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Teacher Education

Tiffany TaylorDepartment of Teacher Education

Programs of Study


  • Elementary/Collaborative Special Education (K–6)

Secondary Educator Preparation (6–12)

Secondary Teacher Education or Secondary/Collaborative Special Education (Grades 6–12) in:

P–12 Educator Preparation

Major requirements and course descriptions are outlined in the Huntingdon College Catalog.

Educator Preparation programs are part of the Department of Teacher Education.

An Education that Works

Dozier professional classroom

There is no profession that has the opportunity to shape tomorrow’s world more profoundly than teaching. Huntingdon’s major in Elementary Education/Collaborative Special Education (EE/CSEd) is designed to prepare highly qualified and highly employable teachers through extensive classroom experience, intensive Teacher Candidate mentoring, elementary literacy training, and innovative teaching methodologies.

Statistically, struggles with reading lead to more children becoming disillusioned with the educational process than any other single factor. Through a unique professional classroom approach with Dozier Elementary School, Huntingdon Teacher Candidates are mentored individually by a Huntingdon teacher-trainer as the Teacher Candidates, in turn, work with elementary struggling readers. The approach trains Teacher Candidates to work with the lowest performing readers, addressing their strengths and helping them build skills for success in reading and in other subject areas. Huntingdon is the only program in the Southeast implementing literacy-based teacher training methodologies at the undergraduate level. The results have grown elementary readers’ skills by ten levels or more in just one semester. Each EE/CSEd major gains teaching experience in the professional classroom beginning in the sophomore year.

Observation hours and two Teacher Candidate Clinical Experiences are part of the junior and senior years, ensuring that Teacher Candidates are ready to lead their own classrooms upon graduation.

Graduates of Huntingdon’s Teacher Education programs enjoy excellent placement rates into employment or graduate study programs. The knowledge and skills gained in the program extend beyond the classroom as students Read Across America and participate in other service projects. Outstanding students may qualify for membership in education-related honor societies.

Huntingdon recognizes that there is no profession that has the opportunity to shape tomorrow’s world more profoundly than teaching. Huntingdon’s programs are designed to prepare highly qualified and highly employable teachers through extensive preparation. Huntingdon’s Educator Preparation programs offer:

Elementary, Secondary, and P–12 Teachers

In order to teach in public schools in Alabama, most districts require that you earn a bachelor’s degree, complete an approved Educator Preparation Program, and be certified.

Elementary Educator Preparation

literacy training at Dozier

Students who want to prepare for careers as elementary school teachers major in Elementary/Collaborative Special Education. This field-based program based program provides Teacher Candidates (Grades K–6) with the knowledge and skills to have a deep and lasting impact on the lives of young children. Completion of the EE/CSEd major leads to eligibility for State of Alabama certification in two endorsement areas: Elementary Education (K–6) and Collaborative Special Education (K–6). After graduating and obtaining certification, Teacher Candidates are eligible to teach K–6 students in the general education classroom as well as those who have diagnosed disabilities in the inclusive classroom or in a specialized resource classroom.

Secondary Educator Preparation

Secondary educators (Grades 6–12) specialize in their content areas and then energize middle and high school students’ minds to absorb and grow a passion for that content discipline. To prepare, secondary Teacher Candidates complete the Secondary Education or Secondary/Collaborative Special Education curriculum in Biology, Chemistry with General Science, English Language Arts, History, History with General Social Studies, or Mathematics, as well as two Teacher Candidate Clinical Experiences in addition to their major coursework. Huntingdon Secondary Teacher Education Candidates are eligible to teach Grades 6–12 students in their general education classroom, while Secondary Collaborative Special Education Candidates may also teach students who have diagnosed disabilities in an inclusive classroom or in a specialized resource classroom.

P–12 Educator Preparation

Physical Education or Music Education majors will work with and impact students from the pre-school through Grade 12 levels. At Huntingdon, you may prepare to teach in P–12 Music—Vocal/Choral; P–12 Music—Instrumental; or Physical Education.


adapted phys ed with Hawk

Huntingdon’s Department of Teacher Education is housed in the Dr. Laurie Jean Weil Center for Teacher Education and Human Performance on the College’s Cloverdale Campus. Teacher Candidate Clinical Experiences are available in three counties.

Faculty Contacts

  • Anna McEwan, Ph.D.
    Provost and Dean of the College
    Acting Chair, Department of Teacher Education
    CAEP Coordinator, ALSDE Representative for Huntingdon College
  • Dessilyn Chappell, M.S., Ed.S.
    Instructor of Teacher Education
    Teacher Certification Officer
  • Lisa Clark, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Sport Science and Physical Education
    Program Coordinator, Physical Education
  • Shannon Henderson, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Elementary Education
    Program Coordinator, Elementary Education/Collaborative Special Education
  • Michele Martin, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Special Education
    Program Coordinator, Secondary Teacher Education and Secondary/Collaborative Special Education


elementary school musical

Sarah Fell ’15, music teacher at Bear Exploration Center, during her first school musical

Hundreds of Huntingdon alumni are successful teachers and educational administrators in elementary schools, middle schools, junior and senior high schools, colleges, and universities nationwide. Because Huntingdon is known for producing well-prepared educators, our graduates are sought by school systems and have enjoyed excellent placement rates into graduate and professional schools or into employment.