Because teaching is a profession of practice, the Teacher Education Department focuses on preparing expert practitioners who know their students, their subject-area content, and pedagogy. Efficient practitioners learn these abilities through professional study and by mastering the profession's knowledge base, skills, and dispositions of practice.
Clinical practice provides robust opportunities to develop practitioners through expertly mentored experiences in the field and through pedagogically designed practical experiences. A clinically based approach gives teacher candidates the opportunity to integrate theory into practice, to develop and test classroom management and pedagogical skills, to hone their use of evidence in making professional decisions about practice, and to understand and integrate the standards of their professional community.
Teacher preparation programs are approved by the Indiana Department of Education and are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.