About

The Patton College of Education empowers teachers to serve and lead in rural Appalachia and beyond.

Vision
The Patton College of Education will collaborate with colleagues, P-12 partners, and community members to empower teachers to serve and lead in rural Appalachia and beyond and to improve our community, region, country, and world through education and leadership.
 
Mission
The mission of the Patton College of Education is to model best practices, create challenging learning experiences, use technology resources, and address diverse learning needs to prepare teachers for the schools and communities in which they will serve. 
 
Core Values
  • Academic Excellence:  We are committed to providing exceptional education programs that have opportunities for rigor, innovation, the best research-informed practices, and support for critical thinking, problem solving, and thoughtful inquiry.
  • Collaboration: We are committed to fostering collaboration with all stakeholders within education, our school, and community.
  • Diversity: We are committed to building a program that meets the diverse needs of all students, ensures equal opportunity for success regardless of experiences and personal differences, and attracts a diverse body of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Leadership: We are committed to developing leaders in our schools who serve others with compassion, use best practices drawn from reflection and current research, build systems that guarantee fairness and equity, and value and empower those they lead.
  • Equity: We are committed to building systems that guarantee fairness, focus on reducing achievement gaps, and value and empower those they lead.
 
Beliefs
  • We believe in offering a challenging academic program that focuses on the best educational practices. 
  • We believe that passion must be the touchstone of all teaching.
  • We believe in making the transition from the university classroom to our students’ clinical year a seamless experience.
  • We believe that empowered teachers accommodate the needs of every student in their classes.
  • We believe that exceptional teachers not only help students be successful, they empower them to adapt, continuously learn, and thrive in an ever-changing world.
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.

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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