For five consecutive years, all education graduates are teaching in schools across the globe, attending graduate school or working in an educational setting.
William Jewell teacher education challenges students to go beyond their own learning experience to understand how to teach every learner. William Jewell College has been certifying teachers for the State of Missouri since 1914 and has held membership in the American Association of College of Teacher Education (AACTE) since 1959. Our program is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Why choose secondary education at Jewell?
William Jewell secondary education prepares you to reach, teach and understand every learner in your classroom. Strong content preparation through a major in your content field provides depth of knowledge about and the ability to conduct research in your subject. Your double major in secondary education cultivates your understanding of how adolescents grow and how to teach and assess to promote that development. More information on course work and our extensive field experiences can be found in the Jewell Student Teaching Handbook.
Fieldwork and Full Year of Student Teaching
All undergraduate students complete five formal fieldwork experiences, beginning the first semester you declare education as a major, prior to student teaching. These experiences are conducted in a variety of school settings, including urban, suburban and rural. Each of these experiences ensure that you understand how to meet the needs of individuals and groups of students in a variety of instructional environments. Every fieldwork has targeted assignments that promote increasingly complex understanding of how the teaching and learning process works as well as to build increasingly complex teaching skill sets.
Your learning culminates in a full-year student teaching experience in which you experience and practice all teaching responsibilities. The year spent with one teacher in one school provides the opportunity to become a member of a faculty and profession learning community. This extended period of time affords you the time to collaborate in depth, know each student as an individual, and to influence the learning of every adolescent in your classes.
We work with many schools in the Kansas City region and will select a student teaching placement in which you will have the best experience possible. You may request an urban, rural or suburban student teaching placement.
What Will I Learn?
As a Jewell teacher education student you will learn to:
- Implement research based teaching practices that produce disciplinary literacy and thinking, engagement, and the ability to apply learning to the real world.
- Understand developmentally appropriate practice and differentiated instruction and use them to meet the needs of increasingly diverse high school populations.
- Structure opportunities for students to think critically and challenge themselves.
- Conduct ongoing assessment and corrective literacy lessons for struggling readers.
- Design meaningful assessments that inform instruction and are connected to curriculum standards.
- Utilize classroom management techniques to model and promote healthy behaviors and relationships.
- Communicate and collaborate with others as a professional in educational settings.
- Reflect on your teaching to continuously improve your practice, increase student learning, and serve as a school leader.
Our Teacher Education Programs
SECONDARY (Grades 9-12) Secondary education majors double major in their content field and complete additional certification course work. *Teacher education students in the sciences, math or speech/theatre have the option to minor in their content area and complete certification course work.
- Social Studies
- Speech and Theatre (Communication)*
ALL LEVELS (Grades K-12):
- Choral Music
- Instrumental Music