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Division Of Education

The Division of Education’s goal is to graduate professionals prepared to model critical and creative thinking to improve the quality of life for students, their families, and the community. The faculty and staff are committed to preparing outstanding educators who will become community leaders and model appreciation for diversity in the classroom.

Teacher Education Programs

The Division of Education offers Teacher Education licensure programs in Elementary Education (ELED, grades K-6) and a non-licensure program in Physical Education (PHED). Each program is built upon a sound liberal arts foundation and an appropriate content area foundation. Each program is also designed to enable candidates to acquire knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are crucial to effective teaching.

Division of Education
  • BA in Physical Education

We offer a teaching endorsement in the following field, and it has been reviewed and accredited by CAEP:

  • BS in Elementary Education K-6

All education majors interested in pursuing a Teacher Education Degree leading to licensure must meet Philander Smith University's graduation and Arkansas Licensure requirements.

Education Concentration 

The Education Concentration is a pathway or a minor that allows students to complete their degree in an area below and pursue educational coursework that will fulfill their licensure to teach in Grades 7-12.  Students who are interested in pursuing the Education Concentration option should speak with an advisor in the Division of Education.

  • Biology 
  • Computer Science
  • English

Graduate studies programs; employment as teachers and principals in elementary and secondary education; local and state education officers; superintendents; university professors; advocates for education; and consultants.



Interim Division Chair: 
Dr. Charity O. Smith
Phone: 501-370-5239
Titus Academic Center, Suite C


Teacher Education Assistant 
Donna Collins
Phone: 501-370-5248
Titus Academic Center, Suite C


Center For Innovation In Teaching Excellence

Education AR Center for Innovation

Better teaching yields better learning. The Arkansas Center for Innovation in Teaching Excellence at Philander Smith University proposes to improve outcomes for all students by offering a comprehensive strategy to enhance K-12 teacher and principal quality in Central Arkansas and the Delta.