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The Education Faculty Welcomes Dr. IL-Hee Kim to the Department

Dr. IL-Hee Kim has joined the Wheaton College faculty as Associate Professor of Education. Dr. Kim comes to us with a breadth of experience in K-12 education and most recently served as Associate Professor of Education Studies and Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne. While there he taught educational psychology for elementary and secondary teachers and courses related to literacy. He also gained valuable classroom experience through his supervision of field experiences for education students at local schools. Earlier in his career, he was the Head English Instructor at IKE English Language Institute in Seoul, Korea.

Dr. Kim earned a B.A. in English Language and Literacy at Yonsei University in Korea. His M.A. in teaching English as a Second Language was earned at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also completed and received his doctorate in Educational Psychology. His research on the critical thinking skills among K-12 students and various literacy topics has been published in a number of academic journals.

With his strong administrative experience in coordinating an educational program at IUPU, Dr. Kim will be coordinating Wheaton's MAT program. He will teach EDUC 225 (Psychological and Developmental Contexts of Education) as well as some graduate MAT courses.

"I am humbled that God has called me to serve such a prestigious institution," Kim says. "Wheaton College has a great tradition of integrating the Christian faith into academic learning. I am eager to incorporate Christian principles and perspectives in my teaching of educational theories and practices."

The faculty, staff and students of the Wheaton Teacher Education Program warmly welcome Dr. Kim to our campus and community.

Special Education Endorsement Will be Added

The Wheaton Teacher Education program plans to offer the courses leading to a special education endorsement that can be added to an Illinois teaching license. This may be easier for elementary education teacher candidates to complete than secondary education teacher candidates, as special education could be chosen as an elementary education concentration.  The department is conducting a national search for a special education instructor during the 2014-15 academic year with the hope of offering the added special education courses beginning in 2015-16.

Wheaton College Grad and Student Teachers Use Creative Approaches

Helping students learn and informing parents through digital media

Technology can be a useful tool to present educative curriculum and informative material in visual formats. Recently several student teachers and a recent graduate have done just that. Caleb Duttweiler, ('12) worked with his fifth grade class and the other fifth grades at Washington School in Wheaton, including Tae Kim, student teacher and his cooperating teacher, Mr. Strayve, to produce a fractions music video that was posted on YouTube and was picked up by WGN morning news on Nov. 6, 2013. David Ourada, another student teacher in the same building, supported his cooperating teacher, Mr. Cerny, in a video introduction to Reading Workshops. Throughout this year, another Wheaton College student teacher, Graham Schultze, created music videos to teach and review skills and content. These student and first-year teachers are tapping into the media-dominated world of many public school students in an effort engage them in learning.

2014-15 Changes in Teacher Education

The Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) is now required to by law for all teacher licensure candidates. This fall and spring semester, all student teachers will be completing the entire edTPA for their content area. These will be scored by the senior seminar instructors, with some edTPAs sent to Pearson for independent scoring. Starting in the 2015-16 academic year, all edTPAs will be sent to Pearson for scoring. 

The Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) exams # 101-104 have been combined as APT Test #188. This means that elementary, middle school and secondary education students as well as music education and foreign language students will all be taking the same #188 test.  

The Wheaton Teacher Education Program is proposing changes that will enable students to complete an initial Middle Grade Teacher License in the state of Illinois.

At the same time, the faculty, staff, and students involved in WheTEP are preparing for a site visit for teacher accreditation, scheduled for November 9-11, 2014. The last accreditation site visit was eight years ago.

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