You have a passion for teaching others. Lander can help you become an EPIC Professional Educator.

teacher reading to studentsYou want to stand before a class of hungry minds, sharing your wisdom and experiences to inspire future doctors and nurses, lawyers and educators, entrepreneurs and historians, artists and musicians. It's an engaging career, and a degree from Lander can prepare you for the challenges—and rewards—of teaching.

With a long-standing tradition of producing talented teachers, Lander's Department of Teacher Education focuses on empowering and encouraging students to become competent professionals, lifelong learners and responsible citizens. Our graduates become EPIC Professional Educators who:

  • Engage in reflection and professional development to foster student learning and inform instructional decisions.
  • Plan, provide and assess learning experiences that are supported by research, knowledge of best practice and professional standards.
  • Integrate content knowledge and skills of scholarly inquiry to teach all students.
  • Communicate and collaborate with diverse populations (students, educators, families, and community members), exhibiting professional behaviors and dispositions.

You'll learn these skills from the best. Our faculty members have extensive experience in teaching children and young adults, and they constantly update their knowledge by working with our K-12 partner schools. And because many of our professors also serve on statewide education committees, you'll have invaluable access to the latest state regulations and policies.

With small class sizes and many professional and student organizations on campus, you'll also have plenty of chances to get to know others who share your interest in education.

You want to be a teacher. At Lander, we'll give you the knowledge and confidence to become an EPIC Professional Educator.


Teacher Certification

Along with teacher certification in early childhood, elementary and special education, the Department of Teacher Education offers credentials at the graduate level through the Master's in Montessori Education degree in elementary education.

Lander also offers secondary certification (grades 9-12) in the following areas: English, Mathematics, and Social Studies. K-12 areas offered include Art, Music, and Physical Education. If you choose one of these routes, you'll pursue a degree in the specific subject area you want to teach, but your curriculum will include education courses and a full semester of clinical practice (student teaching). You'll be assigned an adviser from the Department of Teacher Education, as well as from your major area, to ensure you meet graduation and certification requirements.

Secondary certification programs are offered in cooperation with other departments for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Middle-Level Education.


Become certified in Montessori education through Lander

You believe children learn best through active engagement, using a wide variety of carefully designed materials. You understand that classroom environments should foster the development of independence and self-discipline. You know children have an innate need to be part of a supportive community. These are the tenets of the Montessori approach, and they are the standards by which you will train in Lander's Montessori program. Learn More (Link to Montessori Page)


Graduate Studies

In addition to its undergraduate programs, Lander provides Master of Education in Teaching and Learning, as well as a Master of Education in Montessori Education to respond to critical needs of the immediate region and the state. Supporting the university's role as a teaching institution and recognizing that scholarship is essential to establishing and maintaining excellence of instruction, Lander faculty engage in scholarly and creative activities appropriate to their teaching fields.


Lander’s Department of Teacher Education is accredited by the following organizations:

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