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 PreK-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 (both bachelor's and associate's degrees) 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); in Secondary Education (7-12) in the field of Biology, Chemistry, English, Social Studies and Mathematics; in PreK-12 Education in Health & Physical Education and Spanish; and dual certification in Early Childhood (PreK-4)/Special Education (PreK-8). The major in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood/Special Education leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Secondary and PreK-12 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 and PreK-12 Education students fulfill the course requirements for the major in the chosen area of certification.
Student Learning Goals
- The students will demonstrate measurable knowledge of content and subject materials.
- The students will demonstrate knowledge of pedagogical skills in planning and implementing strategies to meet the needs in today’s diverse classrooms.
- The students will exhibit understanding of technologies related to instructional practice and applicable to student needs.
- The students will provide evidence of the ability to apply assessment strategies that address state standards and differentiate each according to student needs.
- The students will identify, manage, and implement effective classroom routines, procedures and management skills.
- The students will exhibit skill in delivering instruction and engaging others in learning by employing a variety of research-based instructional strategies.
- The students will demonstrate professional standards and practices in all settings within and beyond the classroom.