- the development of appropriate learning experiences for adolescents
- incorporating Catholic tradition and teaching in the classroom environment
You should consider the Abbey’s Education degree program if you
- enjoy teaching adolescents
- communicate easily
- are creative and patient
- are ready to exemplify God’s love for young people
Guided by the tenets of Catholicism and the Benedictine hallmarks, the Department of Education’s mission is to promote commitment among students to serve and to be advocates for those most vulnerable in society, children and adolescents. By our own example, we teach our students to understand the responsibilities and privileges entailed in this commitment. Through the study of the liberal arts and the knowledge, skills, and dispositions inherent in education courses and field experiences, we help our students develop minds that are both broad and agile, so they are equipped to make wise and ethical decisions that benefit them and those whose lives they touch.
With an Catholic Education Studies bachelor’s degree from Belmont Abbey College, you will be able to pursue a variety of careers including:
- teaching grades 6-12 in many Catholic schools
- parish ministry
Dr. Laura Campbell: Program Coordinator for Catholic Educational Studies major
The Abbey Difference:
More than a Career
At Belmont Abbey College we believe that teaching and ministry are are not only jobs, but callings. Following the college’s mission for the promotion of excellence, the Elementary Education degree prepares its students for careers that focus on strengthening both mind and spirit as they share their love of learning in ways that glorify God.
Belmont Abbey College boasts an exceptional education faculty. Our instructors are expert advocates for quality K-12 education. Not only do they have extensive experience as classroom teachers as well as an individual area of educational expertise, they also present regularly at national education conferences and are strong contributors to the body of knowledge in the field. Some are respected educational authors. For example, our department chair, Dr. Sara Davis Powell, is the author of two popular college textbooks, both in the 3rd edition, published by Pearson: Your Introduction to Education and Introduction to Middle Level Education.
The Catholic Educational Studies major, building on a rigorous, liberal arts core, will prepare future secondary teachers to:
- understand the Catholic intellectual tradition and share their passion for learning.
- be faithful, informed, and articulate participants in Catholic education.
- expand and deepen their understanding of Catholic school culture, traditions, pedagogy, and spirituality.
- gain knowledge and skills necessary for effective teaching and learning.
- form an excellent foundation for a career in 6-12 Catholic education.
Who should major in Catholic Educational Studies?
This major is appropriate for any student with a career goal of working within Catholic education, specifically secondary education, grades 6-12. A program completer will teach the subject area of his or her minor or double major, and/or be an ideal candidate for many education-related roles within a diocese. Program completers will qualify to pursue Catechetical Certification.
It is the students’ responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.
Dr. Laura Campbell Program Coordinator for Catholic Educational Studies major
B.S., Saint Thomas Aquinas College
M.Ed., University of South Florida- Fort Myers
Ed.S., Barry University-School of Education Ed.D., Barry University
Dr. Lisa ONeill Assistant Professor of Education
B.S., Appalachian State University
M.Ed., University of North Carolina Charlotte
Ed.D., Gardner-Webb University
Benette Sutton Instructor of Education and Director of Student Teaching
B.A., Sacred Heart College
M.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Julie Kohlbrenner Lecturer of Education
B.A., University of Florida Gainesville
M.Ed., University of Florida Gainesville
Dr. Sara Davis Powell Chair and Professor of Education B.S.,
Southern Nazarene University M.A.,
University of Colorado- Denver Ph.D.,
University of Colorado- Denver
Dr. Amanda Kloo Associate Professor of Education
B.A., Chatham College M.A.,
Columbia University Ph.D.,
University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Judith McDonald Associate Professor of Education
B.S., University of West Virginia M.Ed.,
University of North Carolina- Charlotte Ph.D.,
University of North Carolina- Greensboro
Dr. Melinda Ratchford Associate Professor of Education
B.S., Appalachian State University
M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina- Greensboro
Ed.S., Appalachian State University
Ed.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill