College of Education

  • USA College of Education
  • Dean Kent invites you to visit College of Education
  • College of Education Convocation 2015
  • Jaguars are getting degrees in Education!
  • The USA Brand Launch Party gathered a big crowd
  • COE faculty rallied for the USA Brand Launch Party
  • Dr. Paige Vitulli shows her USA Spirit
  • College of Education Students
  • UCOM Park
  • Josh Wooden - New COE Certification Officer
  • 2016 Student Awards Recipients
  • Noyce Scholarship Winners and Graduates

 "The College of Education faculty is committed to supporting our students and collaborating with the community in order to prepare our graduates to meet the demands of their profession and exceed their professional goals. "
Dean Andi M. Kent



Discover USA College of Education

The College of Education is one of nine colleges and schools of the University of South Alabama.  Founded on February 1, 1967, the College has a total annual budget exceeding 14 million dollars and supports 85 different programs leading to six distinctive degrees.  The College is nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and its educator preparation programs are accredited by the Alabama State Department of Education.

Realize Your Potential to Change the World

Our purpose is to prepare highly-qualified professionals who are committed to meeting the educational needs of our community, state, and nation in an international context that demands a literate citizenry equipped with the tools to be effective in the 21st century - critical thinking and problem-solving, entrepreneurship and economic literacy, interpersonal communication, multicultural competence and global awareness, teaming and collaboration, and proficiency in the use of information and technology to communicate effectively with others.

Meet the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport!

I am excited to announce that the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Studies has been renamed to the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport.

The three elements in the new name, Health, Kinesiology, and Sport, were chosen for the significance they represent within the department. Health and Sport are connected to the program offerings within the department through combinations of physical, mental, and social well-being. Kinesiology is a broader term defined as the student of human movement, encompassing a multi-theoretical base to include the physical, physiological, social, psychological, performance, health, sport performance, and pedagogy aspects of movement. Therefore, the name change will better describe the broader scope of the department.

Dean Andrea M. Kent
College of Education

 Alabama Bicentennial Master Teacher

Dr. Susan Santoli


Dr. Susan Santoli was selected as one of 12 Alabama Bicentennial master teachers, from throughout the state, who will develop and present professional development for Alabama teachers, grades 3-5, as part of a statewide program spanning the three years of Alabama’s bicentennial commemoration beginning in spring, 2017. 


We are South!

Student Raven McShan and Dr. Vitully


 Ms. Raven McShan is a Davidson High School Graduate, USA College of Education Honor Student and USA Scholarship Recipient. Raven is majoring in secondary education, language arts. We enjoyed her inspirational words at the 2016 Employee Campaign for the South Alabama Fund. #WeAreSouth #GoJags #Upward&Onward


 Ms. Raven McShan and Dr. Paige Vitulli

Hot from the Press - Dr. Johnson's Oxford Handbook on Multimethods and Mixed Research Methods


Dr. Burke JohnsonDr. Burke Johnson co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Multimethod and Mixed Methods Research Inquiry with Dr. Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber, Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The Handbook has over 70 contributors, features interdisciplinary perspectives
Dr. Jonson's bookand paradigms, and presents the most comprehensive and current review of the  multi-method and mixed method research field. It provides ample amount of examples and case studies from a wide range of academic disciplines and will serve as an authoritative guide for researchers, policy makers, faculty, and graduate students. 

  Dr. Melody Tucker, College of Education Alumna, Milken Award Winner - The Oscar of Teaching!

Melody Tucker - Milken Award Winner

Milken executive VP Jane Foley,  Citronelle High School science teacher Dr. Melody Tucker and state superintendent Tommy Bice hold a check for $25,000 from the Milken foundation. (Cassie Fambro |

Read more at index.ssf/2016/01/citronelle_ high_teacher_earns.html  


 Department of Leadership and Teacher Education

Dr. Peggy Delmas

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"I like to set an environment where we are exchanging information and ideas, we are working together; I learn from my students, they learn from me, and we learn from each other."

Dr. Peggy Delmas

Department of Professional Studies

Dr. Joel Lewis

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"I believe we have to sort of tear down the walls of where we are and really go out and see what types of things we can do to help our community..."

Dr. Joe'l Lewis

Department of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Studies

Dr. Christopher Keshock

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"If you combine all of the things we have here..., it becomes a nice mix for students to actually see what they are learning in the classroom and experiencing it out there at sport and recreation events."

Dr. Chris Keshock

Meet Our 2015 Scholarship Recipients

Brandon Clark - Exercise Science Program

Brandon Clark

Brandon won the Williams Charitable Foundation Book Award.

"“My ultimate goal is to graduate from a program that allows me to help individuals re-achieve their quality of life. I would like to work with college or high school aged athletes, but I would be happy helping any group of individuals get back to doing what they love to do.”
Brandon Clark

 Alexandria Grow - Collaborative Secondary Special Ed/English Program

Alexandria Grow

Alexandria won the Barbara Phillips Endowed Award for Special Education Teachers.

"“Society relies on teachers to prepare children for their futures. I want to look further than the paperwork and emails ahead of me and know that the impact that I can make in children’s lives is priceless.”
Alexandria Grow

 Kastala Brown - K-6 Teacher Education Program

Kastala Brown

Kastala won the College of Education Scholarship.

“I persevered with my decision to become an educator because I knew that this was the calling on my life. After graduation, I plan to work as a teacher in the public school system while taking classes towards my master’s degree.”
Kastala Brown