The Teacher Education Program

The Teacher Education Program

Director of Teacher Education and Associate Professor of Education: Kimberly Crosby
Assistant Professors: Karin Brown and Nikki E. Yonts

Lyon College’s teacher education program is firmly rooted in the liberal arts. Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), it offers programs for teacher licensure in K-6 elementary education; 7-12 secondary education in English, life science, math, and social studies; and K-12 vocal music. In order to pursue teacher licensure, all candidates must agree to a criminal records check and meet testing and grade point average requirements prior to internship placement in their senior year. While finishing their major(s) in the senior year, all candidates formally admitted by the Liberal Arts Teacher Education Committee participate in a teaching internship in one of several local partnership school districts. Candidates must earn passing scores on the state-approved content assessment and on the pedagogical assessment prior to recommendation for licensure. Candidates who are completing a licensure program may also pursue the K-12 Coaching endorsement by taking the required physical education courses and passing the state-approved content assessment in that area.

Our Mission

The education of the whole person built on the foundation of the liberal arts

Our Vision

Each child, regardless of gender, race, creed, family background, or socioeconomic status, has the right to a qualified teacher, a teacher who can help each child become all he or she can become. We wish to create a program for teachers that will bring that vision into practice.

Our vision is grounded in the following principles:

  1. Qualified teachers need a liberal arts education.
    Sharing the CAEP vision of qualified teachers, Lyon College insures that its graduates who become licensed teachers have completed a liberal education by requiring them to major in a liberal arts discipline while completing a liberal general education program. We believe that liberally educated people are capable of "critical, creative thought" and demonstrate "ethical, spiritual growth" as stated in the college's mission. Lyon wants candidates with these dispositions to become teachers and future leaders in our schools.

  2. Qualified teachers need pedagogical skill
    Evidence shows that subject matter knowledge is not enough for effective teaching. Teachers must also understand and be able to apply the growing knowledge base of pedagogy. Accordingly, the heart of our teacher education program is a series of observation, participation, and internship experiences that will prepare better practitioners.
     
  3. Qualified teachers need to model and encourage critical thinking.
    Learning to think critically enables children to become responsible citizens able to respect differing points of view and to appreciate the contributions of diverse peoples. Liberally educated teachers provide children with an academic foundation that cultivates their critical thinking skills.

Upon completion of the core curriculum, the major, and the appropriate teacher education curriculum, students complete all requirements for a bachelor’s degree from Lyon and are ready to apply to the Arkansas Department of Education for the teacher licensure at the level of preparation.

Graduates of the teacher preparation program at Lyon must achieve the following outcomes:

  • Be wise consumers of educational research
  • Understand and address inequities in the classroom as they relate to race, gender, and social class.
  • Instruct using instructional technology skills
  • Lead in the continuous improvement of schools
  • Teach effectively at the appropriate instructional level
  • Be liberally educated and take liberal arts knowledge, skills, and dispositions into the classroom

Title II

Section 307 of Title II of the Higher Education Act mandates that the Department of Education collects data on state assessments and other requirements, standards for teacher licensure, and data on the performance of teacher preparation programs. In Arkansas, a system of multiple measures determines the quality of teacher education candidates using Praxis exams to measure content and pedagogical knowledge. Candidates must earn passing scores on the PRAXIS tests appropriate to their teaching areas.

Program Transitions/Admission Requirements

There are three specific transition points in Lyon’s teacher education program, including Transition One: Pre-Admission, Transition Two: Admission to Internship, and Transition Three: Exit from Program.

Transition One: Pre-admission

Students wishing to begin the junior-level practicum sequence must provide documentation of a 2.75 cumulative GPA from Lyon or a transfer institution prior to enrolling in Practicum I. Students who do not have the requisite GPA must get permission from the instructor and the Director of Teacher Education in order to enroll in a practicum course. Practicum students should declare a major or concentration in Education upon enrolling in Practicum I.

