Education Faculty

Amy Bagby

Amy Bagby
Associate Coordinator of Teacher Certification
On faculty since 2009






Jack Beckman

Jack E. Beckman
Professor of Education
Department Chair
On faculty since 2004





Rebecca Dodson

Rebecca J. Dodson
Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Education
On faculty since 1989





Sarah Donaldson

Sarah E. Donaldson
Assistant Professor of Education
On faculty since 2012





Jim Drexler

James L. Drexler
Dean of the Graduate School of Education
On faculty since 2004





Daphne Haddad

Daphne Wharton Haddad
Professor of Education
On faculty since 1996





Phillip Horton

Phillip B. Horton
Professor of Education
On faculty since 1998





Steve Kaufmann

Stephen R. Kaufmann
Professor of Education
Dean of Education and Social Sciences
On faculty since 1982





Rebecca Pennington

Rebecca E. Pennington
Professor of Education
Coordinator of Curriculum & Instruction
edTPA Coordinator for the Department of Education
On faculty since 2002





Elaine Tinholt

Elaine Tinholt
Assistant Professor of Education
On faculty since 2009





Bruce Young

Bruce R. Young
Professor of Education
On faculty since 2004



Reformed Christian College

Dr. Jim Drexler describes Covenant’s undergraduate education program, defined by its philosophy of training Christian teachers who demonstrate Christ’s preeminence in all things.

"I love being an elementary education major and having the close-knit community of elementary education majors. Covenant’s education department excels at providing opportunities for students to be in the classrooms throughout the entire degree program, even as early on as first semester of your freshman year in Intro to Teaching. I have really enjoyed spending time down at a school in Chattanooga this semester to give me hands-on experience to relate to what I am learning in my coursework."
 - education major Grace Ann Arnold '18

"My favorite class so far has definitely been T.I.P.S. (Teaching In a Pluralistic Society)...It was such a hard semester enduring the readings, projects, and papers for that class, but through homework, the lectures, and the challenging discussions, I learned so much about how to be diversity-minded while teaching. Though the class is focused on educating children, the topics that were raised really encouraged me to broaden my worldview and place aside hidden biases within myself. "
 - interdisciplinary studies major Daniel Sluis '16

The country with the largest Muslim population in the world is home to Covenant alumni who are passionate about Christian education.
Dr. Drexler explains the path to obtain teacher certification in any of 15 subject areas via the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Covenant.