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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.

The Teaching and Learning major prepares teachers to teach typically developing elementary-age students. The major leads to initial licensure with the elementary K-6 endorsement and includes a year-long internship. Students have the option of adding either the Early Childhood (PreK–3) and/or Middle Grades (4-8) endorsement. All students choosing the Teaching and Learning major must also complete Interdisciplinary Studies as a second major. The Interdisciplinary Studies major gives students the necessary content to teach in the elementary grades. The Special Education major prepares students to teach special needs youth in the areas of Modified Special Education (K-12) and Comprehensive Special Education (K-12) and includes a year-long internship.READ MORE

Completers of the Teaching and Learning major with the Interdisciplinary Studies major or the Special Education major with a professional education minor, together with the general education core, comprise the academic course requirements for a teaching degree at Union University. All transfer students must complete the year-long internship with subsequent courses.

Teaching candidates who desire to serve typically developing elementary age students also have another option. They may choose a “four plus one” option, which includes a bachelor’s degree and the Intensive Licensure Master of Arts in Education degree. They may choose to major in a school content area such as science (biology, chemistry, physics), mathematics, social studies (history, government), or language arts (English, languages, TESL) with a minor in another content area for their four-year studies, graduate with the bachelor’s degree, and move immediately into the M.A.Ed. intensive program which begins each August and graduates candidates the following summer. In addition to earning a master’s degree, candidates earn initial licensure.

The graduate programs offered by the School of Education are available on the Jackson, Germantown, and Hendersonville campuses and include the M.Ed., M.A.Ed., M.U.Ed., Ed.S., and Ed.D. The Doctor of Education is the highest professional degree offered in the field of education and has two Educational specializations at Union: School Administration (offered on three campuses), and Higher Education Administration (offered on the Jackson campus with a distance learning format).

The School offers programs for the preparation of teachers, principals, curriculum supervisors, and higher education administrators. The School of Education, with its undergraduate and graduate programs, is the largest academic enterprise at Union.

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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3/26/15 - Students meet and mingle with representatives from schools in the area during the teacher expo. - Kristi McMurry Woody
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3/26/15 - Students in teaching programs learn about employment opportunities in the area during the teacher expo hosted by the Vocatio Center for Life Calling and Career. - Kristi McMurry Woody
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3/26/15 - Students interested in teaching had the opportunity to talk with representatives of area schools during the teacher expo hosted by the Vocatio Center for Life Calling and Career. - Kristi McMurry Woody
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Students interested in teaching had the opportunity to talk with representatives of area schools during the teacher expo hosted by the Vocatio Center for Life Calling and Career. - Kristi McMurry Woody

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3/26/15 - Students enjoy talking to representatives during the teacher expo hosted by the Vocatio Center in the Carl Grant Events Center. - MiKalla Cotton
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Students enjoy talking to representatives during the teacher expo hosted by the Vocatio Center in the Carl Grant Events Center. - MiKalla Cotton

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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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