Education

You will be exposed to a variety of classroom experiences, mentored by certified and talented teachers, and work with a wide range of student populations in the public schools. On campus, small interactive classes and a dedicated and accessible faculty whose priorities are teaching and advising allow students to benefit from a highly personalized educational experience.

Our education graduates are active learners and decision makers. From their first day in the classroom, teachers are prepared to lead and instruct at the level they have chosen. Moreover, our program stresses fundamental Wesleyan values: appreciation for the breadth and richness of culture, and a respect for the dignity, diversity, and worth of individuals.

  • Faculty

    Dr. Karen R. Petitto, Director – School of Education, Associate Professor

    B.A., Fairmont State College
    M.Ed., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    Ed.D., West Virginia University

    Area of Instruction: Education
    email: petitto@wvwc.edu
    phone: 8344

     

    Dr. Shirley Fortney, Emeriti Professor

    B.A., Fairmont State College
    M.A., Marshall University
    M.A., West Virginia College of Graduate Studies
    Ed.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    Area of Instruction: Education
    email: fortney@wvwc.edu
    phone: 8107

     

    Dr. Michael Mendicino, Assistant Professor

    M.S., California University of Pennsylvania
    Ed.D., West Virginia University

    Area of Instruction: Education
    email: mendicino_m@wvwc.edu

     

    Dr. Lynn Rupp, Emeriti Faculty

    email: rupp_l@wvwc.edu

     

    Dr. Tammy Samples, Associate Professor

    B.A., West Virginia University
    M.Ed., West Virginia University
    Ed.D., West Virginia University

    Area of Instruction: Education
    email: samples_t@wvwc.edu
    phone: 8142

     

    Vicki Sharp, Director of Clinical Experiences

    email: sharp.v@wvwc.edu

     

    Leah Morehead, Administrative Assistant

    email: morehead_l@wvwc.edu
    phone: 8045

  • Majors
    • Elementary Education (K-6)

      Students will:

      • Incorporate technology and 21st century knowledge, skills, and techniques into instructional strategies to promote higher-level student learning.
      • Design and implement a variety of instructional strategies that promote learning experiences connected to students’ diversity in culture, gender, disability, linguistics, and family differences
      • Synthesize and apply the various learning theories of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism to facilitate the learning of diverse students.
      • Apply decision-making skills to the analysis of the curriculum and modifications necessary to meet individual learner needs and comply with legal and policy requirements.
      • Apply subject matter pedagogy and ability to design instructional experiences that promote creativity innovation, and problem solving.
      • Demonstrate an ability to prepare and apply balanced assessment and to use assessment results to modify instruction.
      • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions appropriate for meeting state standards and content specialization standards expected for professional teaching candidates.
    • Music Education (PreK-Adult)

      Students will:

      • Incorporate technology and 21st century knowledge, skills, and techniques into instructional strategies to promote higher-level student learning.
      • Design and implement a variety of instructional strategies that promote learning experiences connected to students’ diversity in culture, gender, disability, linguistics, and family differences
      • Synthesize and apply the various learning theories of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism to facilitate the learning of diverse students.
      • Apply decision-making skills to the analysis of the curriculum and modifications necessary to meet individual learner needs and comply with legal and policy requirements.
      • Apply subject matter pedagogy and ability to design instructional experiences that promote creativity innovation, and problem solving.
      • Demonstrate an ability to prepare and apply balanced assessment and to use assessment results to modify instruction.
      • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions appropriate for meeting state standards and content specialization standards expected for professional teaching candidates.
    • English Education (5-Adult)

      Students will:

      • Incorporate technology and 21st century knowledge, skills, and techniques into instructional strategies to promote higher-level student learning.
      • Design and implement a variety of instructional strategies that promote learning experiences connected to students’ diversity in culture, gender, disability, linguistics, and family differences
      • Synthesize and apply the various learning theories of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism to facilitate the learning of diverse students.
      • Apply decision-making skills to the analysis of the curriculum and modifications necessary to meet individual learner needs and comply with legal and policy requirements.
      • Apply subject matter pedagogy and ability to design instructional experiences that promote creativity innovation, and problem solving.
      • Demonstrate an ability to prepare and apply balanced assessment and to use assessment results to modify instruction.
      • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions appropriate for meeting state standards and content specialization standards expected for professional teaching candidates.
    • Math Education (5-Adult)

      Students will:

      • Incorporate technology and 21st century knowledge, skills, and techniques into instructional strategies to promote higher-level student learning.
      • Design and implement a variety of instructional strategies that promote learning experiences connected to students’ diversity in culture, gender, disability, linguistics, and family differences
      • Synthesize and apply the various learning theories of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism to facilitate the learning of diverse students.
      • Apply decision-making skills to the analysis of the curriculum and modifications necessary to meet individual learner needs and comply with legal and policy requirements.
      • Apply subject matter pedagogy and ability to design instructional experiences that promote creativity innovation, and problem solving.
      • Demonstrate an ability to prepare and apply balanced assessment and to use assessment results to modify instruction.
      • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions appropriate for meeting state standards and content specialization standards expected for professional teaching candidates.
    • Social Studies Education (5-Adult)

      Students will:

      • Incorporate technology and 21st century knowledge, skills, and techniques into instructional strategies to promote higher-level student learning.
      • Design and implement a variety of instructional strategies that promote learning experiences connected to students’ diversity in culture, gender, disability, linguistics, and family differences
      • Synthesize and apply the various learning theories of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism to facilitate the learning of diverse students.
      • Apply decision-making skills to the analysis of the curriculum and modifications necessary to meet individual learner needs and comply with legal and policy requirements.
      • Apply subject matter pedagogy and ability to design instructional experiences that promote creativity innovation, and problem solving.
      • Demonstrate an ability to prepare and apply balanced assessment and to use assessment results to modify instruction.
      • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions appropriate for meeting state standards and content specialization standards expected for professional teaching candidates.
    • Special Education (Multicategorical K-12)

      Students will:

      • Incorporate technology and 21st century knowledge, skills, and techniques into instructional strategies to promote higher-level student learning.
      • Design and implement a variety of instructional strategies that promote learning experiences connected to students’ diversity in culture, gender, disability, linguistics, and family differences
      • Synthesize and apply the various learning theories of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism to facilitate the learning of diverse students.
      • Apply decision-making skills to the analysis of the curriculum and modifications necessary to meet individual learner needs and comply with legal and policy requirements.
      • Apply subject matter pedagogy and ability to design instructional experiences that promote creativity innovation, and problem solving.
      • Demonstrate an ability to prepare and apply balanced assessment and to use assessment results to modify instruction.
      • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions appropriate for meeting state standards and content specialization standards expected for professional teaching candidates.