Education & Behavioral Sciences

Overview

The Division of Education and Behavioral Sciences offers an undergraduate education embedded within the College’s mission and core values. Through blending liberal arts with the Christian faith, faculty members provide high-quality instruction coupled with a wide range of experiences to guide students in attaining and applying academic knowledge, skills, dispositions, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and current research in their chosen fields. 

Programs of Study

Look through our programs and find the fit that’s right for you.

General Learning Goals:

The Division of Education and Behavioral Sciences offers an undergraduate education embedded within the College’s mission and core values. Through blending liberal arts with the Christian faith, faculty members provide high-quality instruction coupled with a wide range of experiences to guide students in attaining and applying academic knowledge, skills, dispositions, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and current research in their chosen fields.

The Education Programs, Early Childhood Education and Middle Grades Education, seek to guide teacher candidates in achieving the standards of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) and the “Model Core Teaching Standards and Learning Progressions for Teachers” of the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC)*, incorporated in the state standards by GaPSC Educator Preparation Rule 505-3-.01. In addition to the GaPSC and InTASC standards, the Education Programs seek to expose students to a biblical worldview of education and challenge them to integrate Christian faith in their educational practice.

*The InTASC standards can be found at the following web site maintained by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO): https://www.ccsso.org/Resources/Publications/InTASC_Model_Core_Teaching_Standards_and_Learning_Progressions_for_Teachers_10.html

Graduates earning a BA in Behavioral Studies with a concentration in psychology will achieve the following objectives:

  1. Knowledge base in psychology: Students will understand the major concepts in all courses as reflected in the required curriculum
  2. Scientific research in psychology: Students will apply scientific reasoning to interpret psychological data and research
  3. Ethical and social sensitivity: Students will utilize ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practices and consider the salient sociocultural factors.
  4. Professional development: Students will demonstrate psychological content and skills to career goals.

 

Graduates earning a BA in Behavioral Studies with a concentration in criminal justice will achieve the following objectives:

  1. Students will be able to read, analyze, and apply criminal justice texts, laws, cases, and research.
  2. Students will be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  3. Students will recognize common ethics-related situations encountered by criminal justice professionals and will be prepared to respond appropriately.
  4. Students will be prepared to work in the field of criminal justice with sensitivity to and recognition of cultural and socioeconomic differences.

Department Faculty

Dr. Roger Byrd

Associate Professor of Social Sciences

Lisa Kelley

Part-Time Assistant Professor of Education

Barbara Reid

Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Justin Russell

Division Chair,
Assistant Professor of Education

Jessica Stovall

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Carl Anthony “Tony” Wardlaw – For over 25 years, Dr. Wardlaw has worked in leadership, counseling, and pastoring. Beginning with working in middle management for a manufacturing company in Douglas, GA, Dr. Wardlaw has also worked in the academic, nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Additionally, he served over 7 years in the United States Military as a Military Intelligence Officer before resigning his commission as a Captain in the Army. Currently serving as the Assistant Director of the Student Enrichment Center, Student Success Coach, and Adjunct Faculty at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, GA, he also serves as the Pastor of The Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Dublin, GA. As a member of the renowned International Gospel Singing Group, The Wardlaw Brothers, Dr. Wardlaw has traveled all over the nation and abroad ministering and singing the Gospel of Christ Jesus. Dr. Wardlaw has served as a consultant for various agencies and has worked as a Fatherhood Coordinator and G.E.D. instructor within the Technical College System of Georgia and participates in local and national civic and philanthropic work. Dr. Wardlaw holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business from the University of Georgia, two master's degrees from Troy University (Master of Science in Clinical Counseling and Psychology and Master of Education in Counseling), and a Doctorate in Education from Argosy University in Organizational Leadership. Dr. Wardlaw is a Lifetime Silver Member of The NAACP and a member of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is happily married to the former Mrs. Stephanie Scott. They have 3 Children; Chambria, Marc, and Carleigh.
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