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.
Candidates seeking licensure must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program no later than the end of their fourth semester at Wilmington College. Education majors who transfer to Wilmington College with 60 or more hours must be admitted no later than the end of their second semester at Wilmington.
Student teaching represents the culmination of the student’s educational preparation and is open only to those who have demonstrated the competencies and attitudes characteristic of competent, caring practitioners.
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:
Adolescence to Young Adult License – grades 7 through 12. Candidates must also earn a major in the related content for their teaching field:
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