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


Head shot of 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


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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
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  • Multi-Age Education: Music Education (Grades PreK-12)
  • 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


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 Accountability Measures (CAEP Components 5.4)

CAEP regularly monitors how each Educator Preparation Program (EPP) updates and publicly reports completer effectiveness and impact, satisfaction of employers and stakeholder involvement, candidate competency at program completion and the ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they have been prepared on its website. This addresses the EPP’s continued effort to share widely, completer impact and outcomes data. EPPs are responsible for clearly identifying and prominently displaying data pertaining to each of the Accountability Measures on its website so that information is easily visible and accessible to the public.

Measures of Program Impact

Measure 1: Completer Impact and Effectiveness (R4.1)

Completer impact in contributing to P-12 student learning-growth AND completer effectiveness in applying professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions.

Measure 2: Satisfaction of Employers and Stakeholder Involvement (R4.2|R5.3)

Satisfaction of Employers

In 2016, the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) developed a valid survey instrument and administered it across the state for EPPs. However, due to low response rates, EPPs now administer the Employer Survey, and Ohio University collects the data and shares state means with EPPs. State benchmark data for 2022 will be available in early Summer 2022 and will be added to this report at that time.

Stakeholder Involvement

The Department of Education at the College of Wooster engages stakeholders through various means. One such means is our External Advisory Board (EAB), which is composed of professionals such as teachers, principals, superintendents, and central office administrators. We rely on this board to provide input on critical decisions such as curriculum and assessments. Additionally, we convene an Internal Advisory Board (IAB), which comprises liaisons, administration, and other representatives from departments such as library, APEX, athletics, and admissions. This group helps us evaluate our programmatic needs and assess our impact across campus. In Fall 2021, we had two meetings, on November 18, 2021 and December 7, 2021 where we sought their expertise to inform our practice. The agendas from these meetings showcase the various ways we utilize their insights.

In the Spring of 2022, the department collaborated with our external partners to author, and eventually secure a $375,000 grant for high-dosage tutoring in our local community.

Measure 3: Candidate Competency of Program Completion (R3.3|R3.4)

Title II Section 207 of the Higher Education Act (HEA) requires states, as recipients of HEA funds, and all institutions with teacher preparation programs that enroll students receiving federal financial assistance, to prepare annual reports on teacher preparation and licensing. The reports detail the enrollment and completion of our candidates.

College of Wooster graduates exceed the mean scores required for their licensure exams. Measures of competency at completion include demonstrated mastery of planning, teaching, and assessment for all candidates.

Measure 4: Ability of Completers to be Hired in Education Positions for Which They Have Been Prepared

Data gathered is related to completers employment in teaching positions for which they were prepared in year one and year two after graduation. Several of our completers teach outside of Ohio after graduation; therefore, we rely on EPP gathered data based on individual responses.