Why study K-5 Licensure
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics (UIS) estimates that 69 million new teachers by 2030 will be needed to meet global education goals (2020). Tennessee teacher shortage currently is an estimated 2,200 teacher vacancies. The Department of Education (DOE) suggest the following teaching jobs for the future:
- English as a Second Language (ESL)
- Special Education
The K-5 Licensure Program is committed to fostering highly qualified professionals who are knowledgeable and skilled in performance-based practices that support reflective, data-informed practitioners. Students learn pedagogical approaches in education, as well as K-5 classroom
Faculty in the K-5 Licensure Program are experienced, reflective practitioners in both academic subject and theoretical concepts. Their strong analytical, observational, and problem-solving skills guide their diverse pedagogical instruction that help students learn appropriate teaching styles, feedback, and assessment. Students learn the required skills of a good teacher such as discipline, autonomy, communication, collaboration, adaptability, and empathy. They build on these fundamental skills to value real-world learning, diversity, and active learning.
The Eriksson College of Education has specialized accreditation from the Council for
the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This
program prepares you for passing the edTPA as part of licensure.
What will I learn?
- The Foundations of Education.
- Understanding the diverse student population in today's classrooms.
- Appropriate classroom management, strategies, and methods that support diverse learners.
- How to write and organize a lesson plan based on the appropriate grade level standards that include knowledge of students, content, academic language, and technology.
- Plan for instruction that focuses on developing students thinking skills, explanation, synthesis, and evaluation in addition to skills, facts and procedures.
- Design and implement formative and summative assessments of learning that informs teaching practice.
Sample Course Plan and General Education Requirements
Professional Licensure Disclosure
Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. Licensing agencies or boards also may have requirements in addition to an earned degree. APSU recommends that students who are not Tennessee residents or who plan to seek licensure or certification outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency or board before they enroll in an academic program designed to lead to licensure or certification and discuss their plans with an advisor.