Transition Two: Admission to Internship

Candidates for the student teaching internship must apply for admission during the semester immediately preceding the proposed internship placement. Candidates will be required to submit evidence of their preparedness for the internship and to sit for an interview with members of LATEC (Liberal Arts Teacher Education Committee) following submission of the required documentation.

The following materials must be submitted electronically prior to the interview for admission:

  • Candidate Information Form
  • Names and email addresses of at least three references, one of whom must be the major advisor or another faculty member in the major discipline
  • Lyon transcript documenting at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Exam scores in reading, writing, and math that meet or exceed the minimum required score for each area (see table below)
  • Philosophy of education statement or a typed statement explaining why you want to be a teacher
  • Two graded observation evaluations from Practicum I and II

Assessment

Test or Section

Minimum Required Score

Praxis Core

Reading

162

Praxis Core

Mathematics

156

Praxis Core

Writing

162

ACT

Reading

22

ACT

Math

22

ACT

Writing

6

SAT

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (Reading)

540

SAT

Math

530

SAT

Essay – Writing dimension

5

PLEASE NOTE: Students will not be admitted to the student teaching internship if they do not meet the cumulative GPA requirement of 2.75 or higher. Transferred credits will not be included in the GPA calculation for admission to internship. Students who do not meet the GPA or exam score requirements may submit a written request to the Director of Teacher Education for reconsideration of admission upon meeting the requirements.

Transition Three: Exit from the Program/Internship Portfolio

Students maintain a digital portfolio documenting their progress in the program beginning with EDU 202. The completed portfolio is submitted in the last semester of the senior year for review and final grading. The portfolio must be submitted electronically and must include a capstone narrative and selected artifacts from the education coursework. Candidates are provided with a checklist and rubric to aid them in preparing their portfolios for submission. All digital portfolios will be archived by Lyon in an electronic format. More information about the portfolio can be found in the Lyon College Teacher Education Handbook.

Licensure:

Students who meet the criteria and are in good standing will have completed the Liberal Arts Teacher Education Program and will be recommended for an Arkansas teaching license. Candidates should be aware that the Arkansas Department of Education has access to and must consider any background check reflecting a conviction (pleading guilty or no contest or being found guilty by a jury or judge) for any offense listed in Arkansas Code Ann. §§ 6-17-410 and 6-17-414 as well as any felony involving physical or sexual injury, mistreatment, or abuse against another, including records that have been expunged, sealed, or subject to a pardon. The discovery of a record of conviction for any felony/non-felony offense could result in the applicant being ineligible for an Arkansas educator’s license. For any questions about this, please call the ADE legal office at 501.682.4227.

Degrees

Classes

EDU 202 : Overview of Teaching

An introduction to the teaching profession that provides a basic understanding of the foundations of the education system in the United States and the role of teachers in that system. Students will also gain practical experience by completing a minimum of 20 hours of classroom observation and directed experiences in a public school, with at least 10 hours dedicated to an approved diverse setting.

Credits

3

EDU 320 : Teaching Reading

Exploration of theories and strategies that reflect best practice in reading instruction. Students will learn how to diagnose reading difficulties, use intervention strategies to assist struggling readers, and foster disciplinary literacy across the curriculum. Students will also gain practical experience by completing a minimum of 10 hours of classroom observation and directed experiences in reading instruction.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Corequisites

EDU 324 : Children’s Literature

Evaluation and selection of developmentally appropriate texts from the various genres in children’s literature. Students will learn to use effective instructional practices and resources for teaching children and adolescents to read and respond critically to literary texts.

Credits

3

EDU 325 : Practicum I

An introduction for pre-service teachers to the four domains of Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching. Course content will focus on organizing content knowledge for student learning, creating environments that are conducive to student learning, developing the instructional skills necessary for guiding student learning, and demonstrating growth within the profession. Supervised classroom participation experiences of at least 30 hours in approved settings are required in grades/disciplines appropriate to students’ areas of licensure. Fee required.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

Documentation of a 2.75 cumulative GPA or permission from the

instructor and the Director of Teacher Education.

