College of Education


Rebecca Crocker McMullenDr. Rebecca Crocker McMullen
Dean, College of Education
E-mail: mcmullenr@fvsu.edu
Phone: (478) 825-6365

A Word from Our Dean


Preparing Proficient Educators that will get Students on the Right Track

We are in the process of designing cutting-edge educator preparation programs that will meet and exceed the standards of our accrediting agencies. The College of Education is committed to the preparation of “proficient educators” who are competent in content, pedagogy, and technology, as well as educators who possess a caring disposition while understanding and appreciating diversity. This commitment is implemented through our partnerships with the College of Arts and Sciences and area public schools.
The following are the standards of a Proficient Educator, and the core of our teacher preparation program:

    1. The Proficient Educator demonstrates competence in content knowledge;
    2. The Proficient Educator uses effective pedagogical skills;
    3. The Proficient Educator uses technology appropriately to enhance learning;
    4. The Proficient Educator evidences a caring disposition; and
    5. The Proficient Educator has an understanding of and appreciation for diversity

We are in the process of designing cutting-edge educator preparation programs that will meet and exceed the standards of our accrediting agencies. The College of Education is committed to the preparation of “proficient educators” who are competent in content, pedagogy, and technology, as well as educators who possess a caring disposition while understanding and appreciating diversity. This commitment is implemented through our partnerships with the College of Arts and Sciences and area public schools.

The following are the standards of a Proficient Educator, and the core of our teacher preparation program:

  1. The Proficient Educator demonstrates competence in content knowledge;
  2. The Proficient Educator uses effective pedagogical skills;
  3. The Proficient Educator uses technology appropriately to enhance learning;
  4. The Proficient Educator evidences a caring disposition; and
  5. The Proficient Educator has an understanding of and appreciation for diversity

Mission of the College of Education

The mission of the CoE is to prepare proficient educators who demonstrate in-depth content knowledge, cultural competence and sensitivity as well as an array of effective pedagogical skills that have been honed through rigorous classroom and field-based experiences, and to facilitate successful teaching/learning outcomes in diverse environments. Both the initial and advanced level programs support this mission that, in turn, supports the mission of the university. We strive to create learning environments and opportunities that prepare proficient educators to perform effectively and ethically in a global and technological society. Through the collaborative efforts of faculty, staff, and P-12 professionals, the College of Education establishes instructional expectations that are built on current best practices as identified by state, national, and international professional associations. All teacher-educator faculty are expected to model for teacher candidates the scholarly productivity and pedagogical skills required for all students to achieve high levels of earning.

Vision of the College of Education

Consistent with its historic and current mission, the CoE is dedicated to the preparation of highly qualified academically and culturally Proficient who are thoughtful and caring as they share the CoE’s vision of creating environments of learning and change, with an emphasis on rural communities, that enable students from diverse backgrounds to become responsible and productive citizens in their communities Educators.

Philosophy of the College of Education

The philosophy of the College of Education is that excellent teaching requires a lifelong commitment to and practice of active learning, a practice governed by a nurturing disposition, reflective inquiry, differentiated instruction, and action research. We believe that candidates who are actively engaged in learning in the core and in the new teacher preparation program will actively engage their students. The teacher must be a learner and a researcher, engaging students in learning. We want our teachers and candidates at Fort Valley State University, as well as our public school stakeholders, to change the way students think and respond to learning. Proficient educators demonstrate mastery of their content and professional knowledge and exemplify the ability to use these knowledge bases as the foundation for designing innovative instruction and for designing active learning opportunities for diverse students.


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