South College is approved by the TN State Board of Education to offer an elementary education program that leads to the initial TN Elementary Education K-5 license. The purpose of the BS program is to develop the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions and commitments of candidates to become exceptional beginning instructional teacher leaders. This purpose is designed to accomplish the mission of the School of Education (SOE) and is guided by institutional goals, research, TN Teacher Licensure Standards, TN Academic Standards, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards, Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Consortium (INTASC) Standards, and Professional Organization Standards. South College and the School of Education reserve the right to make necessary program changes as mandated by the Tennessee Department of Education and the CAEP.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Elementary Education K-5 program is congruent with the School of Education mission to advance students’ professional growth and career opportunities and to cultivate their ability to think critically, to solve problems, to make informed decisions, to communicate and collaborate effectively, and to apply knowledge wisely. Through contemporary modes of delivery, the innovative and research-based content of academic programs exposes students to diverse perspectives and skills essential to independent and continuous learning.
The BS curriculum has specific work products, objectives and assessments that provide evidence to support candidates’ achievement of the program learner outcomes for their role as exceptional beginning instructional teacher leaders for which they have been prepared. Candidates completing the BS Elementary Education K-5 curriculum accomplish the following program learner outcomes. Candidates will
1. demonstrate a commitment to inquiry that results in the use and generation of research.
2. demonstrate content and professional knowledge and skill that supports the success of all students.
3. demonstrate professional dispositions and commitments
4. engage in assessment practices that assure the continuous growth of self and all students.
5. utilize technology to ensure learning of all students and to advance professional growth of self and the learning community.
6. work independently and collaboratively to support the success of all students.
7. demonstrate professional communications skills.