The teacher education unit's mission is to prepare students for lifelong learning, developing future educators' intellect, imagination, self confidence, and motivation, while preparing them for the teaching profession. Students investigate, reflect, analyze, and judge reality and truth through inquiry and discussion. Committed to educating each student as a total human being, the teacher education unit helps students to receive, respond to, organize, and characterize values. Specifically, students develop values about teaching, society, health behaviors, moral issues, education, and political influences.
We ask our students to think boldly about the opportunities and responsibilities presented to us by a rapidly changing world. Students within the department are encouraged to live Carroll College's mission by participating in community service and by interacting with children and adults from diverse cultural, religious, economic, and intellectual backgrounds. The teacher education unit advances this mission as it works within the conceptual framework of Carroll College's teacher education unit. That framework is built upon a liberal arts education, structured by traditional educational philosophies, and embraced by an atmosphere of dignity, which values justice of all persons.
Goals and Objectives
The goal of Carroll College's teacher education program is to assist students in developing teaching competencies in their chosen fields and help them become educational leaders capable of responding to their students' individual needs. Teacher education graduates will demonstrate competence in the 10 INTASC standards, as well as three additional Montana standards. The following dispositions, skills, and knowledge are to be viewed in conjunction with specific goals and objectives established for the college and for each required professional education course.
I. Minor/Professional Education Program Requirements
SPED 300 Introduction to Exceptional Children
SPED 304 Characteristics of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
SPED 305 Characteristics of Students with Severe Disabilities
SPED 306 Collaboration and Conferencing for Special Educators
SPED 323 Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education
SPED 408 Methods for Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities
II. Other Program Requirements
ED 205 Classroom Management
ED 324 Corrective and Remedial Reading
ED 412 Measurement and Assessment in Teaching
PSY 227 Child Psychology
and PSY 228 Adolescent Psychology
or PSY 105 General Psychology
and PSY 203 Developmental Psychology
III. Teacher Licensure
To obtain teacher licensure in special education, a student must complete: ED 408 Student Teaching in the Minor Area or ED 410 Student Teaching
1. To teach special education (K-12) in Montana with only a minor concentration in the field, a student must either major in elementary education or pursue a secondary education major which leads to teacher licensure. See the listing of secondary teaching majors under "Secondary Education Requirements" in this catalog.
2. All special education (K-12) students must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average. All Professional Education Requirements, Minor Program Requirements, and Other Program Requirements must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
IV. Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program and Student Teaching Program
Teacher Education Program: Students pursuing academic programs that lead to teacher licensure must seek admission to the teacher education program by the end of their sophomore year.
Student Teaching Program: In the spring of the junior year, all pre-service teachers must seek admission to the student teaching program.