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Dr. Ava Pugh

Dr. Ava Pugh

Professor and Coordinator of Elementary Education

"My goal is for students to become familiar with the most current innovations in Elementary Education accompanied with relevant methods and techniques for conveying this information."


Degrees Held:

  • Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, cognate area in School Administration, emphasis in Elementary Education and area of concentration in Elementary Science – Mississippi State University, 1980
    • Pugh, A. (1980). Investigating the relationship of methods for teaching science to the attitudes and achievement of pre-service teachers. Doctoral Dissertation, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • Ed.S. in Elementary Education – Delta State University, 1977
    • Pugh, A. (1977). The effects of behavior modification used to increase spelling scores. Specialist thesis, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education, area of concentration in School Administration – Delta State University, 1976
  • B.S. in Elementary Education, area of concentration in Math and Science – Mississippi State University, 1974

Career Highlights:

Areas of Expertise:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • STEM, STEAM, and Science Education
  • Curriculum and Methods of Teaching
  • Attitudes, Peer Teaching, and Service Learning of College Students

Dr. Pugh received her Ed.D. from Mississippi State University in 1980 in Curriculum and Instruction with cognates in science education and educational leadership. She has been at the University of Monroe since 1984 and has been teaching since 1974 on K-12, undergraduate and graduate levels. During these years, Dr. Pugh has published 131 research papers and articles in international, national, regional, state and local journals. She has also delivered over 333 research papers, presentations, workshops and speeches to international, national, regional, state and local conventions and associations. She is the elementary education program coordinator.

In which online programs do you teach?

M.Ed. in Elementary Education and M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education

Which classes do you teach online?

  • ELED 5009 (to be replaced with ELED 5033): Prioritizing and Mapping the Curriculum
  • ELED 5010: Advanced Studies in Science and Math
  • ELED 5011: Advanced Studies in Elementary Language Arts and Social Studies
  • ELED 5033: Prioritizing and Mapping the Curriculum
  • ELED 5046: Cognitive Learning: Children and Their World
  • ELED 6083: Internship in Elementary/Early Childhood Education
  • CURR 5023: Research-Based Instruction
  • CURR 5073: Assessment and Accountability

What do students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

My goal is for students to become familiar with the most current innovations in Elementary Education accompanied with relevant methods and techniques for conveying this information.

What advice would you give to those considering this online degree program?

You will gain a wealth of information in a comfortable setting where you can adjust your life and time for studying.

Why did you start teaching?

I feel that teachers are some of the most important professionals for they hold the lives of young children in their hands, of which a good mentor is necessary.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the profession in which you teach?

The teacher becomes aware of the current innovations, techniques and methods for the elementary classroom.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in education face today?

A teacher must be aware of change, for education is always changing as society changes; and the goal is for one to be open to the changes.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Reading your favorites relaxes the mind and relieves stress.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know about you.

I was the Outstanding Science Teacher for the entire state of Mississippi in 1979 and the Outstanding Professor for Teaching at ULM in 2005.

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