A profile of the Education Department
Take a look at what past grads from Witt have done with their majors – internships, grad school programs, and first jobs after graduation. It’s not always as cut and dried as you think; a Liberal Arts degree has a lot of flexibility!
Developing teachers and leaders
At Wittenberg, we believe that becoming a teacher involves more than developing a narrowly defined set of skills. Wittenberg-educated teachers benefit from the breadth and depth of our liberal arts preparation. We aim to foster the capacities of character, competence and community required to be an effective professional in today’s classroom.
As a student in Wittenberg’s education program, you will:
- learn to educate your students with the same sensitivity and commitment you receive at Wittenberg;
- gain an understanding of curriculum and how to make it interesting and meaningful to students;
- examine how students learn and believe you can make a positive difference in students’ lives; and
- build collaborative relationships with faculty, who will help you make the most of your abilities.
All education students participate in clinical and field experiences that provide gradually increasing responsibilities in a variety of settings. Most education courses involve significant teaching experience in the local schools, allowing you to discover if the education profession suits you. By the time you begin your 10-week student-teaching experience during your senior year, you will be fully prepared and confident.
At Wittenberg, you will become comfortable solving problems and making decisions. You will develop high standards of personal and professional conduct as well as high expectations for the behavior and achievement of your students. You will become a role model and a leader for positive social change.
B.M.E.: Music Education M.A.: Education
Admission to the Teacher Education Program is selective. Students apply to the program at the end of their sophomore year. Admission is based on academics, requiring an overall GPA of 2.50, writing and mathematics competency, oral communication skills and dispositions appropriate for teaching. We assess our program and teacher candidates on the basis of 18 learning outcomes. Wittenberg offers all courses needed to fulfill the requirements of the following licenses:
Licenses Requiring a Major in Education:
- Early Childhood Education (P-3)
- Middle Childhood Education (4-9)
- Dual Licensure in Early Childhood Education (P-3) and Intervention Specialist: Mild/Moderate Educational Needs
Licenses Requiring a Minor in Education:
- Adolescence to Young Adult (7-12): Earth Science (Geology), Life Science (Biology), Integrated Language Art (English), Integrated Math and Integrated Social Studies (History)
- Multi-age Licensure (P-12): Visual Art, Drama/Theatre, Music, French, German and Spanish
Complete requirements and learning outcomes are available at www.wittenberg.edu/education.
Education students have access to a Macintosh lab for preparing lesson plans, using clip art and CD-ROM materials, scanning and projecting student work, using a digital camera and scanner to incorporate original photos, and adding music and animation to presentations. You will be introduced to instructional computing techniques and can preview samples of computing software used in schools.
Some education students opt for an internship to enhance and broaden their teaching experience. Recent internships include:
- student-teaching/field experience, Outdoor Education Center
- mentor, fourth-grade students at a local elementary school
- educational research associate, Youth as Resources Service Learning
- intern, Parent-Infant Center
- public relations intern, Springfield City Schools
Wittenberg offers rich opportunities to study abroad. Education majors have studied in Salzburg, Austria; Vienna, Austria; London, England; Seoul, Korea; various sites in Australia; and for foreign language students, often Spain, France and Germany. They have also student-taught on American Indian reservations and in the Department of Defense’s International and American Schools abroad.
Education Placement Office
This office serves students pursuing teaching positions and other education- related positions. Services include:
- national and international job information
- national testing requirements and procedures
- data on Ohio certification and reciprocity between states
- maintenance of professional credentials files and distribution of credentials to prospective employers
- on-campus interview arrangements
- resume and interviewing workshops
- seminars and guest speakers
- a network of education alumni
Placement and licensure
In 2005, Wittenberg students achieved a 100% pass rate on the Praxis II Exam, the State of Ohio’s licensure exam. Recent graduates have been hired at schools such as:
- Columbus, Ohio: Arts Impact Middle School, Briggs High School
- Pompano Beach, Florida: Pompano Beach Elementary
- South Bend, Indiana: Elson Middle School
- Winterville, North Carolina: Savannah Middle School
- Springfield, Ohio: Possum Primary, Kenton Ridge High School, Horizon School
- Beavercreek, Ohio: Beavercreek High School
- Alexandria, Virginia: St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes Elementary
On average, five to six percent of education graduates attend graduate or professional school immediately after graduation, including programs at University of Kentucky, Simmons College (Boston, MA), Southern Illinois University, University of Cincinnati and Purdue University.
Five to six percent of our graduates choose alternative positions such as the JET Program, Peace Corps, and ELCA Global Mission, or choose positions such as urban renewal coordinator, naturalist, youth minister or environmental educator.
Wittenberg University Student Education Association (WUSEA): Open to all majors and minors, WUSEA has held workshops in sign language instruction, interviewing, using music and the arts in the classroom, and technology use.
Education Honorary: Selected for outstanding scholarship, members serve the department by planning programs and guest speakers.
Education Department Student Advisory Board: This active group works directly with the department chair to improve the program, facilities and services for education students.