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Education K-8 and Education K-8/Special Education Dual Certification

Bachelor of Science in Education K-8

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

Education Department Website (TEACH)

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. Acquire and continuously develop three kinds of knowledge: knowledge of their discipline, knowledge of themselves and others as learners, and knowledge of themselves as teachers.
2. Develop four scholarly proficiencies: Critical thinking, reflection, technological literacy, and communication through multiple texts. We believe these proficiencies are skills that can be taught, and are ones which enable teacher candidates to continue learning in their professional life.
3. Acquire and continuously develop the personal qualities of persistence, tolerance of ambiguity, professional ethics, and self-directed learning. These qualities, we believe, predispose teacher candidates toward continual professional growth.

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.

•    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

1. College Core 39 credit hours.
2. An official copy of Core Praxis (reading, writing, and math) passing scores for Delaware prior to registering for 300-level Education courses.
3. GPA Requirements: A cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required to register for 300-level classes in teacher education program.
4. Prior to admission to student teaching, teacher candidates must have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.00, have successfully defended their senior methods portfolio with overall senior methods grade point average of 3.00, received acceptable professional evaluations from the Education faculty, and provided Education Department with an official copy of passing PRAXIS II scores for Delaware Test must be received prior to student teaching.
5. Valid negative TB test.
6. Current Criminal Background Check on file with Department.
7. Delaware Child Protection Registry Request Form.

Core Requirements
Meet the Faculty
Education Department Website (TEACH)