Paul Egeland, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education, Department Chair
On Faculty since 1995

Phone: (630)752-5765


Ed. D., Curriculum and Instruction, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 1995

M. S. Ed., Outdoor Teacher Education, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 1980

B. A., Elementary Education, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, 1977

About Paul Egeland

After college graduation and as an intermediate grade teacher in St. Charles, Illinois, Dr. Egeland was active in the school’s outdoor education program. This fit well with his camping background and led to graduate studies in Outdoor Teacher Education. His interest in experiential education continued in South America where he served with TEAM as an educator at a school for missionary children in the Andes Mountains and while there inaugurated an outdoor education program.

For five years Dr. Egeland was absent from the classroom to help administer a large outdoor education and conference center in Wisconsin. He returned to the Fox Valley area of Illinois to pursue doctoral studies while continuing teaching in the elementary classroom. In responding to the invitation to join Wheaton’s Department of Education, his teaching, research, international travels, and camping/outdoor education experiences have provided the impetus to encourage prospective teachers. Presently he chairs the education department.

Dr. Egeland is married to Marie, a marriage and family therapist and travel professional. They have two lovely daughters, one wonderful son-in-law, a beautiful grand daughter, and continue to reside and worship in the Fox River Valley, an enjoyable bike ride from the Wheaton campus.

Courses Taught

  • Theories and Methods of Teaching Elementary and Middle School Social Studies
  • Elementary and Secondary Methods Practicum
  • Student Teaching Supervision

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Christian College Teacher Education Coordinating Council
  • International Community of Christian Teacher Educators
  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • Phi Delta Kappa International


  • International Student Teaching
  • Male Elementary Teachers
  • Outdoor Teacher Education
  • School Choice


Egeland, P. C. (2016). How does international student teaching shape the participants? Professional and personal perspectives and decisions. International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 15(2), 23-37.

Egeland, P. & Dryden, N. (2015). Partnering with parents: Strengthening the link between Hispanic students and their teachers. Critical Issues in Teacher Education, 22, 38-45.

Egeland, P. & Eckert, J. (2012, Fall). Mentoring: A unique opportunity for liberal arts teacher preparation. AILACTE Journal, (9)1, 49-64.

Egeland, P., Sovocool, J., & Marble, J. (2012). Challenges for male elementary teachers: Present status, perceptions, and possibilities. Critical Issues in Teacher Education, 19, 42-52.

Egeland, P., Marble, J., & Sovocool, J. (2010, May). Men teachers in elementary education: An endangered species? Paper presented at the ICCTE Ninth Biennial Conference, LaTourneau University, Longview, TX.

Egeland, P., Barwegen, L, and Morrison, S. (2009, February). Going the distance in education: Utilizing remote contexts to enhance the preparation of teacher candidates. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of AILACTE, Chicago, IL

Egeland, P. (September-November, 2009). New teachers and technology preparation: Immersion or infusion? I-Manager's Journal on School Educational Technology (5)2, 1-7.

Egeland, P. & McIlrath, S. (2008). School choice or school's choice: Who's choosing whom? Scholarlypartnershipsedu, 3 (1), 76-87.

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