The theme of the Teacher Education Program is “Empowerment for Learning.” Emphasis in all degree programs is given to the development of the pre-service teacher to know and utilize learning theory, pedagogy, culturally responsive instruction, technology, and assessment in order to empower self and others to become life-long learners.
The Teacher Education program is a collaborative effort among all applicable academic areas of the University. The program provides a broad-based education intended to equip the pre-service teacher with knowledge, values, and attitudes essential for developing competency on the Kentucky Teacher Standards. The program also stresses responsible citizenship within the American democracy through the promotion of Christian servant leadership.
Students may pursue initial teacher certification in (a) Early Childhood Education (Birth to Primary) (b) Elementary Education, P-5; (c) Middle Grades Education, 5-9;(d) Secondary Education, 8-12 (English, Math, Chemistry, Biology, Social Studies); (e) Art, P-12; (f) Health Education, P-12; (g) Physical Education, P-12; (h) Integrated Music, P-12; and, (i) Learning and Behavior Disorders, P-12. Endorsements are also available in P-12 English as a Second Language (ESL) and Environmental Education.
The School of Education also offers Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in early childhood education programs. Neither of these degrees leads to teacher certification.
The Education Professional Standards Board requires teacher candidates to pass exams called PRAXIS II before the initial teaching certificate, the Statement of Eligibility, is issued. The exams are: (a) PRAXIS II specialty exams which measure content knowledge and pedagogical skill and, (b) PRAXIS PLT which measures the principles of learning and teaching. In compliance with disclosure of passing rates on the PRAXIS II exams, according to the federal government Title II report, the University’s passing rate for 2008-09 academic year was 96%.