School of Education
The School of Education develops servant leaders in the field of education who honor God by demonstrating excellence in reflective and innovative practices, facilitating the P-20 intellectual, emotional, and character growth of next century learners.
School of Education
DEPARTMENT OF TEACHER EDUCATION
2030 E. College Way
Olathe, KS 66062-1899
Academic Programs & Outcomes
TRADITIONAL UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION MAJORS
For traditional undergraduate students, typically 18-22
Secondary Education including:
- Biology Education
- English Language Arts Education
- History/Government and Social Studies Education
- Mathematics Education
- Middle-Level Mathematics Education
- Music Education
- Physical Education
- Speech/Theatre Education
While MNU no longer offers the middle-level science program, School of Education advisors can provide an overview of two available pathways to help you meet your professional goals.
AREAS OF EMPHASIS
Education majors may opt to enroll in additional courses in order to earn an area of emphasis distinction on their transcript or to add an endorsement to their future teaching license. In order to add an endorsement, the appropriate PRAXIS content test must be passed. For such areas of study, the coursework listed below provides a core of understanding that should be sufficient for passing the appropriate PRAXIS content exam.
Areas of Emphasis include:
- Middle-Level Social Studies
- Middle-Level English Language Arts
- Middle-Level Mathematics
- Business Education
- Health Education
- Speech/Theatre Education
- Teacher Leader
Masters Bridge Programs
Ready to differentiate yourself or launch into a specialty education area?
We offer an education bridge program that does just that. Qualified students can take up to three graduate level courses as an undergraduate student that can yield a provisional SPED license with Kansas Department of Education.
ADMISSION TO THE BRIDGE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE:
- admission to the MNU Teacher Education Program
- the candidate must be of Junior classification and
- have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA.
HIGH INCIDENCE SPECIAL EDUCATION BRIDGE PROGRAM
After completing our bridge program, the State of Kansas then allows the teacher two years to complete the master’s degree in High Incidence special education or ELL to obtain the full license. The benefit: because of the shortage of special education teacher in Kansas, many special education teachers are hired with NO special education courses or experience. Students who take these 3 courses must find a special education teaching position first then apply for provisional licensure. Once hired, these teachers must enroll in a degree program that leads to licensure. Having these courses allows MNU students to 1) position themselves in front of many candidates for special education jobs 2) already have 9 graduate hours towards their master’s degree in special education.
A Comprehensive Education
At MNU, you can continue your teacher education throughout your career with Masters, Certificate and Continuing Education options.
For career changers or teacher licensure
- Bachelor of Science in Accelerated Elementary Education Unified
MASTERS DEGREE PROGRAMS
Master of Education with emphasis in:
- Reading Specialist
- Master of Science in Elementary Education Unified
- Master of Science in Educational Technology
CERTIFICATE & CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAMS
- Continuing Education for Teacher Licensure
- Reading Specialist Certificate
Our department integrates our approach to professional education programs based on a set of unifying goals designed to develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for teaching. The unifying goals are the building blocks upon which candidates develop skills that will enable them to provide appropriate instruction for all students. The Teacher Education Department within the School of Education has identified the following goals for teacher candidates, in-service candidates, and other school professionals:
Goal 1: To ensure each student learns new knowledge and skills, leaders must understand that learning and developmental patterns vary among individuals, that learners bring unique individual differences to the learning process, and that learners need supportive and safe learning environments to thrive.
Goal 2: Leaders must have a deep and flexible understanding of their content areas and be able to draw upon content knowledge as they work with learners to access information, apply knowledge in real-world settings, and address meaningful issues to assure learner mastery of content.
Goal 3: Developing an innovative professional practice requires leaders to integrate assessment and incorporate innovative strategies in intentional, coordinated, and engaging ways.
Goal 4: A leader’s primary responsibility is to create supportive, safe, and productive learning environments that result in learners achieving at the highest levels. To accomplish this well, leaders must engage in meaningful and intensive professional learning, self-reflection, and collaboration with learners, families, colleagues, school professionals, and community members.
Goal 5: Being grounded in Christian faith and recognizing God’s call on their lives, leaders pursue the ministry of teaching while serving the least, the last, and the lost.
Senior Comprehensive Internship
The comprehensive internship is meant to assess the student’s mastery of basic content areas of the curriculum. Elementary education majors must complete the student teaching experience with a B- or higher. Further details regarding the elementary education senior comprehensive are available from the Chair of the Teacher Education Department. Secondary Education comprehensive examination information may be found in the respective content area.