The Department of Curriculum and Instruction provides an array of services to the college including academic, communications, development, scholarships and research. Please use the links below to contact the chairperson or coordinator for the program listed.
Dr. Michael K. Daugherty became the head of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in July 2007. As department head, Daugherty is responsible for all of the courses, degrees and licensure programs in the department. Currently, there are 31 full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty, 24 clinical instructors, and 34 additional staff members who are supervised by Dr. Daugherty.
Dr. Betsy Orr coordinates the Career and Technical Education (CATE) program. The career and technical education program has three concentrations: business education, family and consumer sciences education and technology education. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) degree can choose one of the concentrations as a field of specialization. Requirements for Arkansas initial licensure may be met by completion of the B.S.E. and the appropriate Praxis exams. Students will be eligible for licensure in grades 7-12. The career and technical education teacher licensure degree program does not require students to enter the M.A.T. (Master of Arts in Teaching).
Dr. Heather Kindall coordinates the Childhood and Elementary Education (CHED) programs. These programs prepare students for initial licensure in grades K-6. There are two paths to licensure: a four-year bachelor of science degree in elementary education and a five-year program resulting in a Master of Arts in Teaching in childhood education.
Dr. Ed Bengtson coordinates the Educational Leadership (EDLE) program. This program prepares students for licensure as a building level principal, a district level superintendent or an Arkansas curriculum/program administrator. EDLE area offers the M.Ed., Ed.S. and the Ed.D. degrees. For students already holding a master's degree, this program has certificates in supervision available for building level, district level or Arkansas curriculum/program level in curriculum or special education.
Dr. Rhett Hutchins coordinates the Education Studies (EDST) degree program in Curriculum and Instruction. This program offers a Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies (B.S.E.), a customizable degree for all students within the College of Education and Health Professions. It focuses on the general theory and practice of learning and teaching. This degree, in itself, does not include licensure. Students completing this program will have the cognitive ability to apply teaching strategies to a variety of employers such as private sector businesses, non-profit organizations, community agencies and with additional training and licensure school settings.
Dr. Cheryl Murphy coordinates the Educational Technology (ETEC) program. This program offers a Master of Education degree in educational technology, which prepares students for professional positions as educational/instructional technologists and instructional designers in education, business, government and the health professions. Murphy is responsible for recruitment of students, advising, program reviews, admissions, and record maintenance.
Dr. Freddie Bowles coordinates the Secondary Education (SEED) program. The secondary education program does not offer a bachelor's degree; all students interested in teaching at the secondary level must first earn a bachelor's degree in a content area (e.g., math, science, English, foreign language) and then enter the secondary education M.A.T program. Wavering is responsible for recruitment of students, advising, program reviews, admissions, and record maintenance.
Dr. Peggy Schaefer-Whitby is the coordinator for the Special Education (SPED) program. The special education program offers a Master of Education degree in special education which can lead to Arkansas licensure in special education or in gifted education. Recently added are two Certificate Programs, one in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and the second in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Dr. Peggy Schaefer Whitby is responsible for recruitment of students, advising, program reviews, admissions, and record maintenance.