School of Education & Psychology
Welcome to the School of Education and Psychology! We are located in Summerour Hall, on the scenic campus of Southern Adventist University. Nestled on top of the hill, our picturesque building provides one of the best views of campus! Join us in a virtual tour, or even better, come see us in person!
We invite you to explore the vibrant programs housed here. You’ll find undergraduate programs in both education and psychology and graduate programs in counseling and education. In each program, our faculty and staff endeavor to help our students embrace the idea that we are “Called to Serve.”
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The mission of the School of Education and Psychology at Southern Adventist University is to prepare effective Christian professionals who demonstrate a commitment to the pursuit of truth, wholeness, and a life of service in a diverse society.
The School of Education and Psychology subscribes to the philosophy that human beings were created in the image of God and received unlimited potential for multifaceted development. It is the purpose of Christian education to bring individuals back to the wholeness in which they were created, through a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Consequently, the work of education is also the work of redemption and involves the development of the whole person—spiritual, mental, emotional, social, and physical aspects.
Through the performance of its graduates, the School of Education and Psychology has established a reputation for excellence. The Teacher Education Program is approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education for the preparation of elementary, middle, and secondary teachers and is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities, Inc. The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Master of Science in School Counseling is also approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education. The School of Education and Psychology is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Tennessee Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, and other professional organizations.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Isaiah 6:8, NIV
Staff Contact Info
Tammy Overstreet, PhD: 423.236.2444
Astrid Conibear, MBA: 423.236.2415
Mikhaile Spence, MS: 423.236.2496
Elaine Hayden, MA: 423.236.2846
Director of Teacher Education Program: Krystal Bishop, EdD, 423.236.2774
Director of Graduate Programs: Bonnie Eder, EdD, 423.236.2759
Director of Outdoor Education: Monty Murdoch, PhD, 423.236.2984
Secondary Education Adviser: Faith Laughlin, EdD, 423.236.2414; text 540.272.4287
Certification Officer: Kathryn McGrath, MEd, 423.236.2631
Field Experience Coordinator: Nancy Zima-Gentry, MEd, MSEd, 423.236.2024
Interim Director: Tron Wilder, PhD, 423.236.2937
School of Education and Psychology Southern Adventist University
P.O. Box 370 Collegedale, TN 37315
Teaching Materials Center
The TMC provides students, faculty, and community members with one of the most comprehensive collections of teaching resources in Southeast Tennessee.