Candidates in Wagner's initial teacher preparation programs receive qualifications for certifications in both special education and general education for grades 1-6. Principals say this dual license is highly desirable, so graduates find themselves at an advantage in the job market. In addition, teacher candidates pursue a "dual major" from among our twelve state-approved programs, providing them with deep disciplinary understandings that inform their teaching.
Coupled with this strong educational background, Wagner students graduate with a dual degree in one of twelve liberal arts majors: Art, English, French, History, Mathematics, Music, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology, Spanish, or Theatre/Speech.
In addition to the requirements for the dual majors (available below), graduates take the following Education coursework, in roughly the following order:
Foundations of Education
First course: Prerequisite to all other courses
ED 326: Educational Foundations for Teaching & Learning in an Inclusive Setting
Next two may be taken in any order or together:
ED 312: Developing and Managing Optimal Learning Environments for Students with Disabilities
ED 335: Assessment, Evaluation and Technology in the Classroom
Methods and Content of Education
All Foundations of Education courses must be complete and student must have participated in the mandatory TPP Teacher Prep Day to enter classes in this portion of the program. Students must hold a 3.0 GPA overall and in both dual majors to qualify for the assessment day. Course blocks may be taken in any order.
ED 322: Instructional Technology in a Networked World (TC)
ED 406: Inclusive Methods & Curriculum: English Language Arts, Social Studies, and other Languages not English
ED 414: Inclusive Methods & Curriculum: Mathematics, Science, Arts, Health, and Physical Education
ED 425: Theories in Language Acquisition and Literary Development
ED 426: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Children
All Methods and Content of Education courses must be complete and student must have participated in the mandatory student teaching Teacher Prep Day to enter classes in this portion of the program. Students must hold a 3.0 GPA overall and in both dual majors to qualify for the assessment day. All clinical practice courses are taken in the same semester, fall or spring, in the Senior year.
ED 550B: Student Teaching: Grades 1-3
ED 560B: Student Teaching: Grades 4-6
ED 580: School, Diversity & Society (D)
Program Requirements for Dual Majors
Natural Sciences/Childhood Education