Why Choose the Aquinas College
School of Education?
The Aquinas College School of Education is a nationally accredited teacher education program under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. Teacher Education students encounter a knowledgeable mix of full-time faculty, adjunct instructors who are often master teachers in their own field, experienced field supervisors, and a dedicated team of staff members who are all approachable and highly qualified in their areas of expertise. The Aquinas College School of Education team is here to support and empower our students to become highly effective and qualified teachers in their field of choice.
At Aquinas, we don’t save the real-life classroom experiences until the end of our program. The School of Education offers a hands-on approach to teaching that models and emphasizes reflective, constructivist pedagogy. We have small class sizes and require classroom field experiences throughout the program. Roughly 80% of our Education courses will require some type of daytime field placement in area schools. It is our intention to have students gain valuable experiences in a variety of settings, including urban, suburban, private, and public, in order to gain a broad-based perspective of tomorrow’s classrooms today.
School of Education Mission Statement:
The mission of the Aquinas College School of Education is to empower our students to be capable, compassionate and committed educators with integrity.
School of Education Student Learning Outcomes:
- School of Education Candidates (students and completers) demonstrate proficiency in teaching, content knowledge pedagogical content knowledge and knowledge of student needs by successfully completing student teaching.
- School of Education Candidates (students and completers) demonstrate professional competence expected in the fields in areas including: classroom management, assessment requirements, ongoing professional development and current State and Federal laws and guidelines.
- School of Education graduates achieve State and/or National certification in their field of study.
School of Education Philosophy
In keeping with the mission of the College, the Aquinas College School of Education is dedicated to providing quality teacher education which supports service to society through education resulting in social justice, community action, equity, and learning for all students. We believe teachers should be facilitators of the learning process who are compassionate, reflective models of integrity, committed to research, inquiry, and lifelong learning. We believe our students need to have the following elements of quality teaching:
- A foundation in the liberal arts and a proficiency in subject matter in specific endorsement areas.
- Strong pedagogical knowledge and the ability to apply this to effectively facilitate learning by all students.
- Ability to integrate technologies in ways which support effective teaching and meaningful learning.
- Dispositions of caring individuals who understand and can address the academic, personal, and social needs of their students with integrity and professionalism.
- Ability to work effectively with all partners, including students, staff, parents, faculty supervisors, and other teachers in order to create an environment which promotes collaborative support for student learning.
- Demonstration of active participation in lifelong learning and professional development activities and reflective teaching practices.
School of Education TEAC Certification:
Click the following link for the School of Education TEAC Accreditation Certification: AQ SOE TEAC Accreditation 2013_2018 certificate
School of Education MTTC Results:
The School of Education MTTC cumulative subject area results from 2011-2014 can be viewed by clicking below: