Welcome to the Young Harris College Division of Education. Our Teacher Preparation Program originates from the College's mission, goals, values and vision combined with professional, state and institutional standards for the preparation of prospective teachers. With the history of a strong liberal arts background woven throughout, the institutional motto of “Educate, Inspire, Empower” supports the pillars of initial teacher preparation. The pillars of the program may be defined as: knowledge/content; skills/pedagogy; and dispositions/professionalism/ethics. Embedded throughout the program are commitments to diversity and technology. With continuous assessment providing constant feedback and monitoring of all components of the conceptual framework within the program, the importance of student-centered pedagogy based on a strong liberal arts background characterizes both the approach of the YHC faculty and the program expectations and outcomes for teacher candidates. Thus, the motto of the conceptual framework of our Teacher Preparation Program is “Excellence in Learner-Centered Teacher Preparation.”
There are presently seven initial certification programs for your consideration. These include Early Childhood Education (P-5), Middle Grades Education (4-8), Music Education (6-12), English Education (6-12, History Education (6-12), Mathematics Education (6-12) and Science (Broad Field) Education (6-12). In addition, we also have post-baccalaureate programs in each of these seven areas for candidates who have already completed an undergraduate degree and wish to add certification only.
Our Teacher Preparation Program prepares candidates to enter the teaching profession with the tools necessary to be successful teachers. Program experiences include not only classes taught by experienced instructors in small group settings, but also field and clinical experiences with public school partners and stakeholders that cover a wide range of public school settings. This variety enables our candidates to prepare for classroom experiences working with students of great diversity and especially builds on a fundamental belief that all students can and will learn.
The Teacher Preparation Program faculty also has a strong belief in and commitment to constructivism as a means of addressing the needs of all learners. This base, plus a strong dedicated professional support community, insures candidates programs that have quality and prepare for the challenges of the 21st century.
We invite you to become a member of this learner-centered teacher preparation program and spend an exciting four years in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia.
Dr. Bill Brown
Dean, Division of Education