Edgewood College was founded as a teacher's college in 1927. With over 90 years of experience, we continue to excel in the area of teacher preparation. As a student in the School of Education, you will benefit from a wide range of experiences both in and out of the classroom. Your professors and advisors will help you determine your licensing interests, identify the school setting that best suits your strengths and develop a network of professional contacts.
The Elementary Education major, combined with a minor of your choice, prepares you to teach children and youth ages six through thirteen. We offer many minors to increase your expertise and marketability, from bilingual/ESL to ethnic studies to Spanish and many others, including all of the major content areas.
We place a strong emphasis on preparing teachers to meet the professional demands of contemporary education. Our Teacher Education program emerges from three major sources of influence: our tradition, our mission, and our profession. These influences are evident in the program's respect for and attention to diversity, in the participation in the professional community, and in the practice of continuous assessment, evaluation, and improvement.
As a teacher candidate, you will begin your practicum experiences early on in the program and will be offered a variety of teaching experiences at multiple grade levels.
The practicum and classroom observation requirements allow you to have the opportunity to work with children in daycare centers, hospitals, nurseries, kindergartens, elementary and secondary schools, after-school programs, and other areas. With a grade school and high school on campus, you may also have the opportunity to do practicum work on campus! You are required to complete a minimum of 100 pre-student teaching hours, including 50 hours of multicultural experience, before your student teaching placement.
Madison offers a diverse array of placements, including private, parochial, and public schools in urban and suburban areas as well as nearby smaller communities. This provides you with a broader range of experiences, which facilitates exploration to find the best fit for you, as well as increasing marketability.
Education is one of the largest programs at Edgewood College, and our many graduates have found homes teaching in local schools as well as schools across the nation and even the world! Most of our students who major in Elementary Education become certified to teach grades 1-8, although a degree in Elementary Education also allows you to work in after-school programs, tutoring programs, and in other educational settings. You may also choose to go on to graduate school, pursuing degrees such as the Library Media Specialist License, educational administration, counseling, ESL/bilingual licensure, and many other school-based career opportunities.
The Teacher Education licensing programs are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI). Edgewood College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.