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Development of professional competence is achieved through study of the foundations of education, examination of the principles underlying various types and levels of teaching, and comprehensive study of specific teaching fields.
Student teaching is the culminating experience, the "capstone" of the preparation for teaching. Students spend a full semester teaching and observing in at least two different classrooms. Guidance will be given by well-qualified classroom teachers who are experienced in their field.
With a growing public and private school teacher shortage, the future holds more job openings than there are graduates at all education levels. In greatest demand are elementary teachers of math, science, and reading and secondary teachers of math, physics, chemistry, computer science, and English.
Southern has a record of placing more elementary graduates in recent years than any other Adventist college in North America. Enrollment levels and the employment of classroom teachers are obviously closely associated. Largely due to tremendous migration to the South and West, population growth (and therefore increased enrollment) is expected to be greater in those regions.
Praxis Pass Rate
Students who complete the Teacher Education Program at Southern have consistently achieved a 100% pass rate in the Praxis II licensure exams.
Objectives of the Teacher Education Program
The goal of the Teacher Education Program is to nurture the development of the holistic teacher. This goal is reflected in the conceptual framework, with which we seek to provide opportunities for the candidate to become effective in the following roles:
- A caring person
- An informed facilitator of learning
- A reflective decision maker
- A committed professional
A review of the teacher education graduates of the past three years indicates that 100 percent successfully met the requirements for state licensure.
At May 2017, 24 of the 26 of the teacher education graduates of 2015-16 were teaching in public or private schools. Of the two remaining, one had opened her own private, licensed day care and the other, a Religion Education major, was serving as a full-time youth pastor.
Of the 29 completers of 2016-17, 25 were either placed or had job offers by May of 2017.