Hardin-Simmons University Irvin School of Education

Hardin-Simmons University Irvin School of Education Welcome to the offical page for Hardin-Simmons University Department of Educational Studies!
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Hardin-Simmons University Department of Educational Studies is committed to the pursuit of knowledge and skills for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students in teacher certification, Graduate level gifted and reading education, and Doctoral level leadership studies.

Mission: The mission of the Pedagogy & Professional Responsibilities program is to prepare students for a future career in teaching that integrates effective and productive pedagogical practices while making ethical decisions. Masters of Education, Reading Specialist: The program’s philosophy emphasizes the need for and relevance of specialized training in applying theory to practice for individuals who choose to pursue Reading Education at the graduate level. Masters in Gifted Education: The Gifted Education Program supports the belief that educators who work with gifted/talented students should possess knowledge and skills related to current research and practice in order to effectively serve advanced learners and communicate with stake holders. Doctorate in Leadership: The Doctorate in Leadership (Ed.D.) merges an academy of scholars with community practitioners to develop enlightened, ethical leaders. Through study in a faith-based environment, graduates will embody skills, knowledge, and dispositions to bridge theories with research-based practices to become visionary leaders.

We are proud of one of our Irvin School of Education alumni, Lindsi Goettsch. Congratulations.
05/24/2020

We are proud of one of our Irvin School of Education alumni, Lindsi Goettsch. Congratulations.

Way to go, Conlan Aguirre, current Defensive Back Coach for Abilene High School, for continuing training for football pl...
05/17/2020
AHS football coach uses Twitter to motivate players

Way to go, Conlan Aguirre, current Defensive Back Coach for Abilene High School, for continuing training for football players during COVID-19. During Conlan's teacher preparation, he maintained excellence in academics in Irvin SOE and Math Department, HSU football, and even while working in HSU Richardson Library. We are all proud of you.
https://www.bigcountryhomepage.com/sports/local-sports/ahs-football-coach-uses-twitter-to-motivate-players/

During this time of year the AHS football team is usually in the weight room or on the field doing their spring practices, however, AISD had to cancel the rest of the semester due to the Covid-19 o…

W.B. Irvin Outstanding Student Teacher of the Year Education AwardThis award was established to assist teacher education...
05/08/2020

W.B. Irvin Outstanding Student Teacher of the Year Education Award
This award was established to assist teacher education graduates as they begin their teaching careers. Recipients should intend to teach, demonstrate high levels of scholarship, and possess the attitude and personality essential to a quality teacher. This year’s Irvin outstanding student teacher of the year is Trinity Ann Copeland.

Trinity Copland is a senior Interdisciplinary Generalist and she has been student teaching at Taylor Elementary Third grade in Mrs. Brittney Keesee’s classroom. Kathy Bunnell, Trinity’s supervisor stated, “I loved watching your magic! The kids love you! Lots of learning going on.”

The Education Deans of Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas Educator of the Year Award is given to a student w...
05/08/2020

The Education Deans of Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas Educator of the Year Award is given to a student who has distinguished herself or himself throughout the Hardin-Simmons University teacher preparation program. This year’s Irvin School of Education EDICUT Educator of the Year is A’breanna Harrison.

A'breanna Harrison is a senior Interdisciplinary Generalist and she has been student teaching at Reagan Elementary Kindergarten in Mrs. Kristi Luckenbaugh’s classroom. Dr. Perry K. Haley Brown, Dean said, A’breanna is a scholar and a teacher at heart. She is always enthusiastic, well prepared, and willing to help. “Working with A’breanna was always a joy! She accepted each task and did an excellent job!”

Congratulations to one of our education majors,  Laurie Harris.  Laurie Harris received Abilene ISD TLC Math Teacher of ...
05/05/2020

Congratulations to one of our education majors, Laurie Harris.

Laurie Harris received Abilene ISD TLC Math Teacher of the Year!!!! Congrats Laurie on this amazing achievement.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all of our fellow educators! Thank you for all you do!! .

Another Irvin SOE alumni, Mrs. Libby Gibson, making the news. The faculty of the Irvin SOE are proud of you!Let's Celebr...
04/28/2020

Another Irvin SOE alumni, Mrs. Libby Gibson, making the news. The faculty of the Irvin SOE are proud of you!

Let's Celebrate Austin Elementary TLC Teacher of the Year-Libby Gibson!

Libby Gibson possess what can only be described as a contagious passion to help all students succeed. She has been teaching for 11 years and her love for teaching is quite evident. She is a second grade teacher at Austin Elementary, and an Apple cohort leader. Ms. Gibson is known for making sure each and every child has what he or she needs to succeed in her class, going above and beyond. We are proud of you Ms. Gibson! #CelebrateAISD

04/28/2020

The Irvin SOE faculty are proud of one of our alumni, Mr. CJ Danser, who is a math teacher in Eula ISD.

