Published on September 9, 2022 by Leighton Doores  
Lamp of Learning

Samford University’s Orlean Beeson School of Education hosted two ceremonies for its teacher education candidates on Sept. 1. The seventh annual Lamp of Learning Ceremony was followed by the Kappa Delta Pi Initiation Ceremony with a celebratory reception held at the end.

The Lamp of Learning ceremony marks the official induction of teacher education candidates into their respective majors and the beginning of professional field experiences. Forty-nine teacher education candidates received their clinical badge at the event. The badge symbolizes the candidate’s readiness to enter field placements and lead lessons within the classrooms where they will be placed.

Candidates represented the Early Childhood, Special Education, Elementary, Elementary Collaborative (ESEC) program; Secondary Education program; and the Elementary Education with a concentration in Christian Missions program.

The Lamp of Learning event is designed to encourage candidates entering their clinical placements to pursue their calling without hindrance. Based on Luke 8:16, candidates are challenged to radiate their light and the love of Christ to those around them. 

Paul McEwan, a high school biology teacher and 2017-2018 Secondary Teacher of the Year, served as the guest speaker. McEwan reminded candidates to create memorable experiences for their students, incorporate their passions, and breathe life into their students.

“What you can be is love for people,” said McEwan. “Love every single kid that walks into your room, even if it’s been hard the day before. Greet them. Figure out something to love about them. You can make a difference in their lives.”

This fall and in semesters to follow, candidates will be placed in classrooms with cooperating teachers who will aid them in developing their skills and expose them to tangible experiences. These field experiences allow candidates to practice creating and implementing lesson plans, but it also provides an opportunity for candidates to develop strong relationships with students and staff members.

Orlean Beeson School of Education also welcomed 23 new members into its Zeta Theta chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education.

Kappa Delta Pi president Mary Snyder led the ceremony by sharing the history, principles, mission, vision and values of the society.

The society sustains and honors community of diverse educators by promoting excellence and advancing scholarship, leadership and service.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.