Winona Lake, IN
Winona Lake, IN
The Future Starts in Class.
In the School of Education, we embrace the ideology that “Teaching must be characterized as a career deeply influenced by moral practice” (Fenstermacher, in Goodlad, et. al). That’s why we are deeply concerned about instilling the principles of character, competence, and service into our future teachers. Here’s the way we do it:
Every day in the classroom, teachers are faced with decisions. Our courses engage in conversation with this in mind; what is the role of a teacher’s character, and how does it affect students?
We pride ourselves in being excellent. We require more than 100 hours of classroom experience starting as soon as your first semester—and that’s prior to a full semester of student teaching! We do everything in our control to ensure you graduate a top-notch candidate.
Teachers must have a spirit of community and a willingness to serve. We want you to leave inspired, approaching your career with an eagerness to love others and glorify God.
And our motivation for the journey comes from Micah 6:8: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
Areas of study
We offer majors in elementary education (K-6 general education), special education, secondary education for business, English, French, life sciences, math, social studies, history, and Spanish.
Education majors have wide-ranging opportunities with Christian schools, public schools, inner-city settings, diverse cultures, and diverse socio-economic levels. As an Education major, your field experiences begin as early as your freshman year in the Teaching School in America course, and most of your field experiences are within a half hour drive from campus.
Grace’s campus sits on the top of a hill that overlooks the quaint, picturesque village of Winona Lake, Indiana. And according to Niche.com, Winona Lake is “one of the best places to live in Indiana"
Highest Exam Scores in Indiana
For the third year in a row, Grace students earned the highest Indiana CORE Elementary Reading Exam scores of those that reported their results.
170+ Hours of Classroom Experience
Students are required to have 170+ hours of field experience in local K-6 classrooms (in addition to campus coursework) before they do student teaching.
Grace students also had the highest average score in the state for Special Education with the Mild Intervention licensure exam with a 100% first attempt pass rate. The Grace School of Education also ranked in the top five for Elementary Education Pedagogy, Elementary Social Studies, and Elementary Science.
100% Principal Satisfaction
100% of Grace education graduates were rated effective or highly effective by Indiana principals.
100% Program Satisfaction
Grace College has graduated thousands of Education majors who are currently teaching at Christian and public schools in the US and abroad, and 100% of them report satisfaction with the program.
The Grace College School of Education is pleased to announce that its new Transition to Teaching Elementary program will launch this June. The online licensure will allow those who hold a bachelor’s degree to complete the program and obtain an elementary education teaching license over the course of 18 months. The new program comes in response to a growing number of teaching vacancies across the United States and seeks to provide an innovative pathway for capable individuals to become licensed elementary educators.
“Grace College’s School of Education has, in just two years, radically changed my approach to teaching, learning, and my approach to learners. The professors routinely model Godly character, sharpen students’ competence by challenging their thinking and expecting them to own their learning.”
“From the very first class in the program to graduation and beyond, all of the staff are invested in their relationships with the students of the program and seeing them through to a successful career.”