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About Lamar University

For over 90 years, Lamar University has focused on providing students with opportunities to grow their careers through high-quality education. Home to 15,000 students, Lamar University is among the fastest growing Texas colleges and universities, and is a member of The Texas State University System. LU offers more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The 270-acre campus in Beaumont is about 90 miles east of Houston and about 25 miles west of Louisiana.

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History

Lamar University was named after second president of the Republic of Texas and the “Father of Education” in Texas. The university remains deeply committed to providing students an accessible, affordable, outstanding education. We continue to demonstrate this commitment by building strong programs and offering an expansive selection of bachelor's and master's degree programs online, many of which are nationally recognized.

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Founding

Lamar University was founded in 1923 a few blocks from the current location as South Park Junior College and enrolled 125 students in its first fall semester. The name changed to Lamar College in 1932 in honor of Mirabeau B. Lamar. In the early 1940s, the school separated from the South Park school district, which had created the college, and moved to its current location.

The Prolific Mid-Century Years

In 1951, the school became Lamar State College of Technology, a state-supported four-year institution, and the first junior college in Texas to make such a transition. Lamar University experienced tremendous growth during the 1950s and 1960s in both the number of students and the number of buildings on campus.

Lamar University's stature as a research institution continued to grow with the introduction in 1970 of its first doctoral program. In 1971, the name changed to Lamar University. During the 1970s, the university began operating branch campuses in Port Arthur and Orange, which later became separate institutions. During the 1980s, the university was part of the Lamar University System.

Record-Setting Enrollment, 1990s to Present

Lamar University joined The Texas State University System in 1995. Under the leadership of President Emeritus James M. Simmons, who served from 1999 to 2013, the university experienced another period of significant growth adding a host of facilities to improve campus life, attracting generous donations from alumni and friends and prestigious research grants to improve scholarship and teaching, while setting repeated enrollment records. LU is a recognized leader in online education and has been designated as a Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The University welcomed its 15th president, Kenneth R. Evans, to the top post July 1, 2013.

Colleges and Departments

Designated as a Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Foundation, Lamar University offers more than 100 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The university also offers nine bachelor's degrees, 14 master's degrees and three certification preparation programs online.

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences includes the Departments of Applied Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Psychology as well as the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice. The largest and most inclusive academic unit college within the university, the College of Arts and Sciences contributes significantly to the cultural and academic characteristics that distinguishes Lamar University as a Member of the Texas State University System. The College of Arts and Sciences is also home to the nationally ranked JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing.

College of Business

Lamar University's College of Business is committed to being an integral part of the business community. Its primary goal is to ensure that all programs continue to serve the evolving and dynamic business marketplace in Southeast Texas, the whole state, across the country and around the world. In addition to a deeply committed and experienced faculty who teach 80% of our sections, the College of Business also boasts an impressive network of accomplished business alumni who provide students with valuable ongoing support throughout their professional lives.

College of Education and Human Development

Offering programs in educator preparation, school and clinical mental health counseling and a host of other lifestyle-oriented disciplines, the College of Education and Human Development is a community in which students and graduates engage with public schools and community businesses and organizations to directly impact public school performance and learning, school and community health, and business and public service agency activities.

College of Fine Arts and Communication

The College of Fine Arts and Communication offers graduate and undergraduate programs in the fine and performing arts as well as programs in speech and hearing sciences, deaf studies, deaf education and communication.

Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC™)

Lamar University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lamar University.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and Texas Board of Nursing

The Lamar University JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program is fully approved by the Texas Board of Nursing. (The Texas Board of Nursing does not review Master's programs.)

The BSN and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree programs are fully accredited through 2017 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly known as National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

Lamar University's College of Business is AACSB accredited. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Fewer than 5% of the world's 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB Accreditation. AACSB-accredited schools produce graduates that are highly skilled and more desirable to employers than other non-accredited schools.

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Lamar University's College of Education and Human Development is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The Center for Advances in Port Management (CAPM)

The Center for Advances in Port Management (CAPM) at Lamar University brings together academia and industry, providing practical applications to theory and integrating LU faculty from the Colleges of Business and Engineering with industry experts sourced throughout the world.

Faculty

Business

Melissa Baldo, J.D.

Melissa Baldo, J.D. — Instructor

"My teaching career began in 2013 as a result of a last minute phone call from a friend at the University. I thought I would do it for one semester, but I fell in love with teaching and the interaction with all of the students."

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Jai-Young Choi, Ph.D.

