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Why Study Education?

You’ll combine a passion for your subject matter with your passion for students when you study education. The award-winning Wheaton Teacher Education Program (WheTEP) is an experience-oriented program based on the liberal arts and a Christian worldview. Students are encouraged to explore biblical teachings and perspectives as they relate to a teacher in the typical classroom. You will graduate as an educator who teaches and leads for human flourishing. Successfully completing a degree also leads to an initial Illinois professional educator license.


Illinois teacher licensure programs
core courses required for all teacher licenses
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Why Study Education at Wheaton?

Our program is regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized and respected. It is a Model of Excellence Award winner, as named by the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE)

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Wheaton’s education program is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Our faculty have more than 50 years of K-12 classroom experience in public, private, and international schools. In the past decade, they have published five books and dozens of articles pertaining to the field of education.

Over the past five years, 100% of our students passed their respective licensure exams and performance assessments. More than 95% of program graduates rate their teacher preparation as good or excellent (2010 to present).

Beyond exams, our department's goal is to prepare educators who teach and lead for human flourishing. Learn more about how this conceptual framework undergirds everything we do. 

Generous donors have established numerous scholarships for education majors.

  • Student Teaching: Partnering with the Chicago Public Schools, we offer student teaching in the city of Chicago, a world-class urban center.  Some seniors elect to student-teach in international settings and many teach elementary, middle, and high school students at HoneyRock, Wheaton's Outdoor Center for Leadership Development, during the summer.
  • Tutoring: Tutor elementary, middle and high school refugees and immigrants in after school programs
  • Research: Work closely with faculty to assist with course preparation or research projects as a Research Assistant or Teaching Assistant. Partner with faculty and other students on important data collection, presentations, publications, websites, and curriculum development.
  • Educator Alumni Gatherings: We host over 70 educators on campus to network, develop relationships, and learn together.

What Will I Learn?

Successfully completing a degree in any of the following leads to an initial Illinois professional educator license.

  • Elementary Education: For all subjects in grades 1-6.
  • Secondary Education: Grades 6-12 with a double major in one of the following: English, mathematics, history/social science, or science: biology, chemistry, geology, or physics.
  • Music Education: Grades K-12.
  • Modern Languages: Grades K-12 with a double major in one modern language: Spanish, French, or German.

Learn more about the Masters of Arts in Teaching program at Wheaton College Graduate School, including the accelerated and general M.A.T. as well as admission requirements.

Consult the course catalog for full listing of current courses available in this field.

Possible Careers for Education Majors

99% of our graduates from the past five years were employed within one year of completing our program, with 85 to 90% employed in education. The Center for Vocation and Career will be happy to partner with you to explore the many career options available to you with a degree in education.

  • Child Care Workers
  • Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals
  • Instructional Coordinators
  • Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers
  • Librarians
  • Middle School Teachers
  • Preschool Teachers
  • School and Career Counselors
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Teacher Assistants

Over the past five years, 100% of our students passed their respective licensure exams and performance assessments.

Recent graduates work primarily in public schools (about 60%), private Christian Schools (about 30%) or international schools (just under 10%).

The faculty of the Education Department have been excellent models of what good teaching looks like. — Hannah Hibbs '15, San Mateo, California
Working weekly with a faculty member prior to my international experience was so helpful . . . the opportunity to learn before and process the experience afterward was extremely beneficial. — Sonja Davy '17, Brookfield, Illinois