Mr. Danser's 4th grade class Imagine Math Facts classrooms just scored the biggest GOAL of their school year! Mr. Danser's 4th Grade classrooms worked extremely hard mastering their facts and increasing their fact fluency. They have earned the title of “Imagine Math Fact Cup Classroom Winners” for their fact fluency.
They will receive a Pizza Party upon their return to school in August, courtesy of Imagine Math.
Congratulations to Mr. Danser's 4th grade classrooms for their amazing efforts this Spring. Mastering your facts is the biggest GOAL you can achieve with Imagine Math Facts! (This was a state and nation wide contest)

03/18/2020
Houston Lantrip Center for Literacy and Learning at HSU

Houston Lantrip Center for Literacy and Learning at HSU

Do you need additional help for your student with dyslexia, dysgraphia, or learning disability while schools are closed? The Houston Lantrip Center is providing remote services for students with reading and writing difficulties. Message us today to find out more!

02/15/2020

By now you have probably heard that Hardin-Simmons University is adjusting their organizational structure and program offerings. This post will explain the restructuring of the current graduate and undergraduate programs within the CHSES at Hardin-Simmons University and the transitioning process into the next academic years. If you are graduating May 2020, you will not be affected by the following changes, your graduation will be in the College of Human Sciences and Educational Studies as planned.

Closure of graduate programs include the following:

Reading
Gifted
Express Teacher Certification (ETC)

Closure of undergraduate programs include the following:

Physical Education

Please know any current students enrolled in any of these academic programs will complete the degree in a timely manner. There will be a “teach-out” for these programs.

We will no longer be a College of Human Sciences & Educational Studies. With the collapsing of the CHSES, the different departments/school within the CHSES, will be added to other HSU Colleges.

Here are the changes effective Fall 2020:

College of Health Professions

Athletic Training

Fitness, Recreation & Sports Management

Master of Science in Kinesiology, Sport & Recreation


College of Business & Professional
Studies

Irvin School of Education Teacher Preparation

Human Services Administration (all four tracks)

Master of Education in Higher Education & Student Affairs

Master of Education in Special Education (pending SACSCOC approval)

Doctor of Leadership in Higher Education



College of Liberal Arts

Graduate Studies in:

COHD & CCMF

While change is a part of life, the quality of your career preparation remains the utmost importance to all the faculty members in your programs. We will continue to provide the same level of excellence in all aspects of your remaining time at HSU.

Please contact Dr. Perry Kay Brown, Dean of College of Human Sciences and Educational Studies,  to register your 4 or 5 ...
02/04/2020

Please contact Dr. Perry Kay Brown, Dean of College of Human Sciences and Educational Studies, to register your 4 or 5 year old for Exploration Station at HSU.

Homecoming 2019. Great time of catching up with alumni from all over the state. We are so thankful to have witnessed a l...
10/19/2019

Homecoming 2019. Great time of catching up with alumni from all over the state. We are so thankful to have witnessed a living miracle enter the room - Ian Williams.

Over 3 years of planning together, dreaming together, praying together, and traveling to other centers to gain insights ...
10/17/2019

Over 3 years of planning together, dreaming together, praying together, and traveling to other centers to gain insights together. The day finally arrived to dedicate the Houston-Lantrip Center for Literacy and Learning. We are grateful for the many passionate donors and educators who made this possible along with the support of the current faculty and staff within our College of Human Sciences & Educational Studies and Irvin School of Education. Grateful for the support and vision of Dr. Perry K. Brown, Dean of the College of Human Sciences & Educational Studies, Dr. Emily Dean, Director of the HLCLL, and Dr. Trube Miller, Director of the Special Education - Applied Behavior Analysis program. We are excited for the educational training this facility will bring to graduate and undergraduate education majors. Along with the educational training, we are thankful for the future children and families who will be blessed by the people within this amazing facility. We appreciate the many HSU administrators and faculty/staff members who assisted in committee meetings, construction of facility meetings, etc. We cannot forget the special people who came 20 years before today who had a part in building the educational foundation of the HLCLL - Dr. Pam Williford, previous Dean of the Irvin School of Education, Dr. Collene Simmons, previous director of the HLCC, and Mary Lou Butler, trainer within the HLCC. What a special continuation point for so many lives.

About ten or more years ago,  the Irvin School of Education faculty began dreaming and planning for a structure to provi...
09/06/2019

About ten or more years ago, the Irvin School of Education faculty began dreaming and planning for a structure to provide education for future and current teachers, a safe and inviting location for therapy for school aged children with diverse educational needs, and resources for families, school districts, local agencies and organizations. Today Dr. Trube Miller and Dr. Emily Dean provided tours of the new facility which should be totally ready to open for services to community in mid to late January. It is a dream come true thanks to the many wonderful donors who gave to this amazing educational center. Here are just a few photos of the sneak peek of the Houston-Lantrip Center for Literacy and Learning for the various community, civic, government, religious, and education related guests and HSU students.

