The Education Department Welcomes Thomas Boehm to Wheaton College
The Education Department faculty, staff, and students all extend a warm welcome to Thomas L. Boehm, the Ann Haskins Assistant Professor of Special Education. Professor Boehm and his family moved to the Wheaton area from Nashville, Tennessee this summer and he began teaching special education classes this fall. Before coming to Wheaton he was completing his graduate coursework (PhD, Special Education) at Vanderbilt University, in a program known for outstanding research in this field. And in 2016 he will complete and defend his doctoral dissertation.
Professor Boehm brings years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. He has a passion for the role believers can play in embracing and including people with disabilities, and in 2009 he founded a non-profit organization, Faith for All, to help faith communities do just that. His contagious commitment to inclusion is fueled by a desire for everyone to experience God's transforming love through humble servanthood and embracing those at the margins. In his initial weeks at Wheaton College, he has found his undergraduate students to be engaged and thoughtful when reflecting on the impact one's faith has on interactions with people with disabilities. Likewise, students enrolled in Educ 305, Learning Differences (an introduction to special education) appear to appreciate his passionate and informed perspectives on issues facing millions of K-12 students in our schools.
With a growing family, life is quite active and complex for Prof. Boehm. Yet he relishes his family time as well as an academic community that takes seriously the intersection of one's faith and learning. He enjoys talking with students about these issues and dreaming of how Wheaton can play a leadership role to advance the establishment of God's Kingdom here on earth. Feel free to stop by his office (Blanchard 482) and welcome Prof. Boehm to the Wheaton College community. He will be a significant contributor toward teacher education at Wheaton College for the coming years.
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.
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.