EDU 326 : Practicum II

This seminar will focus on the development of pre-service teachers’ professional dispositions and knowledge of effective instructional practice. Supervised classroom participation experiences of at least 30 hours in approved settings are required in grades/disciplines appropriate to students’ areas of licensure. Fee required.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

Documentation of a 2.75 cumulative GPA or permission from the

instructor and the Director of Teacher Education.

EDU 328 : Integrating Technology in the Classroom

Designed to prepare teacher candidates to effectively integrate technology into classroom practice, this course focuses on using technological resources and tools to enhance learning through standards-based content instruction and pedagogical best practices. Course topics align with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards for students and teachers.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Corequisites

EDU 330 : Literacy in the Disciplines

Preparation of students to teach reading, writing, and reasoning processes that support learning in the various content areas across the curriculum. The course focuses on the knowledge and skills specific to selecting appropriate texts, understanding text structures, and organizing instruction for discipline- related purposes that connect reading, writing, speaking, and listening to content area curricula.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Corequisites

EDU 335 : Educating Diverse and Exceptional Learners

This course will assist teacher candidates in becoming caring, reflective, and competent professionals and preparing them to meet the educational needs of diverse and exceptional learners. It will take into consideration cultural, economic, language, and other differences found in learners as well as explore different types and levels of intelligence, resilience, and motivation.

Credits

2

EDU 340 : Teaching Stem in Elementary I: Mathematics/Technology

Designed to prepare teacher candidates to teach mathematics at the elementary school (K-6) level, this course will focus on the knowledge and skills necessary for meeting common core and disciplinary content standards as well as Arkansas teacher standards and competencies. It includes an emphasis on technology integration.

Credits

2

Prerequisites

Corequisites

EDU 403 : Integrating the Liberal Arts in the K-12 Classroom

This course provides an introduction to planning and teaching integrated thematic units in the K-12 classroom. Topics will include interdisciplinary teaching and learning, instructional models for a variety of teaching purposes, and pedagogical practices that support student learning. Students will create an interdisciplinary thematic unit that incorporates content from a variety of disciplines including the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, mathematics, and sciences and that is developmentally appropriate for the target age group and responsive to diverse student needs.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

EDU 450, 451 : Directed Study

Directed individual study in an area accepted for teacher certification or professional growth.

Credits

1 - 3

Prerequisites

Admission into LATEC.

EDU 463 : Integrating the Liberal Arts in Elementary I: Arts/Health/P. E.

Designed to prepare teacher candidates to integrate the arts, health, and physical education into the core disciplines at the elementary school (K-6) level, this course will focus on the pedagogical knowledge and skills necessary for meeting disciplinary content standards as well as Arkansas teacher standards and competencies.

Credits

2

Prerequisites

Corequisites

EDU 495 : Student Teaching Internship

The student internship is designed to provide students with a realistic mentored experience in planning, managing, and teaching at the desired licensure level. The accompanying seminar is designed to enable the intern to integrate theory and practice and to find professional support from peers and faculty. The year-long internship will be split across the appropriate grade levels. Fee required. (Total of 15 credits over two semesters)

Credits

7.5

Prerequisites

Admission to the teacher education program approved by LATEC.

EDU 496 : Student Teaching Internship

The student teaching internship is designed to provide the teacher candidate with a realistic mentored experience in planning, managing, and teaching at the desired licensure level. The accompanying seminar is designed to enable the intern to integrate theory and practice and to find professional support from peers and faculty. The one-semester internship option is offered as an alternative to the year-long internship. Accepted students must gain approval for this course from both the major and education advisors. The internship will be split across the appropriate grade levels. Fee required.

Credits

15

Prerequisites

Admission to the teacher education program approved by LATEC.