2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Aug 13, 2022  
2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Education


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Martha E. MacCullough, Ed.D., Dean

Professor

C. Richard Beach, Ph.D.
Mary Ellen Bough, Ed.D.
Patricia L. Cook, Ed.D.
James O. Drummond, Ph.D.
Martha E. MacCullough, Ed.D.
Sheryl A. Vasso, Ed.D.

Associate Professor

Dianne K. Alexander, Ed.D.
Patricia L. Rahn, M.Ed.
Debbie L. Wolf, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Paula L. Beach, M.S.
J. Scott Cawood, M.S.
Jason D. VanBilliard, M.A.

Part-time Faculty

Diane K. Kloth, M.Ed.
Barbara Underhill, M.Ed.

Adjunct Faculty

Julie Bohn, M.A.
Linda Paskell Miller, M.S.
Judy E. Severns, M.Ed. 
Stephen M. Weir, B.S. 

 

The PBU Teacher Education programs exist to educate men and women for the profession of teaching. Excellence in teacher preparation is the goal of the School as it seeks to prepare, for both Christian and public schools, those who are committed to serving through teaching.

Teachers must be able to orchestrate experiences that lead to student learning in an environment that fosters the development of the whole person. Teachers must be knowledgeable in their subject areas and must understand human development and learning. They must be able to put this knowledge to use in skillful lesson planning, decision making, and interactive methodology. Teachers must be motivators, facilitators, counselors, curriculum planners, diagnosticians, evaluators, human relations experts, disciplinarians, record-keepers, effective thinkers and learners, and reflective professionals seeking ongoing improvement and excellence. It is important that teachers be role models: people of unquestionable moral character, enthusiastic about life and learning, and committed to the high values of the teaching profession. The Christian educator must be committed to Christian values and should apply these in service. The School of Education at PBU seeks top quality entrants for the teacher preparation programs.

The School of Education, Undergraduate Division, has developed a set of goals and role competencies that, when fulfilled and/or accomplished, will produce a teacher marked by excellence. These goals may be found in the School of Education Handbook.

Programs

Elementary Education
Program leads to the K-6 Pennsylvania Instructional I certification for public school teaching and the Standard K-8 ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) certificate required by many Christian schools worldwide. This program leads to two degrees: B.S. in Education and B.S. in Bible.

Early Childhood Education N-3
Program leads to the N-3 Pennsylvania Instructional I certification for public school teaching, and the Standard N-3 ACSI certificate for Christian school teaching. This program leads to two degrees: B.S. in Education and B.S. in Bible.

Secondary Education: English, Mathematics, Citizenship and/or Social Science
Programs lead to the 7-12 Pennsylvania Instructional I certification for public school teaching and the Standard 7-12 ACSI certificate for Christian school teaching. These programs lead to two degrees: B.S. in Education and B.S. in Bible.

Secondary Education: History and Bible
Program leads to the Standard 7-12 ACSI certificate for Christian school teaching and the B.S. in Bible degree.

 Bible: All Levels, K-12
Program leads to Standard K-12 ACSI certificate for Christian school teaching and the B.S. in Bible degree. A student may opt to take the 7-12 Bible Teaching instead of the K-12 with slight adjustments.

Health/Physical Education
Program leads to the K-12 Pennsylvania Instructional I certification for public school teaching and the Standard K-12 ACSI certificate for Christian school teaching. Health/Physical Education majors may also be certified to teach Bible with slight adjustments. This program leads to two degrees: B.S. in Education and B.S. in Bible.

Music Education
Program leads to the K-12 Pennsylvania Instructional I certification for public school teaching and the Standard K-12 ACSI certificate for music education.  This program leads to two degrees: B.Music and B.S. in Bible. (Under the administration of the School of Music and Performing Arts together with the School of Education)

Preschool-Kindergarten
Program leads to state private school licensure for nursery/kindergarten teaching and Standard ACSI Early Childhood (nursery/kindergarten) teaching certificate. This four-year program is designed to prepare the student for a professional career in the field of preschool education and leads to the B.S. in Bible degree.

TESOL
Program leads to the add-on ESL certificate from the state of Pennsylvania and may be added to any of the above certificate programs. It prepares the student to teach English as a second language in several contexts.

Requirements
Requirements for admission to and completion of a teacher education program are found in detail in the School of Education Handbook. Briefly, these include the following:

Admission to a Teacher Education Program
Admission to a teacher education program is a two-step process involving declaration of the student’s intent to become a member of the School of Education, followed by application for a specific program of certification.

Membership in the School of Education
At the time of admission or early in their PBU studies, students declare their intent to enter a teacher education program. They must meet School of Education requirements for this declaration. SAT scores, high school or previous college GPA (for transfer), and recommendations are used to determine qualifications for teacher education.

Application for a Specific Teacher Education Certification Program
The student applies during the third or fourth semester (after completion of 48 semester hours) for acceptance into a specific program of certification. Acceptance is conditioned upon the following:

  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.8 at time of application
     
  • Completion of Field Observation
     
  • Completion of English Composition and one English literature course with demonstrated competence of “C” or above
     
  • Completion of two mathematics courses with demonstrated competence of “C” or above.
     
  • Recommendation by the Student Development Department
     
  • Recommendation by the University advisor
     
  • Completion of the PRAXIS I (Basic Skills Test) with passing scores in all three parts
     
  • Completion of an oral communication assessment
     

Program completion

The student must:

  1. Obtain a minimum GPA of 3.0. 
  2. Complete all courses in the chosen curriculum. 
  3. Successfully complete Student Teaching I and II (II required of public school certificate candidates only) measured by the PDE-430 evaluation process. A grade of “C” or above is required. A student earning a lower grade must take an additional student teaching experience. 
  4. Be approved for certification by the teacher education faculty.
     

Certification
The student must pass the PRAXIS II Exam Series (National Teachers Exam)* specific to the area of certification and successfully meet the competence of the PDE-430 evaluation.

* public school certificate candidates only

Specializations

Urban Specialization *
The urban specialization includes an integrated set of experiences and seminars designed to specifically prepare men and women for teaching in an urban context. The program includes over 200 hours of pre-student teaching experiences in the city and well over 300 hours of student teaching in urban private and public schools. The program adds three additional semester credits by requiring the course: Urban History, Culture, and Education.

Elective Seminars include:

  1. Effective models of teaching for urban education (learning theory component) 
  2. Teaching students for whom English is a second language (communication component)
  3. Support services in the urban school (social context component)
     

* Any teacher education major may apply for the specialization after completing a questionnaire designed to determine suitability.

Inter-Cultural Specialization *
The inter-cultural specialization includes an integrated set of experiences and seminars designed to prepare the future teacher for ministry in an inter-cultural setting such as an international or “missionary kids” school in another country working with TCKs (Third Culture Kids). The program includes pre-student teaching experiences in schools that are very diverse in population, and more than 200 hours of teaching in a mission or international school in one of several regions of the world. A minimum of seven weeks will be spent out of the country. Three to six additional semester hours must be added to the regular education program in inter-cultural studies. These may be taken at one of PBU’s international sites. (Also available in the Dual-Level B.S. in Bible / M.S. in Education program.)

* Any teacher education major may apply for the specialization after completing a questionnaire designed to determine suitability.

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