Templar School of Education Philosophy

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The Templar School of Education seeks to prepare teachers who gain knowledge and skills in a Christian environment, can implement an integrated Christian worldview in Christian, mission and/or public schools, who develop cultural and diversity competencies, and can demonstrate effective pedagogical and interpersonal skills in the classroom.

This FRUITFUL TREE model demonstrates the Templar School of Education’s paradigm. Trees grow as part of a dynamic ecosystem, both taking nourishment from and returning resources to that ecosystem. The tree metaphor represents this dynamic ecosystem interaction within education environments. The model consists of 4 interrelated parts.
  • The root system which represents LEARNING—students take “nourishment from the soil” through formal and informal learning experiences and courses in Bible/theology, Arts and Sciences, and professional education areas of the university curriculum.
  • The tree trunk represents INTEGRATING—where students make connections from their course work to the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains of child development and to communicating effectively in multicultural and diverse settings.
  • The tree branches represent APPLYING—where the students apply their knowledge and skills in a variety of school settings, giving them the opportunity to use their diversity and cultural competencies.
  • The fruit represents PRODUCING—where students produce fruit in effective teaching, using current management and pedagogical practices to improve student learning, communication skills for positive child and family relationships, personal life-long learning and a desire for continuous educational improvement

Successful completion of this program should enable candidates to “bear fruit” as they:
  1. Demonstrate the attitude of Jesus in their ethical and moral attitudes and actions as they work with all children. They would specifically develop the dispositions of faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, kindness and love.
  2. Integrate methodologies and content into teaching
  3. Develop multicultural, and diversity competencies
  4. Develop and implement an effective system of discipline and classroom management based on a Christian Philosophical foundation
  5. Understand and apply principles of human development with a holistic view of the child to the classroom
  6. Demonstrate technological and technical skills required for competent classroom instruction
  7. Develop a professional concern for lifelong learning and educational improvement