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Mission and Goals

The mission of the early Elementary Education Degree program is to prepare candidates for a successful future as an Elementary Teacher who motivates and inspires their students. Bachelor in Elementary Education candidates design and implement elementary content instruction derived from careful analysis of student performance data. Candidates also become adept at reflecting on student learning outcomes, which helps guide their future practice and plan professional development that addresses targeted areas for their own individual growth. Elementary teacher degree candidates learn to manage the student learning experience from beginning to end, with thoughtful consideration given to classroom procedures, student assessment, and active learning strategies that facilitate a constructivist approach.

The purpose of educator preparation programs at University of the Cumberlands is to prepare education major candidates in the use of research-based pedagogical practice, enabling them to address the diverse needs of P-12 students throughout Kentucky and beyond. Elementary teacher majors learn to apply content knowledge in a manner consistent with state and national expectations. Through the program, candidates learn to exemplify the dispositions of communication, critical/creative thinking, and professionalism.

To accomplish this purpose, the School of Education implements rigorous coursework aligned to state/national standards. The School also prescribes field/clinical experiences aligned to coursework, creating meaningful connections between educational theory and practice. Finally, candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency in knowledge, skills, and dispositions at various formative and summative checkpoints throughout the program.