The mission of the Education Department is to develop professional and compassionate teachers who have the skills and teaching strategies necessary to create a rigorous and stimulating classroom climate where learning takes place for all students.
As a Seventh-day Adventist institute of higher education, we believe education should restore human beings into the image of God. Our vision is to prepare teacher candidates who can lead their students into saving, transforming relationships with Jesus Christ through the development of the whole child: spiritual, physical, intellectual, and socio-emotional. In so doing, we—and they—will be helping to fulfill the commission of preaching the gospel to all the world.
To achieve our mission to prepare pre-service candidates for a successful teaching career, a career that reflects their commitment to the profession, to children and their families, and to the future, we are committed to inspiring and supporting our candidates to be knowledgeable and skilled in the following elements:
Intentional friendship Candidates will understand the importance of positive relationships between all those involved with student success—students with other students, teachers with students, and teachers with other teachers.
Relevant, engaging curriculum leading to competence and mastery Candidates will understand how to create relevant learning experiences for students, and evaluate them through effective assessments.
Non-coercive, well-managed classrooms Candidates will understand how to manage classrooms effectively and to do so without reliance on coercive or manipulative strategies.
Applied Christianity Candidates will recognize the value of applying the principles of a Christian life within the classroom setting and supporting students as they find their way on their personal Christian journeys.
The Pacific Union College Department of Education is dedicated to preparing the best possible teachers. To accomplish this the department seeks to meet several goals.
Classroom field experiences throughout the program
From the time of entry into the program the student will be regularly exposed to classroom teaching through observation, short-term field experiences, and full-time student teaching. These opportunities help make the student comfortable and competent in the classroom setting.
Exposure to college teachers who teach from their own real-life experiences
Our college faculty are all fully-certified teachers who have many years of experience in elementary or secondary classrooms. They bring to the classroom a rich practical background to share with teachers-in-training.
Development of a wide variety of teaching skills
Our program seeks to teach students to plan effective lessons, create an environment of learning, develop clear presentation skills, assess student learning, reach students with diverse needs, motivate learners, and behave professionally.
Full accreditation of credential programs
Our credential programs are fully accredited by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, which gives assurance of a quality learning experience resulting in the desired credentials.
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Angwin, CA 94508
Director of Field Services
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