November 26, 2013
Education Program, General
Education majors prepare to take their Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) this week. Passing the three tests in Reading, Math and Writing is required of all sophomore education majors at Union College before becoming a candidate for full acceptance into the education program and enrolling in upper division professional education courses.
The PPST will be given again in April at Union College for those who need to pass it before Fall 2013 registration. Another option for students who haven’t taken it or need to re-take a portion of it, is to contact the Sylvan Learning Center in any major city and arrange to take it at their facility. If scores do not meet the Nebraska State Department of Education requirements, students must re-take the test until scores meet the standards or drop education as their major.
June 21, 2013
Certification, Education Program
In April 2013, Elementary Education seniors took their Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment exam. This two hour exam covers material that teachers across the nation are required to know in order to be considered Highly Qualified Teachers under the “No Child Left Behind” program.
The Professional Education courses at Union College prepare students in the areas covered by this exam in the methods courses, practicum experiences and evaluations, lesson plans, teacher work samples, portfolios and student teaching placements.
Good scores on the Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment exam and graduating from a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) approved program assures prospective employers that graduates from the Union College Education Program will be highly qualified. This gives our students the best chance for successful placement.
June 21, 2013
The Student Teachers will soon begin gearing up for their placements this fall! They began with pre-school week responsibilities, will shadow their Cooperating Teacher for two weeks and then gradually assume responsibility to teach four or five classes on their own. The Cooperating Teachers supervise their teaching experience and make suggestions to help them “learn the ropes.” They will continue to teach through mid-December.
For the fall 2013 semester there are ten student teachers:
Mollie Cummings, Religious Education major 7-12
Matthew Daarud, Religious Education / History Education
Jared Henry, Physical Education
Carolea Kennedy, Social Science Education
Charlotte Messer, Choral Music Education
Russell Palmer, Natural Science Education / Religious Education
Chase Shireman, Mathematics Education
Andrew Stevens, Mathematics Education
Desiree Watterson, Language Arts Education
Courtney Gutknecht, Elementary Education
June 21, 2013
Certification, Student Teaching
Upon graduation from the Education Program at Union College, new teachers qualify for a Nebraska Department of Education Teacher’s Certificate, which allows them to teach in their endorsement area in the State of Nebraska and an SDA Certificate for the North American Division of the SDA church.
If a graduate takes a position in the public school system in another state, they must apply to the department of education in that state for a certificate since each state has their own Rules & Regulations. Most states expect that a graduate will obtain a certificate from the state in which they graduated. Therefore, each teacher who graduate with an Education degree from Union College is encouraged to apply during the last semester of teacher training.
For further information, visit the website of The Nebraska Department of Education and The Mid-America Union Conference Education Department
June 20, 2013
New Teacher Induction
Jayme Anderson is preparing her classroom and will be teaching this fall at the Oak Street Christian School in Brainerd, Minnesota. Depending upon enrollment, Jayme will teach any of the K-8 grades.
Chad Chaffee (Math Ed) is considering teaching in Indonesia, but for now is working at the Leffler YMCA CLC for the summer. Chad will have more information on teaching in Indonesia later in the summer.
Tash Copening has been enjoying teaching at Lakeview Elementary as their Math Specialist with the 4th graders.
Joylyn Weikum (Crews) (Math Ed) will be subbing for Lincoln Public Schools.
Aubrey Darrough (Elementary) is looking forward to teaching at Wichita Adventist Academy this fall. She will teach the 5th & 6th graders.
Chad Dungan (Elementary) is considering teaching in Macau this fall. Chad will have more details as the summer continues.
Tommy Kennedy will enjoy teaching Music & Theatre as well as High School Choir & Theatre for the Keene Independent School District in Keene Texas.
Jessica Leccese has her own classroom at Brentwood Adventist Christian School. Jessica is considering working on her masters degree!
Rebecca McMillen (Elementary) will begin teaching grades 3-8 this fall at Texarkana Elementary School in Texas.
Michelle Riley enjoys teaching English & Bible in her classroom at Sunnydale Adventist Academy.
Jessica Reeder will be the 5th & 6th grade elementary teacher at Mile High Academy.
June 8, 2013
We are excited to be one of the first blogs authorized by Union College on their new blog list. This blog is designed to keep you, the graduates of Union College Education Program, teachers in the field and students who are in the education program up-to-date on what is happening in the program.
We invite you to email us with stories and pictures of “where you are now” that we can include in the blog. We hope to make this a somewhat interactive site that will be interesting and current.
June 8, 2013
To teach the Bible is one of the most sacred duties of a teacher. In a Seventh-day Adventist classroom, teachers have the privilege to open the truths and stories without hindrance or any type of prohibition. It is an opportunity to lead young lives to the feet of Jesus each and every day. We run the longest evangelistic series which starts every fall and ends 180 days later – an entire school year. Before a teacher can help students recognize and deal with tht truths and lessons of the Bible, they themselves must be consecrated and committed to those concepts and have a relationship with the Truth Giver. The work of a Seventh-day Adventist educator is one with eternal rewards.
The Bible Methods course is designed for elementary or secondary teachers to strengthen their walk with Christ, gain insigts on the importance of Bible lessons, develop Bible lessons that inform and inspire, search the Web for resources to enhance Bible lessons, develop a Unit of Study, and challenge them to lead their students to Christ.
This course can be ordered by requesting an application form from the Education Department at Union College.
November 15, 2012
Around 60 education students attended a Pizza dinner sponsored by the Mid-America Union Conference (MAUC) on Tuesday, November 13. The Education Superintendents and Academy Principals presented the benefits of teaching in their area and answered questions about the elementary and secondary schools in their conference. The students were treated to pizza, salad and cookies. The attendees then moved in groups, from one table to the next, to listen to presentations by the Nebraska/Kansas, Dakota, Rocky Mountain, Iowa/Missouri, Central States and Minnesota Conference representatives.
October 31, 2012
The College Days came upon Union this weekend. Last evening, October the 28th, 2012, Juniors from all sorts of Midwest Academies enjoyed a College Fair in the Union College gymnasium. The Education and Human Development Department booth hosted not one but two fun games for the visiting students. First was a ball toss that was played by wearing crazy vision goggles to create a challenge that hindered the hand eye coordination. Another activity involved the visiting students creating a form of silly putty called Gak.
The visitors who made the highest scores and created the best Gak won gift certificates to the iTunes online store.