School of Education
At Baldwin Wallace, your path to becoming a contributing, compassionate and competent professional educator begins your first year with relevant coursework and in-school classroom observations.
Rigorous and career-focused, BW's undergraduate education program builds on the strengths of a liberal arts-focused foundation.
Your education studies will include comprehensive, professional coursework and practical experiences. You'll learn innovative classroom techniques and research- based teaching methods. You'll gain the knowledge, skills, technical competencies and professional perspectives to prepare for an ever-changing education environment.
Real-world experience is key. At BW, you'll be in the classroom doing observations and assisting the teacher in your first year in education.
Before you graduate, you'll have more than 700 hours of field and clinical experience in a variety of diverse school settings – urban, rural, suburban, parochial and private – to prepare you for your first and subsequent teaching positions.
BW graduates meet a rigorous set of standards on their way to licensure eligibility. As a result, they meet and most often exceed requirements set by the State of Ohio.
Small classes, personalized attention and high standards are at the forefront of the program. You'll learn the latest, effective teaching practices, as well as see them modeled in classes by faculty members with decades of teaching experience.
Partnerships Help Poise Students for Career Success
The rigor and high professional standards of BW's education program have fostered an outstanding reputation in Northeast Ohio and beyond. BW has partnerships with more than 60 districts and hundreds of schools. An ongoing partnership with Asheboro School District in North Carolina offers impressive benefits for BW education students. They can gain valuable student teaching experience as well as be in a district and state where teachers are in-demand.
Fully Accredited Program
Baldwin Wallace University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association. Individual education programs also are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Commission of Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The University's licensure programs are approved by the State of Ohio Department of Education.
Licensure and Graduate Study Opportunities
In addition to traditional undergraduate programs, BW offers two initial teacher licensure programs for individuals with bachelor's degrees.
- Licensure Only – add just a teaching license
- Licensure + Master's – add a teaching license plus a Master of Arts in Education in a specialty area
BW's undergraduate education program provides a professional experience for aspiring teachers that includes:
- Freshman year field experiences
- Three years of technology-integration instruction
- Minimum of five field experiences in four years
- Exceptional opportunities for year-long clinical placements and co-teaching with experienced teachers
Undergraduate Programs in Education
Early Childhood (ages 3-8)
The early childhood license is for pre-kindergarten through grade three. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree.
Middle Childhood (ages 8-14)
The middle childhood license is for grades four through nine. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree. Middle childhood students complete two of the following teaching fields: reading and language arts, mathematics, science or social studies.
- Middle Childhood Education and Middle Childhood teaching fields
- Middle Childhood Education Generalist Endorsement
Adolescent/Young Adult (ages 12-21)
The adolescent/young adult license is for grades seven through 12. Teaching areas are listed below (see also multi-age for additional high school areas). Students earn a bachelor's degree in the major that correlates with their teaching area. For example, a student interested in Integrated Language Arts can earn a Bachelor of Arts in English with an adolescent/young adult teaching licensure in Integrated Language Arts.
Program Outlines for Adolescent/Young Adult Education and the teaching area(s) of interest:
- Integrated Language Art – Grades 7-12
- Integrated Mathematics – Grades 7-12
- Integrated Science – Grades 7-12
- Integrated Social Studies – Grades 7-12
- Life Sciences – Grades 7-12
- Physical Science (Physics & Chemistry) – Grades 7-12
Multi-Age (ages 3-21)
The multi-age license is for pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Teaching areas are listed below. Students earn a bachelor's degree in the major that correlates with the teaching field. For example, a student interested in teaching visual arts can earn a Bachelor of Arts in studio art with a multi-age teaching license in visual arts.
Program Outlines for Multi-Age Education and the teaching area(s) of interest:
- French – Grades PreK-12
- German – Grades PreK-12
- Spanish – Grades PreK-12
- Physical Education & Health – Grades PreK-12
- Music – Grades PreK-12 (through the Conservatory)
- Visual Arts – Grades PreK-12
Mild/Moderate Educational Needs (ages 5-21)
Students earn a Bachelor of Science in Education and an intervention specialist license for kindergarten through grade 12. They work with students who have mild to moderate educational needs.
Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities that include:
Field and Clinical Practice Experiences
Throughout your four years at BW, you'll have a variety of field experiences that enable you to observe as well as teach in a classroom. The capstone of BW's education program is a semester-long clinical practice (student teaching) experience. Through this opportunity, you'll demonstrate competencies in planning, delivering and assessing student learning. You'll develop the skills and professional attitudes needed to be responsive to student needs, to work collaboratively with other professionals, and to successfully represent the high standards and teaching practices you learned through your BW studies.
Student Clubs & Organizations
Personally and professionally rewarding, student organizations and activities foster career skills, leadership and teamwork.
BW's Teaching Together is a student organization that promotes and supports the professional teacher education interests of traditional and non-traditional students. It keeps students informed of educational activities and trends. It also sponsors its own professional conference each year.
At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.
Baldwin Wallace education students have an outstanding record of achievement upon graduation:
- Average BW GPA is 3.5
- Ninety-five percent of BW students passed Ohio Teacher License test (2013-14)
- BW education students' average score on the EdTPA, a national measure of teaching effectiveness, was 44.7 in 2013-14. Average scores in Ohio were 41.9 and 43.7 for national scores.
- All Ohio teachers complete a mandatory four-year residency program. All (100 percent) BW grads in their fourth year of teaching passed this professional assessment in 2013-14.
State Licensing Exams
Across Ohio and beyond, BW education alumni can be found in successful careers as teachers, administrators, curricular leaders and more.
Recent BW teacher education majors are finding their success at:
Samantha Brown '15 is a seventh grade science teacher for the Plain Local School District in Canton, Ohio. Samantha feels she is prepared to thrive in today's classroom where technology is integrated into classroom teaching, teacher-to-student communication and teacher-to-parent communication.
Noah Hamrick '14 is a vocal music teacher for grades 7-12 at the Avon Local School District in Ohio. A music education major, Noah credits BW with helping him become a confident, knowledgeable and independent teacher.
Kristen Maddocks '14 is an intervention specialist in the Copley-Fairlawn School District in Ohio. Kristen received her teaching licensure and master's degree from BW in Early Childhood Education and Mild/Moderate Educational Needs.
Elizabeth "Biffy" Tufts '14 is teaching sixth grade at North Asheboro Middle School in North Carolina. She credits the support and encouragement from BW faculty and staff for giving her the confidence to go out of state for her student teaching experience.