School of Education Unit Philosophy
The School of Education at Southern Nazarene University is committed to the development of the whole person. To that end, we seek to develop character, emphasizing values such as honesty and integrity; culture, with an eye toward relevance in today's society; and, a Christian worldview, with a deep commitment to the Christian faith.
Mission Statement for Teacher Education
The general purpose of professional Teacher Education at Southern Nazarene University is to orient the teacher candidates to the teaching profession within a framework of Christian principles and to assist them in becoming competent decision-makers in a democratic society.
The rationale and organizing principles that guide the development of the curriculum for professional education at Southern Nazarene University includes:
- The belief that teachers of the future must be professional, competent "decision-makers".
- The belief that teachers of the future must have a strong liberal arts background joined with an understanding of developmental learning theory.
- The belief that learning-teaching is a systematic process which is dynamic, interactive, and transactive.
- The belief that a cognitive learning theory based on the works of Jerome Bruner, David Ausubel and Jean Piaget, overlaid on a behavioral foundation, is the best avenue for developing competent teachers for the future.
School of Education Departmental Objectives
The general purpose of professional Teacher Education at Southern Nazarene University is to orient students to the teaching profession and to assist them in becoming competent teachers in a democratic society. Toward the realization of this objective, a sequential program of instruction and experience has been organized to assist students in the attainment of the following goals:
- To promote positive interpersonal relationships that build the learning-teaching process
- To promote understanding of basic social, philosophical, psychological, legal and economic foundations of education
- To become acquainted with mental, emotional, physical, psychological, legal and economic foundations of education
- To assist in forming a base for understanding the nature of equal education opportunity
- To promote awareness and understanding of the diverse nature of learners including the multicultural dimension and the mainstreaming dimension of education and its demands for teachers and implications for society
- To assist in the development of a positive self-concept
- To promote mastery of learning processes
- To develop basic skills in diagnosing learners’ (including the mainstreamed student) needs and making decisions relative to meeting these needs with appropriate information, methods, and media
- To develop knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the cultural social and scientific achievements of individuals in their environment
- To develop a personal philosophy of life and of education within a framework of Christian principles
- To encourage development of an attitude that will lead to continued professional growth.
SNU Teacher Candidate Characteristics
- The teacher possesses knowledge of general education coursework.
- The teacher understands diverse populations.
- The teacher understands the legal aspects in education.
- The teacher understands developmental characteristics of the learner and appropriate instructional strategies.
- The teacher integrates technology into the learning environment.
- The teacher possesses the ability to maintain positive classroom management.
- The teacher possesses the ability to provide effective assessment and evaluation of student learning.
- The teacher possesses the ability to provide effective instruction for individual differences.
- The teacher is able to design and implement effective strategies for instruction (including critical thinking and problem solving techniques).
- The teacher is able to reflect on instructional practices and experiences, based on the OK Core curriculum.
- The teacher possesses and utilizes effective written and verbal communication skills.
- The teacher possesses professionalism through: a) demeanor-collegiality, b) scholarship, c) connection to professionalism, and d) data driven decision-making.
- The teacher understands and appreciates community/home/school relationships.
- The teacher possesses the ability to make professional decisions based on Christian principles.
For a complete description of the SNU Conceptual Framework, see Teacher Education Handbook.