General Philosophy of the Department
Because of our unique heritage and commitment to public education, the department infuses its pedagogy with a commitment to reforming our nation’s schools. Equal to that spirit of reformation is an overriding concern to maintain the development of moral character within the context of our nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage. (It is important to note, however, that Wheaton recognizes, respects, and supports the separation of church and state.) We reclaim the same nineteenth century ideals that drove a nation to abolish slavery, reform social ills in urban areas and commit to making education available to all regardless of class, gender or race.
Wheaton College Model for Teacher Education is a developmentally appropriate curriculum, structured around experiences and theoretical constructs which cultivate and promote scholarship, service and reform.
The Wheaton Teacher Education Program (WheTEP) is an experience-oriented program based on the liberal arts. The conceptual framework for the program is "Preparing Educators Who Teach and Lead for Human Flourishing." There is considerable emphasis on involving teacher education students with school-age youth in each of the four years. The Department of Education is devoted to preparing Christian young people to serve as teachers in the public, private and Christian schools of our nation and the world. Students in teacher education are encouraged to explore biblical teachings and perspectives as they relate to the role of the teacher in the typical classroom.