Educational Studies

About the Department

Global Story Time
Amy Sanchez '17, elementary education major, reads to children as part of Global Story Time at the Bloomington Public Library. “It’s important to expand my horizons so I can take that into my classroom and teach my students to be more inclusive about different cultures,” she said.

Will you teach, or be the innovator who transforms your classroom into a living, learning laboratory?

Reflection. Resourcefulness. Responsiveness.

These are the qualities cultivated through the Educational Studies Department at Illinois Wesleyan University. Why do these qualities matter? Because together, they create teachers who are committed to social justice in their classrooms and schools so that the democratic ideals of equity and opportunity are realized for all students.

A culminating experience of all IWU education majors is their senior “self-study” project and portfolio. Junior education majors present their portfolios to senior education majors – with students mentoring fellow students while faculty also provide discussion, guidance, and support. 

A crucial component of the portfolio is a self-critique in which students reflect on themselves as social justice educators and identify areas for future growth. This collaborative assessment experience helps mold IWU teachers as they create an action plan implemented during their student teaching practicum.

We strive to prepare teachers who understand, appreciate, and are responsive to students from diverse backgrounds, and who have the knowledge, skills and dispositions to foster learning among all children regardless of culture, race, ethnicity, language, class, gender and/or ability.