Master of Arts in Teacher Education (MAT) Informational Meeting
On Thursday, Nov. 20, Dr. IL-Hee Kim, coordinator of Wheaton College's MAT program will lead an informational meeting for anyone interested in finding out more about this accelerated program available to Wheaton College undergraduate students. The meeting will take place in BL 455 from 10:30-11:10 am. If unable to attend, feel free to inquire about more information by contacting Dr. Kim by email or by phone (x7489) or stop by his office in BL 479.
International Student Teaching Informational Meeting
In mid November, those student teaching internationally this semester will return to campus and will assist with an informational meeting to be held Thursday, Dec. 4 at 10:30 am in BL 455. They will be able to answer questions about their experiences student teaching in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Russia, Korea, and India this fall. Any freshman or sophomore interested in these types of unique placements should attend this informational meeting to learn how this is possible. Juniors who will not student teach until the fall of 2016 are also eligible to apply. For more information, contact Dr. Egeland by email or call him (x5765) or just inquire in the education department.
Wheaton Teacher Education Program Completes Accreditation Review
From Nov. 9 through Nov. 11, 2014, four outside evaluators from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) carefully viewed documents and interviewed scores of people to determine if WheTEP met the six standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This was their first visit to campus since 2006, when Wheaton’s teacher education program was last granted this national recognition.
As part of this process, evaluators interviewed elementary and secondary education faculty, senior college administrators, current student teachers, past and present cooperating teachers, K-12 school administrators, and community members. As part of the itinerary, they visited Grover Cleveland Elementary School in Chicago, Hubble Middle School in Warrenville, and Wheaton North High School in Wheaton.
In the exit meeting with President Ryken, Provost Jones, Dean Chappell, and Chair Lederhouse, the accreditation team chair concluded that Wheaton College has a strong program and appears to meet all six national standards. Final and official approval is expected after the CAEP board reviews the final report and votes on it in the spring of 2015. In an congratulatory email, President Ryken expressed his gratitude “for the exemplary work Wheaton does in preparing teachers.” Similarly, Provost Jones noted that “this is the culmination of a huge amount of work, and the result is terrific for the program and the college.”
Dr. Chappell, the Dean of Natural and Social Sciences, was particularly pleased that the program and institutional mission was clearly articulated. She observed the department displayed “a remarkable testimony of competence, professionalism, and the Lord’s work through education.” The evaluators remarked on the quality of Wheaton’s teacher candidates based on formal and informal interactions. A number of education students assisted before and during the site visit by organizing materials, transporting people and supplies, and by guiding the evaluators to meetings in various buildings on campus. We are grateful for the hard work of so many people in preparation for this thorough program evaluation.
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 to 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.