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“Effective teacher leaders enable all students to learn” serves as the organizing theme which undergirds all the professional education programs at the University of Pikeville. Since the teacher plays a primary role in student learning, the key to improving outcome in the schools is through effective initial teacher preparation and effective professional development.
 
The teacher preparation programs at the University of Pikeville prepare students for eligibility for certification in Kentucky in the following areas:

Elementary Education
A candidate who completes a program in elementary education will be prepared to teach in primary through fifth grade in Kentucky. Candidates are required to complete courses in general knowledge, specialization knowledge and professional knowledge.
Elementary Education (P-5)

Middle Grades Education
A candidate who completes a program in middle grades education will be prepared to teach in grades five through nine in Kentucky. Candidates are required to complete courses in general knowledge; specialization knowledge, in one or two teaching fields; and professional knowledge.
Middle Grades Education (5-9)

Secondary Education
A candidate who completes a program in secondary education will be prepared to teach in grades eight through 12 in Kentucky. Candidates are required to complete courses in general knowledge, specialization knowledge in one of the following areas: (1) biology; (2) chemistry; (3) English; (4) mathematics; or (5) social studies and professional knowledge.
Secondary Education (8-12) Biology
Secondary Education (8-12) Chemistry
Secondary Education (8-12) English
Secondary Education (8-12) Mathematics
Secondary Education (8-12) Social Studies

Knowledge Categories
To be able to make reflective, analytical decisions that will enable all students to learn, teachers need multiple categories of knowledge, multiple areas of teacher competence and appropriate professional dispositions.

  • General Knowledge: Teacher candidates receive extensive preparation in the liberal arts.
  • Specialization Knowledge: Teacher candidates receive either a depth in a discipline or a breadth across a number of relevant disciplines.
  • Professional Knowledge: Teacher candidates receive a strong background in educational foundations and theories, pedagogy, methodology and current research findings.

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