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Education K-8

Degree

  • Bachelor of Science in Education K-8
  • Bachelor of Science in Education K-8 / Special Education Dual Certification

The mission of the Teacher Education programs at Wesley College is to prepare teacher candidates to function as knowledgeable, self-directed, caring, and confident professionals who are able to act as change agents for educational reform throughout their career.

The Education Department at Wesley offers a degree pro­gram in elementary/middle school education which pro­vides for K-8 certification and a dual certification program in Education K-8/Special Education. Preparation includes course work in child and young adolescent development; learning theo­ries; classroom management; language arts, mathematics, science and social studies curricula. Focus is placed on reflective thinking and action research. The program re­quires that each teacher candidate complete one (1) content area in addition to completion of the required content core for elementary or dual certification.

Graduates of the Education program:

  1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of content and life-long learning strategies for independent knowledge construction.
    Measured by:
    Passing Scores on Core PRAXIS content knowledge tests (Delaware Cut Scores)
    Grade point averages set by each program in accordance with the progression gate schedule in the Unit Assessment System Manual.
    An acceptable score on the programs’ Planning Rubrics used to evaluate content of instructional plans, and other key assessments in coursework, in accordance with schedules in the Unit Assessment System Manual.
  2. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of pedagogy, including self-knowledge and knowledge of how children, youth, and others learn.
    Measured by:
    Evidence of growth in planning, delivery and assessment, as evaluated on the programs’ planning, delivery, and assessment rubrics in accordance with the schedule in the Unit Assessment System Manual, and through the use of rubrics on key assessments described in course syllabi.
  3. Demonstrate continual growth in Content Pedagogical Knowledge through planning, delivering, differentiating, and assessing instruction in ways that align to social constructivist practice and content standards.
    Measured by:
    Assessment of written and enacted curriculum using the programs’ Lesson Plan and Delivery Rubrics on key assessments as described in the Unit‘s course syllabi and in the Unit Assessment System Manual, summative and formative Wesley Units of Instruction that are assessed on programs’ Assessment of Student Learning rubrics, in accordance with the schedule in the Unit Assessment System Manual, and through the use of rubrics on key assessments described in course syllabi.
  4. Demonstrate growth in scholarly competencies, including critical thinking, reflection, technological literacy, and communication through multiple texts.
    Measured by:
    Reflection rubrics used on course and program products designated as key assessments in the Unit Assessment System Manual.
    Customary and appropriate use of technology for learning and teaching in instructional plans and their implementation as measured on the programs’ Delivery Rubrics.
  5. Demonstrate growth in the dispositions of persistence, tolerance for ambiguity, work ethic, and self-directed learning as learners first and then as teachers who consistently demonstrate these professional qualities in multiple professional contexts and settings.
    Measured by:
    The Unit‘s Professional Qualities Rubric for assessing professional dispositions at all program gates, and in student teaching, in accordance with the schedules in the Unit Assessment System Manual.

Upon satisfactory completion of the four-year program in elementary education and upon submitting evidence of having achieved a level of performance satisfactory to the Delaware State Department of Education, graduates receive the B.S. in Education K-8 and initial certification in elementary education for grades K-8 or the B.S. in Education K-8/Special Education and initial certification in elementary education K-8 and special education.

Special Features

  • NCATE accredited program
  • 100% Core Praxis and PRAXIS II pass rates
  • Professional Development School at on-campus charter school with employment opportunities
  • Field experience in most education classes with culminates in a year-long internship

Requirements

  1. An official copy of Core Praxis (reading, writing, and math) passing scores for Delaware prior to registering for 400 level Education courses.
  2. Admission to teacher candidacy, and 300-level education coursework, requires that the following criteria be met:
    • A grade point average of 3.00
    • Approval of the Advisor
    • A completed Teacher Candidacy Application Form available on TK20.
    • Successful defense of a Teacher Candidacy Portfolio submitted into TK20 and a presentation.
    • Successful defense of a Teacher Candidacy Portfolio submitted into TK20 and a presentation.
  3. Prior to admission to the internship year, teacher candidates must have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 and provided the Department of Education with an official copy of passing PRAXIS II scores for the Delaware test. In order to progress to the second internship semester, candidates must successfully defend an Internship Analysis and Reflection Portfolio, maintain a 3.00 GPA as well as earn a 3.00 GPA in Fall Internship (ED 454-459), and submit a passing Wesley Instructional Unit Plan.
  4. PRAXIS II test number 5001 (minimum requirement). Passing scores on a PRAXIS II content exam (if seeking student teaching placement in middle school). PRAXIS II scores must be received prior to application for student teaching.
  5. Valid negative TB test.
  6.  Current Criminal Background Check on file with Department.
  7. Current Delaware Child Protection Registry Check on file with Department.
  8. Authorization Release Form on file with department.
  9. In order to graduate, teacher candidates must earn a B or higher in Spring Internship-Student Teaching and maintain a 3.00 GPA.

 

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