"...the fight against marginalization would be my life’s goal."
An Education degree with a minor in Special Education is an ideal fit for those whose goal is to make a real difference in the lives of children with special needs. Teachers who are licensed in Special Education are in high demand nationwide. And for those who are trained, talented, and energetic enough to work with this very special group of young people, the rewards are innumerable.
At Edgewood College, 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.
Madison, WI 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 the world! The employment outlook for special education teachers is expected to remain favorable over the next decade. Job openings will be available for qualified individuals with a passion for helping children with special needs.
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.
The Teacher Education licensing programs are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI). Edgewood College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.