For the first time in the 25 year history of the Southeastern Conference, every teacher now possess NAD teacher certification. 100% certification was one of the primary goals of Elisa Young, SEC Education Superintendent, when she was appointed to the post in 2004. Toward that end, Young developed the Oakwood-Southeastern Teacher Institute.
The Institute, a partnership between the SEC Education Department and the Oakwood Department of Education, brings together in-service teachers and an Oakwood College professor for two weeks every summer. Since the implementation of the institute in 2005, more than sixty teachers from the Southeastern and Florida conferences have participated in the program, which is conducted by Dr. francs Bliss, professor of Education.Course offerings are determined by the examination of every teacher’s transcript.
Prior to the implementation of the institute, teachers seeking certification courses had to hope that either Oakwood College, Southern Adventist University or another institution would offer the course (s) they needed for recertification. The program has made it convenient for teachers to achieve and maintain denominational certification. The North American Division Office of Education establishes certification requirements for elementary and secondary education personnel. The NAD offers two types of certification, basic and professional.