Tabor College is putting initiatives in place to advance teacher education programming at both the graduate and undergraduate levels following the college’s recent successful accreditation review by the Kansas State Department of Education.
A Master of Education in neuroscience and trauma, launching in summer 2021 at Tabor, will be the nation’s first online program to train and equip trauma-responsive educators to meet the needs of students who struggle with learning dysfunction and difficult home environments.
“Education and neuroscience have historically functioned in two separate silos without informing each other’s research,” said Dr. David Stevens, lead graduate faculty member, about the new M.Ed program. “Today, more than ever, there is an overwhelming need for teachers to understand how stress and trauma affect the lives and cognition of their students.”
Planning is in the final stages for a comprehensive repurposing of the second floor of the library building to house the college’s Education Department. The renovation will provide premier space for state-of-the-art instructional use, cutting-edge technology and curriculum resources, a student lounge for social interaction, and a faculty suite. Construction will begin as early as March 2021.
Teacher education continues to be a leading program for the college and offers a bright future for the hundreds of students who will benefit in the next decade.
“Preparing educators has been a Tabor College hallmark since 1910,” said Dr. Frank Johnson, executive vice president of academics and compliance. “It is our absolute joy and privilege to influence classrooms around the world, directly and indirectly shining the light of hope and discovery into the lives of students of all ages.”