School of Teacher Education
Welcome to Teacher Education
The School of Teacher Education prepares students to serve as reflective decision makers in instructional settings for diverse learners. The professional education unit is a community of learners committed to life-long learning in their own lives, as well as fostering a spirit of inquiry in the lives of others. Professional education faculty members provide a dynamic, intellectually stimulating environment that reflects current knowledge of how individuals learn and the best instructional practices to facilitate learning and development.
Redesigned programs in the school include curricula that are designed to address student learning from a holistic perspective and incorporate knowledge and skills from multiple disciplines and across all levels of the P-12 educational settings. Initial and advanced teacher candidates will work with students from varied backgrounds who possess a wide range of experiences and differing needs.
The mission of professional education at Western Kentucky University is to provide high quality undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs that prepare teachers and other education personnel to facilitate the learning of all P-12 students at high levels and to implement best practices in schooling through collaboration with colleagues, families, community members, and support agencies. The School of Teacher Education provides structures that will facilitate the modeling of best practice and the development and delivery of programs that are aligned with the needs of P-12 educational settings.
The School of Teacher Education welcomes Dr. Blair Thompson as the Interim Director. Dr. Thompson comes to STE from the WKU Department of Communication, having just completed his term as the President of the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) where he focused on economic issues in higher education. Prior to his career in higher education, he taught high school English and coached the speech & debate team. While at WKU, Dr. Thompson has served as Communication Department's undergraduate curriculum chair and graduate program director. Most recently, he completed the WKU Faculty Leadership Year (FLY) Program, where he studied Visioning, Trust & Team Building, Higher Education in Context, Conflict Management, as well as Budgeting & Finance. Dr. Thompson, an Instructional Communication Scholar, currently leads research teams focusing on communication during school crises and examining parent-teacher communications at the P-12 level.
In this course, students will be introduced to the
educational system in the United Kingdom in a
comparative study with education in the United
States. Students will explore the communities of
York, London and Paris to map, observe, and
reflect on stakeholder partnerships and
resources supporting teaching and learning to
understand the dynamics of place and
community in an international setting.