The primary mission of the Division of Social Sciences and Education is to prepare students for graduate school and careers in their fields of study. The Division offers majors in psychology, social work, sociology, and teacher education. Each curriculum has a core course of study in liberal arts in addition to the major course of study. Division faculty strive to service the individual needs of the students, to enhance students? understanding of their own culture and the culture of others, and to develop skills necessary for leadership and service roles in society.
The purpose of the psychology program is (a) to prepare students for graduate study, (b) to prepare students for jobs in human services, (c) to enhance students? understanding of their own culture, and (d) to enhance students? understanding of cultures other than their own. Psychology students study in the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. Computer-aided experiments are encouraged. Graduates are qualified to enter law school, as well as graduate schools in a variety of programs, e.g., psychology, counseling and guidance, education, and public administration. Graduates are qualified to enter into the Alabama Mental Health system as a Psychologist I. The minimum number of semester hours in major needed for graduation is 33. The minimum total number of semester hours needed for graduation is 125.
The purpose of the sociology program is to provide students with a broad-based preparation for graduate school or employment in a wide variety of social science related fields. The sociology curriculum includes core courses and electives that convey a broad yet detailed understanding of the ways in which the social system operates. Students are exposed to a decidedly global perspective in the study of society. An undergraduate degree in sociology provides broad-based preparation for graduate study in sociology, law school, criminology, government service at all levels, public relations, personnel, public opinion and market research, and other social science-related fields. The minimum number of semester hours in major needed for graduation is 33. The minimum total number of semester hours needed for graduation is 125.
Social Work Department
The purpose of the social work department is (1) to prepare students for entry level generalist social work practice for employment in public and in private social service agencies that provide a variety of human services to all income levels and all groups in society, (2) to support the values and ethics of the social work profession, and promote social and economic justice and human dignity for all people, and (3) to prepare eligible students to apply for social work licensure and for admission to graduate programs in social work. The program consists of the liberal arts foundation and general elective component, and the social work program curriculum. The minimum number of semester hours in major needed for graduation is 42. The minimum total number of semester hours needed for graduation is 125.
Admission to Social Work Program
The Talladega College Social Work Program offers a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (1725 Duke Street, Suite 500, Alexandria, Virginia 22314-3457). Admission to Talladega College does not qualify a student for admission to the Social Work program. Eligibility for admission is determined after the student has completed the sophomore year.
The criteria for admission are as follows:
- formal written application for admission submitted to the Department Chair after completing a minimum of 60 semester hours;
- a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on all college work attempted;
- a personal interview with department faculty and;
- satisfactory completion of SW 125 Introduction to Social Work, SW 231 & SW 232 Human Behavior and Social Environment I & II.
Retention and Completion of the Program
The student must meet the following minimum requirements to remain in the program:
- Satisfactory completion of all program requirements with at least a 2.5 grade point average on all work attempted and at least a 2.5 grade point average on all work attempted in the social work field;
- Demonstrated readiness to perform as a social work intern.
The mission of the Education Department is to educate, challenge and motivate its students to become productive, professional teachers and leaders in society. The purpose of the secondary education program is (a) to prepare qualified persons for entry level positions in the public education system, (b) to provide an avenue through which individuals may gain access to the teaching profession, and (c) to provide a pool of qualified students for graduate training programs in selected fields of teaching.
The Education Department offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts and teacher certification (grades 6-12) in Biology, English Language Arts, History, Mathematics, Music (P-12) and Elementary Education/Special Education Collaborative (P-6). The Teacher Education Program is approved by the Alabama State Department of Education (Gordon Persons Building, P.O. Box 302101, Montgomery, AL 36130-2101).
Admission to Teacher Education Program
Admission to Talladega College does not qualify a student for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Eligibility for admission is determined after the student has completed the sophomore year. Students who wish to pursue a degree in teaching should contact the department chairperson for appropriate information and counseling. The criteria for admission are as follows:
- Declaration of major form on file
- Successful completion of EDU 110, FED 201, FED 241, FED 321 and EDU 372
- Completion of the Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program (AECTP) Basic Skills Assessment
- Letter of Intent
- Interview with Education Department Committee
- 2.75 GPA in overall course work, in the professional studies courses, and in the major area
- Confirmation of all transfer credits
- Criminal Background Finger print clearance
Retention and Completion of the Program
To remain in the program, the student must make satisfactory progress. The minimum requirements are as follows:
- Satisfactory completion of all program requirements with a 2.75 grade point average or better on all work attempted and a 2.75 grade point average on all work attempted in the teaching field as well as in the professional studies.
- Demonstrated readiness to teach through satisfactory on-the-job performance as a teacher intern for one semester.
- Completion of the Teacher Education Program not later than four years after admission to the program. Students who do not complete the program within a four-year period are considered for reinstatement consistent with college policy
State Teacher Certification
Welcome to the Teacher Education Program in the Department of Social Sciences and Education at Talladega College. This information provides guidance on the development procedures, guidelines and state requirements related to the Teacher Education Program. Candidates can choose to complete a TEACHER Education Program in the following areas: Biology, valid for grades 6-12. English Language Arts, valid for grades 6 ? 12. History, valid for grades 6-12. Mathematics, valid for grades 6-12. Music, valid for grades P – 12. Elementary Education/Special Education Collaborative P-6. The student must have completed an application to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) and that application must be on file in the Department Chair’s office. This application is usually completed in EDU 110. The student must have requested recommendations from at least two Talladega College faculty members AND those recommendation forms must be completed and on file in the Certification office. The student must have a cleared background check through the ABI/FBI. Go to the following website to find a fingerprint site convenient for you: https: www.cogentid.com/al/index_ade.htm. The student must have earned a passing Score on Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program(AECTP) Basic Skills Assessment (See https://www.cogentid.com/al/index_adeNew.htm) The student must have already completed and passed all required general curriculum courses. The student must have a GPA of 2.75 or above in his/her overall (all classes counted together) with no grade below C in professional education curriculum or in the teaching field curriculum. The student must have a GPA of 2.75 or above in his/her general studies courses. The student must have a GPA of 2.75 or above in his/her teaching field curriculum with no grade below in this area. The student must have a GPA of 2.75 or above in his/her professional field curriculum with no grade below in this area.Program Completion Examinations: Students must successfully pass a series of Praxis II exams: Principles of Learning and Teaching, Teaching Reading and the Praxis II exam in their content area before being eligible for student teaching internship. Students must successfully complete the edTPA assessment during their internship.
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