University Catalog - Departments, Divisions and Programs - Education | Judson University

Division of Education


Joy Towner, Division Chair

Kristy Piebenga, Masters Program Director

Brenda Buckley-Hughes and Joy Towner, Doctorate Program Directors

Katie Ahsell, Karen Biggs-Tucker, Erik Borne, Brenda Buckley-Hughes, Sarah Capello, Valerie Cawley, Keith Drew, Deane Gidlund, Elizabeth Gore, Anastasia Gruper, Maribel Guerrero, Mellissa Gyimah-Concepcion, Heather Kraus, Sue Larson, Melissa Leisner, Rani Mathai, Kristy Piebenga, Maria Schlup, Tina Scruggs, Noor Shammas, David Smith, Kristen Stombres, Joy Towner, Megan Truax, Brian Tucker, Gillian Wells, Emeritus: William Peterson


The mission of the Division of Education is to prepare quality educators, committed to Christian principles, dedicated to the betterment of society, who facilitate effective teaching and learning experiences and provide positive leadership in educational environments in our nation and the world.

Conceptual Framework and Program Content

The theoretical framework, Partners Pathfinding For Professional Excellence and program content upon which the undergraduate division program is structured is exemplified in the following 10 professional standards which are based on the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards:

  • Teaching Diverse Learners
  • Content Area and Pedagogical Knowledge
  • Planning for Differentiated Instruction
  • Learning Environment
  • Instructional Delivery
  • Reading, Writing, and Oral Communication
  • Assessment
  • Collaborative Relationships
  • Professionalism, Leadership and Advocacy
  • Christian Principles

Further, the Division of Education, functioning on a foundation of high expectations, seeks to promote and identify in pre-service teachers the behavioral qualities of initiative, respect, and responsibility which will benefit and influence the students they desire to teach.

Judson University teacher education programs have received approval from the Illinois State Board of Education, enabling Judson teacher candidates to obtain licensure to teach in Illinois as well as the option to transfer the license to other states.


Judson offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in the following major programs:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education (Grades 1-6)
  • Special Education: LBS1
  • Secondary Education (Grades 9-12)
    • Concentration Areas (one is required):
      • English
      • Mathematics
      • Science: Biology
      • Science: Chemistry


In addition to a major, students pursuing undergraduate degrees may take additional courses which result in a formal endorsement being added to their teaching license. Endorsement areas include:

  • Bilingual Teaching
  • English as a Second Language
  • Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS1)
  • Early Childhood: Special Education


The "Certificate Only" program at Judson University is designed for individuals who already have at least a bachelor's degree. This is a non-degree program; no formal award is issued by Judson University, but the student becomes eligible for teaching licensure in the state of Illinois. Available license areas include:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education (Grades 1-6)
  • Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS1)
  • Secondary Education
    • Concentration Areas (one is required):
      • English
      • Mathematics
      • Science: Biology
      • Science: Chemistry

Graduate Degrees

Judson University provides certified teachers and school administrators the opportunity to examine as well as enhance their knowledge base and instructional repertoire through the following programs:

  • Master of Education in Literacy
    • This graduate program is designed for the practicing classroom teacher who, rather than seeking additional certification, is motivated to become a more accomplished teacher of reading and writing a reflective practitioner and master teacher in all areas of literacy instruction.
  • Doctor of Education in Literacy
    • This doctoral program is designed for educators seeking a deeper understanding of the powerful role literacy plays in the lives of all readers and writers.
  • Doctor of Education in Leadership and Policy Studies
    • This program is designed for educators and administrators seeking a deeper understanding of the powerful role education plays in the lives of all learners, and prepares candidates to make substantial contributions to the educational profession as writers, speakers, teachers/administrators, and researchers.

Student Success and Registrar's Office Staff

Virginia L. Guth
Vice President for Student Success and

University Registrar


Maria Aguirre
Academic Advisor - Adult Professional (BA) and Graduate


Casimiro Vela
Academic Advisor - Adult Professional (AA)


Caitlin Kiel
Assistant to the Registrar:
Catalog and Reporting


Kirsten Olson

Transfer Student Director


Jill A. Hargis
Graduation Advisor


Rebecca Huguley
Registrar's Office Coordinator
Transcript Orders and Enrollment Verifications


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