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Program Details

Mission Statement

The mission of the Educator Preparation 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).

Candidate Outcomes

  • 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.
Excellence-Driven Christ-Centered People-Focused Future-Directed