This division offers work in a professional education core curriculum which, with completion of an academic major, leads to licensure for teaching in early childhood, elementary or secondary education. The Health Fitness/Wellness area is also part of this division. For elementary licensure, the academic major may be in Liberal Studies, English, Mathematics, Science, or Social Science. For secondary licensure the academic major may be in English, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, History, or Political Science. A Visual Arts major can support both elementary and secondary licensure. The division also offers a non-licensure program in Early Childhood Education, with a major in Early Childhood Education leading to a Bachelor of Science in Education.
The Division of Education’s mission is to prepare candidates as facilitators of transformative processes who are able to educate students from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. The purpose of the teacher education program is to prepare teacher candidates to engage students in transformative learning processes that prepare them to perform efficiently and effectively within a contemporary global framework.
This purpose is under-girded by two complementary goals:
(1) to provide an excellent teaching and learning environment that results in critical literacy and learning for teacher candidates who will in turn mirror these outcomes for Pre-K-12 students, and
(2) to provide, in collaboration with partnership schools, related field experiences and clinical practice where teacher candidates develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions that make them facilitators of transformative processes.