Overview

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.

Areas of Teachers Licensure

Wooster offers major tracks 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)
  • Multi-age (PK-12) World Languages: Spanish
  • Multi-age (PK-12) World Languages: French
  • Multi-age (PK-12) World Languages: German

Faculty

Matthew Broda

Matthew Broda

Associate Professor and Department Chair of Education

mabroda@wooster.edu

Carol Bucher

Carol Bucher

Adjunct Instructor of Education

cbucher@wooster.edu

Sarah Dunlap

Sarah Dunlap

Director of Field, Assessment and Candidate Engagement of Education

sadunlap@wooster.edu

Allison Neptune

Allison Neptune

Visiting Assistant Professor of Education

aneptune@wooster.edu

Ryan Ozar

Ryan Ozar

Visiting Assistant Professor of Education

rozar@wooster.edu

Mary Spencer

Mary Spencer

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

mspencer@wooster.edu

Gretchen Tefs

Gretchen Tefs

Visiting Instructor of Education

gtefs@wooster.edu

Megan Wereley

Megan Wereley

Associate Professor of Education

mwereley@wooster.edu


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Major

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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Minor

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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Licensure

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)
  • Multi-age (PK-12) World Languages: Spanish
  • Multi-age (PK-12) World Languages: French
  • Multi-age (PK-12) World Languages: German

Alumni

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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