Jai-Young Choi, — Ph.D.Professor of Economics

"My life-time goal was to be a scholar. Since I chose economics as my specialty, the best way was being an academician who does research and college teaching."

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Craig Escamilla, MBA

Craig Escamilla, MBA — Instructor, Management

"As a passionate advocate for new technology, I am constantly interested in the challenge of how to make the online educational experience the best it can be for our students."

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Lynn Godkin, Ph.D.

Lynn Godkin, Ph.D. — Professor of Management

"You can't learn without hard work anymore than I can improve my physique without physical effort."

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Seokyon Hwang, Ph.D.

Seokyon Hwang, Ph.D. — Associate Professor

"I enjoy teaching and learning with students. I particularly love helping them with career development."

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Komal Karani, Ph.D.

Komal Karani, Ph.D. — Associate Professor

"I love teaching. I enjoy sharing what I know and I find I learn as much from listening to my students."

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Toni P. Mulvaney, J.D.

Toni P. Mulvaney, J.D. — Professor of Business Law

"Live in the present moment. Make the most of each. Always try to be the best version of yourself."

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Kelly Weeks, Ph.D.

Kelly Weeks, Ph.D. — Associate Professor

"I truly enjoyed being in school and learning. My dean encouraged me to pursue my Ph.D. Once in the Ph.D. program, I began teaching as an Assistant, and I found I really enjoyed it."

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Education

Mary L. Bartlett, Ph.D.

Mary L. Bartlett, Ph.D. — Professor

"Save every syllabus you receive forever."

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Robert M. Carlisle, Ph.D.

Robert M. Carlisle, Ph.D. — Distance Clinical Professor

"My motivation is to make a positive difference in the lives of my students on their educational journey."

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Eric Chancy, Ph.D.

Eric Chancy, Ph.D. — Adjunct Instructor

"Students need to know you are a human being and that you care about them."

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R.J. Davis, Ph.D.

R.J. Davis, Ph.D. — Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator

"I started teaching because I love to share information. I also believe education can and should be transformative."

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O'Tilia Hunter, Ph.D.

O'Tilia Hunter, Ph.D. — Adjunct Assistant Professor

"Counselors do so much for others, and often forget to take care of themselves."

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Gary E. Martin, Ed.D.

Gary E. Martin, Ed.D. — Professor

"Thoughts hold feelings, which turn to actions and experiences. Caring, respectful, and loving thoughts bring caring, respectful, and loving people into your life."

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Monalisa McGee, Ph.D.

Monalisa McGee, Ph.D. — Adjunct Professor

"Having such a varied background, I have been able to share many stories and experiences that help the students to better understand concepts they are learning in classes."

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Donna S. Sheperis, Ph.D.

Donna S. Sheperis, Ph.D. —Associate Professor

"[I want students to take away] a sense of passion about their chosen profession. What we do is so fun! I want students to get a sense of that!"

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Tilisa Thibodeaux, Ed.D.

Tilisa Thibodeaux, Ed.D. — Assistant Professor

"I started teaching because of my passion for learning. You will find me reading, researching, and writing every chance I get."

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Yulanda Tyre, Ph.D.

Yulanda Tyre, Ph.D. — Contributing Faculty

"I know that balancing work, family and coursework can be challenging, however continue to push through. It will provide dividends that will make positive impact to both your family legacy and the community."

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Melissa Wheeler, Ph.D.

Melissa Wheeler, Ph.D. — Distance Clinical Professor

"As a professional in the field, I realized there was a need for advocacy in our profession for underrepresented college student groups. I wanted to teach other counselors how to be advocates for those who may not feel they have a voice."

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Porchanee' A. White, Ph.D.

Porchanee' A. White, Ph.D. — Clinical Instructor

"Having such a varied background, I have been able to share many stories and experiences that help the students to better understand concepts they are learning in classes."

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Nursing

Eileen Deges Curl, Ph.D.

Eileen Deges Curl, Ph.D. — Director of Nursing Research Center

"In providing nursing care to patients, I can work with a limited number of patients each day. In teaching students how to become nurses, I can have a greater impact on patients who the students will care for in the future."

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Stacey Knight, DNP

Stacey Knight, — DNP Coordinator of Articulation Tracks – RN to BSN and RN to MSN

"I wanted to be an educator since I was a young girl; being able to combine nursing experience with being an educator is wonderful."

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Elizabeth M. Long, DNP

Elizabeth M. Long, DNP — Assistant Professor, Nursing

"Use these courses to improve your patient's outcome, not just to get them completed for your degree."

