Dean & Chair/Teacher Ed & Leadership
Cindy Melton, (2001)
M. Christopher Washam, (2005)
Psychology and Counseling
Jan Lemon, (2011)
The School of Education offers graduate degree programs designed to build upon undergraduate backgrounds and assist students in acquiring the knowledge, understanding, and skills that will allow for enhanced effectiveness in the student's chosen profession. The degrees offered are the Master of Education; the Master of Science in Athletic Administration; the Master of Science in Exercise Science; the Master of Science in Higher Education Administration; the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling; the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, the Education Specialist in Counseling, Educational Leadership and Elementary Education; the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with tracks in school administration and curriculum and instruction; and the Doctor of Professional Counseling.
The School of Education dates from the establishment of the Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1950. This degree was followed by the Master of Education in 1954, the Educational Specialist in 1974, and the Doctor of Education in 2008, and the Doctor of Professional Counseling in 2012. The School of Education was formed in 1977 from the Divisions of Education, Psychology, and Physical Education.
The School of Education is housed in Lowrey Hall and Cockroft Hall. The School of Education has been a member of the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) since 1957 and was the second institution in Mississippi (1961) to be accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Counseling Programs received accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling in Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in 2001. The Dyslexia Therapy Program received accreditation from the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) in 2008 and the International Dyslexia Association in 2014.