William E. Estes, Dean
Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education
Pamela Browning, Chairperson
Department of Health, Exercise Science, and Secondary Education
Eric Moyen, Chairperson
* The Helen DeVos College of Education at Lee University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org.
Undergraduate Studies in the Helen DeVos College of Education
The Helen DeVos College of Education seeks to promote practices and programs that facilitate teaching and learning. This occurs in the classroom and outside of the classroom through modeling best practice, encouraging experimentation and innovation, research, and facilitating programs that positively affect the learner in his/her environment.
At the heart of the Helen DeVos College of Education is the Teacher Education Program, which is the mechanism that governs all teacher preparation and licensure programs. Thus, the College collaborates with other departments on campus to provide a broadbased curriculum of liberal arts, specialty area study and professional education. Experiential learning is highly valued as students construct understandings and develop problem solving skills in the context of real-world situations.
The Helen DeVos College of Education includes the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education and the Department of Health, Exercise Science, and Secondary Education.
The Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education offers majors in Human Development, Early Childhood; Middle Grades Education; Interdisciplinary Studies (Elementary Education) and Special Education. The faculty of this department collaborate with the faculty of the respective discipline specialties and staff the courses of the professional studies sequences for each of the curricula.
The Department of Health, Exercise Science, and Secondary Education offers majors in Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology, Wellness Education (Health/PE Teacher Licensure K-12), and Physical Education with an emphasis in Recreation. The department also offers minors in Fitness/Wellness, Physical Education, Recreation, and Coaching, as well as the professional education courses required for secondary education majors.
Students desiring to teach in the elementary grades should select a major in Interdisciplinary Studies, Middle Grades Education, or Early Childhood. Students desiring to teach on the secondary level should select a major in the academic departments’ sections of this catalog.
Teacher Education Program
The mission of the Lee University Teacher Education Program is to prepare candidates who are Lifelong learners, Effective educators, and Ethical practitioners. The objective is to produce teachers who (1) display a broad general background in liberal education (2) demonstrate thorough preparation in specific academic disciplines (3) plan and teach effectively and (4) view teaching as an area of Christian service.
Official Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program
All students who desire to prepare for teaching are required to apply for and be accepted into the Teacher Education Program. This application is to be filed during the first semester of the junior year, or after the student has completed EDUC-199 or MUED-225. Applications are completed as a part of the course requirement in EDUC-199 or MUED-225. Application forms may also be obtained in the office of the Director of Teacher Education. Candidates may not enroll in methods courses without admission to the Teacher Education Program. Requirements for acceptance of a student to the Teacher Education Program are as follows:
- Academic Achievement
- Have completed 30 hours in general education plus EDUC-199 or MUED-225 for Music Education (including 40 clock hours of observation).
- Have a 2.5 average for all courses completed.
- Have a 2.5 average in the specialty area courses completed.
- Have a 2.5 average in the professional education courses completed.
- Have a 2.5 average in all math courses (Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, and Special Education licenses).
- Have a 2.5 average in emphasis areas (Middle Grades license).
- Have no grades below “C” in the professional education courses.
- Satisfactory scores on Praxis I, assessment of academic skills, and achieve minimum scores of Mathematics 173, Reading 174 and Writing 173. Students may be exempt from taking Praxis I if ACT/SAT scores are: Enhanced ACT – 22 or above; recentered SAT – 1020 or above.
- Personal-Social-Physical Status
- Satisfactory ratings from the University Health Clinic.
- Completion of the Personality Screening.
- A recommendation from three full-time professors who are well-acquainted with the student.
- Statement from the Dean of Students concerning disciplinary status.
- Satisfactory results from a hearing test.
- Background check and fingerprinting.
- Have a 2.5 average in English Composition with no grade below C.
- Submit a handwritten theme entitled “Why I Want to Be a Teacher” to accompany application for admission.
- Have satisfactory ratings on three Interview Forms: one from a cooperating teacher, one from an advisor, and one from the EDUC-199 or MUED-225 instructor.
- Submit a portfolio documenting basic skills and dispositions appropriate for teaching. (For specific requirements, contact the Teacher Education Office.)
Majority vote of the Teacher Education Committee prevails when applications for the Teacher Education Program are considered. Once the Teacher Education Committee meets and has approved the applicant for admission, the candidate is admitted to the Teacher Education Program. The candidate is informed in writing of the Committee’s decision to accept or reject the applicant.
If an applicant is denied admission to the Teacher Education Program, he/she may appeal the Teacher Education Committee’s decision by requesting to appear before the Committee. There is no appeal beyond the Teacher Education Committee.
STUDENTS IN TEACHER EDUCATION MUST COMPLETE THE REQUIREMENTS OF THEIR PROGRAM OF STUDIES AS SHOWN IN THE CATALOG AT THE TIME THE STUDENT IS OFFICIALLY AND COMPLETELY ADMITTED TO THE TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM, SUBJECT TO CHANGES MADE IN LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS BY THE TENNESSEE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
Appeal Process for Admission to the Teacher Education Program
For students who have failed a Praxis I subtest/s or do not meet GPA requirements but have demonstrated potential for teaching in other areas, the following criteria must be met:
- Must have failed the Praxis I subtest/s twice OR do not meet minimium GPA requirements.
