Warren Wilson College Catalog 07-08

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Education

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Faculty: Anne L. Jonas, Laura B. Turchi (Chair) Patricia H. Tuttle, (MACFC Liason)

Conceptual Framework

The Warren Wilson College teacher candidate is a reflective innovator serving in communities with head, heart, and hands.

In 2007-08 the current Teacher Education Program will be phased out. Beginning in the fall of 2008 we plan to offer an innovative licensure program, a high-quality model for teaching based on what makes Warren Wilson College a special place. Although still in planning stages, the program is expected to be a focused professional year completed in addition to a bachelor’s degree earned at Warren Wilson College or elsewhere. The Teacher Education Program will continue to partner with local educators and will be able to provide more intensive real-school experiences to future teachers. The new program will prepare knowledgeable and skilled K-12 teachers. These educators will practice experiential education based on academic disciplines, work, service-learning, global awareness, and environmental stewardship.

The current Teacher Education Program sets specific goals for future educators. Beyond meeting basic North Carolina licensure requirements, graduates must exhibit knowledge, skills, and dispositions demonstrating:

  1. Passion for, and commitment to, understanding diverse learners and their learning;
  2. Agility and creativity in teaching built on knowledge of academic disciplines;
  3. Initiative and responsibility in promoting and recognizing student learning; and
  4. Self-reliance and collegiality within the teaching profession, balancing individual reflection and learning from experience with the support and necessary guidance of veteran educators.

The current Teacher Education Program is approved by the state of North Carolina and is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The program’s Title II pass rate for 2006-2007 is Praxis I = 100% and Praxis II for elementary education = 100%.