When you choose Emory & Henry’s education program, you will benefit from working with highly respected experts in primary and secondary education. On our campus, 90 percent of our students take part in at least one public school field experience every semester. Our professors prepare you for your future classroom through lively discussions, student presentations, and opportunities to practice effective teaching methods in a variety of settings.
Our teacher preparation programs are accredited by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and meet the standards of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification.
Within the broad guidelines of our degree programs, you may select from varied elementary and secondary programs. Elementary options include PK-3, PK-6, and middle school 6-8, all centered on interdisciplinary majors in English, history and social sciences, or mathematics. Secondary programs include art PK-12, music (choral and instrumental) PK-12, health and physical education PK-12, French PK-12, Spanish PK-12 and 6-12 licensure in biology, business education, chemistry , earth science, English, history and social sciences, mathematics, and physics. Courses are also available for add-on endorsements in other areas including special education, driver education, theatre and ESL/ELL.
Students also may choose to participate in a five-year program leading to the appropriate bachelor’s degree and a Professional Studies master’s degree. This option provides more subject area content at the undergraduate level and significant professional preparation in the fifth year. The Professional Studies master’s degree is also available to persons who have already completed a bachelor’s degree.
The teacher preparation program includes elective courses, selections of grade level, and choices of add-on endorsements that permit you to individualize your program based upon your unique career objectives. To ensure that your plan incorporates all courses necessary to meet licensure and graduation requirements, you are urged to meet with a member of the Education Department as soon as you enroll.
Although student schedules are varied, virtually all prospective teachers complete a period of early field experience in the sophomore and junior years, featuring an opportunity to observe and assist in several different classrooms. In your senior year, you will have two semesters of supervised teaching and related seminars.
On our campus, you can take advantage of special opportunities to enhance your potential for teaching including a curriculum resource center where you can work with current and useful teaching aids and instructional technology, and the Annual B.G. Raines Education Forum, which brings together school teachers, administrators, business executives, and community members to discuss ways to improve public education. The forum includes lectures by nationally known figures in education.
In the critical field of reading, Emory & Henry offers a Master of Arts in Education: Reading Specialist Concentration. This program covers innovative instructional strategies, contemporary and controversial issues in public education, computer skills related to English/language arts instruction, and research and assessment skills needed in the classroom.
The Professional Studies M.Ed., described above, is available to Emory & Henry students as a five-year option and to graduates of other colleges.
We believe that the best way to prepare for tomorrow is to make good decisions today. Members of the Education Department will help you choose courses to get the maximum teaching endorsements. In your senior year, the Education Department and our Academic Support and Career Services Office will help you with the many aspects of seeking employment or applying to graduate schools.
As your career progresses, you will find that the quality of your Emory & Henry education provides flexibility and options for upward mobility. Among our alumni are school superintendents and numerous principals and administrators.