Education Department

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The Education Department's purpose is to prepare students for careers in the field of teaching. The Central Baptist College Teacher Education Program exists within the Education Department. 

The vision of the Central Baptist College Teacher Education Program is to develop professional educators who will leave a lasting legacy in the lives of students. 

The mission of the Central Baptist College Teacher Education Program is to provide courses and clinical experiences that will promote the development of professional educators who:  

  • Possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to impact student learning.
  • Are committed to life-long learning as a means of preparation for teaching in an ever-changing, diverse world. 
  • Recognize that leadership in the field of education is consistent with service to students, families, fellow educators, and the community as a whole.

Candidates in the Central Baptist College Teacher Education Program are expected to demonstrate that they are:

  • Life-long learners.
  • Engaging all learners.
  • Guided by professional ideals.
  • Assessors of student learning.
  • Committed to diversity.
  • Yielded to service.

Degrees Offered

The Education Department offers Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) degrees in Elementary Education (K-6), Middle Level Education (4-8; choose 2 content areas of concentration), Secondary English-Language Arts Education (7-12), Secondary Social Studies Education (7-12), Secondary Life Science Education (7-12), and Health & Physical Education (K-12).  
BSE programs in Elementary Education, Middle Level Education, Secondary English-Language Arts Education, Secondary Social Studies Education, and Health & Physical Education are Arkansas Department of Education-approved teacher licensure programs.  The CBC Teacher Education Program is authorized by the Arkansas Department of Education to admit students and recommend program completers for state licensure.

The Teacher Education Program at Central Baptist College is a candidate for accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Candidacy status means that the CBC Teacher Education Program has met preconditions for accreditation but is not accredited. This candidacy covers initial teacher preparation programs at Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas.  However, the candidacy does not include individual education courses that the EPP offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.
Interested parties may contact the CBC Education Department Chair for more information on accreditation and program approval processes as they pertain to the Central Baptist College Teacher Education Program.  

Program Admission

Formal admission to the Teacher Education Program is required for all students wishing to complete a teacher education degree program and be recommended for licensure in a teaching field.  This is generally done during a student’s sophomore or junior year of study.  Entry into the program is a preliminary screening process that ensures prospective candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions outlined in the CBC Teacher Education Program Conceptual Framework and necessary for becoming a teacher.  Admission is required prior to a student enrolling in upper-division professional courses, and is a prerequisite for some content courses, as well.  

The standards for admission into the CBC Teacher Education Program are:
  • Minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA.  (Transfer students must include all course work accepted by CBC for credit from other institutions they have attended.  Transfer students must also have a 2.7 GPA on a minimum of 12 credit hours at CBC.)
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours, with a minimum of 12 credit hours completed at CBC.
  • Praxis Core scores at or above current Arkansas minimum passing scores.
  • Grades of ‘C’ or higher in ENG 1300, ENG 1301, MTH 1303, and SPH 2300.
  • Grades of ‘C’ or higher in EDU 1310 and EDU 1230.
  • Submission of 3 recommendations from CBC faculty (including one from advisor and/or EDU 1310 instructor).
  • Written clearance from Student Services office.
  • Submission of CBC Teacher Education Program application, including required essay, dispositions self-assessment, FERPA release form, and Enumerated Offenses statement.
More information regarding admission to the CBC Teacher Education Program may be obtained by contacting the Education Department Chair.

Course Descriptions

Shanda New - Education Department Chair / Assistant Professor of Education
Cooper Complex -ED 101 (501) 205-8835 Email 

Dr. Dwain East - Director of Assessment / Professor of Education
Cooper Complex -ED 103 (501) 205-8798 Email 

Dr. Delena Gammill - Professor of Education
Cooper Complex -LC 102 (501) 205-8909 Email 

Robin Clark - Assistant Professor of Education
Cooper Complex -ED 102 (501) 205-8793 Email 


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