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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) pre-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, and
  • 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.

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 Teacher Education Accreditation Council, from June 11, 2012 – December 31, 2018.  TEAC Accreditation is now administered by the Inquiry Brief Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).