School of Education and Psychology
The School of Education and Psychology subscribes to the philosophy that human beings were created in the image of God and received unlimited potential for multifaceted development. It is the purpose of Christian education to bring individuals back to the wholeness in which they were created, through a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Consequently, the work of education is also the work of redemption and involves the development of the whole person—spiritual, mental, emotional, social, and physical aspects.
The mission of the School of Education and Psychology at Southern Adventist University is to prepare effective Christian professionals who demonstrate a commitment to the pursuit of truth, wholeness, and a life of service in a diverse society.
Through the performance of its graduates, the School of Education and Psychology has established a reputation for excellence. The Teacher Education Program is approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education for the preparation of elementary, middle, and secondary teachers and is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities, Inc. The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Master of Science in School Counseling is also approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education. The School of Education and Psychology is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Tennessee Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, and other professional organizations.
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