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Department of Education

Teaching in Ghana

"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.

  • You can get outside your comfort zone, whether that’s hitting the inner-city, teaching in a rural school, or traveling abroad to Uganda, 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.

Amelia Spencer
Assistant Professor/Chair of Education
Birmingham-Southern College
office phone- 205-226-7789
email- aspencer@bsc.edu