Elementary Teacher Education:
- Elementary/Collaborative Special Education (K–6)
Secondary Teacher Education (6–12):
- Chemistry, with General Science
- English Language Arts
- History, with General Social Studies
P–12 Teacher Education:
Major requirements and course descriptions are outlined in the Huntingdon College Catalog.
Teacher education programs are part of the Department of Teacher Education, School of Teacher Education and Sport Science.
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, as well as highly employable teachers through extensive preparation. Huntingdon Teacher Education offers:
- Partnerships with outstanding schools provide exemplary classroom experiences
- Prior to completing a student teaching internship, students complete 205 clinical/field experience hours
- Technology-equipped classrooms
- Kappa Delta Epsilon honorary
- Professors advise students
- Professional experience through teaching internships and involvement in Alabama’s only collegiate chapter of the Alabama Association for School Curriculum and Development (AASCD)
- Professors supervise internships
- Friendly rapport and high expectations for producing tomorrow’s best teachers
Elementary, Secondary, and P–12 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 with special needs. Secondary educators are prepared to teach at the middle school or high school level (Grades 6–12) in specific subject areas. 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 Teacher Education
Students who want to prepare for careers as elementary school teachers major in Elementary/Collaborative Special Education. This field-based program provides emerging elementary educators 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 with special needs. Completion of the Elementary/Collaborative Special Education major 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 Education
Secondary school teachers specialize in their content areas and then energize middle and high school students’ minds to absorb and grow a passion for that content discipline. 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 program in Biology, Chemistry, English Language Arts, General Science, General Social Studies, History, and Mathematics.
P–12 Teacher Education
Physical Education or Music Education majors will work with and impact students from the pre-school through 12th Grade levels. At Huntingdon, you may be certified in P–12 Music, Instrumental or P–12 Music, 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.
- J. Elizabeth Casey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
- Lisa Olenik Dorman, Ph.D.
Dean of the School of Teacher Education and Sport Science
Professor of Sport Science and Physical Education
- Joy Beggs House, Ed.D.
Mary Emily McConnell Professor of Education
Chair, Department of Teacher Education
- Elise Keith ’71, M.Ed.
- Suzanne Snow, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education: Elementary Reading
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.