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Center for Rural Education

The the Center for Rural Education, our mission is to promote rural student achievement by ensuring equal access to high-quality instruction, supporting rural educators in their endeavors to improve rural school outcomes and advocating for rural communities.

Campus School

UWA’s Campus School is designed to be a training facility for students enrolled at the Julia S. Tutwiler College of Education. It houses eight full-time working classrooms, serving children ages 6 weeks through 4 years old.

Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society

Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, was founded by William Bagley, Truman Kelly and Thomas Edgar Musselman in 1911 at the University of Illinois to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The founders chose the name from the Greek words knowledge, duty and power.

Black Belt STEM Institute

The UWA Black Belt STEM Institute is a powerful regional center for STEM education that aims to serve the hiring needs of employers across Alabama, but especially in the Black Belt. The Institute offers supplemental curricula focused on providing students with real-world learning experiences in the context of developing STEM career opportunities while reinforcing academic standards and skills learned in the classroom.


UWA-TEACH is a grant awarded by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education as part of the STEM Major Teacher Recruitment Initiative with the purpose of addressing the Alabama teacher shortage in the areas of math and science.

Black Belt Teacher Corps Teach for Alabama

The Black Belt Teacher Corps Teach for Alabama is a scholarship program created to address teacher shortages in public schools of the Black Belt region, rural areas and high-need areas within Alabama. Students commit to teaching in Alabama public schools within the Black Belt, rural areas or high-need areas for up to three (3) years, leadership and service training and completion of a school-based Service Project.


The College of Natural Science and Mathematics and the College of Education have partnered with Bevill State Community College and Coastal Alabama Community College on Project INSPIRE (Implementing Novel STEM Practices in Rural Education). INSPIRE is a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program funded by the National Science Foundation. This program is a response to the critical need for K-12 teachers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The goal of the Noyce Scholarship Program is to encourage talented STEM students and professionals to pursue teaching careers.

Superintendents' Consortium

The UWA Julia S. Tutwiler College of Education hosts a Superintendents' Consortium annually to address the ever-changing needs of higher education and regional school systems. With partnering school system Superintendents, UWA Julia S. Tutwiler College of Education strives to improve vertical articulation between P-12 schools and higher education. Through assessing school system professional development needs, studying global trends in education, and analyzing COE program evaluations, the Superintendents' Consortium provides Superintendents and UWA opportunities to collaborate. If you are a school system Superintendent interested in joining, please contact Dean of the College of Education, Dr, Jan Miller (jmiller@uwa.edu), for more information.

Program Advisory

The UWA Julia S. Tutwiler College of Education hosts a Program Advisory Meeting each year to collaborate with our P-12 partners, current and former UWA students, and faculty to analyze student testing data and evaluate the College of Education coursework and program. For more information on Program Advisory, please contact Dr. Reenay Rogers (rrogers@uwa.edu).

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