Few people in our lives have the ability to influence and encourage us the way teachers do. The Education Department at Southwestern recognizes that education is the vehicle upon which the world’s future rides and strives to develop culturally responsive teachers for tomorrow’s classrooms.
We believe that a strong foundation in the liberal arts is critical to the preparation of excellent teachers.
The Department offers majors in Education, Composite Science, and Composite Social Studies.
Education courses are designed to provide both a philosophical and theoretical basis for teaching. We expose Education students to teaching methodology that is based on the latest research and emphasize developmental characteristics of the learner, learning theories, diverse learners, and assessment. Our professors teach and model analytic, creative and evaluative thinking skills in order to develop lifelong learners who are skilled in the problem solving necessary for the modern classroom. Strong, early field experiences and a closely supervised student teaching placement are integral components of the program.
After graduation, during the critical first year of teaching, the Education Department provides assistance through the Semester of Support (S.O.S.) program. Graduates return to campus to exchange ideas, receive technical assistance from the Department faculty, and engage in evaluation of the Teacher Certification Program. S.O.S. also provides on-site technical support to graduates during their first year of teaching.