Academic Catalog 2013-2014 
    Apr 16, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Don Williams School of Education

Stevens Professor Jim Todd, Dean

Assistant Professor Gene Whitfi ll, Associate Dean

Professors James Antenen, Don Ashley, J.B. Boren, Kent Brooks, Barbara Carr, Dean Daniel, Jo Beth DeSoto, Greg Feris, June Hogue, Linda Hutcherson, Keri James, Judy Jarratt, Don Knox, Jerry Price , Tony Strange, Joselyn Thompson, Peggy Wilson

Associate Professors Robert Carpenter, Richard Hendershot, Michael Outlaw, Elane Seebo

Assistant Professors Tamara Callahan, Nichodemus Ejimabo, Joseph Fikes, Charles Huang, Sharon McCall, Linda Murphree, Sylvia Phipps, Karen Quebe, Christy Reed, Michelle Savage, Steven Smith, Debbie Stennett, Nancy Wagner

Instructors Brad Bass, Matthew Garnett, Jim Giacomazzi, Kristen Ann Jones, Shiloh Posey, Landon Schumacher

Lecturer Alyson Hannan, Alesha Robertson, Jamath Shoffner, Rohan Thompson, Brian Whitlock

Emeritus Professors Georgia Flanagan, Virginia Harris, Patricia Herman


The school is named for Don A. Williams in recognition of his support and dedication to education and the involvement with Wayland Baptist University. The Don A. Williams School of Education is composed of two departments that offer undergraduate education: teacher education and exercise and sport science.

Teacher education is a campus-wide commitment. Wayland Baptist University maintains a liberal arts focus and within this framework stresses strong academic foundations. The university believes that its focus is to prepare teachers and leaders in education under the guidance of Christian educators whose focus is on academic, moral and spiritual preparation. The aim of the school is to prepare highly qualified professional educators and leaders in teaching and exercise and sport science. Students are encouraged in the professional preparation by a faculty committed to high ideals within a Christian campus and culture.

Courses of study offered through the school include teacher preparation in elementary, middle school, high school, and special education. Students seeking EC-6, 4-8, or special education certification will complete an academic major within the department of education, and students seeking the 7-12 certification will complete an academic major of their choice in an appropriate school or department. Within the department of exercise and sport science students may acquire certificates to teach physical education and pursue professional studies in various fitness and sport science professions.

The purpose of the professional program offered by the Don Williams School of Education is the preparation of students to assume positions as teachers, coaches, and leaders in the public and private schools and assume leadership in the various communities as fitness and health specialists, and sports administrators.

The Department of Exercise and Sport Science

The purpose of the professional program offered by the Don Williams School of Education is the preparation of students to assume positions as teachers, coaches, community and recreational leaders, fitness and health specialists, and sports administrators. Courses of study offered through the school include the major, minor, and teaching field in exercise and sport science as well as the minor in coaching. Additional coursework is available for students who are interested in becoming licensed athletic trainers. This plan requires courses from the Exercise and Sport Science major and other specialized courses and experiences as specified by the Texas State Department of Health. Upon graduation, each student in the professional program must have sufficient skills to teach, perform, and assess a variety of physical and recreational pursuits; successfully complete a battery of personal fitness standards; participate each term in regular and varied physical activity; and successfully pass a knowledge-based exam covering all areas of the field. For more information, the student is directed to see the dean.

One of the areas of human existence that all students have a responsibility to develop is that of physical and emotional well-being, including the development of skills and attitudes that maintain soundness of mind and body. The Don Williams School of Education provides an activity course program that has a two-fold emphasis: (1) the teaching of total wellness concepts that include health-related fitness principles; and (2) the development of knowledge and skills in activities that can enhance personal fitness and lead to positive use of leisure time.

Three semester hours of credit in activity courses are required for graduation. EXSS 1112 , Concepts of Fitness, is required of all students. Students are encouraged to complete the three-hour requirement during the freshman and sophomore years. Students who have served two or more years in the Armed Forces are exempt and a DD-214 may be required. Students may not repeat the same activity for credit. Because of the lifetime fitness emphasis of the curriculum, age does not exempt one from activity courses. Adapted physical education is accommodated through a personal conditioning activity course. This course is designed to meet the needs of several different groups of students but especially for the student who may be physically challenged.

The School of Education is housed within the Van Howeling complex. Courses of study are offered which can simultaneously fulfill university degree requirements as well as the requirements established by the state for elementary, middle school, secondary, and all-level teaching certificates. University degree/certification programs include the academic program requirements specified for a particular degree and the requirements specified for the desired teacher certification. The following sections detail degree programs offered by the University, the courses included in each program, and the general requirements established for certification.