The School of


Lisa Helaire Taylor, Ed.D

Dean of Education
Office: (903) 923-2432 |

The mission of the School of Education is to produce competent, capable, and caring educators who meet all certification requirements for the State of Texas. Our Educator Preparation Program comprises a 15-year strategic plan with intensive, guided pathways and curricular enhancements to make sure students are fully-certified and employable. Our “career pathways” framework provides extensive co-curricular and technology-related experiences to prepare teachers for dynamic future classrooms.

Students enrolling in our Educator Preparation Program will learn practical, effective ways to integrate technology resources and technology-based methods. Students will design and produce interactive, Internet-based lessons that incorporate Technology Applications of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). In addition, students will master accessibility standards and Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and they will also become familiar with over 40 educational technology tools:

Micro and Video Lectures with EdPuzzle, VoiceThread, Prezi, Vid Grid, Flip Grid, Stream, Screen Cast-o-Matic, Captura, Athena, REV, PodCast, Jing, and Digital Storytelling

Gamification through Gliffy, GooseChase, Plicker, Mentimeter, Twinery, Kahoot, Itch, FunBrain, and Credily

Video Conferencing through Zoom, Polycom, i2i, WebEx, and Collaborate

Collaboration through Trello, Padlet, Google Applications, Wikis, and Shutterfly

Accessibility through WAVE, Oscar, ReadSpeaker, AMARA, YouDoIt, Screen Reader, Voice Over, Jaws, Ally, Athena, and NVGA

Degree Programs

Early Childhood Education
Middle Grades Education
Secondary Education – English Language Arts & Reading
Secondary Education – History
Secondary Education – Life Science
Secondary Education – Mathematics
Music Education
Physical Education and Health
Spanish Education
Interdisciplinary Studies


General goals of the Division of Education are to:

  • Provide the content knowledge required to master/pass the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES).
  • Provide extensive supervised field-based and laboratory experiences throughout the pre-service teacher certification program;
  • Provide prospective teachers with an understanding of the learner-centered learning processes, and to translate these understandings into appropriate teaching behaviors;
  • Provide opportunities for teacher candidates to experience professional practices, responsibilities and organizational structure of the education profession;
  • Develop a cadre of prospective teachers who demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and professional behavior required for becoming effective teachers; and
  • Prepare teacher candidates with a foundation for successful study at the graduate level.

Teacher Certification Areas

The Educator Preparation Program offers a total of 16 teacher certification areas for degree-seeking students:

Early Childhood – Core Subjects (Grades EC–6)
Middle Grades – Core Subjects (Grades 4-8)
English Language Arts & Reading (Grades 4-8)
English Language Arts & Reading (Grades 7-12)
Health (Grades EC-12)
History (Grades 7-12)
Languages Other Than English – Spanish (Grades EC-12)
Life Science (Grades 7-12)
Mathematics (Grades 4-8)
Mathematics (Grades 7-12)
Music Education Grades EC-12)
Physical Education (Grades EC-12)
Science (Grades 4-8)
Science (Grades 7-12)
Social Studies (Grades 4-8)
Social Studies (Grades 7-12)


The mission is realized for all candidates through the attainment of twelve common goals that are aligned with the Texas Education Agency Standards for Teachers and Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards, while the EPP meets the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) program standards.  The Educator Preparation Program has established various subject specific certifications to assist candidates to:

  1. Develop an understanding of the subject matter areas, create meaningful learning experiences on this knowledge, and master/pass the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES).
  2. Prepare teacher candidates with a foundation for successful study at the graduate level.
  3. Develop an understanding of students’ cognitive, social, physical, and emotional development and create learning opportunities that support student academic development.
  4. Recognize and value student diversity and the differences in how students learn, and provide instruction to accommodate such diversity.
  5. Develop instructional plans based on students’ needs, curricular goals and models, subject matter, and community.

Requirements for Traditional Teacher Certification

High school graduates who desire to become teachers through this program at Wiley College must, like all other students, meet the general admission requirements of the College, enter as a freshman, and become recognized as an education major. In addition to the courses required of all freshmen and sophomores, education majors, during those first two years, must meet the qualifying requirements for admission to the EPP by the end of the sophomore year.

Candidates who pursue a degree in teacher education are expected to meet the requirements for certification prior to graduation. Candidates must formally apply for admission into the Educator Preparation Program before April 15 and September 15 of each year.

