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Department of Teacher Education

The Department of Teacher Education prepares teachers to meet the educational needs of children and youth in the areas of early childhood, elementary, foreign language, middle level, secondary, and special education. The curriculum involves coursework on campus as well as field experiences and clinical practice in diverse school settings.
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Message from the Chair

Meta Van Sickle Meta Van Sickle, Department Chair

For over 80 years, the College of Charleston has been preparing top quality teachers; the majority of whom play important roles in public education within the state of South Carolina. Through its distinguished faculty, innovative programs and crucial partnerships, the Department of Teacher Education prepares undergraduates, graduates and current teachers to be effective educators and mentors for students from early childhood through secondary school including special education and performing arts. We welcome you to view our websites and hope to hear from you in the near future.

Statement of Academic Freedom

The Department of Teacher Education strongly condemns the South Carolina House of Representatives’ recent decision to cut $52,000 from the College of Charleston for selecting Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home for “The College Reads!” program. This action is in direct violation of academic freedom, a cardinal principle for the generation of knowledge upon which our institutions of higher education are founded. We adamantly oppose and are committed to stem the tide of deep-seeded ignorance this act of censorship engenders.

As educators and scholars, we are committed to research and curricular development that meet the needs of a community of learners diverse in regards to gender, class, race, religious affiliation, ability and sexuality. The Department of Teacher Education is built upon the following principles: we believe all students can learn; we value and respect individual differences; we value respectful human interactions; we exhibit and encourage intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm about learning, and a willingness to learn new ideas; we are committed to inquiry, reflection and self-assessment; we are sensitive to community and cultural context; and we engage in fair, responsible and ethical practice. This means that we value and invite the diverse perspectives and experiences of people who have been historically oppressed and disenfranchised. Censorship violates the principles behind our commitment to serve and celebrate the diversity of all people.

We remain deeply committed to creating the opportunity for divergent views available for exploration among students and faculty. Recognizing multiple perspectives is essential to maintaining the moral and democratic imperative upon which our schools rest. As you strive to respect your constituency, we, too, continue to diligently work to meet the needs of all students. We remain strongly devoted to educating our students and community in the vast spectrum of ideas that enrich our understanding and assist us in meeting our shared responsibility to provide a quality education to all students. 

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