Education Preparation Council

What is EPC?

Education Preparation Council at the University of Mississippi brings together representatives from the University, School of Education, and Community Schools to participate in undergraduate and graduate instruction of students preparing to meet licensure requirements concerning nature, structure, standards, requirements, and practices in Teacher Education and Leadership.

Who serves on EPC?

EPC is chaired by the Teacher Education Department Chair and consist of faculty from the University and school administrators, teachers, and community partners associated with or supportive of programs that prepare school professionals.

This council is a collaborative advisory body to the School of Education.

University Members  
Department Chair, Teacher Education Dr. Susan McClelland
Assistant Department Chair, Teacher Education Dr. Tom Brady
Assistant Dean of Assessment, SOE Dr. Ann Monroe
Appointed Member by TE Chair Dr. Ellen Shelton
Appointed Member by TE Chair Dr. Alice Steimle
Appointed Member by LCE Chair Dr. Mark Deschaine
Coordinator of Field Placement, SOE Mrs. Cindy Misita
Elementary Coordinator Dr. Virginia Moore
Community Members  
Elementary Principal (Oxford) Marni Herrington
Principal (Byhalia Middle School) Elizabeth Towle
Elementary Supervisor Beth Saul
New Albany School District Robert Garrett
Middle School Assistant Principal (Tupelo) Talina Knight
Assistant Superintendent (Oxford) Bradley Roberson
Special Education Director (Lafayette) Jennifer Osborne Ryan

Mission of EPC

The mission of the Educator Preparation Council (EPC) is to develop, refine, and improve clinical practice, curriculum, and partnerships. 

The EPC meets this mission through:

  • Encouraging and supporting licensure programs at University of Mississippi
  • Developing policies in all unit-wide matters relating to educator preparation programs.
  • Monitoring state and national policies and overseeing how the unit implements state and national accreditation standards and licensing requirements.
  • To encourage networking, collaboration and professional development among teacher education program faculty and partners.
  • Promoting collaborations among the university, P-12 education partners, and other external state and national education constituencies.


The council meets twice a year (once each semester) at the direction of the chair and also communicates throughout the year to make decisions and recommendations through an online collaboration site.

Members will serve two-years.