The Teacher Education Program's vision at Tabor College is to prepare exemplary educators who are committed to Christian values, competent instruction, compassionate service, and collaborative leadership. This vision embraces Tabor College's mission, which is "Preparing people of a life of learning, work and service for Christ and his kingdom."
Goals and Objectives of the Tabor College Teacher Education Program
Goal I: Commitment, The Teacher Education Program at Tabor College, is designed for committed candidates who have a passion for teaching and a love for students. They are life-long learners who have a strong desire to continue their professional development.
Goal II: Christian Values The Teacher Education Program at Tabor College is designed for exemplary educators committed to Christian values.
Goal III: Competent in Content and Pedagogy Upon the foundation of a strong general (liberal arts) education, the Teacher Education Program is designed for exemplary educators committed to competent instruction. This requires demonstrated excellence in content knowledge and pedagogical skills, resulting in a positive impact on all students' learning. It assumes that the educator is knowledgeable regarding the national, State, and local standards in both Core Curriculum and specific content areas.
Goal IV: Compassionate Service, The Teacher Education Program at Tabor College, is designed to provide opportunities for educators to demonstrate their commitment to compassionate service. These opportunities are built through an emphasis upon self-acceptance and personal growth, a loving and respectful attitude toward others, regardless of gender, ethnic/cultural, racial, and religious differences.
Goal V: Collaborative Leadership, The Teacher Education Program at Tabor College, is designed to develop and enhance skills for those candidates committed to collaborative leadership. The basis for collaboration is the extended community of learners involved in the child's education: parents, extended family, religious and civic leaders, business owners, law enforcement, health providers, and the general citizenry.
Programs available at Tabor College that the State has approved of Kansas for teacher licensure are Biology (6-12), Chemistry (6-12), Elementary (K-6), English Language Arts (6-12), Health (PreK-12), History/Government & Social Studies (6-12), Instrumental Music (PreK-12), Mathematics (6-12), General Music (PreK-12), Physical Education (PreK-12), Special Education (KICA), Vocal Music (PreK-12).
The following additional endorsements are also available for those completing one of the most initial licensure programs listed above: Adaptive Special Education (K-6 or PreK-12), Middle-Level Endorsements (5-8), History and Government, Language, Arts, Science.