How is an education major at a liberal arts college like The College of Wooster different from other places?

Wooster students graduate fully licensed to teach in Ohio (and are prepared to transfer their licensure to other states). They also graduate with hundreds of hours of classroom experience and lessons learned from their partnerships with teacher mentors, but what makes Wooster education majors sought after by employers is their ability to teach from a liberal arts perspective. Wooster students are critical thinkers, they dig in to research, and they enjoy the curiosity and debate that elevates classroom teaching. Wooster students who become teachers treat their new classrooms like College of Wooster classrooms: robust learning environments. All students at The College of Wooster complete an independent study under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Education graduates from Wooster bring the rigor of independent study to their K-12 classrooms, giving a new generation of learners the benefits of a liberal arts perspective.

Education major and minor at The College of Wooster

The Education major is completed along with a second major in a chosen content area. Students wishing to major in Elementary/Primary Education (PK-5) may double major in any other major offered by the college. Students interested in middle and high school grade levels (7-12) will major in Education with 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 successfully transfer their licenses to other states.

The education minor is an option for students who have an interest in courses on education and working with children, but an education minor does not lead to teacher licensure.


The College of Wooster Department of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for initial programs through Fall 2024. The College of Wooster’s licensure programs are all approved by the Ohio Department of Education. (ODHE).

The following initial licensure programs were included in the Fall 2017 Site Visit and are fully accredited by CAEP:

  • Education, Elementary/Primary (Grades preK-5)
  • Adolescent to Young Adult Education- Integrated Mathematics (Grades 7-12)
  • Adolescent to Young Adult Education- Integrated Social Studies (Grades 7-12)
  • Adolescent to Young Adult Education- Integrated Language Arts  (Grades 7-12)
  • Multi-Age Education: Music Education (Grades PreK-12)

The following are initial licensure programs that are approved by ODHE and will be undergoing a CAEP visit in Fall 2024:

  • Adolescent to Young Adult (Grade 7-12)- Physical Sciences: Physics
  • Adolescent to Young Adult (Grade 7-12)- Physical Sciences: Chemistry
  • Adolescent to Young Adult (Grade 7-12)- Life Sciences
  • Adolescent to Young Adult (Grade 7-12)- Earth Sciences
  • Multi-age (PK-12) World Languages: Spanish
  • Multi-age (PK-12) World Languages: French
  • Multi-age (PK-12) World Languages: German
  • Multi-age (PK-12) Visual Arts

Faculty & Staff

Matthew Broda

Matthew Broda

Associate Professor and Department Chair of Education


Carol Bucher

Carol Bucher

Adjunct Instructor of Education


Sarah Dunlap

Sarah Dunlap

Director of Field, Assessment and Candidate Engagement of Education


Allison Neptune

Allison Neptune

Visiting Assistant Professor of Education


Ryan Ozar

Ryan Ozar

Visiting Assistant Professor of Education


Mary Spencer

Administrative Coordinator, Notary Public - Economics and Business Economics, Education, Psychology


Gretchen Tefs

Gretchen Tefs

Visiting Instructor of Education


Megan Wereley

Megan Wereley

Associate Professor of Education; Liaison to Global Impacts Pathway


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The College of Wooster is a CAEP accredited institution. Students who complete the Education major are fully licensed to teach in the state of Ohio. Those who plan to teach elsewhere find that Ohio’s high standards for licensure provide them with a sound preparation for teaching and also allow them to pursue licensure in other states with relative ease.

Wooster students graduate with no less than 700 hours of experience in the classroom. A hallmark of Wooster’s Education major is its partnerships with area educators and schools and its emphasis on field and clinical experiences. Throughout the Education major and licensure process, students are immersed in hands-on, experiential education in area classrooms and schools both before and during the student teaching experience. These activities allow teacher candidates to authentically experience the profession by providing them with opportunities to actively participate in P-12 classrooms. This weaving of theory and practice promotes on-going professional development and prepares teacher candidates effectively for Student Teaching and future teaching experiences.

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The minor in Education consists of six courses, beginning with Introduction to Education and continuing with five courses from a list that includes education, sociology and psychology.

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Independent Study

All students at The College of Wooster complete two semesters of independent study under the guidance of a faculty mentor. I.S. projects are delivered as a thesis in the spring of each student’s senior year.


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Areas of Teacher Licensure

Wooster offers programs for teaching licensure in the following areas:

  • Education, Elementary/Primary (Grades preK-5)
  • Adolescent to Young Adult Education- Integrated Mathematics (Grades 7-12)
  • Adolescent to Young Adult Education- Integrated Social Studies (Grades 7-12)
  • Adolescent to Young Adult Education- Integrated Language Arts  (Grades 7-12)
  • Adolescent to Young Adult (Grade 7-12)- Physical Sciences: Physics
  • Adolescent to Young Adult (Grade 7-12)- Physical Sciences: Chemistry
  • Adolescent to Young Adult (Grade 7-12)- Life Sciences
  • Adolescent to Young Adult (Grade 7-12)- Earth Sciences
  • Multi-Age Education: Music Education (Grades PreK-12)
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  • Multi-age (PK-12) World Languages: French
  • Multi-age (PK-12) World Languages: German
  • Multi-age (PK-12) Visual Arts


Graduates of Wooster’s Teacher Education program pursue a variety of professional opportunities.

While many teach in traditional public and private schools, graduates also contribute to the education profession in other ways. In addition to teaching, Wooster alumni are employed as school administrators, school counselors, athletic coaches, intervention specialists, school psychologists, speech-language pathologists and higher education faculty.

We also recognize the importance of supporting students interested in alternative teaching opportunities such as Teach For America, charter schools, Teaching Fellows, Urban Teachers, City Year, etc.

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CAEP Annual Reporting Measures

CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) has eight annual reporting measures that provide information to the public on program impact and program outcome. The CAEP measures with links to supporting evidence for each measure are as follows:

Measures of Program Impact

Measure 1: Impact on P-12 learning and development

Value-Added Impact CAEP report – Spring 2021
A component of Ohio’s Accountability system, value-added calculations utilize data from state-tested subjects and grades to measure student growth.

Measure 2: Indicators of teaching effectiveness

Administrator ratings of the performance of recent graduates, as mandated under OTES (Ohio Teacher Evaluation System).

Measure 3: Results of employer surveys, and including retention and employment milestones

Employer Survey

A survey of employers’ perception of recent graduates’ quality of preparation provided by The College of Wooster.

Resident Educator Data – Spring 2021
Data on the College of Wooster graduates’ completion of the requirements of the Resident Educator program.

Measure 4: Satisfaction of completers

Pre-Service Survey Data – Spring 2021

A survey of student satisfaction with the quality of preparation provided by The College of Wooster. Pre-service teachers receive an invitation from ODHE to complete this survey during their culminating student teaching experience.

EPP Annual Report 2021 Narratives

A survey of alumni satisfaction with the quality of preparation provided by Hiram College. In-service teachers receive an invitation from ODHE to complete this survey as they enter Year 2 of the Resident Educator Program.

Measures of Program Outcome and Consumer Information

Measure 5: Graduation rates from preparation programs

Student Teaching Success Rate_ Spring 2021

Measure 6: Ability of completers to meet licensing (certification) and any additional state requirements; Title II

Licensure Exam Data – Spring 2021

Measure 7: Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they are prepared

Employment information 1st and 2nd years after program completion – 2021

Employment information on graduates in their first and second year after program completion.

Measure 8: Student loan default rates and other consumer information

School Default Rates – Spring 2021

Consumer Information – Spring 2021