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The Department of Education programs are designed to prepare teachers for certification in Seventh-day Adventist church schools and in public school systems, as well as for graduate study in education and related fields.

The unit’s conceptual framework is built on the theme–“Holistic Preparation of Teachers for Service in a Multicultural Society” and provides the framework for the teaching and assessment systems. The fifteen conceptual framework outcomes are clearly identified in every aspect of teaching and of the assessment system to help students gain knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become effective teachers.

The Teacher Education Program is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and it is approved by the Alabama State Department of Education, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Department of Education, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).



  • Biology Education (B.S.)
  • Elementary Education (B.S.)
  • English Language Arts Education (B.S.)
  • Health/Physical Education Teaching P-12 (B.S.)
  • Mathematics Education (B.S.)
  • Music: Instrumental Education P-12 (B.S.)
  • Music: Vocal/Choral Education P-12 (B.S.)
  • Religious Education (B.S.)
  • Social Science Education (B.S.)




ED 130 : Orientation to Teaching

An introductory course that includes an overview of the American school system and the preparation and qualities essential for successful teaching in public and private schools. Students will engage in classroom observation and participation in public school classrooms. Prerequisite for admission to teacher education and EN 112.


ED 254 : Microbiology

A study of historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations of education. Special emphasis will be placed on ways of addressing the challenges posed by the cultural diversity in American schools. Prerequisites: EN 112 and ED 130.


ED 300 : Classroom Organization and Management

Analysis and implementation of effective classroom organization in self-contained, nongraded and multigraded settings. Strategies for effective discipline, flexible grouping patterns, and healthy classroom climate are investigated. Prerequisites: ED 130 and 240 and admission to teacher education.



Employee Notes

Onesimus Otieno, Ph.D., professor of Biological Sciences at Oakwood University, has been awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) to work with Dr. Daniel Ganu of the Adventist University of Africa in Kenya, developing Active...

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(CAEP Component 5.4 | A.5.4)
  1. Impact on P-12 learning and development (Component 4.1)
    Teacher Work Samples
  2. Indicators of teaching effectiveness (Component 4.2)
    6 Day Practicum – Intern Disposition – FALL 2017
  3. Satisfaction of employers and employment milestones (Component 4.3 | A.4.1)
    Oakwood Employer Summary Data
  4. Satisfaction of completers (Component 4.4 |1.4.2)
    Oakwood Completers
  5. Copy of Early Field Experience Evaluation-Gate 1 Part 1- ED200 (Fall 2017)
  6. Copy of Early Field Experience Evaluation-Gate 1 Part 2- ED240 (Fall 2017)

Outcome Measures

  1. Graduation Rates (initial & advanced levels)

47% graduation rate for the institution.


  1. Ability of completers to meet licensing (certification) and any additional state requirements; Title II (initial & advanced levels)

All graduates in Education meet the state of Alabama Certification requirements.


  1. Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they have prepared (initial & advance levels)

Last academic year 2016 – 2017are employed as follows:

9 are teaching in their fields

1 is pursuing graduate studies

1 is not working in his field


  1. Student loan default rates and other consumer information (initial & advanced levels)
001033 Oakwood University
7000 Adventist blvd
Huntsville, AL 35896-0001
Master’s Degree or Doctor’s Degree Private Both (FFEL/FDL) Default Rate FY2014