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"Learn to Learn, Learn to Teach, Teach to Learn"
Welcome to the Wesley College Education Department. Great things await as you spend time with us learning to learn, learning to teach, and teaching to learn.
The Education Department administers undergraduate initial teacher preparation programs in elementary education (K-8) and physical/health education. At the graduate level, the department offers the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), an initial teacher preparation program. It is well adapted for college graduates with non-education majors and/or career changers. Advanced programs for completers of an education major include the degrees of MEd and MAEd.
The mission of the Education Department 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.
What is a change agent?
We believe that educational change agents establish a learning environment that empowers students to become knowledgeable self-directed learners who can generate rational arguments, make good choices in their lives, and act responsibly in society.
How do we create change agents?
The Education Department is committed to and aligns its outcomes with the constructivist philosophy of learning which we believe is the educational paradigm that promotes the creation of change agents. Candidates in the Education Department's programs follow a progression of learning under the constructivist paradigm, first learning to learn, then learning to teach, then teaching to learn.
The Education Department has enjoyed many continuing partnerships with K-12 schools in the Mid-Atlantic area. Additionally, the department co-founded Campus Community Charter School which is adjacent to the Wesley College campus. It houses grades K-8 and serves as our professional development school. For further information, please explore the numerous webpages of our Wesley College Education Department below.
Dr. Jill Cole
Education Department Chair/Unit Head