Student Teaching in Chicago
Students not only teach in the city of Chicago at Cleveland Public Elementary School, but live there as well, sharing apartments with other Wheaton students doing internships in the Urban Studies Program and returning to campus for their weekly senior seminar course. Learn more >
Other Opportunities for Urban Education
Many Wheaton alumni who student taught in suburban schools have also shifted to urban teaching and ministry. If you have an interest in teaching in urban communities, consider joining Rebuilders or the urban tutoring programs which are part of the Office of Christian Outreach on Wheaton's campus. You might also explore the Urban Studies Program or contact Dr. Lederhouse.
International Student Teaching
Students interested in student teaching abroad may apply during their sophomore year for an overseas placement to be completed in their last year at Wheaton. These placements provide rich cross cultural experiences and unique challenges. Some have combined this experience with the six month internship for the Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) program. Learn more >
Each applicant is considered on his or her own merit. Preference is given to students who exhibit characteristics suitable for these placements, have previous cross cultural experiences, and have a strong academic foundation in their major and in education courses. Students accepted for this program must attend a weekend retreat/orientation in April which precedes the student teaching semester. This experience involves a $375 fee for the retreat and securing the international placement and students are also responsible for their own transportation to and from the host international school. For more information stop by the education department or contact the coordinator of the international student teaching program, Dr. Egeland.
Students have the opportunity to take classes at HoneyRock, Wheaton's Outdoor Center for Leadership Development, where education department faculty teach classes each year, including the culmination of the Philosophy of Education class at the end of the student teaching semester. Learn more >
Students can also gain valuable experience by teaching and counseling elementary and middle school children for up to four weeks at HoneyRock. A significant number of education students enroll in this 2-10-week program each summer. Key benefits include: holistic personal development, distinct educational philosophy, leadership and ministry training, major and general education credit, and significant financial savings.