The School of Education faculty and students will be brought together in a new education building located along Main Street in the northwestern part of the campus. It will be constructed in a portion of the current parking lot on the south side of the Thompson Academic Complex, opposite of the J. Howard Hodge Memorial Bell Towers. The university has a strong heritage of preparing teachers who serve as Christian role models in both public and accredited private schools. Additionally, the school’s Master of Education in Instructional Leadership program prepares students to become certified principals in Texas.
A great advantage of this $5 million building is that it will centralize the School of Education in one building instead of being spread out around campus, as it is presently. This new building will consist of 14,842 square feet, designed to enhance the students’ learning experience. Highlights will include:
- two flexible classrooms for 32 students;
- seminar room for small classes;
- elementary classroom to simulate real-world teaching environments;
- resource/work room for students to prepareteaching materials;
- tutoring clinic to accommodate 40 students; and
- offices for the School of Education, the Collegium and the developmental studies program.
Construction of the Education Center is tentatively scheduled to commence in 2015.