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.

Human Development and Family Science

The department of Human Development and Family Life Education (HDFE) 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. Candidates who declare a Human Development and Family Science major can select from six different program options should they desire. 

"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

Program Options

Concentration in Child Development Education

Graduates with a concentration in child development education have a full grasp on developmental, social, economical and other factors that play a role in a child's ability to learn in the classroom. 

Concentration in Child Life

This concentration is for those who desire to work in medical setting providing emotional, social and intellectual support for children and families. 

Concentration in Gerontology

This concentration prepares students to provide services and research for those in the later stages of life. Special emphasis is placed on how aging affects the individual as well as the family.

Accelerated Track in 3+3 Law

This track is ideal for the student interested in adoption, divorce, foster care, intimate partner violence and other areas that affect the well-being of children and families. 

Fast-Track in Public Heath

This fast-track is for those who are called to a life of service in public health. Graduates receive a bachelor's and master's degree in just five years and are prepared to become leaders capable of addressing current global health problems.

Fast-Track in Social Work

This option allows completion of a bachelor's degree in human development and family science and a Master of Social Work after just five years of study. The program offers concentrations in clinical social work and global community development.

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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.