- Elementary/Collaborative Special Education (K–6)
Secondary Educator Preparation (6–12):
Secondary/Collaborative Special Education (Grades 6–12) in:
- Chemistry, with General Science
- English Language Arts
- History, with General Social Studies
P–12 Educator Preparation:
Major requirements and course descriptions are outlined in the Huntingdon College Catalog.
Educator Preparation 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 and highly employable teachers through extensive preparation. Huntingdon’s Educator Preparation programs offer:
- Partnerships with outstanding schools provide exemplary classroom experiences
- Prior to completing a Pre-Service Teacher Candidate clinical experience, Pre-Service Candidates complete the required number of field experience hours
- Technology-equipped classrooms
- Kappa Delta Epsilon honorary
- Professional experience through Pre-Service Teacher Candidate clinical experiences
- Faculty maintain a close advising and mentoring relationship with students
Elementary, Secondary, and P–12 Teachers
In order to teach in public schools in Alabama, you must earn a bachelor’s degree, complete an approved Educator Preparation Program, and be certified. At Huntingdon, students majoring in Elementary Education/Collaborative Special 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/Collaborative Special Education educators are prepared to teach a specific subject area at the middle school or high school levels (Grades 6–12), and may also work with students in those grades who have special needs. P–12 educators are prepared to teach a subject (music or physical education) throughout the spectrum of age groups, from pre-school through Grade 12.
Elementary Educator Preparation
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 prepares Pre-Service Teacher Candidates in two endorsement areas: Elementary Education and Collaborative Special Education (K–6). Once the program of study is completed and certification by the State Department of Education is achieved, 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 Educator Preparation
Secondary school educators 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 Secondary/Collaborative Special Education curriculum along with your Pre-Service Teacher Candidate clinical experiences and your major course work. Huntingdon offers Secondary/Collaborative Special Education programs in Biology, Chemistry, English Language Arts, General Science, General Social Studies, History, and Mathematics. Once the program of study is completed and certification by the State Department of Education is achieved, candidates are eligible to teach both regular Grades 6–12 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.
P–12 Educator Preparation
Physical Education or Music Education majors will work with and impact students from the pre-school through Grade 12 levels. At Huntingdon you may prepare for teaching P–12 Music, Instrumental; P–12 Music, Vocal/Choral; or P–12 Physical Education. Eligibility for P–12 Music teacher certification from the State of Alabama requires the completion of the Music major with Educator Preparation concentration. P–12 Physical Education teacher certification eligibility requires the completion of the Physical Education major.
Huntingdon’s Educator Preparation Programs are housed primarily in the Dr. Laurie Jean Weil Center for Teacher Education and Human Performance on the College’s Cloverdale Campus. Pre-Service Teacher Candidate Clinical Experiences (student teaching internships) are available in diverse academic settings.
- Lisa Olenik Dorman, Ph.D.
Dean of the School of Teacher Education and Sport Science
Professor of Sport Science and Physical Education
- Suzanne Snow, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education: Elementary Reading
Chair, Department of Teacher Education
- Jennifer Canfield, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Music Education
- Lisa Clark, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Physical Education
- Elise Keith ’71, M.Ed.
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.