Students today have a great variety of colleges and universities to choose from—some familiar, others not so much. Wilson College, founded in 1869, is a small, private liberal arts college that creates a personal learning environment, providing you with the skills needed to succeed in today’s education workplace.
We are committed to the very best in educating and preparing teachers who will be at the top of their fields.
The Wilson academic experience
Wilson takes great pride in the rigor of its academic programs and faculty, who bring out the best in our students. Because Wilson is a liberal arts college, you will learn how to think critically, solve complex problems, and adapt in an ever-changing world. These are the qualities employers seek and the attributes required of good teachers.
Our faculty place students at the center of their teaching, and nowhere is this more evident than in the Education program. This practice provides the structure for a learning environment that encourages, challenges, and inspires you to grow in and out of the classroom.
Learning goals for Education majors
If you aspire to become a teacher, it is important for you to know that our Education faculty embraces learning goals focused on professional standards that produce well-prepared classroom teachers. These goals state that Wilson Education majors will:
• Demonstrate measurable knowledge of content and subject materials.
• Demonstrate knowledge of pedagogical skills in planning and implementing strategies to meet the needs of today’s diverse classrooms.
• Exhibit understanding of technologies related to instructional practice and applicable to student needs.
• Provide evidence of the ability to apply assessment strategies that address state standards and differentiate each one according to student needs.
• Identify, manage, and implement effective classroom routines, procedures, and management skills.
• Exhibit skill in delivering instruction and engaging others in learning by employing a variety of research-based instructional strategies.
• Demonstrate professional standards and practices in all settings within and beyond the classroom.
When you enroll in the teacher education curriculum, you begin a program of field experiences designed to integrate theory and practice. You begin with a sequence of structured classroom observations in area schools, followed by a supervised, full-time, 150-hour pre-practicum in a local school. A typical pre-practicum schedule involves one day per week over a period of 15 weeks during the spring semester of your junior year or the fall semester of your senior year.
The concluding field experience is a full-time, off-campus, semester-long student teaching practicum in your senior year. This experience approximates an actual teaching position and provides a thorough test of professional readiness for employment as a classroom teacher. During this semester, you do not take classes because this practicum constitutes a full-time course load. Student teachers are placed within an approximately 80-mile radius of the College. Your final practicum is supervised by Wilson faculty, who will visit your classroom to provide guidance and feedback.
Wilson College adheres to the Pennsylvania state standards for teacher certification. However, the Pennsylvania certificate is valid in 46 states with interstate agreements. The exceptions are Alaska, Indiana, Minnesota, and Missouri. Pennsylvania standards require students to pass all PECT/Praxis tests mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Adjustments are made to accommodate the requirements of other states, except those that require teachers to complete a year of graduate study. Your faculty advisor works with you to ensure you are prepared for employment at your location of choice.
Areas of certification
All certification programs lead to a four-year bachelor’s degree. Wilson College is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer certification programs in the following areas:
Early Childhood (PreK-Grade 4) and Special Education (PreK-Grade 8)
• Early Childhood (PreK-Grade 4)
• Dual Certification: Special Education and Early Childhood (PreK-Grade 4)
Middle Level (Grades 4-8)
• Reading/English Language Arts
• Social Studies
Secondary Certification (Grades 7-12) Content Areas
If you want to teach any of these subject areas at this grade level, you will major in the subject area and take the appropriate courses in education required for certification.
• Social Studies
PreK-12th Grade Certification
•Health and Physical Education
Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education
In addition to the four-year programs indicated above, Wilson College offers a two-year program designed to prepare students to work as teacher aides in early childhood educational settings. The program is designed so that the majority of courses are transferable toward the baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood (PreK-Grade 4) Education.
Beyond a bachelor’s degree
Wilson College also offers the opportunity for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree to become a certified teacher through our highly regarded Teacher Intern Program. All of the certification programs listed above are available to interested students. Our Master of Education degree, designed for both elementary and secondary teachers, is based on the premise that successful teachers need in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, a mastery of current theory, and an understanding of research-based practices and technology to move from being good teachers to becoming great teachers. More information about these two programs can be found on our website at wilson.edu/education.
You are invited to explore Wilson College by scheduling a visit that can include sitting in on an education class and meeting with a professor in a specific department, as well as admission counseling. Being able to experience the classroom dynamic lets you experience the nature of the relationship between Wilson students and faculty. It will also help you choose the college that will best prepare you for the teaching profession...the one that creates all other professions.
“Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.”