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Mission and Goals

University of the Cumberlands’ School of Education is on a mission to help education students develop into highly qualified, knowledgeable and caring teachers. Acknowledging that all children can learn, the School of Education's responsibility is to provide training and experiences using best practices for teacher education candidates.

The Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education degree online program reflects that mission. It is designed to prepare and develop students into teachers and education leaders by providing rigorous coursework, as well as field and clinical experiences, that will enable them to positively affect student achievement.

Program Goals
The goal of preparing candidates to serve as effective Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Educators is simple: help prepare all children to be Ready to Grow...Ready to Learn...Ready to Succeed.

The School of Education, through programs like the IECE program, also seeks to:

  • Offer undergraduate programs based upon a strong liberal arts background and to foster both reflective and critical thinking skills – ultimately developing highly qualified, knowledgeable and caring teachers who provide for diverse learners
  • Provide the pedagogical instructional methods necessary to meet the Kentucky Teacher Standards and University of the Cumberlands' Standards
  • Advance student abilities to critically reflect and assess their own skills, thereby providing the opportunity for growth
  • Foster and develop appreciation and refinement of ethical and Christian moral values in future teachers
  • Develop oral, written and information literacy skills
  • Deliver a high quality, affordable, online education to non-traditional teacher candidates

Blended Online Format
Coursework for this program will be offered primarily in a synchronous, online format. However, some general education core courses will be offered in a blended online format using Blackboard in the asynchronous environment, as well as face-to-face interactions, similar to University of the Cumberland’s graduate programs through:

  • Clinical/Practicum/Student-Teaching Observations
  • Co-Teaching Professional Development
  • Individual Advising Sessions
  • On-Site seminars

Code of Ethics
There is no more important component of any program that prepares teachers to work with children than adherence to the Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics is introduced to candidates who apply for general admission to the University and declare an intention to enroll in the Teacher Education Program. A signed Code of Ethics statement is required for admission to the program. A Character and Fitness statement, incorporating the tenets of the Code of Ethics is also required for admission to the program.

University of the Cumberlands holds the position that elements of the Code of Ethics are naturally congruent with the Christian values and ethics to which all students are required to adhere.

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