The Department of Teacher Education at KWU will prepare you to thrive as a teacher of elementary, secondary and special education students.
Praxis PLT exams pass rate
Field hours before clinical practice
First program started in 1893
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.
Teacher Education FAQ
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.
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.
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.
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.
About the Teacher Education Program
The Teacher Education Program prepares candidates for an Initial Kansas Teaching license with a liberal arts foundation. The teacher education department prepares highly qualified teachers who will contribute to the teaching profession and who will positively impact students in Pk-12 school systems. Our candidates will have a broad perspective, who think critically, reflectively and creatively; who are humane and committed to meeting the learning needs of all students; and who guide students to become effective and productive citizen in the 21st century.
Students who complete a Bachelor of Arts in Teacher Education will be able to:
- Demonstrate depth and breadth of knowledge and interdisciplinary connections inherent in the level and content area studied.
- Apply state and national standards, research-verified best practices, critical thinking, clear and thoughtful communication, creative expression, and honest open inquiry in designing, implementing, differentiating, assessing, and reflecting on effective pedagogy.
- Demonstrate professional dispositions in varied educational settings with regard to a diversity of students and all members of the school community.
- Foster an engaging classroom environment.
- Demonstrate their teaching skills effectively to complete a successful clinical practice.
It is the philosophy of the Teacher Education Program that a liberal arts education and professional training will produce a teacher candidate who has academic and professional excellence, a strong sense of spiritual and personal well-being, social responsibility, and the skills to be a reflective teacher with the potential for educational leadership.
The Teacher Education Program prepares reflective teachers with the potential for professional leadership who: demonstrate academic and professional excellence, have sound personal qualities, have a commitment to education and life-long learning, demonstrate world citizenship, and are committed to faith.
The Teacher Education program is committed to the selection and preparation of future elementary, secondary and special education teachers who reflect in a positive manner the essence of the mission statement of the University; academic and professional excellence, spiritual development, personal well-being and social responsibility.
Kansas Wesleyan University’s Teacher Education Program is accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Gaining Experience in the Classroom
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.