Michael and Jan Morehead Endowed Scholarship

Michael and Jan Morehead

Michael and Jan Morehead

Dr. Michael A. Morehead graduated from the University of Missouri with a Ed.D. in Educational Administration in 1978. During his tenure as a public school educator, Dr. Morehead taught middle school Social Studies and worked as a school administrator. Since 1978 he has worked at Northern Arizona University and Emporia State University where he coordinated student teaching programs, field experience programs and admission to teacher education. Dr. Morehead has published a book on student teaching and over forty articles and monographs for various journals and organizations. He has served on the editorial board for several journals and was chairperson of the National Field Directors Forum. He has made over 100 presentations to State, Regional and National organizations. Dr. Morehead’s primary research interests are teacher education and educational administration. He continues to be actively involved in the Association of Teacher educators and the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education. Before serving as Interim Dean, and now Dean, Dr. Morehead was Associate Dean for the College of Education since 1992 and has been instrumental in a number of program changes during that time.

Jan Morehead knew she wanted to be an Early Childhood Teacher when she was in the 8th grade. Due to family financial strains, she did not get to start college immediately after high school graduation. It took many years until she finally was able to begin her college career, which landed her a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, AZ. During this time she discovered her passion for teaching was in the area of Early Childhood Education. In 1984, she and her husband Michael moved to Kansas and Jan returned to college, earning a Master of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Emporia State University, in Emporia, KS. Jan began her teaching career in 1985 as a Pre-School Teacher and has also taught Kindergarten and First Grade. She retired as a Kindergarten teacher at Desert Hills Elementary School. For the past 13 years, Jan has also taught an NMSU Early Childhood Methods class during the evening. Her teaching motto is “We learn as we play and we play as we learn”, which she stresses to both her Kindergarten students and her NMSU students.


Financial Need: Required
Class Level: Student Teaching Required Minimum GPA: 3.0
Required Major: Dance with a preference to a student in the DanceSport program or Secondary Ed. with emphasis in Social Studies (rotates yearly)