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An Education that Works
Huntingdon recognizes that there is no profession that has the opportunity to shape tomorrow’s world more profoundly than teaching. Huntingdon’s programs are designed to prepare “highly qualified” teachers under the No Child Left Behind Act, as well as highly employable teachers through extensive preparation.
- Partnerships with outstanding schools provide exemplary classroom experiences
- Prior to completing a 12-hour student teaching internship, students complete a 3-hour field experience and teaching practicum
- Technology-equipped classrooms
- Alabama's only collegiate chapter of the Association for School Curriculum and Development (ASCD)
- Kappa Delta Epsilon honorary
- Professors advise students
- Professors supervise internships
Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Teachers
In order to teach in the public schools in Alabama, you must earn a bachelor’s degree, complete an approved teacher education program, and be certified. At Huntingdon, students majoring in elementary education also complete requirements to apply for certification for Collaborative Special Education (K–6), thus preparing them to teach in kindergarten-through-sixth-grade classrooms and to teach K–6 students who have special needs. Secondary educators are prepared to teach at the middle school or high school level (grades 6–12) in specific subject areas: biology, chemistry, English language arts, history, or mathematics. P–12 educators are prepared to teach a subject (such as music or physical education) throughout the spectrum of age groups, from pre-school through grade 12.
Elementary/Collaborative Special Education
Elementary Education/Collaborative Special Education is a field-based program that provides you with the knowledge and skills to have a deep and lasting impact on the lives of young children—both in the regular classroom and for those students who have special needs. At Huntingdon, you will complete a program that leads to certification in two endorsement areas: Elementary Education and Collaborative Special Education (K–6). Once the program of study is completed and certification is obtained, candidates are eligible to teach both regular K–6 students and those who have diagnosed disabilities by serving as the teacher of record in the regular classroom, or by teaching students with disabilities in a specialized resource classroom. The result: highly employable and highly qualified K–6 educators.
Secondary Teacher Certification
Secondary school teachers help students delve more deeply into subjects introduced in elementary school and expose them to more information about the world. To teach at the secondary level (grades 6–12), you will major in the area you plan to teach, and complete the Teacher Certification set of courses, along with your internship experience, in addition to your major. Huntingdon offers secondary teacher certification in Biology, Chemistry, English Language Arts, General Science, General Social Studies, History, and Mathematics.
P–12 Teacher Certification
To teach a subject through all age groups and levels, elementary through secondary, specific majors and teacher certification courses are required. At Huntingdon, you may be certified in P–12 Music Instrumental or Vocal/Choral) or Physical Education. P–12 Music certification requires the completion of the Music major with Teacher Certification concentration. P–12 Physical Education certification requires the completion of the Physical Education major.
Huntingdon’s Teacher Education program is housed in historic John Jefferson Flowers Hall on the main campus. Teaching internships are available in Montgomery, Elmore, and Autauga Counties.
Hundreds of Huntingdon alumni are successful teachers and educational administrators in elementary schools, middle schools, junior and senior high schools, colleges, and universities nationwide. Because Huntingdon is known for producing well-prepared teachers, our graduates are sought by school systems and have enjoyed excellent placement rates into graduate and professional schools or into employment.