The mission of the Teacher Education Program at Union University is to prepare highly effective educators within an environment of sensitivity, reflection, and faith.
Description of the statement: Effective educators demonstrate knowledge in their respective fields; sensitivity to students' diverse learning needs; reflection in scholarship and inquiry; motivation of their students becoming life-long learners; and a careful examination of their worldview and integration of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
- Content Knowledge: Candidates demonstrate academic competence in a broad base of general education and in a major appropriate for the licensure being sought.
- Knowledge of Learners: Candidates understand the growth and development of children and adolescents with sensitivity to their diverse learning needs.
- Pedagogy & Instruction: Candidates demonstrate knowledge of a variety of effective teaching methods and materials which utilize skills that effectively apply content knowledge and knowledge of children and adolescents to the learning environment.
- Assessment, Reflection, Response: Candidates use appropriate assessment strategies to evaluate learning in the classroom and reflect on instruction, assessment, and evaluation to improve teaching and learning.
- Management of the Learning Environment: Candidates create a learning environment of self-motivation and engagement while modeling Christian character dispositions among students, colleagues, parents, and community.
- Personal Professional Growth & Development: Candidates demonstrate awareness that teachers need further study and continuing professional growth to remain effective.
International Student Teaching applications due
- for Fall 2014 (secondary only): due September 23, 2013
- for Spring 2015 (all endorsements): due January 23, 2014
- for Spring 2014: due September 16, 2013
- for Fall 2014 (secondary only): due February 10, 2014
Minimum scores on all applicable portions of Praxis II must be received by Union University prior to student teaching. Content test for the intended endorsement must be received prior to starting the internship. Check the testing schedule and register on the Praxis website.
The School of Education was AILACTE'S 2005 Model of Excellence Award winner for Quality 1: Moral and Ethical Dimensions of the Learning Community. The integration of moral and ethical dimensions of learning is strongly evident in the knowledge base, assessment system and field components of the Teacher Education program.
The School of Education at Union University is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in March 2013. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the visiting team. Both NCATE and Union University recognize graduates, parents, schools, and community organizations have valuable perspectives on the quality of the programs that prepare teachers and other school personnel. We invite interested parties to submit written testimony on the School of Education to:
Board of Examiners
2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036-1023
or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered at Union University and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to Union University for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.
Letters of comment should be received no later than December 10, 2012.
Teacher Education Portfolio
All portfolios will be submitted using LiveText. Students must attend a LiveText workshop on the Jackson, Germantown, or Hendersonville campuses to set up the LiveText account. A portfolio fee of $150 will be assessed when using LiveText.
Title II Institution Reports
TN Report Card on the Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs
The Tennessee Higher Education Commission releases an annual report card on each of the state's 44 programs that prepare teachers. The full report card is available on THEC's website