The College of Education offers the Bachelor's degree in eight programs, all of which, in conjunction with courses available from other B-CU Schools (Business; Liberal Arts; and Science, Engineering, and Math), lead to teacher certification in the state of Florida.
The mission of the University changed in October 2013 to “…define a new standard for excellence…” (Edison O. Jackson, President). The new university mission reads as follows:
“The mission of Bethune-Cookman University is to develop global leaders committed to service, life-long learning, and diversity by providing a faith-based environment of academic excellence and transformative experiences.“
With this new university mission in mind, the College of Education changed its mission in September 2014 to
"The mission of the Teacher Education Program at Bethune-Cookman University is to develop global leaders committed to service, life-long learning, and diversity by providing a faith-based environment of academic excellence and transformative experiences. The Teacher Education Program’s commitment is to provide a student-centered environment where teacher candidates experience the freedom to become advocates for educational causes and effective professional educational justice leaders. Reflected in this mission is the belief that effective teachers will be competent, caring, and committed to providing quality instruction to all learners."
The College of Education at Bethune-Cookman University envisions the Teacher Education Program as an exceptional model in the preparation of effective educators who are educational justice leaders who understand the importance of Reflective Practice, Essential Knowledge, Assessment, and Professionalism (REAP) and are committed to meeting the challenges of serving all learners in a world of rapid change and increasing diversity.
The College of Education Goals
The goals of the College of Education are to produce graduates who are:
- Caring, committed, and competent teachers for K-12 schools.
- Competent in applying instructional strategies learned in multiple and varied field and clinical experiences.
- Able to use research techniques and apply instructional technology in classroom settings.
- Able to teach effectively in classrooms with students from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
- Prepared for successful entrance into graduate studies in education.