Our new Master of Education program,  Higher Education and Student Affairs, began last night with a weekend orientation....
08/24/2019

Our new Master of Education program, Higher Education and Student Affairs, began last night with a weekend orientation. The Dean of College of Human Sciences and Educational Studies, Dr. Perry Kay Brown, welcomed the graduate students to the launching of the new online program. Dr. Renee Collins, director of HESA, shared about the history of an Ed.D Leadership class constructing the program three years ago. The HESA students participated in activities with some of the HESA faculty (Dr. Gina Shipley, Mrs. Stacey Martin, Dr. Kym Schow, Dr. Eric Wyatt, Dr. Scott Hamm, Dr. Renee Collins) along with discussing important topics with a panel of HSU Student Affairs staff who are passionate about ensuring all HSU students receive a holistic, transformative education - integrating academic, social, emotional, spiritual, and physical perspectives. We are thankful for Holly and Francis Edwards, Alyssa Rasco, Nikki Rhodes, and Dr. Edgar Reed for all they do for HSU. Thank you, Dr. Emily Dean, for presenting Writing Tips Using APA. We are praying for the first group of HESA students: Allison Goodwin, Kelsey Davis, Khamisie Green, and Josh Pumphrey

Please share with anyone who would like to work in higher education settings. The HESA grad program starts this August. ...
08/08/2019

Please share with anyone who would like to work in higher education settings. The HESA grad program starts this August. 30-hours, online.

Congratulations,  Dr. Lindsay Boynton, on your successful dissertation defense. Grateful for the dissertation committee ...
07/25/2019

Congratulations, Dr. Lindsay Boynton, on your successful dissertation defense. Grateful for the dissertation committee members: Dr. Lindsay Edwards, Dr. Raney Edmiston, and Dr. Jeremy Rhodes.

Congratulations,  Dr. Yvonne Realivasquez. We are proud of your determination,  excellent work, and successful defense o...
07/09/2019

Congratulations, Dr. Yvonne Realivasquez. We are proud of your determination, excellent work, and successful defense of your dissertation. We are grateful to the entire dissertation committee for their support, guidance, and wisdom along the way. Dr. Mary Christopher, Dr. Dara Brown, and Dr. Shane Davidson. Thankful for the many others involved in the dissertation journey ... Dr. Scott Hamm, Dr. Jacob Brewer, Dr. Nancy Kucinski, Dr. Lindsay Edwards, and many other faculty members.

Congratulations Brian Dawson on defending your dissertation proposal! Scott Hamm.
06/28/2019

Congratulations Brian Dawson on defending your dissertation proposal! Scott Hamm.

Dream-Catchers Summer Camp is appreciative of the donors who have made the 2019 camp happen: Community Foundation of Abi...
06/26/2019
Students to teachers: Hardin-Simmons hosts Dream Catchers Camp

Dream-Catchers Summer Camp is appreciative of the donors who have made the 2019 camp happen: Community Foundation of Abilene, HSU alumni, local businesses, and individual families who love the Irvin SOE Teacher Preparation Program.

We are grateful for the KRBC coverage of the camp.

https://www.bigcountryhomepage.com/news/main-news/students-to-teachers-hardin-simmons-hosts-dream-catchers-camp/

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Usually college education students have to wait until their senior year to get hands on experience leading a classroom but for a few students at Hardin-Simmons, t…

Day Nursery of Abilene College Heights Renewed Project Unveiling...Dr. Perry K. Brown, Dean of the College of Human Scie...
06/19/2019

Day Nursery of Abilene College Heights Renewed Project Unveiling...Dr. Perry K. Brown, Dean of the College of Human Sciences and Educational Studies, and Irvin SOE faculty members are thankful for everyone involved in the project...Mary Burke, Shannon Maynard, Cynthia Pearson, all of Day Nursery of Abilene, Hendrick Health System and Hardin-Simmons University. The Irvin School of Education EC-6 majors along with the Human Services Administration (Preschool & Childcare) majors will complete required practicums and internships at this location - College Heights Elementary School 1450 N. 17th Street. The Day Nursery should open late Fall 2019.

Cohort 2018 of the HSU Doctorate in Leadership program studying, researching, learning and having fun on their travel co...
06/09/2019

Cohort 2018 of the HSU Doctorate in Leadership program studying, researching, learning and having fun on their travel course to Austin with Dr. Kucinski. Learning the impact of good leadership on organizations.

