The mission of teacher preparation at Chowan University is to prepare committed professionals to provide quality instruction for all learners.
Welcome to the School of Education
The Chowan University School of Education is dedicated to graduate students who are effective, highly qualified teachers and who are equipped with instructional strategies and pedagogy capable of educating all learners in a continuously changing world. The strong core curriculum, along with professional and specialty area studies offered to pre-service teachers at Chowan University, provides prospective educators knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for working with diverse students and learning environments. Opportunities are provided for candidates to learn and assess theories and principles of best practices not only in the university setting but also in collaboration with classroom teachers and other professionals who guide them through practical application in real-world settings.
The School of Education offers the following degrees:
Chowan University's School of Education produces esteemed teachers for elementary and secondary school careers year after year. All our students are committed to academic and teaching excellence, exemplified by the "Teacher of the Year" Awards they regularly receive.
Chowan produces teachers who believe in the worth and dignity of every student and who have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to facilitate learning for all students in a diverse society. Chowan instills within these future teachers the professional belief system that all students can learn. Our commitment to this powerful belief is what distinguishes Chowan among the other teacher education schools.
Chowan realizes that you cannot teach every student in the same way, so we arm our graduates with a wide repertoire of teaching strategies and skills in order to reach them all.
The School of Education has a comprehensive logistical plan established in accordance with national and state standards in order to ensure the effectiveness of graduates. This conceptual framework identifies three focus areas for teacher education: knowledge, practice, and professionalism. Using the knowledge acquired in classrooms and in fieldwork, students of the Teacher Education Program will mold themselves into life-long learners and scholars who thrive in the pursuit of knowledge and who can recognize their own areas of needed improvement and work to remedy them. Candidates will Practice a variety of instructional and classroom management skills and master ways to enhance learning for all students through technology, differentiated lessons, and data using formative and summative assessments. Chowan University Candidates will demonstrate Professionalism through fair, respectful appreciation for diverse learners, reflect on ways to improve instruction, engage in professional opportunities and collaborate with colleagues, students, parents, and community members.
All elementary education majors must successfully complete the University and School of Education requirements and pass the Foundations of Reading Test and the General Education Test as required for North Carolina Teaching Licensure. All other content area education majors must take and pass Praxis II for their content area as required for North Carolina Teaching Licensure.
Chowan University’s Teacher Education Programs are fully accredited by both the NC DPI and NCATE.
David Ballew, PhD
Social Studies Education Coordinator
Ella Benson, EdD
Dean of the School of Education
Michael Butrico, MM
Music Education Coordinator
James Hammond, MEd
Health and Physical Education Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Education
Cynthia S. Nicholson, PhD
English Education Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Education
Brenda Tinkham, EdD
Professor of Education, Associate Provost for External Relations