Department of Education

Department of Education

You can make a positive difference in the life of a young person, a family, a school, or a community. Your efforts and commitments will inspire young people to greatness. You will cultivate creative and critical thinking. You will empower children and their families and communities with knowledge, dignity, and hope. You will be a leader. You will shape the lives of future leaders. You will be a teacher.

Mars Hill University’s Teacher Education Program understands the growing need for well-qualified teachers in our public schools. American schools are defined by human diversity, widening achievement gaps, and socio-economic shifts. Today more than ever, our public schools need teachers who can cultivate the mind, the self, and the community. We need teachers who will empower the teaching profession. Within the next few years, our nation will need thousands of new teachers prepared to make a difference in the life of a child. Do you have the courage to teach?

Our Teacher Education Program offers teaching licensure in Elementary Education, Integrated Education, Middle Grades, Special Education, English as a Second Language, Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. By becoming a teacher, you have the unique opportunity to connect with students of all backgrounds and to be a leader in your community. What could be more rewarding than that?

In the Mars Hill University Teacher Education Program you will find a faculty committed to cultivating your personal and professional knowledge. We believe in empowering our candidates with respect, dignity, creativity, and integrity. We invite you to become part of the most rewarding profession – teaching. So, what are you waiting for?


Mars Hill offers the following teacher education programs leading to North Carolina licensure.

  • Elementary Education (K-6): Dr. Belinda Eggen
  • Special Education (K-12): Dr. Susan Stigall
  • Integrated Education (Elem Ed K-6/Special Ed K-12):  Dr. Chris Cain
  • English as a Second Language (K-12) Dr. Tom Destino
  • Middle Grades Education (6-9): Dr. Tom Destino
  • English (9-12): Dr. Jessica VanCleave
  • Mathematics (9-12): Jennifer Rhinehart
  • Science (9-12): TBA
  • Social Studies (9-12): TBA
  • Art (K-12): Dr. Barbara Cary
  • Music (K-12): TBA
  • Physical Education (K-12): Dr. Natalie Boone
  • Spanish (K-12): Dr. Greg Clemons

Add-on Licensure Programs (K-12):

  • Academically/Intellectually Gifted: Dr. Susan Stigall
  • English as a Second Language: Dr. Tom Destino
  • Reading Specialist: Dr.Deb Morris
  • Special Education: Dr. Susan Stigall


The programs in Teacher Education at Mars Hill University are approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, making possible licensure reciprocity with 44 other states including the District of Columbia and Guam.


In April 2015, the Continuous Improvement Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) continued National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation at the initial level and granted NCATE accreditation at the advanced level.  The next reaccreditation site visit is scheduled for Spring 2020.

March 23, 2015: In compliance with the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation requirement to publicly post data about program completers, the Mars Hill University Teacher Education Program provides the following information:

2014 Title II Report — Section I.b Undergraduate Requirements:
The median GPA of MHU Teacher Education Program program completers for the 2013 – 2014 academic year was 3.45.

Mars Hill University Teacher Education Mission Statement

The mission of the Teacher Education Program is to prepare teachers as progressive leaders, able to meet the challenges that will face them with optimism and energy and enable them to revive the positive conditions that make genuine learning possible.


Teacher Education Program Diversity Statement

A core value of the Teacher Education Program at MHU is one of critical agency that prepares candidates to take action to resist social injustice and economic inequity. We believe that faculty, staff, and students must have an understanding of and respect for human diversity and be prepared to empower others with the same understanding and respect.