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Department of Teacher Education

Lighting the Way

The Department of Teacher Education at Kansas Wesleyan University provides a comprehensive background of professional education courses designed to prepare future elementary, secondary and special education teachers to perform effectively in the classroom setting.

Students majoring in Teacher Education develop skills critical to the field, which include planning, teaching and assessing. Other important skills are also developed, such as leadership, collaboration, technology and research skills. Creativity, responsibility and caring are nurtured in the major.

Students completing the program are prepared to attain a license in their particular area of education. KWU Teacher Education students have an opportunity to interact closely with faculty in the department, not only within the college classroom and across campus but also in the greater Salina community.

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Curriculum

Teacher Education Handbook

Teacher Education Information Sheet

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.