The Orlean Beeson School of Education empowers its students to educate, lead, and serve; enriching the community and making a positive difference in the world.
The school of education is divided into four dynamic departments— Teacher Education, Human Development and Family Life Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Leadership.
This department houses nationally-recognized teacher education programs. Undergraduate programs offered are Early Childhood, Special Education, Elementary Collaborative (ESEC), Secondary Education, and an Elementary Education degree with a concentration in Christian Education and Missions for students seeking certification to teach in alternative educational settings.
Human Development and Family Life Education
This department offers the Human Development and Family Science program. In addition to human development and family science, concentrations in child development, child life and gerontology are available. This department also offers a 3 + 3 Law Program, which is available to Samford students from any undergraduate major; however, the human development and family science degree works particularly well for those interested in family law and policy issues. Also offered is a family science/social work fast track option which allows students to obtain a bachelor's and master's degree in five years.
Graduate programs offered in this department include Instructional Leadership at the master’s and educational specialist level along with online offerings for the Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Master's in Educational Leadership: Policy, Organizations and Leadership.
Curriculum and Instruction
Graduate programs include three fifth-year nontraditional programs in Elementary Education, Secondary Education and K-12 Special Education. Traditional programs are also offered in K–12 Special Education, Gifted Education, Elementary Education and a master's in Instructional Design and Technology.