The Education Department Mission
The mission of the Lebanon Valley College Education Department is to develop, in a liberal arts environment, teachers of high moral and ethical character, who are highly effective, capable, and knowledgeable of teaching methods that reflect current research and best practice. We firmly believe that prospective teachers must possess effective communication skills, a love for learning, a sense of responsibility and service to their school and community, and a genuine respect for those with whom they work.
Education Department Goals and Objectives
- Students will demonstrate content knowledge of the curriculum, based in theory and commensurate with the PA Standards/Common Core.
A) When planning lessons, students will demonstrate adequate knowledge of content linked to research-based pedagogy.
B) Students will clearly communicate instructional goals, procedures, and content.
C) Students will use formal and/or informal assessment to measure a lesson's effectiveness and the extent to which learning goals were achieved.
- Students will communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
A) Students will use appropriate and effective verbal and nonverbal communication.
B) Students will demonstrate proficiency in written communication in the areas of focus, content, organization, style, and conventions.
- Students will maintain professional conduct and ethical behavior.
A) Students will comply with college and school policies regarding professional dress, attendance, and punctuality.
B) Students will cultivate professional relationships with school colleagues, families, and the broader community.
- Students will manage a learning environment that is safe and conducive to learning.
A) Students will promote a positive learning environment involving meaningful, caring and respectful relationships between teacher and students, and among students.
B) Students will prepare a safe and appropriate classroom environment to optimize learning.
C) Students will plan for student transitions, and teach classroom procedures and routines.
- Students will link content to related research-based pedagogy based on sound educational psychology principles in short- and long-range instructional plans.
A) Students will demonstrate the ability to differentiate instruction using appropriate resources, materials, technology and activities to engage students in meaningful learning based on their instructional goals.
B) Students will demonstrate appropriate and varied instructional strategies, which engage learners.
C) Students will assess their own professional growth through focused self-reflection
At Lebanon Valley College, we believe that a well-prepared student becomes the best teacher. Students learn not only how to teach, but also how to use teaching to make a difference in the lives of their students. Our curriculum certifies students in:
Regardless of your certification program, you will learn how to put educational theory into practice using the latest teaching methodologies. Beginning in your freshman year and continuing through your senior year, you will observe talented teachers at work in a variety of classroom settings with all types of students. After observing classes, you will go from tutoring individuals to actually planning and teaching lessons. By your senior year you will begin practicing your profession as a full-time student teacher.
The June Herr Resource Room, located in Lynch Hall, contains an extensive collection of current materials, supplies, journals, and curriculum tools for student use. These resources support our curriculum and can be signed out and used in the field. And an interactive white board, computers, and educational software are also housed here.
Lebanon Valley College's education program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
The Education Department faculty keep current with research and best practices through membership and leadership in state and national organizations. We hold membership in the Council for Exceptional Children, The National Association for the Education of Young Children, the International Reading Association, and the Pennsylvania Association of College Teacher Educators, to name a few. As active members of these organizations, we offer presentations at their conferences and publish our works in their journals. For example, Mrs. Summers will be co-presenting at the Fall 2014 PAC-TE Teacher Education Assembly on the topic of Leadership Learning.
Our faculty engage students in high impact experiences. In the Spring 2014, Dr. George and Dr. Kanupka, in collaboration with Dr. Oriel and her doctoral students in the Department of Physical Therapy, engaged over 60 undergraduate students in faculty-student research. The research projects included: (a) the impact of aquatic exercise on the behavior of children with autism, (b) the impact of land-based exercise on self-concept and quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities, and (c) researching the father's perspective on raising a child with disabilities.
Our faculty are recognized for their leadership and teaching. Recently, Mrs. Linda Summers, Chair, was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award, by Sigma Alpha Pi, The National Society of Leadership and Success. Also, Dr. Dale Summers was awarded the LVC Student Council Educator of the Year Award 2014; this is the fifth time he has received this award.
Our faculty hold leadership positions in professional organizations. Currently, Dr. Walker serves on the executive and regional boards of the Pennsylvania Association of Middle Level Educators.
Why Major in Education?
Dedicated and highly competent teachers are always in demand. The teacher education programs at Lebanon Valley College prepare our graduates for the competitive job market in the teaching profession. The faculty challenges our teacher candidates to grow professionally and personally by providing them with the necessary coursework and practical experiences required for a successful teaching career.
Here is what some of our recent graduates have to say about our program:
“Going to LVC was the best decision I’ve ever made. I developed lifelong relationships with my classmates and professors and the education program prepared me for the classroom, especially in meeting the diverse needs of learners.”
“My experience at LVC was wonderful. I feel very prepared for a career in teaching.”
- Katie De Mario
“I was exposed to the latest in technology, reading and math programs, as well as methods and practice teaching. Leaving LVC, I’ve never felt more prepared for the next step.”
“In my interviews I found myself answering questions with so much confidence. The material I learned at LVC had become second nature, so I felt like I was having a conversation rather than an interview. I had an amazing experience at LVC and am proud to be a Dutchman!”
“From my first day in Foundations of Education to the day I received my diploma, I knew that coming to LVC for Elementary and Special Education was the best decision I ever made. Between weekly field experience visits at local schools, classes with some of the most insightful and inspiring professors in the field, and working with fellow Dutchmen, I knew that I was not simply getting a world class learning experience, but one that would put me at the top of any pile of resumes and would get me into a classroom as soon as possible.”
“I feel very prepared as a first-year teacher. The field experience was helpful as we learned from experienced teachers.”
“I feel confident going into the working world because of the constant support and teaching you provided over the last four years. Your classes gave me knowledge, your field placements gave me experience, but most of all your love gave me a model of what I strive to be-an outstanding teacher. So, thank you.”
Code of Ethics Statement
Lebanon Valley College’s Education Department and its students are legally bound by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Code of Ethics. Academic dishonesty is in direct violation of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Code of Ethics. As a consequence of the state’s Code of Ethics in addition to the College’s Academic Honesty Statement, the College’s Education Department may:
- Refuse to write letters of recommendation
- Refuse to allow a student to student teach
- Refuse to authorize teacher certification
In accordance with state and federal regulations, Lebanon Valley College regularly reports the aggregate student data to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The HEA-Title II 2012-2013 academic data (the last year of available data) shows the overall pass rate to be 89 percent for all reported assessment categories. This translates to 64 out of 72 LVC students passing all the required exams for certification. Many factors, such as the number of students in the program, number of tests required for licensure, the number of licensure candidates who complete all required exams before graduation, and the number of teacher certification candidates who actually take the licensure exams, affect the overall College scores.