The mission of the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education is to guide, develop and challenge students academically, professionally, personally and spiritually to prepare leaders who will positively influence and shape society. The school of education strives to provide the highest quality Christian education led by a dedicated faculty and staff committed to student success.
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 our nationally-recognized teacher education programs. Undergraduate programs offered are Early Childhood/Special Education/Elementary/Collaborative (ESEC), Secondary Education for students who wish to major in subjects taught in high schools 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 degree. In addition to the general human development and family science degree, 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 new online offerings for the Doctorate in Educational Leadership and non-certified Master's in Educational Leadership: Policy, Organizations and Leadership.
Curriculum and Instruction
Graduate programs include two Fifth-Year Non-Traditional programs in Elementary and Secondary Education, K–12 Collaborative Special Education Master’s, along with online offerings for Gifted Master’s program, Elementary Master’s and a Teacher Leader program at the educational specialist level. Starting in Fall 2016, a master's in Instructional Design and Technology will be offered.