The Department of Teacher Education seeks to prepare and support aspiring and experienced educators who are knowledgeable, effective, caring professionals for success in increasingly complex, diverse, and technological educational settings. To that end, the department is committed to a candidate-centered experience demonstrated by
· A Challenging Academic Environment that enhances content and pedagogical knowledge and inspires intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, communication, creativity, reflection, and lifelong learning,
· Engaging Pedagogy that models, and advocates for, current and emerging research on effective teaching and learning,
· Inclusiveness that embraces diversity of ideas, cultures, and people,
· Collaboration within the department and college, across the university, and throughout the region that enhances the professional preparation and support of educators,
· Outreach and Scholarship emphasizing professional application that serves students, educators, schools, and agencies in the region, and
· Professional Ethics and Dispositions that honor the teaching profession.
The Department of Teacher Education offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to teacher certification or rank change. Candidates may select from programs in early childhood education, elementary education, middle grades education, secondary education, and special education to obtain initial certification, and those candidates who already hold certification may enhance their skills through a variety of graduate-level concentrations and endorsements.
Programs in the Department of Teacher Education have a distinctive blend of theory and practice. Courses are taught by experienced faculty whose college teaching is an outgrowth of their own P-12 teaching experience, research in their discipline, and service to the profession. In addition to relevant learning experiences on campus, all educator preparation programs in the department include integrated field and clinical experiences in local public schools and agencies.
The College of Education and Human Services is proud to be accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is authorized by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) to offer educator preparation programs.