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).
- 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.