Master of Arts in Teaching Applications now being accepted
After the fall, 2015 informational meeting for Wheaton undergraduates interested in the accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, applications can now be accepted by students who are juniors. The initial application is available from the Wheaton College Graduate School. Click on the Online Application link and set up an account to begin this process. For more information about the MAT program or the application process, please contact Dr. IL-Hee Kim. Dr. Kim coordinates the MAT program from within the Education Department.
International Student Teaching Applications due Jan. 29. 2016
Freshman, sophomores, and juniors (only juniors planning on student teaching during a 9th semester) may consider student teaching abroad in an international Christian or secular school. Similar to Wheaton's HNGR program, this requires a separate application as education department faculty discern the best placement options for each teacher candidate. Applications will be available through Wheaton's Global and Experiential Learning (GEL) website. If interested in more information, contact Dr. Paul Egeland, program coordinator.
Educator Conference for Preservice Teachers in Chicago, Feb. 15, 2016
The Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) chose Chicago for the annual meeting this academic year and arranged a special track of sessions for those completing teacher education programs. This unusual opportunity includes the national student teacher of the year, the Indiana teacher of the year, KDP President Beth Wilkins (employment strategies), the national teacher of the year, and other inspirational speakers. This conference will be held at the Chicago Hilton (downtown) and the reduced student rate for the day is only $30. Reservations can be made here or on site after 8 am that day. Other teacher candidates from Wheaton College are also hoping to attend.
Mentoring to Alumni Research: An Encouraging Word
The Faculty Student Mentoring Initiative at Wheaton College has allowed professors in departments funded by the mentoring initiative to form small cohorts of students and partner with them in projects, initiatives and research. Each year, Dr. Eckert forms a research group with undergraduate students to track recent alumni of the Wheaton Teacher Education Program (WheTEP) to learn about the influence Wheaton College had on these graduates and to find out what they do after graduation. According to McKenna Fitzharris '17, "we met weekly as a group where we pray for graduates we regularly correspond with and analyze data from the annual survey we sent out." The data obtained, with a 90% response rate, results in the information available on the WheTEACH website, which is maintained by the students involved in this mentoring group.
As is evident in the graph, about 90% of recent graduates were employed in education that first year after graduation, in public, private and international settings. Graduates also appear to value the strong liberal arts preparation they have experienced at Wheaton College, too. More information about these and other alumni responses are available on the WheTEACH website. McKenna also notes that they research and maintain the licensure and teaching requirements for all fifty states in the U.S., so very practical information is tabulated for those conducting a job search. Overall, this particular mentoring initiative encourages both the undergraduates connecting with alumni, as well as the alumni reporting back to the next generation of educators.
Special Education Endorsement Offered by Wheaton College
The Wheaton Teacher Education program now offer the courses leading to a special education endorsement that can be added to an initial Illinois teaching license. In the 2014-15 academic year, the Education Department was successful in a national search to fill the position of Ann Haskins Assistant Professor of Special Education. Thomas Boehm was recruited and hired and more information about him is found at the top of this page. Feel free to contact him for more information about this endorsement or to discuss meeting the needs of learners with disabilities.