The Division of Education conducts and coordinates programs for the preparation of teacher candidates at the initial level. Initial program preparation areas include: Early Childhood Education, K-6 Interdisciplinary Studies, Middle Grades and Secondary Licensure Programs, Special Education (K-12), and Visual Arts Licensure (K-12). The undergraduate majors meet all College requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree and students completing the licensure programs are eligible for teacher license issued by the Tennessee Department of Education. All programs within the Division are designed to provide academic rigor and advanced level studies which prepare teacher candidates for further studies in the field of education. Membership is held in the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), Tennessee Department of Education (TN-DOE), and the Division is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The mission of the Division of Education 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.