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The Purpose (Goal) of the Education Division:
The purpose of the Education Division is to provide the learning atmosphere, guidance and experiences that will enable the shared mission, vision and philosophy to become realities for our Reflective Teacher Candidates with a Christian Worldview. Brewton-Parker trained teacher candidates are exemplary and unique because they are guided to develop, to reflect, and to demonstrate their knowledge of, dispositions toward, and performances related to the learner, pedagogy, and the curriculum within the framework of a Christian worldview. The Brewton-Parker teacher candidate and graduate demonstrate to a high degree the following:
Knowledge of the Learner, Pedagogy, and the Curriculum: Our teacher candidates are guided down reflective pathways that include a program liberal arts core courses, Christianity courses and education courses taught in an atmosphere of free inquiry. Rigorous academic standards train the candidate to develop judgment and critical thinking skills, which are taught through faith and learning and which develop reflective practices based on knowledge and experiences. It is our desire that our teacher candidates learn their subject matter and, together with the knowledge developed from their college classroom and clinical experiences, are able to demonstrate knowledge of the learner and to plan the appropriate curriculum and pedagogy for each learner. Our candidates are taught skills to help them become technologically literate and to incorporate technology into their pedagogy.
Dispositions Toward the Learner, Pedagogy, and the Curriculum: It is our desire that our teacher candidates exhibit Christian dispositions toward local, state, and national education perspectives, to be committed to their faith, dedicated to their profession as an educator, and to possess a civic responsibility to their community and country. Our teacher candidates are guided to recognize and reinforce the dignity and worth of the individual and to acknowledge individual convictions and cultural differences through civility, tolerance, fairness, and compassion. Our candidates are encouraged to provide motivation and positive social interaction and to realize the value of reflections and continued growth in their profession. They are also encouraged to become reflective learners and seek to instill in their students a love of life-long learning experiences. Our teacher candidates are trained to evaluate existing pedagogy and to adopt additional strategies in meeting the needs of the ever changing diversity of learners and the challenges of a continually changing school curriculum.
Performances Related to the Learner, Pedagogy, and the Curriculum: Through their Christian worldview, our teacher candidates are urged to continually reflect upon their life experiences, as well as their learning and teaching experiences in order to become more effective at their tasks as teachers in the learning community. They are encouraged to continually evaluate their own performances as well as that of their students. We strive for our teacher candidates to demonstrate a mastery of content and a proficiency in communicating with others. Our candidates are provided the training necessary to apply their learning and experiences in the classroom and to develop lesson plans using a variety of instructional methods while incorporating technology as a learning tool. They are provided a variety of both formal and informal assessment and are taught to realize the importance of understanding student diversity. We desire that our candidates possess the personal beliefs, the knowledge base, and the management skills to face the challenges of today’s classrooms.