Claims and Cross-Cutting Themes—Calvin College’s Undergraduate Teacher Education Program has identified the following Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) claims and cross-cutting themes to describe how our program prepares competent, caring, and qualified teachers.

Teacher Education Program Claims

  1. Graduates are knowledgeable in the liberal arts and in the subject matter for which they are licensed.
  2. Graduates take into account the multiple factors that influence student learning.
  3. Graduates create and implement effective and appropriate lessons and assessments that are meaningful for all students.
  4. Graduates demonstrate professionalism and care for students.

TEAC Cross-Cutting Themes

  1. Lifelong Learning
    Graduates can learn information on their own, can transfer what they have learned to new situations, and have acquired the dispositions and skills of critical reflection that will support life-long learning.
  2. Multicultural Perspectives and Accuracy
    Graduates can demonstrate that they have learned accurate and sound information on matters of race, gender, individual differences, and ethnic and cultural perspectives.
  3. Technology
    Graduates can use appropriate technology in carrying out their professional responsibilities.
  4. Principled Perspective
    Graduates can articulate how their principled perspective (faith, worldview) impacts the way they think about education and the way they teach and learn.