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ELEMENTARY EDUCATION MAJOR
SPECIAL EDUCATION MAJOR
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE - K-12 Teaching
Endorsement - Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education
The Department of Teacher Education administers the professional
education component of all undergraduate and graduate teaching programs.
- Dennis Potthoff, Chair
- Glenn Tracy, Assistant Chair
- Professors: Fredrickson, Freeman, M. Hadley,
Associate Professors: Batenhorst, Hansen,
Assistant Professors: Agard, Messersmith,
Walden, C. Young, Ziebarth-Bovill
Senior Lecturers: Hudson, M. McCollough, Stirtz
- Lecturers: Brandt, Gappa, Knoell, Kracl, McCarty, Mollard,
The Department of Teacher Education is committed to the principle that
teaching is a moral endeavor and that the primary purpose of education in
America's schools is the preparation of our youth for the role of citizen in our
social and political democracy. This basic belief forms the foundation of our
mission. The mission is predicated upon the four moral dimensions espoused by
the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER): (a) the enculturation of
youth into a social and political democracy; (b) access to knowledge; (c)
nurturing pedagogy; and (d) stewardship. The themes of democracy, diversity, and
technology are also central to department courses and programs.
- To provide premier undergraduate and graduate programs for the preparation
of preservice teachers and the professional development of in-service
- To encourage the habits of independent and lifelong learning among
undergraduate- and graduate-level students.
- To foster the development of effective and committed educators who are
responsible, collaborative, and reflective. To this end, department
undergraduate and graduate courses provide a broad knowledge base, applied
skills, competencies, dispositions, and appropriate field and/or practicum
Desired Outcomes for Graduates of Department Programs
- Understand the relationship of the philosophy that guides the education
process in a democratic society, the College of Education, their specific
discipline, and the behaviors they utilize in their classrooms.
- Understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, instructional
technology, and standards of the discipline(s) they teach and be able to
create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter
meaningful for all students.
- Understand how cultural background influences student learning and
development. They will be able to provide technologically-enhanced and other
learning opportunities that support intellectual, social, and personal
development of diverse students.
- Understand different student learning styles and exceptionalities and be
able to develop a variety of instructional opportunities, including the use of
technology, that are adapted for diverse learners.
- Be reflective practitioners who continually evaluate the effects of their
choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in
the learning community) and who actively seek out opportunities to grow
- Understand and use both formal and informal assessment strategies to
evaluate professional standards to ensure the continuous intellectual, social,
and physical development of the learner.
- Be skilled in the democratic process of collaborative decision making.
- Understand the strengths and needs of their students and possess the
necessary skills to work effectively with individuals and groups from a
variety of racial, cultural, ethnic, experiential, and linguistic backgrounds.
- Have knowledge of family and school influences that affect student
wellness, learning, and achievement. They must be able to form partnerships
among parents, educators, and the community in the best interests of their
- Understand the school as a democratic system and how to work with
individuals and groups to facilitate structures and policies that create and
maintain school as a safe, caring, and inviting place for members of the
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Admission to Student Teaching
ELEMENTARY EDUCATION MAJOR
Three options are available in this major:
- Elementary Education Option - Bachelor of Arts in
- Middle Grades Teaching Option - Bachelor of Arts in
Education Degree or
Middle Grades Teaching Option - Bachelor of Science in
- Early Childhood Unified
Teaching Field Endorsement Option - Bachelor of Arts in
SPECIAL EDUCATION MAJOR
Two options are available in this major:
- Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-6 Teaching
Endorsement Option - Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree
- Mild/Moderate Disabilities 7-12 Teaching
Field Endorsement Option - Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE - Subject Teaching Endorsement - Bachelor of Arts Degree
English As a Second
Language - Subject Teaching Endorsement - Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education
Minors in Early Childhood Education
and Special Education
are available in the department.
Courses with the prefix ELED, SPED, PTE,
TE and LNSK are offered by the department.
08 Mar 2006