Policies for Admission into the traditional Educator Preparation Program

Acceptance and enrollment at Wiley College does not automatically make one a candidate in the Educator Preparation Program in the School of Education. Students seeking admission to the traditional undergraduate EPP must:

  • File a formal application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program.
  • Submit an official transcript showing that the last 60 semester credits on all previously attempted coursework have been earned with an overall 2.75 GPA.
  • Complete all program coursework, except for the semester in which application is made, at or above a “C” grade level.
  • Be current in all financial obligations to the College.
  • Have a preliminary background check application completed by the College’s Human Resource Office.
  • Demonstrate competencies in reading, writing and mathematics through meeting the Texas Success Initiative cut score for each subtest (Essay: Score of 5, Writing: score of 360, Reading: Score of 350, Mathematics: Score of 350). Students may also meet this requirement by providing evidence of an ACT composite score of 23 or a SAT composite score of 1070 or a transcript reflecting an Associate’s degree.
  • If applicable, demonstrate English Language Proficiency skills through meeting the TOEFL score of 26.
  • Complete 12 to 15 credits in content courses as prescribed in the respective chosen area of teacher certification. Students seeking certification in Early Childhood Education must complete 48 credits of content in social studies, science, mathematics, and English Language Arts.
  • Submit an essay concerning his or her desire to become a teacher. The essay must be at least 2 typewritten pages, double spaced.
  • Complete a qualifying interview with a Proficient Rating.
  • Complete and pass a reading diagnostic assessment.
  • When the student is accepted into the EPP, (s)he must officially accept the admission status to be recognized as a Teacher Candidate.

Criteria for Admission to and Retention in the Student Teaching (Clinical)

To be admitted to student teaching a candidate must:

  • Pass the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) and Content examination (according to the candidate’s certification area).
  • Possess at least a 2.75 GPA.
  • Complete all program coursework, except for the semester in which application is made, at or above a “C” grade level.
  • Complete at least 55 hours of field based experiences/observation
  • Complete the federal criminal background check process (including fingerprinting) as a condition to obtain a student teaching placement. Teacher candidates may not be placed in a student teaching placement based on results of this background check.
  • Submit proof of liability insurance through membership in one or more professional education organizations: Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA), Texas Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA), et
  • Provide evidence of Code of Ethics training (signatures required).

To be retained in Student Teaching, a student must:

  • Adhere strictly to all policies and procedures outlined in the Student Teaching Handbook.
  • Continue performing at or above a “C” grade level in Student Teaching and at the mid- point of the Student Teaching.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the traditional Educator Preparation Program (EPP), students must meet the following requirements:

  • Earn a minimum grade point average of 2.75.
  • Pass all courses required in the major with a grade of C or better.
  • Successfully complete Student Teaching with a “B” or better.
  • Complete at least 55 hours of field based experiences/observation
  • Take the Senior Comprehensive Exams.

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

The Interdisciplinary Studies degree program provides opportunities for career-minded students to take courses in more than one discipline and to receive work-related experiences necessary for specialized professions. The faculty and staff work closely with each student to design individualized academic pathways that allow them to focus on one of seven concentrations in the four academic schools: Social Sciences and Humanities; Business and Technology; Sciences; and Education.

Areas or Emphasis Interdisciplinary Concentrations
Area 1 Social Sciences and Humanities Liberal Arts
Area 2 Social Justice and Human Services Administration
Area 3 Nate Parker Film, Theater, and Mass Communications
Area 4 Business and Technology Industry Management and Technology
Area 5 Sciences Biological Technology
Area 6 Education Child Development Education
Area 7 Health and Wellness Education

Complaint Process

The policy of the Educator Preparation Program at Wiley College, in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency, provides a student complaint process which includes maintaining a record of the formal written complaints received. The policy from TEA reads as follows:

TAC 228.70:
(a) Purpose. Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff shall maintain a process through which a candidate or former candidate in an educator preparation program (EPP), an applicant for candidacy in an EPP, an employee or former employee of an EPP, a cooperating teacher, a mentor, or an administrator in a school district, charter school, or private school may submit, in accordance with subsection (c)(1) of this section, a complaint about an EPP for investigation and resolution.

The Wiley College Educator Preparation Program encourages the resolution of student complaints through timely communication as close as possible to the point of origin. Students having a complaint concerning courses and/or programs offered by the Education Department should direct their questions to the professor directly responsible for teaching the course. For issues relating to a student protesting a grade, the policy will be followed as outlined in the Wiley College Catalog. Other issues, such as matters of academic integrity, discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct will also follow policy as outlined in the Wiley College catalog.

The Wiley College Educator Preparation Program seeks to adequately address all student complaints in an acceptable manner that avoids a formal grievance process. If the issue cannot be resolved internally through the Student Complaint process, a student may file a complaint with the Texas Education Agency directly.

Contact TEA directly at:
TEA Complaints Management
1701 N. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701-1494
Telephone: 512.463.3544 Fax: 512.475.3665

  • School of Education Faculty

    Last Name First Name Title School Department
    Brown Carlos B Instructor Education Music Education
    Coleman Martha Lopez Assistant Professor Education Library Services
    Frank Sylvia Other Education Student Suppport Services
    Hicks Carol Associate Professor Education Interdisciplinary Studies
    Johnson Garnett Other Education Interdisciplinary Studies
    Moody Billy Instructor Education Physical Education and Health
    Quarles Derrick Instructor Education Student Success Center
    Taylor Lisa Assistant Professor Education Interdisciplinary Studies
    Watson Qutina Other Education Learning Center
    Young Kristi Assistant Professor Education Early Childhood Education