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Dr. Stan Mims
Dean, Division of Education


The Division of Education houses programs in Teacher Education: Early Childhood (EC-6) and Secondary Education (8-12) programs in English/Language Arts/Reading, Biology, Mathematics, History, All-Level (EC-12) Music, Spanish and Physical Education. Candidates who pursue a degree in teacher education are expected to meet the requirements for certification prior to graduation.


Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood 6 (EC-6)
Bachelor of Science in English/Language Arts/Reading (8-12)
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics(8-12)
Bachelor of Science in Life Science (8-12)
Bachelor of Science in History (8-12)
Bachelor of Science in Spanish EC-12
Bachelor of Science in Music EC-12
Bachelor of Science in Physical Education (EC-12)
Post Baccalaureate Certification Program

The mission of the Division of Education is to prepare competent and highly proficient teachers who possess the knowledge, understanding, skills, abilities, and attitudes required of professional educators.


General goals of the Division of Education are to:

  • provide the content knowledge required to master/pass the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES).
  • provide extensive supervised field-based and laboratory experiences throughout the pre-service teacher certification program;
  • provide prospective teachers with an understanding of the learner-centered learning processes, and to translate these understandings into appropriate teaching behaviors;
  • provide opportunities for teacher candidates to experience professional practices, responsibilities and organizational structure of the education profession;
  • develop a cadre of prospective teachers who demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and professional behavior required for becoming effective teachers;
  • prepare teacher candidates with a foundation for successful study at the graduate level.
Program Requirements
  • Teacher Education majors are required to take 18 hours of professional education courses. Students must earn a grade of C or above in each of these courses.

Graduation Requirements

To be formally admitted to the Division of Education prior to the junior year, the candidate must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete a Division of Education application by the end of the sophomore year.
  • Submit a transcript showing that 60 hours have been earned with an overall 2.75 GPA.
  • Pass all parts of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) in reading, writing and mathematics, with a score of 265 or above in reading and minimum score of 220 in writing, and 230 in mathematics or earn a grade of (B) or better in College Algebra, US History I, and English Composition I.
  • Meet all requirements as specified by the applicable catalog in force at the time the student is admitted to the Teacher Education program.
  • Meet all financial obligations to the College.
  • Submit a writing sample to the Teacher Education Committee.
  • Be accepted into the program by the Teacher Education Committee.


Because a degree in Teacher Education includes a certification program, it may take longer than the traditional four-year program to complete. Consult the specific degree plan for details about elective course options.

Criteria for Admission to Student Teaching

To be admitted to student teaching, a candidate must:

  • Complete all program coursework, except for the semester in which application is made.
  • Provide documentation of field experience.
  • Submit completed application to the Teacher Education program.
  • Possess at least a 2.75 GPA.

Organizations, Clubs, Societies

Teacher Education majors are encouraged to join the local campus Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE). ATPE is a State Board for Educator Certification approved provider of continuing professional education credit. This organization offers high-caliber professional development opportunities for its members through small, interactive sessions on a variety of topics.

For more information about the Division of Education and its programs, please contact the following department faculty:

Alice Ajanga, Ph.D.
(903) 927-3205

Risa Anderson, M.Ed.
(903) 927-3205

Abraham Campos, Ed.D.
(903) 927-3205

Wilma Jamerson, M.Ed.
(903) 927-3205

Horace Maxile, Ph.D.
(903) 927-3205

Lisa Taylor, M.A., M.A.
(903) 923-2432

Patrick Wavomba, Ph.D.
(903) 927-3331


JuYeon (Julia) Lee, Ed.D.
(903) 927-3278

T. Bernard Clayton, Ph.D.
(903) 927-3279

Ms. Lynda Garcia, M.M.
(903) 927-3205

Mr. Stephen Hayes, B.A.
(903) 927-3052

Physical Education

Ms. Willie Owens, M.Ed., M.S.
(903) 927-3290

Spanish Education

Guido Arze, Ph.D.
(903) 923-1632

Flora Valencia, Ph.D.
(903) 927-3205

Alejandro Sanchez-Aizcorbe, Ph.D.
(903) 927-3205


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