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There’s never been a better or more important time to be a teacher or pursue a career in allied industries such as childcare, private education, mental health, higher education or community/social services. You will have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children, youth and young adults who need positive and culturally responsive role models now more than ever.

As part of our Teacher Education Licensure Program, you will be immediately immersed in the teaching profession, with field experiences your first year as a Wilmington College student. By the time you complete your program of study, you will have engaged in a minimum of 200 hours of hands-on learning experiences in a variety of PK-12 classrooms, in addition to 16 weeks of full-time student teaching. You will gain not only a thorough knowledge of the content area(s) you will teach, but also an in-depth view of teaching and learning that maximizes positive student outcomes.

Integral to the Education Department’s mission is the concept of preparing “reflective practitioners for peaceful schools.” We believe that peaceful classroom practices, such as positive discipline, conflict resolution, and engaging in critical self-reflection, result in educators who are more culturally competent and in increased student engagement. Similarly, you will gain further insight into the department’s mission via ProjectTRUST, WC’s highly acclaimed anti-bullying and conflict resolution program.

Wilmington College students choosing to study education can obtain Teacher Education Licensure(s) or a non-license degree in Education Studies.

Education Licensure

In addition to courses leading to an Education major, candidates for licensure must complete the requirements of the Department of Education. Candidates who satisfy all other degree requirements of the Education major without successfully completing student teaching cannot be recommended by Wilmington College for an Ohio teaching license. Wilmington College does not grant licenses, we only recommend qualified candidates for licenses in our Ohio approved programs. Candidates must choose two teaching fields, 24 hours each, from the following:

Early Childhood License – Pre-kindergarten through grade 3

Early Childhood Intervention Specialist – (special education) Ore-kindergarten through grade 3

Middle Childhood License – grades 4 through 9, candidates must choose two teaching fields, 20 semester hours each, from the following:

  • language arts and reading
  • mathematics
  • social studies
  • science

Adolescence to Young Adult License – grades 7 through 12, candidates must also earn a major in the related content for their teaching field:

  • Integrated language arts
  • Integrated mathematics
  • Integrated social studies
  • Life sciences
  • Life Sciences/Chemistry

Multi-Age License – K-12 Intervention Specialist (Special Ed) Candidates must also earn a major in the related content for their teaching field.

Career-Technical License – grades 4 through 12

  • Agriscience

Education Studies (non-license degree)

Unlike Teacher Education Licensure Program candidates, education studies students have the opportunity to tailor a specialized curriculum that best meets their individual learning and career goals. This includes participating in a minimum of two paid internships, as well as selecting from a variety of courses in general education methodology and philosophy, inclusive instructional philosophy, school law and special education.

Education Studies Curriculum

Student Experience

Anna IrwinHello everyone! My name is Anna Irwin, and I am a Sophomore majoring in Primary Education and minoring in music at Wilmington College! Here at Wilmington, I am involved in Faith in ActionPeace Corps Prep Club, Orientation Welcome Team, Quaker Thunder Pep Band, Eco Club, Quaker Leader ScholarsAggies, Wilmington Arts and Crafts Club, WC Delight, and Activities Programming Board! When I first stepped on campus during my senior year of high school, I immediately felt welcomed and at home. I love the supportive community here on campus, and the close friendships I have made! One of my favorite memories form Wilmington was going on the Belize Trip during 2020 Spring Break! I am thankful for all the memories I have made on campus, and all the lifelong friendships I have made! I am so glad I chose Wilmington College, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds as I continue my college career!

 


 

Sarah FreeHello! My name is Sarah Free. I am a freshman at Wilmington College studying Early Childhood Education. I visited WC my senior year of high school and immediately knew it was the one! The professors, the students, and the atmosphere made it feel like home. I am thankful for the opportunities we’ve been given, even when it’s complicated with COVID. My short time here at Wilmington has already shaped me into the person I am today.

 


 

Cierra BolenderHi everyone! My name is Cierra Bolender. I’m a freshman here at Wilmington College, studying Adolescent to Young Adult English Education. As soon as I stepped on campus during my visit senior year of high school, I felt at home! Everyone was welcoming and truly interested in my future from the moment conversation started. I knew I wanted to attend a smaller school, and the family atmosphere at WC was something I couldn’t resist. The opportunities I have been presented in the short time I have been on campus is something special that I don’t take for granted. I have been able to get involved with the student-ambassador team where many opportunities have arisen and friendships have sparked along with opportunities from the Diversity & Inclusion office, the Honors program, the Athletic Department, my amazing volleyball family, leadership opportunities, and much more. The bonds I have created and memories I have made thus far are unforgettable and ones to last a lifetime. I am so lucky to be here on campus and am so excited to see where my next three years take me with my close-knit WC family. You won’t find something like this in any other place.

 


 

Brittany and BrandonMy name is Brittanie Clair, and I am a third-year student at Wilmington College. I am majoring in Education Studies with a minor in Psychology and intend to get a licensure in Early Childhood Education. My time at WC has been phenomenal! Upon stepping foot onto campus during Summer Orientation, I fell completely in love with not only the beauty of the campus, but the beauty of the people here. I never imagined I would find a college where I truly felt I belonged. Immediately, I felt as if I had found my second home. I started involving myself in organizations and going to events – this is when I started gaining my footing on campus. During my three years here, I have been a part of The Service Leader Executive Board (SLEB), Black Student Initiative (BSI), acted as a mentor in the Connections program, served as an Orientation Welcome Leader (OWL) during Orientation, served as Vice President of Public Relations for Student Government Association (SGA) , and participated in Ladies in PowerNational Society of Leadership & Success (NSLS), Resident Student Association (RSA), served as a Resident Assistant (RA), and participated in Survivor Advocacy, Fellowship and Education (S.A.F.E.). If it wasn’t for the people that have been by my side from day one, I am not so sure I would be here, but the connections I have, the relationships I have formed, and the experiences I have had here I will carry in my heart forever. I hope that one day the people here realize all they have done for me and all that they mean to me.

Why study education at WC?

  1. WC is authorized to recommend 18 licenses and 2 endorsements.
  2. The College, In 2013, awarded $58,875 in departmental scholarships to 32 current Education majors, averaging $1,839 per student.
  3. The Department has an average 8-semester program completion rate for first-time freshmen and an individualized plan to help transfer students achieve their goal with the most efficient plan.
  4. Wilmington College has 94 years of experience in teacher preparation and thousands of graduates.
  5. It has an affiliation with local practitioners through field placements
  6. The program gives you opportunities to participate in student research and attend national and international conferences like the International Reading Association conference in Chicago, 2012, and the Ohio Association for the Education of Young children Conference in Columbus, 2013.
  7. We offer training in conflict resolution and child abuse prevention, with an emphasis on positive discipline.
  8. Wilmington has early and sustained field placements throughout its program, beginning in the first year.
  9. Free Praxis II/Pearson OAE study sessions
  10. Wilmington College has an experienced, committed faculty that provides individualized attention and mentoring.

Accreditation

CAEP

Wilmington College of Ohio Teacher Education Program, which
is designed to prepare teachers in the liberal arts tradition, is granted
Accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator
Preparation (CAEP) through December 2025. A copy of the latest
accreditation letter can be reviewed in the Office of Academic Affairs.