In order to achieve the goal of improved student learning in schools, our mission is to prepare candidates in developing and refining knowledge, skills, and professional attitudes and behaviors appropriate for teaching kindergarten through grade twelve. Emphasis is placed upon sound decision making developed through a continuum of experiences. Through the interaction in classroom activities, the integration of research and professional literature, the exploration and meaningful implementation of current technology, and the collaboration with school systems through laboratory field experiences, the candidates mature in the process from novice to expert. The areas of this professional growth occur in five major contexts: knowledge of self, diverse learner, subject matter, curriculum and instruction, and pedagogy. Advanced candidates are expected to study the literature in their fields, engage in research, and participate in more sophisticated analysis relating to effective teaching and learning.
The Traditional Graduate Elementary Education Program is for certified teachers who seek advanced certification (Class A) at the elementary level (grades K-6). The purpose of the Edward Houston Wills Master’s Degree Program is to promote the continuing professional development of those candidates who have made a commitment to careers in teaching or leadership.
The Alternative Masters Elementary Education Program is for those who have or are earning a bachelor's degree in a field outside of education and seek advanced certification (Class A) to teach at the elementary level (grades K-6) and earn a master's degree.
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
National Association for the Education of Young Children