Teacher Education Program
The courses in the Teacher Education Program provide a social, philosophical, psychological, and historical framework in which students can develop a personal philosophy of teaching. The Indiana Wesleyan University Teacher Education Program's knowledge base model, "Teacher as Decision Maker" emphasizes decision-making within eight domains: (1) Content/subject matter expertise; (2) Personal development (morals and ethics); (3) Professional development; (4) Rights and responsibilities; (5) Methodology; (6) Management of time, classroom, and behaviors; (7) Communication; and (8) Global and multicultural perspectives.
Admission to the Teacher Education Program
Students are eligible to make application for admission to the Teacher Education Program at the completion of 29 semester hours, including 4 semester hours of teacher education courses completed at IWU. Additional requirements:
Students who are denied admission may follow the appeals process as outlined in the Teacher Education Program Handbook.
Admission to Student Teaching
The student teaching experience is a sixteen-week semester course in which students refine their skills gained throughout the Teacher Education Program. This capstone experience is composed of two eight-week placements (or one 16-week placement in special circumstances) in which students fully engage in teaching.
Cross-Cultural Student Teaching Placements. With the approval of the Teacher Education Committee, students may opt for an eight-week experience in a local school and eight weeks in an overseas or cross-cultural placement. These student teaching placements are available, providing the pre-service teacher the opportunity for a more diverse global perspective on teaching.
Applications for student teaching must be submitted to the Office of Teacher Education by October 1 of the year prior to the student teaching semester (12-15 months in advance of the student teaching experience). To qualify for the student teaching semester, the student must be fully accepted into the Teacher Education Program, have attained senior status, have completed the prerequisite professional courses, and have completed at least three-fourths of the hours required for the major.
Student teaching admission requirements:
Once the above qualifications are met, the candidates' names are submitted to the divisions for review and to the Vice President for Student Development. The application is then voted upon for approval. Students denied admission to the student teaching semester, may appeal the decision through a process as outlined in the Teacher Education Program Handbook.
Once admitted, the student must exhibit professional demeanor both in university courses and in clinical field placements, and remain a positive role model for both the University and the Teacher Education Program.
The Praxis II test is required for teacher certification in the State of Indiana. The Praxis II is a test of students' content knowledge. One hundred percent of students who completed the Teacher Education Program in 2010-2011 passed their Praxis II certification tests.
Documents for Indiana Teacher Certification should be filed with the Office of Teacher Education as soon after graduation as possible. Necessary information on the certification process is available in the Teacher Certification Office.
Integration Of Faith And Learning
The eight domains of the Teacher as Decision Maker conceptual framework are integrated in the context of faith and learning as students discover the relationship between teaching and biblical principles.
The program integrates liberal arts education, content-specific course work, and clinical field placements to provide the student with teaching situations that allow the theory presented within the university classroom to become applied knowledge within the world of the practitioner. All professors within the Teacher Education Program have had classroom experience and continue to work closely with current practicing teachers.
Field experiences for all education majors begin in the Stage A, freshman year, with tutoring and mentoring activities in school-like settings. Stage B sophomore year experiences build on this foundation in area schools and classrooms. An observation and participation field experience is required of all elementary and secondary education majors in May of the Stage A or B year (this experience is not a requirement of the Exceptional Needs Program). Stage C junior year field experiences require students to teach and spend up to 180 clock hours in classrooms in area schools.