Professional Pedagogy and Research
Professional Pedagogy and Research
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Professional Pedagogy and Research

Dr. Valjeaner Ford

Dr. Valjeaner Ford, Associate Professor

PRAXIS Liaison
Interim Department Chair for Professional Pedagogy and Research
Office: Education Center, Room 101-G
Phone: 910.521.6893
Email: valjeaner.ford@uncp.edu

 

Staff:

Audria Cummings

Audria Cummings, Administrative Support Associate

Office: Education Center, Room 111
Phone: 910.521.6221
Email: audria.cummings@uncp.edu

Faculty:

Dr. Leah FiorentinoDr. Leah Fiorentino, Professor

Department of Professional Pedagogy and Research
Office: Education Center, Room 317
Phone:910.775.4354
Email: leah.fiorentino@uncp.edu

 

 

Karen GrangerKaren Granger, Director of Teaching Fellows

Department of Professional Pedagogy and Research
Office: Education Center, Room 135
Phone: 910.521.6448
Email: karen.granger@uncp.edu

 

 

Dr. Heather HigginsDr. Heather Higgins, Assistant Professor

Department of Professional Pedagogy and Research
Office: Education Center, Room
Phone: 910.521.6663
Email: heather.higgins@uncp.edu

 

 

Dr. Willie McNeillDr. Willie McNeill, Professor

Department of Professional Pedagogy and Research
Office: Education Center, Room 312
Phone: 910.521.6453
Email: willie.mcneill@uncp.edu

 

 

 

Dr. David Oxendine

Dr. David Oxendine, Associate Professor

Department of Professional Pedagogy and Research
Office: Education Center, Room 310
Phone: 910.521.6324
Email: david.oxendine@uncp.edu

 

 

 

Dr. Sara Simmons

Dr. Sara Simmons, Professor

Department of Professional Pedagogy and Research
Office:Education Center, Room 324
Phone: 910.521.6629
Email:sara.simmons@uncp.edu

 

The courses in the Department of Professional Pedagogy and Research prepare both undergraduate and graduate committed, collaborative, and competent professional educators for diverse and dynamic 21st century educational settings by promoting the following outcomes that support the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards:  essential curricular content and child development knowledge; psychology of teaching and learning; proficient instructional design, delivery, and assessment strategies for diverse learners; effective oral and written communication, classroom management, critical thinking, problem solving, and instructional technology skills; and informed, discerning, and reflective use of research to validate and modify decisions about teaching and learning. 

Additionally, the Department of Pedagogy and Research offers on the graduate level the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program is an interdisciplinary degree option within the Teacher Education Program. The M.A.T. is intended for graduates from accredited colleges or universities with an undergraduate major in humanities, sciences, or social sciences who have few, if any, formal courses in education. The program offers the following areas of specialization: Art Education, English Education, Mathematics Education, Middle Grades Education, Music Education, Physical Education, Science Education, and Social Studies Education. Upon successful completion of the M.A.T. program and state mandated examination(s), recipients will be eligible for a North Carolina “M” license.