School of Education

The School of Education offers a certificate, associates, bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in education. Our programs are designed to help students develop skills in vital areas including education theory, curriculum design, and faculty leadership. Aspen's online courses and customizable class schedules are intended to allow students to pursue higher education at their own pace while still receiving personal attention from a dedicated faculty.


Dean: Kevin Thrasher, Ed.D.

"Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own."

Nikos Kazantzakis

Teachers are one of the most vital professions in our society. From the moment we are born, we enter a world full of new things to learn. Our first teachers were our parents and family members who often pushed us and pulled us, and sometimes allowed us to fail, so that we could learn, discover and experiment in our world. They acted as bridges that helped us expand our knowledge and skills as we explored and developed. As classroom teachers, we never stop building a multitude of cognitive bridges for our students. That is the only way we can get them off the island of dependence and inexperience to the mainland of independence, competence and passion for life-long learning.

Dr. Kevin Thrasher has spent the last 20 years in all levels of education from early childhood to higher education settings. He is a certified elementary education teacher who taught in the classroom for 10 years. For the past 10 years, he has served in higher education administration, helping build university programs in both the traditional and online environments. He received his BA in Psychology from the University of Louisville, his MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Arizona, and his EdD in Curriculum & Instruction from Arizona State University. His research interests pertain to early literacy development and teacher effectiveness.