Berea College considers the preparation of teachers one of its major areas of focus. Throughout its history, the College has been actively engaged in preparing teachers for elementary through secondary schools. Many programs at Berea College contribute to the education of teachers. Although Berea graduates may be found in many states, the majority teach in schools in the Appalachian region. Grounded in seven program goals that are closely tied to the College's Great Commitments, candidates in Berea's Teacher Education Program are asked to think deeply about the nature of teaching, learning, and schooling.
Berea College offers certification programs in Elementary Education (primary-grade 5); Middle Grades Education with Teacher Certification in Science or Mathematics (grades 5-9); Secondary Education (grades 8-12) programs in Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics, and Social Studies (with majors in History, Political Science, and Sociology); primary through grade 12 programs in Art, Health, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, and Physical Education; and a grades 5-12 program in Technology Education. Because Berea College is a liberal-arts college, all students engage in courses and experiences in general studies. These courses are especially important for those who wish to teach because they develop teachers' general knowledge of the world; enhance their ability to make connections across disciplines; strengthen their capacity to look at questions from multiple perspectives; and develop the habits of critical, creative, and reflective inquiry.
In addition to their General Education requirements, candidates seeking teaching certification engage in in-depth study in their major. Through this study, candidates develop their understandings of the core concepts and principles in the disciplines in which they will teach. A third area of study for prospective teachers is professional studies, which includes the historical, philosophical, and social foundations of education; the principles of human development and learning; and the nature and practice of teaching and learning. Candidates' professional preparation also includes a variety of experiences with youth of the age they intend to teach, including course-related field experiences, an extended practicum with youth from a diverse background, and student teaching. Ongoing assessment is central to student success.
Progress in meeting performance expectations in communication, general knowledge, subject matter competence, and professional knowledge and skills is assessed at seven critical points in the program including; entry into the Teacher Education Program, entry into Student Teaching and exit of the program. These assessments are closely tied to the Program Goals, which are aligned with the Kentucky Teacher Standards. Candidates must also submit satisfactory scores on the PLT and required Praxis II tests for their certification areas. The teacher certification programs at Berea College are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board Candidates who successfully complete Berea College's Teacher Education Program are eligible for certification in Kentucky and in other states.
To determine the requirements of specific states, candidates should contact the Office of Teacher Education and Certification in those states.
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This online publication is the official text of the Berea College Catalog & Student Handbook. Berea College reserves the right to amend, revise, or modify content within this publication at any time.Posted: 11-10-2011
Updated by Wanda Burch