The Education Major will begin to be offered during the 2013-2014 academic year. Ave Maria University is currently coordinating the implementation of the Education Major with our regional accrediting association, SACSCOC, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
The K-6th Education Major
The K-6th Education Major seeks to further teaching, inquiry and scholarship in the field of education with a special focus on Catholic and classical education. While examining the field of education using methodologies and practices proper to the discipline, the program will maintain a deliberate and explicit foundation in the philosophical and theological insights of the Catholic tradition, especially its understandings related to the nature and dignity of the human person, the nature of Truth, and the unity of all knowledge as ultimately rooted in the order of God and creation.
The Education Major is a sequence of courses that allows students to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to be a Kindergarten through 6th grade teacher. Students considering teaching in high school should pursue the Minor in education program listed below. While the education major courses will serve as useful preparation for those who would like to enter a K-6th teaching career, this major on its own does not currently satisfy the requirements for a state teaching credential. As the University is currently in the process of seeking state approval for its initial teacher preparation courses, there may be some changes to the initial established curriculum if required by the state. The student should not assume we will posses state program approval status before his or her graduation. However, the value of the major is still high as it may help teachers seeking immediate employment in private schools which do not require state credentials or in public or private schools which give a grace period to earn a credential via alternative certification while employed.