Our EC-6 majors in READ 4394 spent today with numerous regional educators at Region 14 ESC Google Digital Portfolio Sess...
06/06/2019

Our EC-6 majors in READ 4394 spent today with numerous regional educators at Region 14 ESC Google Digital Portfolio Session. We appreciated the interactive workshop with Christy Cate. We cannot wait to apply all we learned in Dream Catchers Camp.

We are proud of Kaylee Channell, one of our EC-6 education alum. She was awarded the 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Award a...
06/01/2019

We are proud of Kaylee Channell, one of our EC-6 education alum. She was awarded the 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Award at Wylie ISD Early Childhood campus in Abilene, Tx. Congratulations!

Congratulations,  Breanna Young, for your Teacher of the Year Award at Hawley High School. We are proud of you.
05/21/2019

Congratulations, Breanna Young, for your Teacher of the Year Award at Hawley High School. We are proud of you.

What a wonderful afternoon celebrating graduation with the graduate and doctoral students.  Congratulations,  what an am...
05/11/2019

What a wonderful afternoon celebrating graduation with the graduate and doctoral students. Congratulations, what an amazing accomplishment.

Congratulations to all of the future teachers.  We pray the next chapter of life unfolds with many blessings.
05/11/2019

Congratulations to all of the future teachers. We pray the next chapter of life unfolds with many blessings.

1st Upbeat Concert at HSU.  Loved the harmony of all the talented singers.  Education majors within the group include:  ...
05/07/2019

1st Upbeat Concert at HSU. Loved the harmony of all the talented singers. Education majors within the group include: Alyssa Anderson, Kara Litton, Emily Caporale, Serayah Peters, and Aaron Hunt.

According to Alvin (1966) music therapy is a "rational discipline which adds to music a new dimension, binding together ...
05/07/2019

According to Alvin (1966) music therapy is a "rational discipline which adds to music a new dimension, binding together art, science and compassion." We enjoyed the Honors Capstone Project Presentation by Lexi Vick, EC-12 MUED major, entitled "Music Therapy as an Educational Tool in Both Music & General Classrooms". Dr. Tom Copeland, Director, Julius Olsen Honors Program, and Dr. Renee Collins, Capstone Advisor.

We had a great deal of fun participating with HSU Richardson Library Event, Children's Book Day.
05/01/2019

We had a great deal of fun participating with HSU Richardson Library Event, Children's Book Day.

Collaboration w/ Irvin School of Education and Day Nursery of Abilene (3 centers)

Here is a post from Kaylee Williams,  an EC-6 education major, who attended the    special event hosted at HSU, Big Coun...
04/27/2019

Here is a post from Kaylee Williams, an EC-6 education major, who attended the special event hosted at HSU, Big Country Walk for Autism, organized by Dr. Trube Miller.

“We will walk until all of the pieces fit”.🧩

I am SO thankful to be apart of such an impeccable University. Today we walked for our friends, for our families, & most importantly for those that could not be here. May we continue to spread the knowledge & increase understanding!

I have met the sweetest souls at this University & I am beyond blessed to have THE best educators to motivate me to be the best that I can be!

Spring 2019 Early Childhood Practicum weekly update.  Here are photos of this week's engaging and developmentally approp...
04/26/2019

Spring 2019 Early Childhood Practicum weekly update. Here are photos of this week's engaging and developmentally appropriate activities.

Western Heritage Day 2019 Education Reading Station.  We had lots of fun reading books to the young children visiting ou...
04/25/2019

Western Heritage Day 2019 Education Reading Station. We had lots of fun reading books to the young children visiting our campus. We appreciated the help to ensure all learners could enjoy the books.

Congratulations to one of our HSU education alumni, Nicole Flores. We are so proud of you.
04/25/2019

Congratulations to one of our HSU education alumni, Nicole Flores. We are so proud of you.

There is so much to learn in the deep blue sea. Another fun week in Early Childhood Practicum with Dr. Perry Kay Brown, ...
04/19/2019

There is so much to learn in the deep blue sea. Another fun week in Early Childhood Practicum with Dr. Perry Kay Brown, Mary Johnson, Mia Wiest, and the other EC-6 education majors and Human Services Administration major.

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Nicole Flores, an amazing educator who shapes the future of young children, graduated from HSU two years ago. We are extremely proud of her. Love how this video reflects who she is as a follower of Christ. Congratulations for the Future Shapers Teacher Award from Abilene ISD, Nicole Flores. We love you.
Dear HSU School of Ed Alums!, I am a professor at the University of North Florida and a HSU MEd graduate of 2006, and I am investigating the teacher beliefs about students in their classrooms. I would love your input and help with our project! Please complete the survey at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/TeacherAcceptance The survey should take about 15 minutes of your time, and your responses are anonymous. Please pass this survey along to other teachers who can help us with our research! We would like to gain the perspectives from a diverse group! Thank you for your help! Dr. Hope E. Wilson, Foundations and Secondary Education, Department, University of North Florida [email protected]
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