Dr. Tausha Clay has been serving as a professor in the education  department at Milligan for 13 years.

She received her bachelor’s in early childhood education from ETSU then taught for several years in North Carolina and Tennessee. She returned for her Master of Education in early childhood development at ETSU and then pursued her Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) with an administrative endorsement.

After finishing her Ph.D., Clay came to Milligan to share her knowledge and experience in the world of education and has loved teaching students who want to be educators.

“Milligan students inspire me to be the best professor I can be,” she said. “When students feel like teaching is a calling, it’s easy to teach them what they need to know because they an internal desire to change lives and shape culture.”

One of Clay’s focus areas are methods and curriculum, which explores research based strategies and lesson plan development. She likes to ask the question “What can teachers do to help their students grow?,” which encourages students in the program to think like teachers and figure out how to help their own students grow academically, socially, behaviorally, etc.

When asked about the strength of our graduate education programs, Clay said:

“We have very high expectations and standards for our students. Our students graduate ready to teach and they understand the importance of professionalism when entering the workforce.”

She also noted that Milligan’s programs are nationally accredited by NCATE (now CAEP). Because this accreditation is not easy to obtain, it makes our candidates stronger and stand out when applying for jobs.

In her spare time, Clay teaches yoga at Real Hot Yoga in Johnson City.

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