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.

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.

The Teacher Education Program at Central Baptist College is a candidate for accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 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


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