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The Coe College Teacher Education department aims to foster in prospective teachers an appreciation that teaching and learning are active, collaborative, effortful and recursive. As such, teachers must continually acquire knowledge, communicate their understanding, build connections between ideas, reflect on and modify their understanding. Further, we believe that competent teachers are passionate about learning, appreciate diverse learners' needs and experiences, and possess skill related to positively influencing the learning of all students.


Student Teachers - Spring 2013

Why Teacher Education at Coe?

  • The Teacher Education department at Coe has been facilitating the professional development of well-qualified teachers for more than 100 years - and we get better at it all the time!
  • As a teacher education student at Coe, your strong liberal arts foundation will prepare you to meet the demands of the 21st century classroom.
  • Coe prepares teachers for licensure in elementary education; in 20 + subject areas at the secondary level; and in physical education, music and art. K-12
  • Your field work in local schools will begin with your first education course, and by the time you are ready to student teach, you will have spent more than 120 hours in local classrooms!
  • Coe has close working relationships with outstanding area school districts. This means that you can do fieldwork in settings that vary in their socio-economic status, ethnic diversity and curricula.
  • Teacher Education faculty members are passionate about teaching, and responsive to your needs as learners.
  • We take academic advising seriously. At Coe, you will get to know your professors. They will listen to your concerns and will help guide you toward making decisions that will allow you maximum flexibility in your teaching career.
  • Unlike many small colleges, Coe's Teacher Education department offers separate subject-specific methods courses at all levels. This means that if you are preparing to teach high school language arts, for example, you will study secondary language arts methods along with other English and Theatre majors under the supervision of an experienced local teacher.
  • During your student teaching semester you will be well supervised by either a full time department faculty member or one of our small, exceptional team of professionals. You will be visited weekly during your student teaching assignment, and individually guided in your development as a teacher.
  • If you are the adventurous sort, you will have the opportunity to student teach in Chicago, Illinois; Aldine, Texas; or in a large number of foreign countries.

10 Reasons to study Education at Coe:

  1. Location, location, location! Coe is located in a metropolitan area with access to more than 65 elementary and secondary schools in five districts that provide learning opportunities for our teachers-in-training. Coe students can complete field experiences in public and private schools that represent a wide range of socio-economic levels, ethnic diversity, and academic curricula.
  2. Early experiences in real schools. Your field work in local schools begins with your first education course, and by the time you are ready to student teach, you will have more than 120 hours of real classroom experience under your belt.
  3. Passionate, knowledgeable faculty. All education department faculty members have experience teaching in public schools, and the instructors who teach most of our methods courses are currently teaching in area schools, so you will be learning about real-life, real-time issues in education.
  4. A financial safety net. Although most elementary and secondary graduates find it easy to complete all of the required coursework in four years, some students choose to put off their student teaching until their fifth year to allow them to study abroad for a semester or to complete additional endorsements. Coe grants qualified students a 60% tuition reduction for students who choose to student teach in their 5th year.
  5. Expert advising. We take academic advising seriously. Your advisor will help you construct a four year course taking plan as soon as you decide that you would like to be an education major or minor. You will get to know your education professors well, and we will help you make decisions that will allow you maximum flexibility in your teaching career.
  6. Specialized instruction. Unlike many small colleges, Coe’s Teacher Education Department offers separate subject-specific methods courses at all levels. This means that if you are preparing to teach high school language arts, for example, you will study secondary language arts methods along with only other English and Theatre majors under the supervision of an experienced local teacher.
  7. Meaningful supervision. During your student teaching semester, you will be supervised by either a full time department faculty member, or by a member of our small, outstanding team of professionals. You will be visited weekly during your entire student teaching assignment, and individually guided in your development as a teacher. You will meet with other student teachers in a bi-weekly seminar to lend each other support and learn about licensure requirements.
  8. Urban teaching opportunities. If you are looking for something different, you have the opportunity to student teach in Chicago, in Aldine, Texas, or internationally.
  9. Adventurous faculty! In the past five years, members of the Teacher Education faculty have traveled with students to Costa Rica, Spain, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. One faculty member taught an “Equity in Education” class that visited schools in several Midwestern urban centers. Education students have been frequent members of a regular May term class on a Lakota reservation in South Dakota. You will have many opportunities to expand your perspective on what it means to be a teacher.
  10. Community. The Coe College sense of community is exceptional, and elementary education majors form an informal cohort within that community that share classes throughout their four years. Your relationships with your fellow students and the faculty will provide a solid foundation for a successful teaching career.