The Department of Education at Johnson State College has a long and celebrated history of preparing teachers and educational professionals, as well as providing advance studies for working professionals.
Our faculty members are inspiring, dedicated and contemporary professors who have the theoretical and practical background to help students become excellent teachers and influential leaders in their field.
Theoretical Framework and Learning Pursuits
Students in Education Department programs gain both an understanding of the discipline of education and a practical grasp of effective professional practice. Connecting these two realms provides a foundation for achieving the department's objectives for each student, including the use of academic study in the formation of content-specific professional knowledge, the use of action research to design deliberative pedagogical strategies, the use of critical theory to confidently serve as a progressive colleague and advocate and the use of transformative learning in the pursuit of continuous personal growth.
In order to support learning along these four strands, the program engages students in, and teaches them to use, related inquiry processes.
Taken together, the four strands of learning and inquiry constitute a fifth, systemic approach of intentional practice.
The program theme is Teach with Intention. Students who successfully complete an Education Department program will use:
Academic study to examine content area knowledge including established constructs, historical developments, common misconceptions, enduring questions and cross-disciplinary connections.
Action research to design and assess original, inclusive and engaging learning experiences that are meaningful and effective.
Critical analysis grounded in social, political, ethical and leadership perspectives to reframe educational endeavors toward more vibrant and just ends.
Self-study grounded in an understanding of diverse world-views to rethink long-standing, conventional notions toward an open-minded, strength-based perspective.