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Philosophy of SSCP

The Single Subject Program grounds its philosophy in a bedrock principle clarified by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future: What teachers know and can do makes the crucial difference in what children learn.

Building on this core principle, the program has as its overarching purpose the preparation of high quality beginning teachers who possess the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and dispositions that will enable them to provide the conditions for meaningful, instrumental learning for all students so that they may become active citizens in a democratic, increasingly global, technology-driven society.

The program believes that a skilled teacher provides engaging, meaningful, and intellectually challenging learning opportunities for all students by drawing on a strong foundation in the liberal arts for a broad understanding of the human historical, aesthetic, spiritual and political condition; a deep knowledge of subject-specific content in the teacher’s discipline; a range of pedagogical strategies to utilize in appropriate teaching contexts; and a sensitive understanding of students from diverse backgrounds with diverse social, emotional, and intellectual needs.

The program understands that it plays a critical foundational role in the preservice phase of teacher development.  Graduates should leave the program as educators committed to life-long learning for themselves and their students, as professionals committed to growth and development throughout their careers, and as advocates of socially responsible education in a pluralistic society.

last updated — Jul 18, 2014