Division of Education

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.

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Division Chair

Dr. LaKisha W. Davis

Division Chair, Associate Professor



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.

Academic Programs

The Division of Education conducts and coordinates programs for the preparation of teacher candidates at the initial level. Initial program preparation areas include: Early Childhood Education, K-6 Interdisciplinary Studies, Middle Grades and Secondary Licensure Programs, Special Education (K-12), and Visual Arts Licensure (K-12). The undergraduate majors meet all College requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree and students completing the licensure programs are eligible for teacher license issued by the Tennessee Department of Education. All programs within the Division are designed to provide academic rigor and advanced level studies which prepare teacher candidates for further studies in the field of education. Membership is held in the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), Tennessee Department of Education (TN-DOE), and the Division is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


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.

Educator Preparation Program

LeMoyne-Owen College, Educator Preparation Program is designed to prepare teacher candidates to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and disposition necessary for effective teaching not just within the local and surrounding school systems but within the global society.  As a means of determining the strength of the Educator Preparation Program, data is collected by various means and analyzed for the purpose of ensuring that candidates will participate in a rigorous program that will afford them the opportunity to make sound impact in learning and development of children within the P-12 community.

Four Reporting Measures

Data collected within this program is used to assist with the annual reporting measures required by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and to make the public aware of the of the successes and challenges that exist within the Division and the program impact and outcomes as we strive to produce stellar teacher candidates.

These CAEP reporting measures are outlined below and Data within this report was provided by the TN State Board of Education on LeMoyne-Owen College’s most recent TN Educator Preparation Report Card.

  •  Completer Effectiveness

Teachers in Tennessee are evaluated through TEAM classroom observations and student scores using the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS). Teachers also receive level of effectiveness scores (LOE). The LOE score includes all components of the Tennessee teachers’ annual evaluation, which includes TEAM observation scores and TVAAS scores. A level 3 on a scale of 1-5 is considered “at expectations” on all three of these measures.

LOC Provider Impact 2021


  • Satisfaction of Employers and Stakeholder Involvement

Information about LOC’s  teacher candidates and their resulting employment in Tennessee public schools in their first year after graduation and for the following two consecutive years is collected and reported through the TN Report Card.

LOC Employment 2021

  • Candidate Competency at Completion

In order for an individual to acquire a teaching license in Tennessee, many requirements must be met. All candidates must pass a series of assessments . The specific assessments measured through the Report Card are the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam and the Praxis Subject Assessments, specific for each endorsement area. The edTPA, a performance assessment completed during the final residency semester, is also required for licensure.

LOC Candidate Assessment 2021

State licensure requirements also include an admission to teacher education assessment. The Report Card includes data about candidates who scored at or above the required score on the admission to teacher education qualifying assessments.

LOC Candidate Profile 2021

  • Ability of Completers to be Hired

Completers of LOC’s educator preparation programs are hired for teaching positions in the endorsement areas for which they have been prepared. LOC’s  EPP Report Card provides data about employment in Tennessee’s public schools.

LOC Employment 2021


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