WheTEP applications due March 1
Anyone planning on student teaching during the spring semester of 2016 must submit a completed WheTEP application by the March 1 deadline. Mrs. Robyn McKenzie is the point person for this process, ensuring that all WheTEP prerequisites are met, the application file is complete, and the department faculty will have the information necessary to vote on each WheTEP candidate. Beginning in the 2015-16 academic year, the March 1 deadline will be moved up to Oct. 1, as all juniors should be applying to WheTEP at that time, regardless of the semester of student teaching. Students are encouraged to complete and submit a WheTEP application as soon as Educ 225 and 225L are completed, thereby avoiding the Oct. 1 rush.
Scholarship Applications Due March 6
The Education Department at Wheaton College is thrilled to offer nine different scholarships, thanks to the generosity of supporters of Wheaton College Teacher Education. Some have specific criteria, such as addressing student financial needs or rewarding strong academic work, and may be limited by academic programs, such as elementary, secondary, math/science, or MAT. Thousands of dollars in scholarship funds are dispersed each academic year by these teacher education scholarships. Decisions will be made later this spring for the 2015-16 academic year, based on the applications submitted on or before Friday, March 6. More information on each scholarship and a downloadable scholarship application are available here.
MAT Applications Due March 6
In late November, 2014, Dr. IL-Hee Kim, coordinator of Wheaton College's MAT program led an informational meeting for anyone interested in learning more about this accelerated program available only to Wheaton College undergraduate students. Applications will be due prior to spring break, Friday, March 6. This applies for those who are presently juniors. If you were unable to attend last fall's meeting or want to learn more about this unique way to earn an IL teaching license and a Master's degree with only one additional year of coursework, feel free to contact Dr. Kim by email or by phone (x7489) or stop by his office in BL 479.
Wheaton Teacher Education Program Completes Accreditation Review
From Nov. 9 through Nov. 11, 2014, four outside evaluators from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) carefully viewed documents and interviewed scores of people to determine if WheTEP met the six standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This was their first visit to campus since 2006, when Wheaton’s teacher education program was last granted this national recognition.
As part of this process, evaluators interviewed elementary and secondary education faculty, senior college administrators, current student teachers, past and present cooperating teachers, K-12 school administrators, and community members. As part of the itinerary, they visited Grover Cleveland Elementary School in Chicago, Hubble Middle School in Warrenville, and Wheaton North High School in Wheaton.
In the exit meeting with President Ryken, Provost Jones, Dean Chappell, and Chair Lederhouse, the accreditation team chair concluded that Wheaton College has a strong program and appears to meet all six national standards. Final and official approval is expected after the CAEP board reviews the final report and votes on it in the spring of 2015. In an congratulatory email, President Ryken expressed his gratitude “for the exemplary work Wheaton does in preparing teachers.” Similarly, Provost Jones noted that “this is the culmination of a huge amount of work, and the result is terrific for the program and the college.”
Dr. Chappell, the Dean of Natural and Social Sciences, was particularly pleased that the program and institutional mission was clearly articulated. She observed the department displayed “a remarkable testimony of competence, professionalism, and the Lord’s work through education.” The evaluators remarked on the quality of Wheaton’s teacher candidates based on formal and informal interactions. A number of education students assisted before and during the site visit by organizing materials, transporting people and supplies, and by guiding the evaluators to meetings in various buildings on campus. We are grateful for the hard work of so many people in preparation for this thorough program evaluation.
Special Education Endorsement to be Added
The Wheaton Teacher Education program plans to offer the courses leading to a special education endorsement that can be added to an Illinois teaching license. This may be easier for elementary education teacher candidates to complete than secondary education teacher candidates, as special education could be chosen as an elementary education concentration. The department is conducting a national search for a special education instructor during the 2014-15 academic year with the hope of offering the added special education courses beginning in 2015-16.