Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College



“Wheaton's Education Department is the gem of the college. The faculty truly care about the students and prepare them to become effective teachers.”

Professor Mary Lee Griffin speaking to student


Departmental Mission Statement

Wheaton College provides a transformative liberal arts education for intellectually curious students in a collaborative, academically vibrant residential community.  Through connected courses covering related topics from multiple perspectives, the Wheaton Curriculum encourages all students to explore the conceptual and methodological approaches to knowledge inherent in the academic disciplines.  Students are encouraged to think, learn, analyze, evaluate, understand and express themselves regarding all aspects of their lives.

In this environment, rich in history and a sense of shared purpose, Wheaton’s innovative education programs prepare teacher scholars who pursue both an education major and an in-depth liberal arts major.  These connected programs offer preservice educators myriad opportunities to confront issues of what and how to teach in a rapidly changing world.  Wheaton prepares education students to be intellectual risk takers, creative problem solvers and reflective practitioners.  In turn, they develop the habits of mind and particular strategies necessary to cultivate higher-order thinking among their own students.  Through work in and out of college and field classrooms, education students are expected to think critically, analyze issues closely, communicate effectively and provide leadership in these diverse communities in which they will live and work.

In coursework and field experiences, education majors confront contemporary society, engage in study of race, ethnicity, and social justice, and consider how these issues impact their own lives and the lives of their students.  The intensity of discourse inside and outside the classroom and the active learning promoted by a distinguished faculty prepare future teachers' understanding of the world and the leadership role they can play in it.  Our graduates pursue many vocations including classroom teachers, administrators, school psychologists, researchers, and professors.

By successfully completing requirements for the secondary, elementary or early childhood education major programs, Wheaton graduates gain Massachusetts teacher licensure. The Education Department also offers a general education minor, a five course non-licensure program.

Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers

These standards define the pedagogical and other professional knowledge and skills required of all Massachusetts teachers.

(1) Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment

(2) Teaching All Students

(3) Family and Community Engagement

(4) Professional Culture

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education regulations for Teacher Licensure change yearly as do education requirements and forms. It is therefore critical that students contact the appropriate Wheaton Education Department faculty advisor to obtain the most up-to-date information and education requirements.

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