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.

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. While not yet nationally accredited,
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), www.caepnet.org. 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. 

Faculty Contact Information 


Shanda New -  Education Department Chair - Assistant Professor of Education

Cooper Complex - ED101  (501) 205-8835 Email


Lori Cole  -  Assistant Professor of Education

Cooper Complex - ED102  (501) 205-8793 Email 


Dwain East  -  Professor of Education / Director of Assessment 

Cooper Complex - ED103  (501) 205-8798 Email



Joe Fisher
- Assistant Professor of Education

Cooper Complex - LC102 (501) 205-8909 Email


Rebecca Gardner - Adjunct Instructor for Social Studies in Education

No office on campus



Bill Buckner
- Adjunct Instructor

No office on campus