Education dean talks with students, faculty


The College of Education’s new dean, Dr. Larnell Flannagan invited College of Education students and candidates to an open forum meeting Tuesday afternoon.  Professors, faculty and students of the college came to hear from the new dean.  

The forum provided students with the opportunity to personally voice concerns and ask questions. The most critical topic of discussion was the Praxis tests.

The Praxis Series tests measure teacher candidates’ knowledge and skills. The tests are used for licensing and certification processes and include Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST).  These tests measure basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. In addition to licensure, the tests are often used to qualify candidates for entry into a teacher education program. Praxis II Subject Assessments These tests measure subject-specific content knowledge, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills, that you need for beginning teaching.

Students raised concerns regarding progression within the College of Education curriculum. According to the college policy students are required to pass Praxis I before continuing in 300 level and above courses. Senior elementary education major Angelia Stewart-Jones of Jonesboro expressed optimism after the forum. 

“I think that there was a lack of communication before, but now we are moving forward with a better understanding of the curriculum,” she said.  

Flannagan made certain students were aware that the faculty and staff wanted students to succeed. 

“We want to help you…we’re here to help you,” he said. 

The dean closed by reminding students to complete graduation applications and drop/add forms on time.