Wesleyan's teacher education program is approved by the West Virginia Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; telephone 1-202-466-7496). It is designed to prepare elementary and secondary classroom teachers who are active learners and decision makers. Their competence as entry-level teachers derives from thorough preparation in their teaching field(s) and from mastery of professional skills appropriate to the level at which they choose to teach. These are complemented by an appreciation for the breadth and richness of culture and a respect for the dignity, diversity, and worth of individuals, both of which are fundamental to a Wesleyan education.
The professional component of the teacher education program includes both course work and field experiences organized around five areas of general concern: instruction and learning; professional, personal, and ethical roles; cultural, social, and school/classroom contexts; individual differences/diversity; and evaluation and decision-making. Public schools in Upshur, Lewis, Harrison, and Randolph counties provide the settings for directed observation and teaching. (Students are responsible for their own transportation during all field exercises and field experiences.)
Graduates of Wesleyan's teacher education program qualify for professional licensure in West Virginia and in most other states. Some states may require limited additional work before a candidate educated out-of-state may be eligible for permanent professional licensure. The teacher education program demands very careful coordination of academic, professional, and field instruction; students are encouraged to seek early faculty advising.
One measure of Teacher Candidate Performance as reported to the accrediting agency is overall GPA. GPA is calculated on a 4.0 Quality Point Scale.