Dr. Linda Burkey

Teaching Area(s): Education

The Department of Education provides many opportunities for our teacher candidates to work with a variety of preschool through 12th grade students before they graduate. Their extensive field experiences provide them the ability to develop the craft of teaching.

Intervention Specialist Learning Objectives

The Intervention Specialist major, with additional coursework, will lead to a license in teaching learners with special education needs. The candidate will major in Intervention Specialist and minor in an area of their choice. The candidate will also choose an area of focus: Early Childhood Intervention Specialist or Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist. The Early Childhood Intervention Specialist teaching license is valid for teaching learners with mild/moderate/intensive education needs from ages three through eight and prekindergarten through grade three.

The Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist teaching license is valid for teaching learners with mild/moderate education needs from ages five through twenty-one and kindergarten through grade twelve.

The Education Department's Teacher Education Program prepares candidates for meaningful careers in the field of education. Building upon a solid liberal arts foundation, the Teacher Education Program assists candidates in developing knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to become effective and caring teachers in an ever-changing society. Mount Union's candidates are prepared to become reflective, lifelong learners.

Education Learning Objectives

The Teacher Education Program at Mount Union prepares competent, capable and caring teachers.  The common objectives developed in all program areas include:

  • Candidates will demonstrate understanding of the subject matter areas and create meaningful learning experiences based on this knowledge.
  • Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of each student’s cognitive, Social, physical, and emotional development and to create learning opportunities that support student academic development.
  • Candidates will demonstrate the ability to recognize and value student diversity and the differences in how students learn and provide instruction to accommodate such diversity.
  • Candidates will demonstrate the ability to develop instructional plans based on student's needs, curriculum goals and models, subject matter and community.
  • Candidates will demonstrate pedagogical knowledge and skills and use this expertise to encourage each student to develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Candidates will demonstrate the ability to create a classroom environment that facilitates learning and a climate that encourages fairness, positive social interactions, active learning, and self-motivation.
  • Candidates will demonstrate effective verbal, nonverbal, written, technological, and media communication skills to support and enhance student learning.
  • Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of the role of assessment and the use of formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate student learning.
  • Candidates will demonstrate the skills necessary for self-reflection and use this knowledge to analyze past experiences and pursue professional development opportunities.
  • Candidates will demonstrate the ability to collaborate with students, candidates, parents, community members, and professional colleagues in order to support student learning and development.
  • Candidates will demonstrate a sense of caring.
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