Southwestern Christian University Awarded Grant for Education Program


Southwestern Christian University recently received notification of the awarding of a Kirkpatrick Foundation grant which will assist in the establishment the university’s new education program. The new program curriculum is currently under development and is scheduled for launch this fall. The new education program is also being designed for submission to the Oklahoma Center for Teacher Preparation to allow teacher education candidates to be considered for state teacher certification.

The Kirkpatrick Foundation, whose mission is to support Arts, Culture and Education in Oklahoma, awarded the grant to enable SCU to develop an education program using Oklahoma A+ Schools concepts. Oklahoma A+ Schools ( is the state’s only research-based whole school network with a mission of nurturing creativity in every learner through arts-based curriculum.

“We anticipate that the SCU/Oklahoma A+ Schools creative partnership will benefit thousands of students across the state, in addition to the teacher education candidates who track through the program,” said Southwestern Christian University President, Dr. Ed Huckeby. “Since Southwestern is currently in the initial stages of developing a new education curriculum, the Oklahoma A+ Schools concept provides an innovative basis for the core conceptual framework. The grant provided by the Kirkpatrick Foundation makes it possible for this education program to become a reality.”