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Ruthie Robinson, Ph.D.

Ruthie Robinson, Ph.D. — Director of Graduate Nursing Studies

"I really enjoy helping nurses get higher degrees and seeing the changes it makes in them. Everything we do to improve ourselves as nurses helps improve the quality of care we can provide our patients."

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JT Seaman

JT Seaman — Instructor, RN to BSN

"Live life to its fullest and make every day count. Sometimes, when you feel you are struggling the most is when you are living the most."

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Judy Kaye Smith, Ph.D.

Judy Kaye Smith, Ph.D. — Associate Professor, Nursing

"Having such a varied background, I have been able to share many stories and experiences that help the students to better understand concepts they are learning in classes."

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Cynthia Stinson, Ph.D.

Cynthia Stinson, Ph.D. — Nursing Department Chair

"I really enjoy the feeling I get when a student understands a concept – and I have helped them understand."

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Liberal Arts/Communication

Amanda L. Allison, M.A.S.

Amanda L. Allison, M.A.S. — Adjunct Professor

"If I want anyone to learn, they have to know that I care for them as a person and that I am passionate about what I do. Everything naturally falls into place if you teach by those rules."

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Karen Bartlett, M.A.

Karen Bartlett, M.A. — Instructor

"I like sharing ideas, and education is one of the best venues to do so."

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Mary Ann Davis, Ph.D.

Mary Ann Davis, Ph.D. — Adjunct Instructor

"I was a clinical social worker from 1971 to 2006. I want to share my love for sociology and social work with others."

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Cheryl Johnson, M.A.

Cheryl Johnson, M.A. — Instructor, English

"Pursue your dreams. Don't let anyone stop you. And respect everyone around you. It is attitude and respect that will really get you where you want to be."

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Ruth Stanley, M.A., M.Ed.

Ruth Stanley, M.A., M.Ed. — Instructor

"I earned one of my degrees online and I know just how rich and rewarding an online educational experience can be."

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Qingjiang (Q. J.) Yao, Ph.D.

Qingjiang (Q. J.) Yao, Ph.D. — Assistant Professor

"Communication technology...is the greatest challenge as well as the greatest opportunity."

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Testimonials

No one can speak to the richness and value of a Lamar University education like our alumni. Hear their stories as they share what they love best about their Lamar University experience.

Patrick Nava, M.Ed. Educational Administration

Patrick Nava — M.Ed. Educational Administration

Patrick Nava earned his M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Lamar University online. He works as the World History Team Lead for Clear Creek ISD in Texas.

"This program has allowed me to do and experience things I would never have thought I was capable of before."

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Natasha Harris — M.Ed. Educational Administration

Natasha Harris — M.Ed. Educational Administration

Natasha Harris earned her M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Lamar University online. She works as an Elementary Assistant Principal for Arlington ISD in Texas.

"The Lamar University online program provided me with the flexibility to set my own schedule for study and work in a way as to not interfere with my job and family life. "

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Kathy Leonard Green — M.Ed. Educational Administration

Kathy Leonard Green — M.Ed. Educational Administration

Kathy Leonard Green earned her M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Lamar University online. She works as an assistant principal.

"The online option made my degree possible. I was able to work, take care of my kids, and earn a degree from home. It was the best fit for my needs. "

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Ashlee Valsin — School Counselor

Ashlee Valsin — School Counselor

Ashlee Valsin earned her M.Ed. in School Counseling from Lamar University online. She works as a school counselor for Houston ISD in Texas.

"This degree has opened doors for me to do what I love. I love counseling and working with students and their families. I have the opportunity to touch lives every day."

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Jason Inman — Assistant Principal

Jason Inman — Assistant Principal

Jason Inman earned his M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Lamar University online. He works as an assistant principal for Compass Academy Charter School in Texas.

"I chose Lamar because of the affordability and the fact that it was entirely online...My family was supportive and excited that I completed my master's degree."

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Alisha Cunningham – Academic Assistant Principal

Alisha Cunningham — Academic Assistant Principal

Alisha Cunningham earned her M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Lamar University online. She works as the Academic Assistant Principal for Arlington ISD in Texas.

"Go for it. The time commitment is not an easy one, but staying focused and organized is the key to success."

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Latisha McCurdy — Secondary Counselor

Latisha McCurdy — Secondary Counselor

Latisha McCurdy earned her M.Ed. in School Counseling online from Lamar University. She works as a secondary counselor for Waco ISD in Texas.

