Division Chair

807 Walker Avenue
Memphis, TN 38126
Office: 901 435-1283
Fax: 901-435-1298

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday
8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.



The mission of the Division of Education is to prepare candidates as facilitators of transformative processes who are able to educate students from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. The purpose of the teacher education program is to prepare teacher candidates to engage students in transformative learning processes that prepare them to perform efficiently and effectively within a contemporary global framework.


  1. To provide an excellent teaching and learning environment that results in critical literacy and learning for teacher candidates who will in turn mirror these outcomes for Pre-K-12 students, and;
  2. To provide, in collaboration with partnership schools, related field experiences and clinical practice where teacher candidates develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions that make them facilitators of transformative processes.
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Special Education

The Division of Education at LeMoyne-Owen was accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), a national accrediting body for schools, colleges, departments, and divisions of education that was authorized by the United States Department of Education.  This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs.

By July of 2013, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, CAEP, was fully operational as the only accrediting body for educator preparation providers. In 2016, CAEP accreditation standards were fully implemented replacing NCATE and TEAC legacy standards.

In October of 2021, the Division of Education met licensure level for Standards 1 – 4.  However, the division received a status of probationary accreditation for Standard 5.  The probation visit is scheduled for spring 2023.

Programs at LOC are accredited at the Initial Licensure level. CAEP through its accreditation process determines Divisions of Education, Colleges of Education, and Schools which meet extensive and rigorous national standards within each academic program in preparing teacher candidates for the classroom. Through an evidence-based process teacher candidates demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and disposition necessary to make a positive impact on students within our P-12 classrooms.


Ms. Sallie Smith,
Administrative Assistant
Mr. James Wiggins,
Assistant Professor, Education
Dr. Ralph Calhoun
Professor and Coordinator, Special Education
Mrs. Sonya Fleming
Instructor, Special Education
Dr. Brenda Taylor
Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Early Childhood Program
Dr. Tracey Bell-Jernigan
Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Elementary Program
Dr. Zina Parker
Assistant Professor and Licensure Officer