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Eunice Walker Johnson Division Of Social Sciences And Education

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Mission Statement

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.

Psychology Department

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.

Sociology Department

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:

  1. formal written application for admission submitted to the Department Chair after completing a minimum of 60 semester hours;
  2. a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on all college work attempted;
  3. a personal interview with department faculty and;
  4. 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:

  1. 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;
  2. Demonstrated readiness to perform as a social work intern.

Education Department

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 (1) to prepare qualified persons for entry level positions in the public education system, (2) to provide an avenue through which individuals may gain access to the teaching profession, and (3) to provide a pool of qualified students for graduate training programs in selected fields of teaching.

Programs Offered

The Education Department offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts and teacher certification (grades 6-12) in Biology, English Language Arts, History, Mathematics, and Music (P-12). 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. The criteria for admission are as follows:

  1. a formal written application for admission submitted to the Department Chair after completing a minimum of 60 semester hours;
  2. satisfactory completion of all program requirements with at least 2.5 grade point average on all work attempted and at least a 2.5 grade point average on all work attempted in the teaching field, as well as in the professional studies;
  3. a personal interview with department faculty; and
  4. satisfactory completion of EDU 110 Pre-Professional Orientation to Teaching, FED 201 Introduction to Education, FED 241 Educational Psychology, and SPE 209 Survey of Exceptionals.

Retention and Completion of the Program

The student must meet the following minimum requirements to remain in the program:

  1. 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 teaching field, as well as in the professional studies;
  2. demonstrated readiness to teach through satisfactory on-the-job performance as a teacher intern (12-week period); and
  3. a passing score on the Praxis II Content Area is required before internship placement;
  4. 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

Teacher certificates are issued by the Alabama State Department of Education upon recommendation from the Certification Officer at Talladega College. Students must meet Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) standards and must receive a passing score on the Praxis II Content test for the specific discipline. Persons seeking teaching certification in a state other than Alabama should consult with that state’s certification department early in their program of study to insure compliance with requirements.

Contact Information

Talladega College
627 Battle Street West
Talladega, Alabama 35160
Telephone: 256-761-6342
FAX: 256-362-1503

Dean: Dr. Lisa E. Long

Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Michelle Brand

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The history of Talladega College began on November 20, 1865, when two former slaves William Savery and Thomas Tarrant, both of Talladega, met in convention with a group of new freedmen in Mobile, Alabama.

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