Navigating your teaching journey through the guideposts of reflection, resourcefulness and 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.
At Illinois Wesleyan University, 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.
At IWU, you will be able to observe and work with children in the very first course you take, Education and Social Justice. This is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in classrooms during your first year in college.
As teacher-scholars for social justice, students present poster or oral presentations during the Annual Inquiries into Teaching and Learning Conference, actively engage in leading professional development events on campus, and some pursue a Research Honors in addition to their captsone undergraduate research experience.
Internship opportunities are a great way to get experiential learning. Some popular internships are student teaching as part of the Chicago Semester program and teaching ESL to adults through the Freeman Asia program.
Education majors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in various different cultures by studying abroad.
The Student Education Association is a pre-professional organization of students preparing for careers in education. Activities for this group center around: providing pre-professional development and job preparation, community outreach, and political action.
Many of our majors are also Division III student athletes.