The Teacher Preparation Program provides certification candidates with professional preparation in education using as its conceptual framework “Teacher as Reflective Practitioner.” Candidates integrate a liberal arts background, content preparation, and educational principles to prepare for careers in teaching at the elementary, middle, and secondary school levels or in an interdisciplinary synthesis of Psychology and Education. Candidates can choose content specializations in Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, General Science, Language Arts, Mathematics, Physical Education, Social Studies, or Spanish. Candidates completing a major in Elementary Education or a minor in Secondary Education can minor in Special Education. The Teacher Preparation Program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


Note: Course work often requires field experiences; participants must arrange their own transportation in order to complete these courses, and candidates must arrange their own transportation in order to complete the Program overall.

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Majors in:

  • Elementary Education Grades K-6
  • Middle Childhood Education Grades 5-9
  • Psychology and Education (Interdisciplinary)

Minors in:

  • Multi-categorical Special Education K-6 or 5-Adult
  • Secondary Education
    • Art
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Physical Education
    • Social Studies
    • Spanish

Endorsements in:

  • Reading
  • Autism - as part of multi-categorical Special Education K-Adult

Program Goals

As reflective practitioners within the realms of a
liberal arts education and professional studies program our graduates will be able to: 
  • Apply in their vocational setting, current research-based pedagogical techniques and practice
  • Evaluate formative and summative assessments as a means to differentiate instruction in order to meet the needs of a diverse population of learners
  • Develop a unique and relevant personal and professional philosophy of education
  • Take their places as 21st Century instructional leaders who guide learners to the highest possible levels of critical thinking, ethical, and moral development
  • Become active members of national or international professional organizations and support cultural and community enriching endeavors
  • Be global citizens who benefit from and appreciate multi-cultural experiences
  • Exhibit exemplary professional behavior and demonstrate a high degree of self-efficacy educationdeptquickfacts.jpg