Preparing for a Career in Education
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Graduates with a degree in elementary education from Alderson-Broaddus College find themselves well prepared for positions in K-6 educational settings. We encourage our students to choose a primary certification area and then broaden their background to include an additional endorsement.
Personal and Individual Attention From Experienced and Caring Faculty
The faculty for teacher education is made up of both full-time college teachers and clinical and adjunct faculty members from the public schools. The lead faculty member for the program holds a doctorate degree and has previous experience in K-12 education. Adjunct faculty members are master teachers in the local public schools who teach college courses in their area of expertise. A clinical faculty member is a teacher in the schools that teaches courses along with a full-time faculty member. Students spend time in the clinical teachers' K-12 classroom observing lessons and working with students under the direction of the clinical teacher and the college faculty member.
All of the education faculty members are committed to creating a high quality learning experience for the education student. Small class size and individualized academic advising allow faculty to create a supportive environment in which students can learn, grow and mature.
Our program includes the opportunity for working in the schools from the first semester on campus. Early field experience helps teacher education students connect teaching strategies and information learned in the college classroom with the real world of schools. First year students spend about one hour a week in the schools. The second and third year students generally spend about two hours a week. Seniors spend about six hours a week during their first semester in the classroom with the teachers with whom they will be student teaching for all of the second semester. At all levels, the college students have opportunities to share special moments from their field experiences with their college teachers and their peers. Special field experiences give our students multicultural experiences beyond our rural area.
Opportunities for Professional Experiences
You will have many opportunities for involvement in experiences that will help you develop as a well rounded teacher and that will make you very attractive to future employers. You can participate in: Student Education Association; annual Education Day; Special Olympics; and various professional association meetings.
High Program Standards
All education programs at the College are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and the West Virginia Department of Education.
Our program is based on a model that emphasizes preparing students who are Informed, Thoughtful and Sensitive (ITS model). We prepare students who are knowledgeable about their content areas and about teaching and can apply their knowledge in the classroom. We help our students to become reflective individuals who evaluate their actions and take responsibility for their own learning and growth. We foster sensitivity in our students so that they may better meet the professional and ethical responsibilities of teaching and be able to effectively reach out to all the students they will encounter. (You are held to high standards and must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA in your specialty area to remain in education.)
Opportunities Upon Graduation
Upon passing certification exams you will be eligible for West Virginia teacher certification, which is accepted in over 35 other states. You are qualified to take positions in related fields and may want to move directly into graduate programs.
Special Programs to Supplement Elementary Education
In our program, you will be prepared to teach all the subjects taught in kindergarten through sixth grade. In addition, you can choose a teaching specialization that will extend your career possibilities: English 5-9; general science grade 5-9; mathematics grade 5-9; social studies grade 5-9; or multicategorical special education.
You also have the option of choosing a minor in an area of interest to you such as philosophy and religion, political science, history, computer science, and psychology. You may be able to design special courses in education to complement your minor.
Alderson-Broaddus College has been in the business of preparing effective teachers for more than 100 years. In our program, you will be challenged to become an outstanding teacher who will be excellent in the classroom and given the tools to work for the constant improvement of education.
A great teacher begins as a student who appreciates learning, who values other people, and who wants to serve in a worthy profession.