"Obtaining my degree for master's in education for school counseling has allowed me to reach my goals and become the professional who I always dreamed to be. This degree has opened many doors for me and has allowed for me to acquire several leadership roles."

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Darla Michaelidis, School Counselor

Darla Michaelidis — School Counselor

Darla Michaelidis earned her M.Ed. in School Counseling online from Lamar University. She works as a school counselor for Brazosport ISD in Texas.

"For me, it is all about the students. I am able to impact the lives of a larger number of students with my degree in school counseling."

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Norma Perales, School Counselor

Norma Perales — School Counselor

Norma Perales earned her M.Ed. in School Counseling from Lamar University online. She works as a secondary counselor at Mercedes High School in Texas.

"A school counselor's master degree has given me the tools to help students not only to succeed academically but to become proactive by researching ways to advocate for students in order to help them achieve academic, career, and personal/social success."

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Lisa Williams, School Counselor

Lisa Williams — School Counselor

Lisa Williams earned her M.Ed. in School Counseling online from Lamar University. She works as a middle school counselor for Wichita Falls ISD in Texas.

"Completing the whole degree online was the only way I would have gone for it. Simply having a computer, internet access, and a strong signal allowed me to continue my regular routine while working school in around my schedule."

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Paul Hidalgo, Secondary School Administrator

Paul Hidalgo — Secondary School Administrator

Paul Hidalgo earned his M.Ed. in Educational Administration online from Lamar University. He works as a Secondary School Administrator for Midland ISD in Texas.

"Time management was crucial during each 5 week course. Adhering to timelines and developing a weekly routine were key components to my success with this program."

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Dawn Melton, Music Teacher

Dawn Melton — Music Teacher

Dawn Melton earned her M.Ed. in School Counseling online from Lamar University. She works as a Music Teacher for Midway ISD in Texas.

"Be aware of the need to plan. Work to be efficient and remember that priorities may shift, but it's only for a short time. You can do it!"

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Phil Blue, Executive Director of Athletics

Phil Blue — Executive Director of Athletics

Phil Blue earned his M.Ed. in Educational Administration online from Lamar University. He's the executive director of athletics for Abilene ISD in Texas.

"Don't let time constraints or financial constraints keep you from entering the program. The flexibility of the Lamar University online program is student friendly and the quality of the instruction is excellent"

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Deborah Deverich School Counselor, Little Elm ISD

Deborah Deverich — School Counselor

Deborah Deverich earned her M.Ed. in School Counseling from Lamar University online. She works as a school counselor for Little Elm ISD in Texas.

"Acquiring the degree changed my career path completely and has provided me with the opportunity to be in the most rewarding job I've ever had."

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Audra Hooker, Director of Athletics

Audra Hooker — Director of Athletics

Audra Hooker earned her M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Lamar University online. She works as the Director of Athletics for Midland ISD in Texas.

"If you are determined and committed to attaining your degree, this program is the best avenue for you."

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Brian T. Jones, Program Certificate

Brian T. Jones — Assistant Principal

Brian Jones earned his Program Certificate in Principal Education from Lamar University online. He works as the Assistant Principal for Ector County ISD in Texas.

"I chose Lamar University because it was a smart choice. Lamar provided what I needed and the convenience that I required."

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Clint Miller, M.Ed.

Clint Miller — Middle School Principal

Clint Miller earned his M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Lamar University online. He works as a middle school principal for Little Elm ISD in Texas.

"With the situation I was in, online was my only option. Had it not been for the structure of Lamar's program I would have never been able to get my master's."

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Elizabeth Miller, M.Ed.

Elizabeth Miller — Principal

Elizabeth Miller earned her M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Lamar University online. She works as a principal for Little Elm ISD in Texas.

"Don't wait. Get started right away. There are so many opportunities waiting for you and so much growth that will occur for you. In the end, I wish I would have done it sooner, but I don't regret a minute of it."

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ShaLynna Mosley, M.Ed.

ShaLynna Mosley — Elementary Reg Ed Classroom Teacher

ShaLynna Mosley earned her M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Lamar University online. She works as an Elementary Reg Ed Classroom Teacher for Midway ISD in Texas.

"The connections I made through the process of completing my coursework have become very valuable as I continue to pursue administrative opportunities."

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Traci Newman, M.Ed.

Traci Newman — Dyslexia Therapist

Traci Newman earned her M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Lamar University online. She works as a dyslexia therapist for Temple ISD in Texas.

