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Paul Egeland, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education, Department Chair

On Faculty since 1995
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After college graduation and as an intermediate grade teacher in St. Charles, Illinois, Dr. Egeland was active in the school’s outdoor education program. This program fit well with his camping background and led to graduate studies in Outdoor Teacher Education. His interest in experiential education continued in South America where he served with TEAM as an educator at a school for missionary children in the Andes Mountains and, while there, inaugurated an outdoor education program.

For five years, Dr. Egeland was absent from the classroom to help administer a large outdoor education and conference center in Wisconsin. He returned to the Fox Valley area of Illinois, pursuing doctoral studies and continuing to teach in the elementary classroom. In responding to the invitation to join Wheaton’s Department of Education, his teaching, research, international travels, and camping/outdoor education experiences have provided the impetus to encourage prospective teachers. Currently, he chairs the Education Department. Dr. Egeland is married to Marie, a marriage and family therapist and travel professional. They have two lovely daughters, one wonderful son-in-law, a beautiful granddaughter, and continue to reside and worship in the Fox River Valley, an enjoyable bike ride from the Wheaton campus.

Northern Illinois University
Ed. D., Curriculum and Instruction, 1995

Northern Illinois University
M. S. Ed., Outdoor Teacher Education, 1980

Wheaton College
B. A., Elementary Education, 1977

  • School Choice
  • International Student Teaching
  • Outdoor Teacher Education
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Christian College Teacher Education Coordinating Council
  • International Community of Christian Teacher Educators
  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • Phi Delta Kappa International
  • Theories and Methods of Teaching Elementary and Middle School Social Studies
  • Elementary and Secondary Methods Practicum
  • Student Teaching Supervision
  • International Student Teaching
  • Male Elementary Teachers
  • Outdoor Teacher Education
  • School Choice

How does international student teaching shape the participants? Professional and personal perspectives and decisions International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives
Egeland, P. C., 2016

Partnering with parents: Strengthening the link between Hispanic students and their teachers Critical Issues in Teacher Education
Egeland, P. & Dryden, N., 2015

Mentoring: A unique opportunity for liberal arts teacher preparation AILACTE Journal
Egeland, P. & Eckert, J., 2012

Challenges for male elementary teachers: Present status, perceptions, and possibilities Critical Issues in Teacher Education
Egeland, P., Sovocool, J., & Marble, J., 2012