Majors: Early Childhood Education (Certification)
Minor: Educational Studies (Non-certification) and Reading
Program Director: Virginia Wilcox Associate Professor of Education
The central purpose of the teacher preparation programs at Wesleyan is to provide an environment for pre-service teachers to enhance their understanding of the needs and nature of the learner; construct learning; acquire, reflect upon, and use knowledge; and develop and implement instructional methods that make content meaningful, integrative, active, and challenging. For information about specific courses offered, please see our Academic Catalogue.
Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education Program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree is offered to students planning to teach in pre-kindergarten and primary grades (P-5). The major consists of 80 semester hours of education (professional development) and related course work. Students majoring in Early Childhood Education are automatically eligible to receive a minor in Reading as part of the required coursework.
Educational Studies Minor
The Educational Studies minor is designed for the student who has a general interest in the K-12 classroom at the Early Childhood, Middle Grades, or Secondary level. EDS minors are not required to be admitted to the Education Program in order to take upper level required courses. The minor does not lead directly to state certification, though it does prepare graduates to enter post-baccalaureate, alternative certification programs such as Georgia TAPP, offered by Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESA) throughout the state or an MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching initial certification) program.
Master of Education. The Master of Education (M.Ed.) has been designed by Wesleyan faculty to meet the needs of teachers in the middle Georgia and surrounding area and will add a significant component to Wesleyan’s graduate programming. The program is specifically designed around an educator’s academic calendar, offering course schedules convenient to a busy lifestyle so that working professionals can earn a graduate degree without disrupting their career momentum.
Students in the Education Program enjoy a wide range of field experiences. They are actively involved in public school classrooms in every education course at Wesleyan. Included in these experiences are observing students, volunteering as classroom assistants, planning and implementing lessons with groups of students, and student teaching, which is the culmination of professional field experiences and course competencies during the student’s senior year.
Patrick Pritchard Professor of Education, Alumnae Chair of Education, and Center for Educational Renewal Director.
B.A. (History, Social Science for Secondary Education), B.S. (Liberal Arts) Eastern Mennonite College 1984; M.Ed. (Special Education) Clemson University 1987; Ph.D. (Curriculum and Instruction) Clemson University, Clemson 1998. My primary research interest is self-study and teacher identity in teacher education. Taylor Hall 117. firstname.lastname@example.org
Virginia B. Wilcox, Associate Professor of Education Ph.D Auburn University 2005. My primary interests include uncovering previously constructed misconceptions in math and science content in order to teach more conceptually and increase retention and application of concepts within young children. Taylor 116. email@example.com
Wendy Hamm Assistant Professor of Education B.S. (Education - Early Childhood) University of Georgia 1982; M.A. (Education - Reading Specialist) Mercer University 1988; Ed.S. (Early Childhood) Georgia College & State University 1998. I have a passion for literacy in the elementary classroom. My 30+ years of teaching and coaching new teachers have inspired me as a teacher. Wendy has recently retired from 30 years of teaching in public education. Most recently she was a GA TAPP instructor at Middle Georgia RESA. firstname.lastname@example.org
Virginia Bowman Wilcox ’90 Honored as a Top 20 Education Professor in Georgia
Wesleyan College’s Associate Professor of Education, Dr. Virginia Wilcox (far right) has been named as a Top 20 Education Professor in Georgia by Online Schools in Georgia. Dr. Wilcox was honored for her commitment to teaching excellence and the constant improvement of student assessment and curriculum. She has demonstrated excellence in scholarship, research, teacher mentoring, and service to Wesleyan College and the community.
The early childhood model classroom in Taylor Hall is a particularly innovative and literacy-rich environment. This unique classroom is set up to represent an actual early childhood classroom with learning centers modeled throughout the room. Around the walls are separate writing, reading, research, computer, math, and science centers along with a classroom library.
Nine Wesleyan graduates serve in teaching and administrative positions at Georgia Academy for the Blind in Macon. Five of GAB’s current teachers are graduates of Wesleyan’s department of early childhood education. Several of these alumnae attended Wesleyan as non-traditional students and some turned to special education as a second career. Read the story.