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School of Education

School of Education

The School of Education includes both Undergraduate and Graduate Education options for students interested in preparing or enhancing their professional education career. The undergraduate programs include preparation for teaching and certification in Early Childhood through 6, Middle School Education (Grades 4-8) and Secondary Education (Grades 7-12). We also offer All-Level Education certification (Grades EC-12) for Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish or Theatre Arts. Our Graduate Education Programs address Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership with Principal certification, Superintendent certification, Special Education, Diagnostics and Dyslexia.  Our dedicated faculty address educational theory while stressing practical applications. We encourage you to review our program offerings and consider how we can prepare you for your calling.


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School of Education Programs


The mission of the Educator Certification Program at Lubbock Christian University is to prepare creative and innovative professional educators with high moral and ethical standards who view themselves as agents of change and who are committed to the welfare of all learners and have the understandings, attitudes, and skills necessary for effective teaching.

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A Message From the Dean

Welcome to the Education Department at LCU!

Are you interested in making a positive impact on the lives of countless young people?  A professional career of service, devotion, fulfillment, and defining a legacy… 

A graduate from the LCU School of Education is the preferred candidate among school districts throughout our region.  As part of a caring family, our students receive personalized academic advising, carefully planned instruction and consistent modeling of current best practices – all bolstered by a spiritual foundation. Multiple clinical field experiences and research-based instruction are evident throughout the program. LCU graduates are confident and well prepared and those who seek employment in the education profession are rewarded with nearly 100% placement rate. 

Future educators will benefit from:

  • Partnerships with local districts (LISD, FISD, CISD, SISD) designed to improve and enhance your education
  • Our National Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) will provide you with professional growth opportunities
  • A cutting-edge media center, including a curriculum lab and curriculum library, to assist and support you as you develop teaching materials
  • A wide variety of certification programs to meet your specific needs and interests
  • Service opportunities near and abroad to help those less fortunate

Please take a moment explore our offerings.  Don’t hesitate to ask if we can help in any way.  We look forward to hearing from you.

David Boyer, Ed.D.
Dean, School of Education

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David Boyer completed the Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Texas Tech University in 2003. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Lubbock Christian University in 1992 and his Master of Education from Texas Tech University in 1996. He is certified in Texas to teach Mathematics in grades 6-12 and as an administrator in K-12 Texas public schools. Before coming to LCU, Dr. Boyer taught at Frenship High School and later served as a building administrator on the same campus. He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi honor society. Vitae

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Sam Ayers taught elementary school in the Alamo Heights and Lubbock ISDs. He served as an elementary, junior high, middle school and high school principal. Dr. Ayers also served as Assistant Superintendent for Elementary and Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in Lubbock ISD. He taught undergraduate and graduate education classes at LCU as an Adjunct Professor 1990-2014 before joining the faculty full-time in August 2014. Sam Ayers and his wife, Karla, have two daughters.

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Mrs. Mahan has taught at LCU since 1991. She teaches courses in early childhood and instructional technology. She also coordinates and supervises student teachers. Mahan received the L. R. Wilson, Sr. Teaching Excellence Award in 2004.

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Prior to coming to LCU in Fall 2013, Dr. Wheeler worked for Lubbock ISD at both the elementary and middle school levels. He holds 4-8 teaching certifications in science, math, social studies, and ELAR. In addition to these he also holds both ESL and Principal certifications. He and his wife Mandy are both proud alums of Lubbock Christian University and they have two children. 

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Dr. Abraham Mata holds a B.A. in Spanish, a M.Sc. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Spanish, Bilingual Education, Computer Science), and a Ph.D. in Spanish from Texas Tech University. A native Spanish speaker, he has taught languages in Mexico, Spain and the United States. Dr. Mata has research interests in both literature and language instruction. In literature, his research centers on Spanish and Luso-Brazilian colonial sermons and the transatlantic religious discourse in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In language instruction, he studies the application of distance learning technology to language teaching and learning.

Dr. Mata teaches a variety of courses in the Spanish Education Program, from Beginning Spanish to Advanced Grammar and Composition. In addition, he teaches Portuguese and oversees German, Chinese and French courses as part of the Texas Language Consortium, an inter-institutional project between LCU, Texas Wesleyan, Schreiner, Concordia, and Texas Lutheran University.

Dr. Mata and his wife served as missionaries in Chihuahua, Mexico, and they are the proud parents of high-energy, multilingual toddlers.

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Professional Organizations:
Member-Texas Directors of Field Experiences
Member-Kappa Delta Pi
Member � Association of Texas Professional Educators

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Joy Plank is the supervisor for the Education Media Center. Her duties include stocking the lab with supplies and monitoring the education curriculum/children\'s library. She is always available to assist teachers and students in whatever way she can. Joy and her husband, Steve have two sons who currently attend LCU. Dusty is majoring in Visual Communications and Cody is a Business major and plays baseball. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family and friends.

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