Feb 23, 2020
TENURED AND TENURED-TRACK FACULTY:
Megan Wereley, Chair
Education Major and Minor
The Department of Education offers a major in Education which encompasses the option of four different fields. These fields include Elementary Education (grades PreK-5) and Adolescent to Young Adult Education (grades 7-12) in Integrated Language Arts, Integrated Mathematics, or Integrated Social Studies.
The Education major is completed along with a second major in a chosen content area. Students wishing to major in Elementary Education (PK-5) may major in any major offered by the college. Students interested in middle and high school grade levels will major in Education: Adolescent to Young Adult (7-12) in either Integrated Language Arts, Integrated Mathematics, or Integrated Social Studies. These students will choose a second major in a specified academic discipline appropriate to the associated licensure area. Upon graduation, students following this course of study will have completed a double major and earned an Ohio, initial, four-year Resident Educator teaching license making them fully licensed to teach in the State of Ohio. Many of our graduates have also successfully transferred their licenses to other states.
The Department of Education provides opportunities for its teacher condidates to learn and teach within a liberal arts environment that values independence, leadership, inquiry, and global competency. The teacher education program prepares reflective and competent educators for work in classrooms, schools, and a variety of educational communities. The Department recognizes that this preparation is provided in collabvoration with all academic departments at Wooster. Throughout the teacher preparation program students are immersed in hands-on experiences with classrooom teachers, college faculty, and students. The Department recognizes the importance of effective writing, speaking, and interpersonal skills and strives to encourage its graduates to become educational leaders in a complex and global society.
Minor in Education
Consists of six courses:
- Only grades of C- or better are accepted for the minor or licensure program.
- Students pursuing a teaching license must have a 2.667 GPA to be accepted into the Licensure Program.
- Students pursuing a teaching license must complete a “Statement of Good Standing” to be accepted into the Licensure Program.
- Senior Independent Study: Students who choose to double major in Education and a required second discipline will complete the senior independent study project within the department of their second major.
Departmental Standards for the Teaching Profession
The following seven standards for the teaching profession reflect a connection between the goals of Wooster’s teacher education program and the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Professions. Listed below is a brief explanation of what the Department expects teacher licensure candidates to achieve by the end of the teacher education program:
- Student Learning: Candidates understand student learning and development and respect the diversity of students they will teach.
- Content Knowledge: Candidates know and understand the content area for which they will have instructional responsibility.
- Assessment: Candidates understand and use varied assessments to inform instruction, evaluate, and ensure student learning.
- Instruction: Candidates plan and deliver effective instruction that advances the learning of each individual student.
- Learning Environment: Candidates create learning environments that promote high levels of learning and achievements for all students.
- Collaboration and Communication: Candidates collaborate and communicate with students, parents, families, and other educators, administrators, and the community to support student learning.
- Professional Responsibility, Growth, and Reflection: Through reflection, candidates assume responsibility for professional growth, performance, and involvement as individuals and as members of a learning community.
Cross-listed Courses Accepted for Education Credit
AFST 10000. Intro to Africana Studies [AH, C,HSS]
COMD 14500. Language Development in Children [HSS]
COMM 15200. Public Speaking [AH]
HIST 11500. History of Black America [C, HSS]
PHIL 22300. Philosophy, Culture, and Education [AH]
PSYC 11000. Child & Adolescent Development [HSS]
PSYC 32700. Developmental Psyc:Theory & Research [W]
PSYC 32700L. Developmental Psychology Lab
Sociology and Anthropology
SOAN 20100. Education in Sociocultural Context [C, HSS]
SOCI 20900. Inequality in America [HSS]
SOCI 21400. Racial & Ethnic Groups in Amer Society [C, HSS]