- Must meet all other admission requirements.
- Must come to the Teacher Education Office and write a two-page theme entitled “Why I Think I Should Be Admitted to the Teacher Education Program.”
- Must have participated in a Praxis I workshop or tutoring sessions.
- Must be recommended by one cooperating teacher to whom the student was assigned for a field-based experience.
- Must submit a portfolio.
- Must make a personal appearance before the Teacher Education Committee.
- Must be approved by majority vote of the Teacher Education Committee.
Official Acceptance to Student Teaching
Lee University has entered into cooperative agreements with the Cleveland City School System, the Bradley County School System and several other school systems for the placement of student teachers in selected schools.
Student teachers are required to attend the public school on a schedule similar to that followed by the cooperating teachers. A minimum of 15 weeks of observation and responsible participation is required of each student. There is no provision for early completion of the experience. Student teaching and seminars carry 12 semester hours credit. No other courses may be taken during the student teaching semester. Application for Student Teaching must be filed by March 1 for the Fall Semester and October 1 for the Spring Semester. Application must be filed the semester preceding the one in which the student plans to do his/her student teaching (generally while enrolled in methods courses). Application forms should be completed while students are enrolled in methods courses, or they may be obtained in the office of the Director of Teacher Education.
For admission to the professional semester, including student teaching, the candidate must have fulfilled the following requirements:
- Full admission to the Teacher Education Program (i.e., all conditions relative to admission satisfied and maintained).
- Pass the appropriate parts of the Praxis II exams.
- Satisfactory completion of all professional education with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and no grade below a C.
- Completion of required methods courses before engaging in student teaching.
- Satisfactory completion of at least 80 percent of course work in the teaching area (major).
- Satisfactory evaluation of pre-professional observation experience (minimum of 40 clock hours).
- Recommendation from major professor.
- Membership in an education club during senior year is highly recommended.
- Pass Piano Proficiency (Music Education majors).
- Satisfactorily complete required courses, lab experiences and clinical experience.
- Maintain the standards for admission to the program.
COMPLETION OF THE SPECIFIED COURSES IN THE TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM DOES NOT GUARANTEE A RECOMMENDATION FOR LICENSURE AND/OR A TEACHING POSITION.
Programs of Study
The Helen DeVos College of Education offers the following teacher licensure programs:
||Wellness Education (Health/PE Teacher Licensure, Grades K-12)
||Human Development/Early Childhood (Teacher Licensure, PreK-3)
||Interdisciplinary Studies (Teacher Licensure, Grades K-6)
||Middle Grades Education (Teacher Licensure, Grades 4-8)
||Special Education (Teacher Licensure, Grades K-12)
The Helen DeVos College of Education and the other academic departments/schools cooperate to offer additional teacher licensure programs of study. These programs are fully described in this catalog in the section of the respective sponsoring department or school.
||History (Economics Emphasis, Teacher Licensure Grades 7-12)
||History (Political Science Emphasis, Teacher Licensure, Grades 7-12)
||Psychology (Teacher Licensure, Grades 9-12)
||Business Administration (Business Education/Corporate Training,
Teacher Licensure in Business and Business Technology, Grades 7-12)
||Theatre Education (Teacher Licensure, Grades K-12)
||English (Teacher Licensure, Grades 7-12)
||French (Teacher Licensure, Grades 7-12)
||Spanish (Teacher Licensure, Grades 7-12)
||Music Education–Non-keyboard (Instrumental Teacher Licensure, Grades K-12)
||Music Education–Voice (Vocal/General Teacher Licensure, Grades K-12)
||Music Education–Keyboard (Vocal/General Teacher Licensure, Grades K-12)
||Music Education–Keyboard (Instrumental Teacher Licensure, Grades K-12)
||Biological Science (Teacher Licensure, Grades 7-12)
||Chemistry (Teacher Licensure, Grades 7-12)
||Mathematics Education (Teacher Licensure, Grades 7-12)
Teacher Education Program students may take additional courses and obtain teaching licenses in more than one area. Information about these programs may be obtained in the Teacher Education Office. Additional endorsements are available in the following areas: Early Childhood Education PreK-3, Elementary Education K-6, Middle Grades 4-8, English as a Second Language PreK-12, English 7-12, French 7-12, Spanish 7-12, Mathematics 7-12, Biology 7-12, Chemistry 7-12, Business 7-12, Business Technology 7-12, Bible 7-12, History 7-12, Psychology 9-12, Vocal/General Music K-12, Instrumental Music K-12, Health / Wellness Education K-12, Special Education Modified K-12, Special Education Early Childhood, Special Education Comprehensive, and Theatre K-12. Economics and Political Science 7-12 may be added to the History license.