What we believe
Becoming a classroom teacher has never been more important to our society. Qualified teachers for the future are in strong demand. Christian teachers passionate about their faith need to permeate school campuses demonstrating knowledge, strong teaching skills, and biblical character that will engage their culture.
The Teacher Education Department exists to prepare Christian students to be classroom teachers that emulate biblical thinking, competence in a chosen content field, and excellent teaching skills. This preparation process dynamically integrates faith and learning through curricular, field-based experiences, and character development.
Because seeing children succeed educationally is the focus of the 21st century classroom, we believe teachers are the most important ingredient in that context because they serve as a catalyst within the learning environment. Teachers’ attitudes saturate ALL that goes on in the learning setting. Therefore, the molding of teachers as a whole person is paramount in our Teacher Education Program. We have high expectations of growth and maturity – spiritually, socially, emotionally, and academically.
Understanding 2 Timothy 2:7
Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
- Gains factual knowledge in the content fields necessary for teaching.
- Learns fundamental principles, generalizations or theories about the characteristics of learners.
Skills Psalm 90:17
And let the favor of God be upon us: and do confirm the work of our hands.
- Learns to apply course material to structure classroom opportunities for different learners
- Develops specific skills, competencies and points of view needed by educational professional in lesson planning that demonstrates use of a variety of instructional methods and resources.
- Develops specific skills, competencies and points of view needed by educational professional in use of technology.
- Develops skills in promoting creative, critical and independent thinking.
- Develops specific skills in planning and utilizing appropriate methods of assessment.
- Develops effective classroom management philosophy and practices.
- Acquires skills in interacting appropriately with others as members of the school community.
- Demonstrates skills as a life-long learner by finding and using resources for answering questions or solving problems.
Character Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do, do your work heartily as for the Lord rather than for men.
- Changes professional behavior based on reflection, analysis and critical evaluation.
- Develops a commitment to calling through character that demonstrates Christ-like values.
Students who complete the ESOL Endorsement and who receive a Georgia teaching certificate in another area will have the ESOL endorsement added to their certificate. The ESOL Endorsement is comprised of the following courses:
- Cultural Anthropology
- Introduction to TESOL
- Classroom ESL Methodology & Practice