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Mission and Goals

The mission of the Social Studies certification program is to prepare candidates for a successful future as educators who motivate and inspire their students. Candidates plan learning sequences that leverage social studies knowledge and literacies, technology, theory and research to support the civic competence of learners. Candidates also become adept at implementing instruction, authentic assessments, and learner self-assessments that promote civic competence. Candidates finish this program as informed advocates for an inclusive and equitable society that focuses on the advancement of social justice. 

The purpose of educator preparation programs at University of the Cumberlands is to prepare social studies teacher candidates in the use of research-based pedagogical practice, enabling them to address the diverse needs of P-12 students throughout Kentucky and beyond. History teacher candidates learn to apply content knowledge in a manner consistent with state and national expectations. As a social studies major, 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.