Thomas Sargent

Professor, Educational Studies
Director, Teacher Education
Officer, Teacher Licensure

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A 1985 Monmouth graduate with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, Sargent currently is a professor of educational studies at his undergraduate alma mater.

As an educator, Sargent has instructed diverse student populations in biological and physical sciences, as well as methods of curriculum and instruction for pre-service teacher candidates. This has required collaboratively formulating course structures, content, and requirements; facilitating student learning and the transfer of knowledge; designing authentic and standardized assessments; and administrating student feedback and grades.

Sargent has expertise in conducting a wide array of outreach, evaluation, and research activities in the areas of professional development and contextual teaching and learning.

His three years as director and principal investigator for TeachNET: A Professional Development Network for Contextual Teaching and Learning (a contract funded through the U.S. Department of Education) provided him with significant experience, knowledge and insight into the challenges facing educators as they engage in professional development activities and the transfer of knowledge in educational settings.

In addition to his years as an educator, Sargent has six years of retail management experience. In this capacity, he supervised personnel and retail financial operations of more than $1.5 million annually as a store manager while having responsibility for facilitating more than 100 team members through daily operations and the achievement of long-term sales and productivity goals through the use of a collaborative management style.


Ph.D. – Educational Administration, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 1999

M.S. – Educational Administration, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, 1996

Teacher Certification – Millikin (Illinois) University, 1991

B.A. – Biological Sciences, Monmouth College, 1985

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Courses Taught

  • EDST 100 Foundations of Education
  • MCTE 200 Principles & Strategies of Secondary Teaching
  • MCTE 310 Measurement and Assessment in Education
  • MCTE 333 Practicum: 9-12/K-12 Supervision
  • MCTE 470 Student Teaching Seminar with Classroom Management
  • MCTE 475 Student Teaching Clinical Experience Supervision
  • INTG 101 Introduction to the Liberal Arts
  • INTG 288 Global Perspectives-Public Educational Systems
  • INTG 401 Citizenship-Building Communities

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela