadership include instructional leadership at the master’s and educational specialist level along with online offerings for the doctorate in educational leadership. In addition, a new non-certified master’s degree in educational leadership will be offered online and traditionally beginning Fall 2014. 

I wish to thank the many alumni, friends and supporters who have invested in our school over the years. It is an exciting time for us and your many contributions -- whether through active involvement, community networking, or financial assistance -- have given us a burst of energy and enthusiasm needed to continue moving forward.

Dr. Jeanie Box, Dean
Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education