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1 The Catholic University of America School of Arts and Sciences Washington, D.C. The Department of Education

2 The Department of Education TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS Undergraduate and Graduate

3 Pillars of Excellence Teacher Education Programs NCATE Accredited & State Approved Programs The CUA Reflective Teacher Model 4-year BA Teacher Education Programs 5-year BA/MA Programs in some areas A Caring Community for Learning Integrated Course-Field Experiences Study Abroad for Education Majors

4 Accredited Programs Our Department of Education Unit has been accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education since 1975. Our programs have been state approved for licensure since 1989. Most of our programs are nationally recognized by Specialized Professional Associations

5 A Sophisticated Teacher Education Program CUA’s nationally accredited teacher education unit and state approved Teacher Education programs are rigorous and require that students formally apply to major in Teacher Education. Each candidate’s performance is systematically monitored according to CUA’s unit assessment system.

6 The CUA Reflective Teacher Model CUA’s Reflective Teacher Model, developed and refined through research and practice by CUA faculty, is carefully aligned with program goals, objectives, and national standards. Candidates complete an electronic portfolio and an action research project that integrate the CUA Reflective Teacher Model.

7 Action, Reflection, Transformation The CUA Reflective Teacher Model helps prepare pre-service teachers to consider the moral and ethical issues in teaching students with regular and special needs.

8 4 - Year Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs Early Childhood Education (Pre-K-3 rd Grade) Elementary Education (1 st - 6 th Grade) Secondary Education (7 th - 12 th Grade)

9 Secondary Education Programs Joint Programs in the Departments of: Art Drama English History Mathematics Modern Languages: French, German, and Spanish

10 Minors in Education Optional Education Studies Early Childhood Education Elementary Education Secondary Education  Students may choose to complete a minor/ subconcentration in Education typically requiring six or seven 3-credit courses.  Students may choose to major in Education and minor in another discipline.

11 Education Studies Program 4 - year Program The Education Studies Program is designed for students who are interested in working in the field of education but not in a school setting, e.g., industry, businesses, hospitals, museums, curriculum development and technology centers, or after-school programs.

12 5- year BA/MA Programs 5-year programs leading to a Master of Arts Degree in Education in some areas Pre-Professional Program towards a Master of Arts in Special Education

13 BA/MA Teacher Education Programs Secondary majors who qualify may pursue a 5-year program that leads to a B.A. in a specific content area and a Master of Arts in Education.

14 Pre-Professional Program in Special Education Early Childhood and Elementary majors who qualify may pursue a 5-year program that leads to a B.A. in Early Childhood or Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Special Education.

15 Graduate Teacher Education Programs Secondary Education Special Education

16 Our Special Education Program  Our Special Education program leading to a Master of Arts degree was developed through a federally funded grant from the U. S. Department of Education.  It provides a unique model of partnership with several schools serving people with disabilities.  The program has already received recognition as a model for the development of special educators for Catholic and urban schools, and this reputation is growing.

17 Graduate Teacher Certification Program You already hold a Bachelor’s Degree and you are interested in obtaining teacher certification in any of our programs. If you are not interested in pursuing a Master of Arts degree, the GTCP non- degree program is the program for you. Please visit our department website for further information on the GTCP Program.

18 A Caring Community for Learning Small classes taught by highly-qualified, dedicated, full-time faculty - 100% hold doctorate and professional degrees Advisers available throughout the year Joint supervision for secondary education student teachers by professors from education and content areas Interdisciplinary courses

19 Field Experiences Integration of coursework with fieldwork throughout each candidate’s program of studies A variety of internships in diverse settings: Catholic, private, charter, and public schools Weekly supervision by CUA faculty Service learning opportunities

20 Study Abroad for Education Majors The Study Abroad Program has been specifically designed to meet the educational needs of various education majors. Candidates may complete distribution requirements and education electives abroad. Early childhood and elementary education majors can study in Australia and several other countries where CUA has established connections. Secondary candidates may study in Europe, Mexico, or Chile. Foreign language majors regularly take advantage of this opportunity. Secondary candidates should meet with the Coordinator of Secondary Education to plan for completion of coursework. CUA’s Study Abroad Office continues to expand its programs in other countries.

21 License and Reciprocity Agreement Reciprocity Agreement – Definition Reciprocity Agreement with 44 states & jurisdictions Additional tests (in rare cases, additional coursework)

22 Contact Information Teacher Education Programs Dr. Agnes Nagy-Rado, Director of Teacher Education/ Coordinator of Elementary Education: Dr. Sarah Pickert, Coordinator of Early Childhood Education: Dr. Joan Thompson, Coordinator of Secondary Education: Dr. Thomas Long, Coordinator of Education Studies and Special Education: Ms. Elsie Neely, Director of Field Experiences: Ms. Jennifer Kusnierczyk, Assistant:, 202-319-5801

23 Department of Education Web Page Please also visit our website at

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