Education Department

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.

Accreditation

The Central Baptist College Teacher Education Program is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), www.caepnet.org.  This accreditation status is effective for the period Spring 2018 to Spring 2025.  Accreditation includes initial-level teacher preparation programs offered at the main CBC campus in Conway, Arkansas.  Accreditation does not include individual education courses offered to K-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

National accreditation by CAEP is earned by demonstrating excellence in each of the following areas: 1) content and pedagogical knowledge; 2) clinical partnerships and practice; 3) candidate quality, recruitment, and selectivity; 4) program impact; and 5) provider quality assurance, continuous improvement, and capacity.

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.

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 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. (Find out more about the Praxis Core assessment here.)
  • 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.
  • Approved Arkansas State Police, FBI, and Child Maltreatment Central Registry background checks.

More information regarding the CBC Teacher Education Program is available in the Catalog or by contacting the Education Department Chair.

Course Descriptions

View Education Department Course Descriptions

Program Quality

The Central Baptist College Teacher Education Program is committed to providing evidence of program quality to our stakeholders and the general public. The links below open PDF documents, which provide information regarding state educator licensure assessment pass rates, survey results, graduate placement and retention, and other relevant data. Please note that the data are not reported publically when group size is small enough to allow for identification of individual candidates or completers.

  • Candidate Impact on K-12 Student Learning

    Candidate impact on student learning is evaluated using the Teacher Work Sample model. All candidates are expected to demonstrate that they are able to positively affect student learning prior to program completion. More information about this measure of program quality is available from the Education Department Chair.

  • Completer Impact on K-12 Student Learning

    The impact of program completers (graduates) on their students’ learning and development is measured with a Completer Impact Case Study that completer volunteers compile and submit to the program. More information about this measure of program quality is available by contacting the Education Department Chair.

  • Completer Effectiveness

    Program completers who obtain positions as teachers of record in Arkansas public schools are asked to submit annual ratings from Teacher Excellence and Support System supervisor evaluations from Years 1, 2, and 3 to the program for program improvement purposes.

  • Employer Surveys

    Principals supervising one or more program completers who are in Years 1, 2, and 3 of teaching are surveyed each spring to determine their levels of satisfaction with the program.

  • Employment Milestones

    The CBC Teacher Education Program tracks program completers for 3 years following graduation with regard to retention in position, retention in the profession, career trajectory, and employment in high needs schools and districts.

  • Completer Surveys

    At the conclusion of the internship semester and the Spring semester of Years 1, 2, and 3 of teaching, completers are surveyed with regard to their level of satisfaction with their preparation and its relevance to the work they do as teachers.

  • Graduation, Licensure, and Employment Rates

    The CBC Teacher Education Program tracks candidates from admission to the program to program exit. Program completers are tracked with regard to rates of Arkansas educator licensure and employment.

  • Licensure Assessment (Praxis) Summary Pass Rates

    Each year completer licensure assessment (Praxis) summary pass rate data is reported to the U.S. Department of Education as a requirement of Title II of the Higher Education Act.

  • Consumer Information

    Consumer information, including student loan default rate, cost of attendance, average beginning salaries of program completers, and job placement information, are provided in order to allow prospective candidates to assess the cost and potential benefits of the CBC Teacher Education Program.

Faculty Contact Information

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