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Department of Teacher Education

Lighting the Way

KWU’S Teacher Education Program strives to prepare teacher candidates who are ready to teach and impact students' lives their first day in the classroom. Teacher Education preparation has been an integral part of Kansas Wesleyan’s rich history. The first Teacher Education Program started in 1893, just 7 years after Kansas Wesleyan University opened. Graduates of the original two-year teacher preparation degree would receive a lifetime teaching license. Although requirements have changed dramatically over the years, KWU still produces quality teachers.

  • KWU’s Teacher Education Program received continued NCATE Accreditation in 2016. NCATE has recently transitioned to CAEP Accreditation.
  • An impressive 100 percent of our completers (students who finish our teacher preparation program) pass their Praxis PLT exams required for licensure.
  • Our Teacher Education early field experiences include more than 200 field hours before students enter clinical practice, offering our teacher candidates a variety of rich and diverse field experiences.
  • Almost 99% of KWU students receive some type of scholarship or financial assistance.
  • KWU Average Cost of Attendance – link to KWU’s info on this

The KWU Teacher Education Department is committed to continuous assessment and improvement of our teacher education program. Data from various assessments help drive program and policy change to ensure KWU’s Teacher Education Program is aligned with State and CAEP Standards. The data below provides a snapshot of the program's impact as outlined by CAEP.

Major Options

Apply to Program(PDF)

Teacher Education Clinical Practice Application (PDF)

Teacher Education Handbook (PDF)

View Teacher Education Course Descriptions

Download a Teacher Education Information Sheet (PDF) with a sample course schedule. 

Why Should I Choose KWU for my degree in Teacher Education?

Students have an opportunity to interact closely with faculty in the department. This occurs not only within the college classroom and across campus, but also in the community.  Students experience hands-on activities that provide authentic preparation for teaching through projects, collaboration and work in schools. Early field experiences in the Salina School District and surrounding areas provide a variety of classroom participation opportunities, which prepare the students for the challenges of an ever-changing profession.

Is a degree in Teacher Education for you?

A career in education allows an individual to make a significant difference in the lives of young people. Nothing can match the incredible satisfaction of seeing a student grasp a concept. The profession of teaching allows for collaboration with other individuals who are dedicated to teaching and learning. Individuals who are successful in teaching exhibit qualities of caring, fairness, honesty and responsibility. They also possess a strong knowledge base in their content area. Successful teachers are reflective and lifelong learners. Teaching is an adventure of working with students and colleagues to meet the challenges and joys of the profession.

What Can I Do with a Teaching Degree?

A degree in Teacher Education from Kansas Wesleyan University doesn't mean your only career opportunities will be within a school. There are a variety of careers that our graduates have gone on to experience, both in and out of the typical school setting such as: Administrator, Classroom Teacher, Consultant, Corporate Education Director, Day Care Worker, Educational Lobbyist, Educational Researcher, National or State Education Director, Peace Corps, Preschool/Childcare Center Director, Principal, Professor, School Counselor, School Librarian and Special Education Teacher.

For additional information, please contact Martha Bray, Teacher Education Administrative Assistant, or call 785-833-4356. 

These four 2015 KWU Teacher Education graduates landed teaching positions before graduation!

Taylor Elkinton – Heusner Elementary (Salina, KS), K-5 Physical Education
Meagan Ayers – Heusner Elementary, 4th grade
Kaitlin Dallman – Onaga Elementary (Onaga, KS), 4th grade
Anna Morrisette – Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen (Hutchinson, KS), 6th grade

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In-the-Classroom Experience

Students gain experience through hands-on activities that provide authentic preparation for teaching through projects, collaboration opportunities and work in schools. Early field experiences in the Salina School District and surrounding areas provide a variety of classroom participation opportunities, which prepare the students for the challenges of an ever-changing profession.