Undergraduate Catalog - Division of Education - Education Goals and Objectives | Judson University Christian College

Division of Education


Joy Towner, Division Chair

Keith Drew, Steven Layne, Rani Mathai, Kristen Stombres, Gillian Wells, William Peterson, Emeritus


The mission of the Division of Education is to prepare quality educators, committed to Christian principles, dedicated to the betterment of society, who facilitate effective teaching and learning experiences and provide positive leadership in educational environments in our nation and the world.

Conceptual Framework and Program Content

The theoretical framework, Partners Pathfinding For Professional Excellence and program content upon which the division program is structured is exemplified in the following 10 professional standards which are based on the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards: 

  1. Teaching Diverse Learners
  2. Content Area and Pedagogical Knowledge
  3. Planning for Differentiated Instruction
  4. Learning Environment
  5. Instructional Delivery
  6. Reading, Writing, and Oral Communication
  7. Assessment
  8. Collaborative Relationships
  9. Professionalism, Leadership and Advocacy
  10. Christian Principles

Further, the Division of Education, functioning on a foundation of high expectations, seeks to promote and identify in pre-service teachers the behavioral qualities of initiative, respect, and responsibility which will benefit and influence the students they desire to teach.

Judson University teacher education programs have received approval from the Illinois State Board of Education, enabling Judson teacher candidates to obtain licensure to teach in Illinois as well as the option to transfer the license to other states.  



To declare a major in education, the student must have met one of the following requirements:

  • Pass the Tests of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
  • Earn a minimum composite of 20 on the ACT (22 required for licensure)
  • Earn a minimum composite of 1000 on the SAT (1110 required for licensure)

Over All Requirements for all Education Majors:

  • At least 120 semester hours of course work
  • A maximum of 66 lower division transfer
  • A maximum of 8 hours physical education activity*
  • A maximum of 8 hour of applied music*
  • Minimum overall Judson Cumulative GPA 2.75
*The gradution auditor may need to manually increase required hours if exceeded.


Major Requirements Required for All Education Majors:

  • Resident hours 40%
  • Upper division hours 40%
  • Minimum Major GPA (including transfer work) 2.75
  • No grade lower than C- in any education or major coursework.
  • ISBE Test of Academic Proficiency OR ACT minimum composite of 22 with a minimum writing score of 6 or SAT minimum composite of 1110 with a minimum writing and language score of 26
  • Program Acceptance
  • Applicable ISBE Content Area Exam(s)
  • edTPA - ISBE passing score 



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