Education Department

Being His Hands and Feet

Taylor University’s national- and state-accredited Education programs seek to develop competent, caring, and reflective teachers who are prepared for both local and global service. We offer license-track degrees in Elementary Education and Secondary Education, and a degree in Educational Studies for those who love education but don’t want to be a licensed classroom teacher. All of our Education majors will learn to make professional decisions, plan engaging instruction, interact with learners, and create stimulating learning environments.

Our freshmen Education majors are placed in local schools right away, giving our students more hours in the Indiana classrooms than many other university education programs. Local and international practicums allow students to observe classroom behaviors, assist teachers, and begin putting education theories into practice. Elementary and Secondary Education majors will build upon these short-term practicums with student teaching opportunities during their senior years.

Faculty Set the Example

Our dedicated faculty don’t merely tell you how to be a teacher—they set examples for how to be engaging teachers and provide opportunities for you to gain several interactive teaching experiences. Not only do the professors practice an open-door policy to encourage students to stop by and chat about their lives, but the Education professors also host events and meals in their homes—creating a family atmosphere. They hope to personally see every student grow mentally and spiritually as well as professionally.

Here's Dr. Ben Hotmire explaining the benefits of as Education degree at Taylor .

Teaching Around the World

Since 1962, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, now the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), has accredited the Taylor University Education program. This means you have an opportunity to find work almost anywhere after graduation, from Indiana to India.

The Education department has global connections for students interested in teaching overseas. As an Education major, you can find stretching experiences that will test your teaching abilities across borders by student teaching in locations like Ecuador, the Bahamas, the Philippines, Mexico, and Belize.

All 50 states are members of the Interstate compact, and Indiana has some degree of reciprocity with each state. Any student interested in transferring his or her Indiana teaching license to another U.S. state can speak with our Director of Teacher Licensure for advising.

Taylor University is a Nationally Accredited Teacher Education Institution.

Nationally Accredited Teacher Education Institution

From Student to Teacher

Scholarships

  • Alspaugh-Hodson Family Scholarship: must be an Indiana resident and full-time student majoring in Education, eligible for need-based aid, and have a personal relationship with Christ
  • Halbrook Freedom Scholarship: for students interested in entrepreneurship, education, media, and government, who grasp the essentiality of, and strive to uphold, the enduring principles of the United States of America
  • Art Scholarship: for declared Art or Art Education majors

Career Opportunities

With a success rate of 98%, Taylor Education students should have no trouble finding post-graduation jobs, internships, or graduate school placements. Education majors have many career options—from camp director to in-class teacher to missionary. Taylor’s Bachelor’s in Education degrees also will prepare interested students to enter graduate school.

Most of our graduates are teaching in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan, though some alumni teach outside of the Midwest in Colorado, Texas, Kentucky, and Arizona, among other states. An increasing number of our graduates are teaching abroad. We have sent Education graduates to the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Ghana, the United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Bolivia, and many others.

Learn more about Taylor University’s Education philosophy.

Department News

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From Education Major to College Instructor

Dec 10, 2020

Karissa Crisenbery, a recent Taylor grad, uses her experience and education at Taylor in her role as an instructor at Shepherd’s College.

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Math Education Major Wins National Scholarship

Nov 05, 2020

Junior Abigail Pyle found that her experiences at Taylor set her apart after applying for and winning a prestigious math education scholarship. 

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Working to Close the Education Gap

Oct 29, 2020

Through the Memphis Teacher Residency program, Joel Biere ('16) teaches high school social studies in an underserved community.

Faculty & Staff

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Department Chair

Benjamin Hotmire

Department Chair & Associate Professor of Education

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Alexandria Armstrong

Professor of Education & Director of Teacher Education

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April Dickey

Director of Transition to Teaching and Online Licensure Programs

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Jan Dormer

Instructor of TESOL

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Melissa Jessup

Assistant Professor of Education

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David McGinness

Assistant Professor of Education

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Christy Moore

Assistant Professor of Education

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Kim Overbey

Director of Teacher Licensure

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Shannon Shilts

Education Program Assistant

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Carol Sisson

Associate Professor of Education

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Quinn White

Professor of Education