Department of Education
Learn, Teach, Lead!
The Field-Based Education Preparation (FEP) Program offers to its candidates early, directed and reflective field-based experiences in authentic settings. This focus on well-rounded, professional and experiential learning demands a consistently high standard of ethical and professional behavior and practice for pre-service educators. All learning experiences, in field settings and in college classrooms, mirror expectations of the professional educational community. Peer coaching and mentoring strategiesreinforce good practices and redirect candidate misconceptions and biases while building decision-making skills. Research-based teaching strategies in the program core, using differentiated instructional strategies, are supported by the effective use of technology and by appropriate coursework in arts and sciences.
- Educators prepared in this environment LEARN the expertise needed to plan and deliver lessons designed to meet the cognitive and affective needs of all students. This learning is grounded in content and pedagogical knowledge, as well as skills learned in “scaffolded” field experiences. Because of their rich field experiences, they are prepared to use available learning programs and strategies supported by area school partner districts.
- These educators TEACHall learners with enthusiasm and expertise; their focus is always on student learning. The foundation of student learning in the FEP Program includes the Kentucky Academic Expectations (AE), Program of Studies (POS) and Kentucky Common Core Academic Standards (CCAS).
- Educators prepared at SCC develop the ability to LEAD in their classrooms and develop a community of learners eager to extend their learning by broadening connections with other classrooms, with neighborhoods, and with learning communities in other cities, states or countries. This type of learning community is supported when all students are included, their gifts and talents are recognized and their prior knowledge is recognized and valued.
The progression of candidates in the Field-Based Preparation Program (FEP) toward graduation and certificaton is marked by bridges.
BRIDGE ONE: Admission to the FEP Program
BRIDGE TWO: Admission to Residency
BRIDGE THREE: Application for Program Completion
Candidates are assessed at each bridge with submission of appropriate data: content standards, dispositions, and performance.For three consecutive years (since the Educator Preparation Program began) St. Catharine College has had a 100% pass rate for the Praxis II exam!