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Department of Education

Department of Education

"Liberating education consists in acts of cognition, not transferrals of information"
Paulo Freire (1921 - 1997)

More than ever, the world needs great teachers. Here at Birmingham-Southern College, that’s what we’ll make you. Whether you are observing, teaching, or planning lessons in the schools, you’ll immediately get a realistic picture of teaching as a profession and are given the opportunity to develop effective teaching schools—but you won’t do it alone. Our students get a mix of theory and practical experience in classrooms around Birmingham and across the globe, and they’re taught and mentored by talented faculty who have first-hand experience about what works.  

  • We teach the way you’ll teach in your own classroom. Engage in a range of educational activities, then learn why they work and how to apply them yourself. You’ll be challenged and inspired at the same time.

  • You’ll get lots of hands-on experience. First-year majors spend their January term working in local classrooms, then analyze their experience during spring semester. Students later work with youngsters in a specific area, such as reading, math, or social studies. And all of our students do at least a full semester of student teaching.

  • We offer small, intimate classes that characterize the Birmingham-Southern experience. Your instructors know you, and you are a part of an educational community that shares in the larger vision of the liberal arts experience and the preparation for life it offers.

  • All of our teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Alabama State Department of Education. The Alabama State Report card has given BSC an “A” grade for teacher education since it started rating programs.

  • You can get outside your comfort zone, whether that’s hitting the inner-city, teaching in a rural school, or traveling abroad to Ghana, where we have a collaborative agreement with a school system that lets our students teach and tutor in village classrooms.

  • You’ll learn how to think critically, how to speak clearly, how to persuade and how to lead. When you’re finished, you’ll be prepared for graduate school or to lead a classroom of your own—anywhere in the world you choose to teach.

Dr. Louanne Jacobs, chair
Department of Education
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Road / Box 549027
Birmingham, Alabama 35254-9021

The Department of Education at Birmingham-Southern College is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) April 27-29, 2014. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the visiting team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the Program (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

Board of Examiners
2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036-1023
Or by e-mail to:


NCATE                AACTE