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of Education

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Learn to teach at Austin Peay.

Our diverse program offerings bring your career as an educator even closer from our Pre-K – 12 programs through our Doctorate in Educational Leadership. From initial licensure to preparing you to lead as a school administrator, we equip you to succeed.

Austin Peay's education programs will give you the tools you need to be a world-class educator.

Our departments of Teaching and Learning and Educational Specialties offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs that will give you the training you need to be successful in our classroom and in yours. Our various Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs provide multiple avenues for career changers and college graduates in other disciplines to prepare themselves to become teachers. The Doctorate of Educational Leadership will prepare you for a variety of positions from state and district leadership roles to educational research and higher education careers.

Upcoming Events

Praxis Prep Workshops

Are you gearing up to conquer the Praxis exams? We've got an incredible opportunity for you! Join us for our upcoming free Praxis Prep Workshops, where you'll gain valuable insights and strategies to help you ace these crucial exams.

But that's not all – we're offering study giveaways that you won't want to miss!

  1. Gain Confidence and Master the Material: Our workshops are designed to provide you with a deep understanding of the Praxis exam content, equipping you with the knowledge and confidence to tackle even the toughest questions. Limited seats are available, so be sure to register for all the sessions you want to attend.
  2. Praxis Resource Books Up for Grabs: At the end of every workshop, we'll be giving away a Praxis resource book to help you study smarter and more effectively.
  3. Grand Prize Giveaway: After attending all four workshops, you'll be automatically entered into a grand prize drawing to win a reimbursement for the cost of one future Praxis exam!

To claim your spot and take advantage of these incredible opportunities, register here

Workshop Schedule

Date: Monday, March 25
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
Content Area: Elementary Education: Mathematics (5003)
Faciltator: Dr. Audrey Bullock
Location: MMCS 244

Date: Tuesday, April 9
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
Content Area: Elementary Education: Science (5005)
Faciltator: Dr. Donna Short
Location: CX 104

Date: Tuesday, April 10
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
Content Area: Elementary Education: Social Studies (5004)
Faciltator: Ms. Erica Boone
Location: CX 227

Date: Monday, April 15
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
Content Area: Reading/Language Arts (5002); Teaching Reading (5205)
Faciltator: Ms. Angela Stone
Location: CX 216

Don't miss out on this chance to supercharge your Praxis prep. If you have questions about these workshops, please email Dr. Joanne Philhower at philhowerj@pcexprt.com.

Spring Book Club

Spring Book ClubThe Austin Peay State University community students, faculty, staff and local teachers are invited to participate in the Spring Book Club, hosted by the 365bet Student Tennessee Education Association (STEA) chapter. Join us for an interactive discussion of this eye-opening memoir, "I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban," by Malala Yousafzai. A limited number of books will be available for students who attend monthly STEA meetings in the spring. Please come ready to discuss the book! Light snacks will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP, please email Dr. Joanne Philhower at

Date: April 11, 2024
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Woodward Library 232

EDU Morning Brew

Thursday, April 25
9 - 11 a.m.
Claxton 2nd Floor

Enjoy free coffee and snacks provided by the Eriksson College of Education Dean's Office. Meet COE faculty, staff and students, and learn about upcoming events and opportunities in the College of Education in an informal, drop-in setting. 

Academic Departments

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Educational Specialties

The Department of Educational Specialties offers advanced degree programs in both licensure and non-licensure areas. The mission of the department of Educational Specialties is to prepare and support educational professionals in their development as effective practitioners.

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Teaching and Learning

The Department of Teaching and Learning offers degrees in initial licensure programs. As you pursue your potential career as a professional educator, please explore what the Department of Teaching and Learning has to offer in support of your career goal.

Scholarship Opportunities

There are several scholarship opportunities available now. Click the button below to learn more and download applications. 

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Sarah Dugger
Sarah Dugger
('21) Doctor of Education

It’s been a great program. A lot of really practical course work, things I’ve been able to implement over the last three years.
Sibyl Brush
Sibyl Brush
('24) Pre-K - 3rd Grade Education

The professors and students in this department are some of the most inclusive, progressive and kind people I’ve ever met.
Emmanuel Méjeun
Emmanuel Méjeun
('17) Music Performance and Education

Everything about my story is tied to music: it’s my passion, it’s my love, it’s going to be my job — It’s everything to me.
Susannah White
Susannah White
Elementary Education

Without Austin Peay's programs, I wouldn't have found my passion for teaching children, or seen the joy a child experiences when they learn how to sing or play an instrument.

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Tracy Bettencourt

"365bet has amazing technology I can't afford at home like book scanners or screen readers. This University gave me the same opportunity to succeed as any other student, and I wouldn't change my experience for anything in the world."

Allison Oliver
Allison Oliver

"I believe great institutions and effective educators are humble enough to know that progress comes from shared learning experiences and that we can learn from each other."

Joanne Philhower
Joanne Philhower

“I look forward to learning from and with my students just as much as they learn from me. I'm excited about getting to know them as people and not just as students.”