"My biggest takeaway from the program was the fact that I felt supported throughout the journey from the professors and Instructional Associates."

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Traci Newman, M.Ed.

Jason Rainey — Executive Director of Human Resources

Jason Rainey earned his M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Lamar University online. He works as the Executive Director of Human Resources for Denton ISD in Texas.

"My master's degree not only prepared me for the work I would embark upon, but it has also opened doors to professional opportunities that would not have been available to me without my degree."

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Stephen Richardson, Assistant Principal

Stephen Richardson — Assistant Principal

Stephen Richardson earned his M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Lamar University online. After graduating, he became an assistant principal.

"I graduated ready to tackle the challenges of education today. I received an assistant principal position just weeks after graduation."

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Todd Smith, Director of District Operations

Todd Smith — Director of District Operations

Todd Smith earned his Program Certificate in Superintendent Education from Lamar University online. He is the Director of District Operations for Azle ISD.

"The Superintendent Certification program helped me gain a better outlook and perspective from a district level."

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"The Lamar University RN to BSN program is nurse-friendly."

I feel like the program is nurse friendly. Someone talked to nurses to see what they needed… I feel like the program is for those of us who are mothers and nurses and work full time. To me, it was the way to go. I would absolutely recommend the program.

I would say for those who are skeptical, like I am, to just try it. It's the best thing that could have happened for me. It was wonderful.

— Tonya Holman

"No matter where you've been or what you've been through, you can make it."

— Penny Finch, M.Ed. in School Counseling

Courage and love for family inspired her. Lamar University's online programs helped her create a new future.

Penny Finch is an ordinary woman who faced extraordinary challenges. Sudden tragedy meant she needed to find a way to support her two children—quickly. She found Lamar University's online programs to be the perfect tool for her to continue to work, study and care for her children.

Through perseverance and determination, Penny earned her Master of Education in School Counseling at Lamar University. During her journey, she found love again and remarried.

In 2014, Penny was one of the keynote speakers at Lamar University's graduation ceremony—a first for an online student.

"Lamar University course software is easy to navigate."

"The Lamar University program course topics are relevant to current teaching practices and provide immediate application to the classroom setting. The course software is easy to navigate and my instructional associate is always available to answer any questions that may arise. Discussion boards allow for collaboration between participants, while providing real-time interaction with a small-group feeling."

—Becky Allmendinger, Richardson ISD

"Lamar University allows me to work at my own pace on my master's degree."

"Lamar University allows me to work at my own pace on my master's degree and still be a teacher, wife and mother. Having the opportunity to work from your home and get feedback from your classmates who are experiencing what you are is wonderful."

—Jessica Sandoval, Birdville ISD

"Lamar University is perfect for someone working full-time."

"The graduate program offered at Lamar University is perfect for someone working full-time. You can complete the work at your own pace. But you can still have good discussions with classmates. I would recommend this program for any working teacher looking for a way to earn a master's degree."

—Alyshia Zimmerman, Title One Specialist
Arapaho Classical Magnet, Richardson ISD

"Lamar University's partnership discussion board has placed me in touch with skilled teachers."

"I am so excited to be embarking on my graduate studies through the Lamar University with Aldine ISD for Educational Administration. Thus far, the communication and technology pieces have been efficient and informative. The partnership discussion board has placed me in touch with skilled teachers from my own district, as well as surrounding areas; these contacts have been invaluable in cultivating a network of critical friends, all of whom are seeking the same ultimate educational goal."

—Candy Core, Aldine ISD

"Lamar University's instructional associate was a huge support system."

"There is no other program that allows you to collaborate as a team in your school. It is so easy to discuss topics when your colleagues are your partners! The instructional associate was easily accessible for all my questions. She was a huge support system!"

—Gretchen Mars, Richardson ISD

"Lamar University stirred up the desire in me to want to learn how to be a more effective educator."

"I have learned so much in this course. I hate to admit that I thought I knew a lot about ways to improve student achievement after 12 years of teaching. After taking this course, I realized that there is so much that I don't know, and it has stirred up the desire in me to want to learn how to be a more effective educator."

—Joetta Sneed, Duncanville ISD

"Lamar University really makes me reflect on my past experiences as a teacher."

"This has been a very exciting couple of weeks for me! I am enjoying this course and really like the readings! They are very insightful and really make me reflect on my past experiences as a teacher."

—Tracy Padgett, Richardson ISD

"Lamar University has allowed me to be a wife, a mom, a career woman and a student."

