The Student's Responsibility
Indiana University has been training teachers since 1851. The School of Education at Bloomington began granting degrees in 1924, and the Indianapolis campus granted its first degree in education in 1969. In 1975, the School of Education in Bloomington and the Division of Education in Indianapolis merged to become a single School of Education with two campuses. In some cases, programs remain localized on a single campus, and many programs now allow students to choose courses at either location. Consequently, students may earn the degree or certification exclusively at the Bloomington or Indianapolis campus, or they may combine credits earned at both locations. Today, Indiana Universitys School of Education is one of Americas most respected educational in stitutions for the preparation of teachers, administrators, and specialists in all areas of education. The School of Education has full equality with the other professional schools of the university and grants the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Science in Education, Specialist in Education, and Doctor of Education.
The School of Education realizes the importance of creating and maintaining a teacher-preparation program that balances specialized knowledge with a broad liberal arts education and that affords each student an opportunity to learn both theoretical principles of education and practical teaching skills.
The purpose of undergraduate study in teacher education is to prepare teachers who have:
- a strong, balanced general education with work in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and physical and biological sciences.
- a thorough understanding of the subject matter of their teaching field or fields.
- the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- the competence to design and implement effective instruction using a variety of instructional models.
- the competence to create an effective classroom climate.
- the commitment and capacity to design learning experiences that foster critical thinking and decision making.
- an understanding of and ability to use computer technology.
- the ability to design appropriate evaluation strategies, both quantitative and qualitative; and to appraise their instructional effectiveness, as well as to assess the achievement of their students.
- the capacity to make sound judgments regarding the use of instructional materials, including an ability to infer the assumptions that may have guided instructional developers.
- the commitment and capacity to address issues of justice and equity and a sensitivity to cultural differences and global concerns.
- the commitment and capacity to build effective relationships with students, colleagues, and members of the community.
- an understanding of the relationship of the school to the larger society.
- an understanding of the legal rights and responsibilities of students, teachers, and schools.
- the commitment and capacity to approach their profession ethically with a guiding set of responsible social and professional values.
- a commitment to continuing professional renewal.
- an understanding of how to make adaptations to meet the needs of children with disabilities in the public schools.
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The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. In addition, the Indiana Professional Standards Board has approved all teacher education programs offered through Indiana University at the Bloomington and IUPUI campuses.
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The School of Education, in cooperation with the Indiana Professional Standards Board, has established certain academic requirements for earning a degree and/or licensure. The requirements vary according to the chosen field of study. Advisors and directors assist students in planning a program of study to satisfy requirements, but each student assumes final responsibility for meeting all deadlines and completing all requirements for certification and graduation.
It is therefore essential to be familiar with the licensing requirements set forth in the School of Education Bulletin. If a student in the secondary (senior high/junior high/middle school) or all-grade education program earns certification while enrolled in a degree-granting program in another school of the university, requirements for graduation in the degree-granting school and requirements for certification in the School of Education must both be satisfied. See the section of this bulletin entitled How to Earn Teacher Certification While Enrolled in Other Schools of the University.
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