The Department of Education offers a major in Education which encompasses the option of 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 other 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 the 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 successfully transfer their licenses to other states.
The Department of Education provides opportunities for its teacher candidates 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 collaboration with all academic departments at Wooster starting with the introductory course and throughout the curriculum. Throughout the teacher preparation program students are immersed in supervised, hands-on experiences with classroom teachers, college faculty, and school-age 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.