The purpose of the Education Program at Centre College is to provide study for undergraduate students in effective teaching including practical experiences in the classroom and other educational settings.
Our mission is for students to develop a greater understanding of and appreciation for the complexities of teaching and learning and, as alumni, to lead lives of learning, leadership, and service as effective educators.
We believe that the undergraduate college experience offers an excellent opportunity for prospective educators. Students have the opportunity to integrate their pedagogical studies within a variety of settings which include but are not limited to the following: after school programs, church settings, YMCA, museums, local/state/national parks, and/or classrooms abroad. In conjunction with these community-based opportunities, students experience a rigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences.
An assumption of the Education Program is that a liberal arts education, with a solid foundation of content matter and critical reflection at its heart, is the most appropriate type of preparation for educators. By acquiring content knowledge as well as the skills of reflective teaching, students will develop into self-directed professionals in a variety of educational settings including classrooms, museums, zoos, and natural parks.
The Education Program has four principal goals:
A. to help students recognize the complexity of education in the U.S. – the nature of its assumptions, goals, organization, and problems, the nature of its students; and the nature of teaching and learning.
B. to provide experiences and information to help students decide whether a career working with children and adolescents is appropriate for them.
C. to provide beginning preparation for certification and teaching in the nation’s elementary and secondary schools by equipping them with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed by beginning teachers and educators in other settings.
D. to stress critical reflection so that educators will be able to recognize educational dilemmas, to analyze such dilemmas and problems, to formulate possible solutions and anticipate some of the consequences, and to test solutions.
Beginning with the class of 2016, students interested in pursuing a career in education can choose an Education minor. These students include: 1) students who desire to begin preparations while at Centre College for a career in K-12 teaching, and 2) students with majors other than education who plan to work with children or adolescents (particularly religion, psychology, or sociology).
Several worthwhile experiences include community-based education course work, educational internships, and study abroad offerings.
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