"Lamar University has allowed me to be a wife, a mom, a career woman, and a student. The convenience and portability of the program works wonderfully with my schedule and has made the transition back to school easy and exciting. This opportunity truly is a gift and I am confident that choosing Lamar University was the right choice both personally and professionally."

—Debbie Cotton, Richardson ISD

Student Blogs

Wondering what it's like to earn your degree online? Some of our students volunteered to share an insider's view of their progress with you in regular blog posts. Although all of our bloggers so far are enrolled in graduate education programs, we expect to be adding authors in other degree programs soon. So keep watching this spot! Meanwhile, see what our bloggers say about their Lamar University online experiences.

Education Blogs

Education Blogs

You're not in this alone! As you pursue your online education degree program from Lamar University, there are others who might share your triumphs and troubles. We hope these student blogs are both entertaining and informative as they shed light on the Lamar University online experience.


Undergraduate Blogs

Undergrad Blogs

Being an online student is all about staying connected. Whether you're currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at Lamar University or considering one, read these active student blogs to get the scoop on how the experience can be both challenging and rewarding.

Student Experience

At Lamar University Online, we're in this together! As faculty, we not only teach, we encourage. As fellow students, we share our ideas with each other, instantly. As grads, we continue our friendships long after we earn our degrees. To learn more about the rewards of being a Lamar University online student, go to our Student Experience – Education page.

Reasons to Love LU

We are Affordable.

  • Lamar University's M.Ed. in Educational Technology Leadership is ranked No. 5 Best Affordable Online Master's in Educational Technology and No. 12 "Best Affordable Master's in Education Online"

    —GetEducated.com, 2015

  • Lamar University ranked No. 3 in "2015 Rankings of Most Affordable Online Graduate Schools for Master's Degrees"

    —College Choice, an independent college search and rankings website

  • Lamar University ranked No. 6 in the nation for the least amount of student debt upon graduation

    U.S. News & World Report, 2012

  • Lamar University is ranked No. 8 nationally in the “50 Most Affordable Online Master's Degree Programs for 2015”

    —Best Master's Programs website

  • Lamar University's online education degrees have been recognized as "Best Buys" nationally

    —GetEducated.com

  • Lamar University's M.Ed. in Special Education is ranked No. 5 Best Affordable Masters in Education Online

    —GetEducated.com, 2015

  • Lamar University's M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership is ranked No. 6 Best Affordable Master's in Educational Leadership online

    —GetEducated.com, 2015

We are Among the Best.

  • Lamar University online programs are recognized as among the best in the nation

    U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings

  • Lamar University is one of 29 universities in the nation designated a Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

  • Lamar is in the Top 25% of schools nationwide for the Best Online Bachelor's Programs and Best Online Graduate Education Program

We are Diverse.

  • Lamar University has been dubbed one of the most ethnically and economically diverse universities in the nation

    U.S. News & World Report

  • Lamar University is ranked No. 1 in the nation for Hispanics graduating with master's degrees in education

    Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, 2015

  • Students from 58 countries around the world attend Lamar University

  • Lamar University is one of the top universities in Texas for the percentage of degrees conferred to African Americans

We Support our Students and Military.

  • Lamar University was named a 2015 Military Friendly® School for going above and beyond to provide transitioning veterans the best possible experience in higher education.

    G.I. Jobs, 2015

  • Lamar University was ranked in the top 10 percent of universities in the nation on the new Social Mobility Index that ranks schools that do the best job helping disadvantaged students graduate and start their careers.

    —BestMastersPrograms.org, 2015

We are Growing.

  • 75,000 Lamar University alumni

  • One of the fastest-growing public universities in Texas

  • Lamar University set an all-time enrollment record for Fall 2014 with 14,889 students (a 6.1% increase over Fall 2013 numbers)

  • Lamar University has seen a 68% increase in enrollment over the past 10 years

  • Lamar University was the 11th fastest-growing public doctoral-granting institution in the U.S. between 2002 and 2012

    Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac, 2014-2015

We are the Choice of Educators.

  • Lamar University's Educator Preparation Program (EPP) is accredited by the State Board of Educator Certification and routinely has a 96% summary pass rate for all certification tests

  • Go Grad (an online guide to graduate programs) recognized Lamar University as having the top-ranked online counseling degrees in the nation (M.Ed. in School Counseling and M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

  • Go Grad ranked Lamar University No. 1 in their Top Online Master's in Counseling 2015 rankings

  • 96% of graduates would recommend Lamar University to a friend