School of Education
Welcome to the School of Education!
The primary function of the School of Education is to prepare teachers for the classrooms of the 21st century. You will find the professors in the School of Education ready to help you reach your goals! We pride ourselves on the fact that the faculty in the School of Education have years of public school experience and bring with them a unique approach to teacher preparation.
McMurry University offers a variety of programs for students who seek a Texas teaching certificate. The School of Education consists of two departments, Curriculum and Instruction and Kinesiology.
The professors in the School of Education are actively engaged in teaching. They emphasize teaching effectiveness and research based pedagogy. There is direct collaboration between students and faculty members on Honors and other research projects. The School of Education offers a professional development school approach, where students are placed in public schools for observation and teaching. The McMurry School of Education has a long standing relationship with the Abilene Independent School District, where we collaborate to enhance the effectiveness of teachers and to increase student learning.
The School of Education participates in the AISD Partners in Education program and regularly place students as volunteers in public schools. We support an America Reads partnership with AISD and work with other local universities in the Big Country Center for Professional Development and Technology. We are also members of the Big Country Teacher Center where we work collaboratively with regional, local, and area school districts on issues relating to student teaching and intern placement. We also collaborate with Region 14, our regional education service center on workshops and training sessions.
McMurry University has collaborated with Abilene Independent School District to create a math and science magnet class for 20 to 25 fifth grade students. Elementary students are on campus all day and engage in hands-on math and science activities as well as activities in art, linguistics, and physical education. The program provides McMurry education students with a unique opportunity for collaboration and participation.
As we look toward the future, we pledge to continually update instructional strategies and provide opportunities for our students to model and engage in critical inquiry, problem solving, decision-making, and creative thinking. In order to fulfill these goals and meet the demands of the 21st century, the School of Education commits itself to an ongoing process of self-examination and assessment. Come join us in our journey! We promise that exciting things are happening every day and we can’t wait for you to arrive!