About the Minor
In addition to completing the requirements for a broad, integrated liberal arts education at Ohio Wesleyan, students in the teacher preparation programs leading to Pre K-12 licensure complete a major in their specific content area, education courses, carefully planned and supervised field-based experiences, and student teaching in classrooms with certified, experienced teachers. Education faculty members coach preservice teachers during their microteaching and plan and supervise their field experiences. Student teaching is supervised by both members of the education faculty and faculty in content area disciplines.
The teacher preparation program is based on current theories and research about teaching and learning. The Education Department adheres to standards that address issues related to the value and recognition of student diversity, to the depth of teachers' knowledge of content and pedagogy, and to the need for teachers to use a wide repertoire of instructional skills and approaches to plan, implement, and assess learning with multiple sources of data, including a variety of formal and informal strategies used to support and evaluate the processes and products of learning. In addition, the program provides varied educational and professional opportunities for teacher preparation students to learn through experiences with a wide range of verbal, visual, technological, and creative media, to participate in classrooms that function as communities of learners, and to reflect on their own and others' processes of learning and teaching practices.
The Multi-Age Licensure Program consists of a content-specific methods course with a related field experience, 15 weeks of student teaching, and a student teaching seminar. Candidates in the multi-age licensure field of French and Spanish take their secondary methods coursework in the Education Department and their content methods coursework as an online class. Candidates in Theatre take their teaching methods in the Education Department and their content methods in the Theatre Department. In the multi-age licensure fields of Music and Visual Arts, candidates take their teaching and content methods courses in their respective departments. All candidates in multi-age licensure programs complete their teacher preparation by participating in the teaching workshop, the student teaching seminar, and student teaching as directed by faculty in the Education Department.