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School of Education

School of Education

The mission of the School of Education is to prepare educators of character and competence who reflect Christ as they serve and lead in their schools and communities. The School of Education offers varying programs of study to prepare students who want to teach and engage the classrooms of the world. Three majors are offered in the School of Education: Elementary Education, Learning Foundations, and Special Education. An Elementary Education Major is designed for students wanting to teach in early grades, elementary grades, or middle grades. This major reflects best-practices pedagogy that supports learning in a variety of classroom settings. Within this major students choose specific grade level endorsements (Grades K-6, Grades PreK-3, or Grades 4-8). Instead of selecting an academic minor, students majoring in Elementary Education are required to have an additional major. The second major is chosen from the list below. READ MORE

  • Learning Foundations Major - a newly enhanced interdisciplinary major
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • History
  • Language (French, Spanish, ESL)
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Political Science

As listed above, the Learning Foundations major is an interdisciplinary major that supports the varied content areas taught in PreK-6 classrooms. In addition to the varied academic preparation, students choose an area of emphasis to ensure a deepened liberal arts experience. This one area of emphasis is selected from one of the four school academic domains: language arts, social studies, mathematics, or science.

The School of Education also offers a major in Special Education. This major prepares students to teach special education in grades K – 12 in inclusionary settings, pull-out programs, and self-contained special education classrooms.

School of Education Majors

  • Elementary Education Major
    • Early Childhood Licensure (Grades Pre-K – 3)
    • Elementary Grades Licensure (Grades K-6)
    • Middle Grades Licensure (Grades 4-8)
  • Learning Foundations Major
    • A newly-enhanced interdisciplinary major
    • Includes an emphasis in one of the following
      • English
      • Mathematics
      • Science
      • Social Studies
  • Special Education Major includes endorsements in both:
    • Modified (Grades K-12 inclusion/resource) &
    • Comprehensive (Grades K-12 self-contained classrooms)

Distinctives of the School of Education:

  • Faculty in the School of Education are immersed in scholarship to support both undergraduate and graduate programs. Faculty present their research in a variety of venues, which include making national presentations, publishing articles in discipline journals, and publishing textbooks. Most importantly, they are committed to excellence in their teaching. Often, students will hear faculty report how their research informs their teaching.
  • The School of Education is committed to enhancing the connection between local schools and the university classroom throughout the students’ four-year program of study. Students begin their classroom experience during their first year of university classes. This first experience is observation only, but begins the process of viewing a classroom through the lens of a professional. An additional focused observation is part of the students’ second year of classes. Isolated lessons are taught in local schools as a part of methods-type courses called Instructional Design courses in the junior and senior years. A full semester of student teaching is the culminating experience during the last semester before graduation.
  • The School of Education uses processes to ensure that students move along the continuum of effective teaching. As students move through their programs of study, each course that includes a field experience has a university supervisor who visits students in these placements. During these visits the university supervisor supports students as the students themselves reflect on their strengths and possible areas of improvement. These observations follow students throughout their programs of study, allowing university supervisors to offer support in a continuous manner.
  • The School of Education continues this extensive field experience support during the student teaching semester. Weekly visits from a university supervisor allow student teachers to actually become more effective teachers. The same reflective process of recognizing strengths and discussing possible suggestions for improvement is used to continue their personal journey in becoming effective teachers. Local school officials are highly complimentary of the effectiveness of our graduates and report that they “know how to teach” rather than only “knowing about teaching.”
  • Students majoring in Special Education may choose to receive a dual endorsement in Special Education and the Elementary Grades K-6. This dual endorsement is earned by taking only two additional classes to the Special Education program of study.
  • Union University’s Teacher Education Program is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation ensures a quality program and facilitates the process of teacher licensure in other states.
  • The Teacher Education Program’s Conceptual Framework, “a teacher-student dynamic of sensitivity, reflection, and faith,” prepares teacher candidates to actualize Christian values in a public school setting as well as in private and parochial environments.
  • The School of Education is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for our “moral and ethical dimensions in the learning community.” This recognition was received from AILACTE, the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, which has over 200 members in its organization. The selection of Union University’s School of Education to receive this distinction demonstrates how the Christian faith can inform the profession of teaching.
  • Teacher licensure programs meet the criteria for “highly qualified” teachers as established by federal legislation, No Child Left Behind.
  • The School of Education is a member of the Christian Colleges Teacher Education Coordinating Council. This organization facilitates the placement of student teachers in international settings if desired.
  • The School of Education at Union University is one of the very few in the United States who is nationally recognized, nationally accredited, and offers the doctoral degree in Education. These distinctives prepare our teacher candidates to engage the culture regardless of where they find themselves in the many diverse classrooms of the world.

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Please see the Academic Catalogue descriptions for more details and a listing of minors.

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About Our Alum

Laura Hines is a graduate of the Teacher Education Program at Union University and teaches second graders at Corinth-Holders Elementary School, Johnston County School District, in Zebulon, NC.

She has been awarded a grant by the Johnston County Education Foundation to expand and support a student project —‘It’s in the Bag’. “The bag idea came from a college (Union University Teacher Education Program) literacy class,” said Hines, a fifth-year teacher who has spent all of her career in Corinth-Holders. “We’d put together a bag that had to include books and (related) activities. We’d donate bags to schools (so) the kids could take them home, read the books and do activities to incorporate literacy at home,” explained Hines. In the grant proposal, Laura outlined 10 individual “book bags,” complete with the themes, take away lessons and hands-on activities for her students to guide take-home learning experiences.

Laura is supervising her first student teacher this year. She was elected Teacher of the Year by the faculty of the school in 2011. Congratulations, Laura!

Laura Hines ('07), Fifth Year Teacher, Johnston County School District, Zebulon, NC

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11/4/14 - Kara Dodd and Abby Cox, both sophomore elementary education majors, visit with residents at Regency Retirement Village on Campus and Community Day. - Meg Rushing
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Kara Dodd and Abby Cox, both sophomore elementary education majors, visit with residents at Regency Retirement Village on Campus and Community Day. - Meg Rushing

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5/17/14 - Anna Wolf, center, elementary education graduate, and her classmates prepare to walk across the stage to receive their diplomas during Spring Commencement Services.  - Kathleen Murray
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Anna Wolf, center, elementary education graduate, and her classmates prepare to walk across the stage to receive their diplomas during Spring Commencement Services. - Kathleen Murray

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4/14/14 - Quinten Brasher, freshman history major, asks Google Glass for directions during a lecture by Kevin Trowbridge, assistant professor of public relations at Belmont University. - Jacob Moore
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Quinten Brasher, freshman history major, asks Google Glass for directions during a lecture by Kevin Trowbridge, assistant professor of public relations at Belmont University. - Jacob Moore

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4/10/14 - Quinten Brasher, freshman history major, adjusts Google Glass to fit his face shape during the Thomas R. Rosebrough Center for Educational Practice event focused on uses of Google Glass in education. - Jacob Moore
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Quinten Brasher, freshman history major, adjusts Google Glass to fit his face shape during the Thomas R. Rosebrough Center for Educational Practice event focused on uses of Google Glass in education. - Jacob Moore

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Contact Information
Undergraduate Catalogues (.pdf)
Graduate Catalogues (.pdf)
Course Schedules
Undergraduate Areas of Study
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Special Education#
  • Teacher Licensure, K–12 and Secondary Areas
  • Teaching and Learning (K-6)#

  • * Teacher Licensure Available
  • # This major is available also with Discipline-Specific Honors

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