Edgewood College was founded as a teacher's college in 1927. With 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 Studies in Education major offers you the opportunity to study education without committing to a licensing program. Students who enter a licensing program and decide later not to complete the licensing program may also use this major to complete their degree.
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 in the program and will be offered a variety of teaching experiences at multiple grade levels.
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.
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.
Education is one of the largest programs at Edgewood College, and our many graduates have found homes in local schools as well as schools across the nation and even the world! Many of our graduates also choose to go on to graduate school, pursuing degrees such as the Library Media Specialist License, educational administration, counseling, 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.