Orlean Beeson School of Education is home to four dynamic undergraduate programs. Education undergraduate candidates can choose between four majors in two departments. No matter the path they select, all candidates are empowered to educate, lead and serve.

Department of Human Development and Family Life Education

The department of Human Development and Family Life Education focuses on enriching the lives of families through education, service and advocacy. Jobs in this field take courage and stamina. With unmatched field experience, community support and a strong reputation, candidates leave Samford ready to conquer any challenge. 

Human Development and Family Science

  • This program recognizes that many candidates have the desire to serve others as an advocate. Candidates who declare a Human Development and Family Science major can select from six different program options should they desire. Concentrations are available in child development education, child life and gerontology. Accelerated programs are available in 3+3 law, master's of social work, and master's of public health. No matter what track they select, candidates are equipped with the power to impact lives for the better.

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"My human development and family science classes have truly shaped the way that I view the world and taught me that helping people is a privilege." - Jane Reid '17, human development and family science

Department of Teacher Education

The department of teacher education is committed to recognizing and nurturing excellence among its teacher candidates through a high-quality Christian education. Candidates are on the front lines of change in the classroom and community. They are prepared to be difference-makers through distinctive real-world experiences. Teacher certification is available in early childhood education, early childhood special education, elementary education, elementary special education and secondary education.

Early Childhood, Special Education, Elementary, Elementary Collaborative (ESEC)

  • The nationally recognized ESEC program is designed to meet the needs of candidates interested in teaching children birth through sixth grade. Candidates pursuing this degree earn Alabama teaching certificates in four areas. This qualifies graduates for numerous job opportunities. 
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Elementary Education with a concentration in Christian Education and Missions

  • This program is designed for candidates who desire the flexibility and opportunity to integrate service and teaching in an educational mission setting. The Christian education and missions concentration is open to students throughout the university.
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Secondary Education

  • The secondary education program is for candidates who wish to teach at the middle or high school level (6th-12th grade). By pairing Samford's renowned and rigorous content classes with solid pedagogy and teaching strategies, we aim to equip graduates to be highly skilled and innovative educators.
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Educators have the responsibility of preparing every other profession. Teachers have an enormous responsibility to prepare the future professionals and leaders of the world. If we fail, society fails." - Mandy Jayne (Stanley) Antwine '14, ESEC, Kappa Delta Pi National Student Teacher of the Year.