Studying Teacher Education
The Department of Teacher Education prepares educators who are passionate about their profession, who are committed to creating a caring and nurturing teaching environment for all students, who demonstrate commitment to the idea that every student has the right and ability to learn, and who possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to foster the emotional, social, and academic development of each student they serve. This profession requires stamina, creativity, and the use of each individual’s unique strength to inspire, lead, and motivate their students. Teachers can almost always find work, even when just starting out. And the intangible rewards—the knowledge that one is making an enormous difference in the lives of countless children—are immeasurable.
Students may pursue a B.A. in Education or a B.A./M.S. in Education. Students studying teacher education are promised engaging coursework taught by faculty with varied experience and expertise, extensive clinical experiences in a variety of settings, and ongoing support that fosters the academic and professional growth of each teacher candidate.
The Department works to foster the academic and professional development of its students on their path to becoming competent, caring professionals who have the requisite knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to teach effectively in all school systems. Complementing the undergraduate program in its values-centered, pluralistic orientation, the graduate division offers students the opportunity to enhance their instructional competence and further develop professional leadership skills in the pursuit of academic excellence in an environment of intellectual curiosity and free exchange of ideas.
Teacher education students will be able to demonstrate subject matter knowledge and pedagogical knowledge, while displaying the ability to teach all students in an effective and caring manner. They will demonstrate positive values, ethical and reflective practice, and will be well equipped to seek opportunities for professional growth.
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