Professor David B. Hand, Ed.D. - Dean of the School of Education
Associate Professor Tammie S. Brown, Ed.D. - Chair of Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program
Professor Lydia McCardle, Ed.D. - Director of Clinical Internship
Teacher As Servant LeaderLearning to Teach – Teaching to Serve
The Belhaven University Undergraduate School of Education seeks to produce not only effective professional educators and state-certified teachers but also concerned, compassionate individuals who value each student’s life and who are dedicated to helping all students to learn and fulfill his or her God-given potential. The School of Education’s goal is the development of
Teachers as Servant Leaders, supported by its program that emphasizes academic excellence, professional knowledge, character development, and leadership opportunities. Education candidates will have real-world experience through internships, practicum and directed observation and teaching in elementary schools.
The Belhaven School of Education Conceptual Framework and Educator Preparation Provider Standards (BEPPS)
Serving as the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) for Belhaven University the Graduate School of Education’s Mission Statement is:
To prepare effective professional educators who demonstrate both academic excellence and professional knowledge while providing distinctive Christian leadership and service to all students, parents, and communities.
The conceptual framework and the Belhaven Educator Preparation Provider Standards (BEPPS) identified by the School of Education are the foundation for the EPP’s
Quality Assurance Assessment System and reflect and inform candidate assessments of the following objectives:
Belhaven Educator Preparation Provider Standards (BEPPS)
BEPP Standard 1: Vision and MissionThe candidate supports and promotes, an academic and values centered, vision and mission to other teachers, staff, parents, and community to ensure that high quality teaching, learning, and schooling are implemented and continuous school improvement is taking place.
BEPP Standard 2: Knowledge of ContentThe candidate assures that they utilize knowledge of content in creating learning opportunities that make subject matter meaningful and useful and promotes the growth and development of all students.
BEPP Standard 3: Learning EnvironmentsThe candidate promotes academic success and personal wellbeing of students by assuring that they design and manage learning environments that accommodate a diverse population, provide for individual differences, and enhance student learning and achievement.
BEPP Standard 4: Instructional MethodsThe candidate, in cooperation with other school educators, selects and implements a variety of instructional methods & teaching strategies that develop students' critical thinking, problem solving, & performance skills.
BEPP Standard 5: AssessmentThe candidate promotes appropriate and meaningful assessments and analyzes assessment data to monitor and document individual student learning, grade level growth, classroom, and school advancement
in order to inform improvements in instruction, the impact on student learning, and school enhancement.
BEPP Standard 6: Professional GrowthThe candidate employs the tools of self-evaluation and reflection and utilizes available resources to support professional growth as an educator and leader, to create a culture of professionalism and promote student learning, foster improved instruction, and be an advocate for school enhancement.
BEEP Standard 7: Professional DispositionsThe candidate integrates and exhibits the Christian worldview in building inclusive learning environments that address the needs, perspectives, and diversity among students, families, colleagues, and communities. The candidate manifests the ethical principles and dispositions of a Christian professional educator and is a role model both in and outside of the school building, the district, and the community.
The Teacher Educator Preparation Program (TEPP)Candidates planning to teach in elementary schools must not only meet the requirements for graduation from Belhaven University but also must complete courses specified for teacher licensure.
All course requirements are subject to change reflecting requirements from the Mississippi Department of Education . Prospective elementary teachers major in
Elementary Education K-6 while identifying two additional areas of concentrations. The two concentrations lead to teacher certification endorsements: one required in Reading and the other endorsement to be of the candidates choosing. Prospective students desiring to teach at the middle/high school levels should major in the subject/content area in which they plan to earn their degree and should also consider the
Dual Enrollment option leading to the
Mississippi Alternate Route to Teacher Certification (see page 77 of this Catalogue for a complete explanation of this option or contact the Director of the Graduate School of Education).
Licenses that entitle the holder to teach in public schools in Mississippi are issued by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), Office of Educator Licensure, Jackson, Mississippi. Information for licensure may be requested from the School of Education, central office.
Students who plan to teach in states other than Mississippi are responsible for securing all requirements and forms.
Admission to Belhaven University Does Not Automatically Admit a Student to the Teacher Educator Preparation Program (TEPP).
Admission into the Teacher Educator Preparation Program (TEPP) in the School of Education:The student must have successfully completed 44 hours have an overall GPA of 2.75, and meet the required passing score on the Core Academic Skills for Educators: Praxis Core, ACT (21 of higher and at least 18 in sub-scores) or SAT (1060+), a 3.0 or higher GPA, and the PLT. Basic professional courses may be taken prior to being admitted to teacher education. No courses listed under the Junior Year may be taken until a student has been admitted to the Teacher Educator Preparation Program*.
*There are three courses that are in exception granted by permission from the Undergraduate Chair and are open to all university students:
Tests Required and Passed once Admitted to TEPP
IMPORTANT TO NOTE : Candidates are allowed to take only a limited number of courses in the School of Education before they must be admitted into the Teacher Educator Preparation Program (TEPP). If a candidate is not admitted to the TEPP they can no longer take courses from the School of Education and
will be required to change their major. Candidates are admitted to the TEPP after successfully passing the required Mississippi Teacher Educator Entrance Exams, having successfully completed the requisite Education courses, having met and successfully been interviewed by the
School of Education TEPP Candidate Approval Committee, and approved as a Teacher Candidate for the Belhaven Teacher Educator Preparation Program.
Additional Degree Requirements - Transfer Credits:Students transferring to Belhaven are required to take at least nine hours in Education at Belhaven, excluding student teaching. Teacher candidates are required to take Clinical-Internships in Teaching at Belhaven. All teacher candidates must have at least a C average in all professional and specialty/content area courses.
Candidates majoring in Elementary Education are required to take the courses listed in sections 1-4 below. The student must also meet the university’s core and other requirements as outlined for a Belhaven University degree.
*Transfer Students should refer to degree requirements and receive individual advisement from the School of Education.
The Belhaven University School of Education, other than Music, does not offer a traditional undergraduate program to prepare students to be licensed or certified to teach at the middle or the secondary school levels. Instead students are provided with an excellent opportunity to earn a 4-6th grade, middle school, and/or high school Mississippi Teaching Certificate by enrolling in the School of Education’s Dual Enrollment Program leading to the Mississippi Alternate Route Teacher Certification.
MusicStudents seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education leading to a teaching certification in music should refer to the Music Education program. See Music (MUS) in this catalogue: Bachelor of Arts in Music Education – Teacher Preparation (Emphasis in Instrumental Music Education and/or Emphasis in Vocal-Choral Music Education)
Honors Courses: The School of Education offers opportunities for students to enroll in honors courses from its department. The following are general education, elective, and major courses that may be taken as honors courses: EDU 221, 301, 304, 307, and 308, and REA 311 and 312. For students majoring in education, one must pass a minimum of nine hours of honors courses within the discipline and a minimum of nine hours from the honors courses of other departments. Each course must be passed with a B or better. No more than 18 hours are required for the honors degree. For other honors program policies, see “Honors Program” under the “Administration of the Curriculum” section of the catalogue.
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