“True education means more than the perusal of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is. It has to do with the whole being, and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come.” –Ellen G. White, Education
The Teacher Education program seeks to prepare not only competent professionals, but also compassionate individuals, well-equipped to meet the variety of needs they will inevitably encounter as classroom teachers. By encouraging future teachers to commit to both their own professional growth and the growth and development of their students, the program’s goal is to lay a foundation of excellence for long and successful teaching careers.
The State of Tennessee and local school districts have laws and policies governing the safety of K-12 students in reference to accessibility to these students. To be in compliance with state and local laws, all teacher candidates must submit to fingerprinting conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Should a fingerprint report yield record of a criminal offense, established departmental protocol will be followed. Per this policy, criminal offenses must be legally expunged before the candidate is permitted to participate in any field experiences.