About the Major
In keeping with the Wilson College mission as an independent liberal arts college, the Department of Teacher Education enhances those qualities that result from a liberal education by linking strong academic content with best educational theory, research, and practice
In preparing successful candidates for Pennsylvania K-12 certification, our Department of Teacher Education faculty not only builds close communities of students through collaborative learning in small classes but also builds partnerships with school communities through collegial dialogue, staff development opportunities, and interactive field experiences. We provide thorough, individualized advising to accommodate the diverse needs of students from the undergraduate program and the Teacher Intern Program. The Teacher Education program serves as a resource for both the college community and the community at large to model innovative educational practices that result in the highest standards of teaching.
Wilson College has received accreditation from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to offer course work leading to teaching certification in Early Childhood Education (PreK-4) and in Secondary Education (7-12) in the field of Biology, Chemistry, English, Foreign Language – Spanish (K-12), Social Studies and Mathematics. The major in Early Childhood Education leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Secondary Education certification is awarded in addition to the bachelor’s degree in the appropriate subject area.
The programs are designed to develop professional competence through integration of theory, observation, practice, and clinical experience. Early Childhood Education majors choose courses across a wide range of disciplines that provide the broad knowledge base required for elementary classroom teaching. A minor is recommended in one of the required disciplines, i.e., Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology, or Spanish. Secondary Education students fulfill the course requirements for the major in the chosen area of secondary certification.