Helen DeVos College of Education

With a world to teach, being equipped to do so with excellence is as important as the passion that drives you to do it. In the College of Education, students receive personalized classroom instruction from highly qualified professors in technology-rich classrooms. Underscoring the College’s commitment to academic excellence, all undergraduate teacher license programs and all graduate education programs are CAEP-accredited, and the athletic training education program is CAATE-accredited. 

These faculty are passionate about developing relationships with students to guide and inform their experience. They distinguish themselves in several important ways: energetic involvement in cross-cultural opportunities; a sincere interest in diversity and the acceptance and promotion of differences; a determination to prepare teachers to a rigorous standard, which they approach from a deep well of experience in professional classroom teaching; and broad theoretical knowledge combined with the ability to practically apply it in the classroom. They are expert educators with not only academic credentials but also real-world experience, from former superintendents, principals, and teachers to seasoned professional athletic trainers with at least fifteen years of clinical experience, to exercise science faculty with decades of teaching experience and certification in personal training and strength and conditioning. But in all areas, our professors create opportunities for students to do hands-on projects in the community that bridge the classroom to real-life - it’s simply a great way to learn. 

Laura Anderson

Laura Anderson, PhD

Director of Sharp Curriculum
Professor of Education
Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education | Location: EDU 129
Phone: (423) 614-8482
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Shane Brown

Shane Brown, EdD

Director, Teacher Education Program and Field Experiences
Helen DeVos College of Education | Location: EDU 209D
Phone: (423) 614-8474
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William Estes

William Estes, PhD

Dean,
Distinguished Professor of Education
Helen DeVos College of Education | Location: EDU232
Phone: (423) 614-8192
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JoAnn Higginbotham

JoAnn Higginbotham, DA

Professor of Education
Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education | Location: EDU 209B
Phone: (423) 614-8189
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Mike Iosia

Mike Iosia, PhD

Chair, Department of Health, Exercise Science and Secondary Education
Professor of Exercise Physiology
Department of Health, Exercise Science, and Secondary Education | Location: EDU 233B
Phone: (423) 614-8479
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William Kamm

William Kamm, EdD

Director of Graduate Studies in Education,
Professor of Elementary Education
Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education | Location: EDU 230
Phone: (423) 614-8544
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Taz Kicklighter

Taz Kicklighter, PhD

Director of Athletic Training Program,
Associate Professor of Athletic Training
Athletic Training Education | Location: EDU 102B
Phone: (423) 614-8457
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Dewayne Knight

Dewayne Knight, MD

Associate Professor of Athletic Training
Athletic Training Education | Location: MAB 104
Phone: (423) 614-8437
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Racheal Lawler

Racheal Lawler, PhD

Clinical Education Coordinator of Athletic Training Education HESSE
Assistant Professor
Athletic Training Education | Location: EDU 102A
Phone: (423) 614-8475
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Dan Lawson

Dan Lawson, PhD

Professor of Educational Leadership
Health, Exercise Science, and Secondary Education | Location: EDU 209C
Phone: (423) 614-8465
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Patricia McClung

Patricia McClung, EdD

Chairperson,
Professor of Special Education
Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education | Location: EDU212D
Phone: (423) 614-8471
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Johnny McDaniel

Johnny McDaniel, EdS

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education | Location: EDU 209A
Phone: (423) 614-8523
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Kimberly Moffett

Kimberly Moffett, PhD

Associate Professor of Education
Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education | Location: EDU 212B
Phone: (423) 614-8672
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Stephanie Pope

Stephanie Pope, PhD

Assistant Professor of Elementary Education
Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education | Location: EDU 209E
Phone: (423) 614-8188
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Delia Price

Delia Price, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education
Health, Exercise Science, and Secondary Education | Location: EDU 212A
Phone: (423) 614-6073
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Jason Robinson

Jason Robinson, EdD

Associate Professor of Education
Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education | Location: EDU 212C
Phone: (423) 614-8177
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Deborah Rosenow

Deborah Rosenow, EdD

Assistant Professor of Elementary Education
Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education | Location: EDU 209D
Phone: (423) 614-8184
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Alex Sandoval

Alex Sandoval, MEd

Associate Lecturer in Special Education
Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education | Location: EDU 212E
Phone: (423) 614-8185
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Mark Wickam

Mark Wickam, DA

Professor of Health and Exercise Science
Health, Exercise Science, and Secondary Education | Location: EDU 126
Phone: (423) 614-8470
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Pam Womack

Pam Womack, MEd

Senior Lecturer in Physical Education
Health, Exercise Science, and Secondary Education | Location: EDU 103
Phone: (423) 614-8547
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Jesse Wood

Jesse Wood, PhD

Assistant Professor of Educational Assessment
Health, Exercise Science, and Secondary Education | Location: EDU 212E
Phone: (423) 614-6070
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Look Inside

Take a quick look at the home of the Helen DeVos College of Education: the facility housing our dynamic and close-knit learning community.
EdD

EdD

The Educational Doctorate in Professional Practice prepares the candidate to bring both theory and praxis into their specific area of educational practice. This program was developed by the faculty of the Helen DeVos College of Education along with Local Education Agency (LEA) partners to give candidates the skills and dispositions to impact education administration, policy, and instruction. This includes understanding the nature of change, the relational aspects of administration, and the leading of an organization that is constantly in flux. Analytical data skills and current assessment techniques are foundational to the degree.
Helen DeVos College of Education

Chipper Smith

Chipper Smith is a senior exercise science major from Mount Juliet, Tennessee. He is a resident assistant in the Brinsfield dormitory, co-leader for Backyard Ministries, president of the Forever in Training Club, and a MX4 Instructor at the Rec Center. According to Chipper, Lee offered him a community that encouraged him in his faith and an education that equipped him with information he’s passionate about in health. “Being an RA in the upperclassman male dorms has been one of my best experiences,” he said. “I’ve had so many fulfilling conversations and relationships built from this position.” He was recently accepted to a graduate program at MTSU for a Master in Public Health focusing on Community Health, and will study there after graduation.