EDUCATION

Education is a popular career with Wesleyan graduates and an excellent fit with a Wesleyan liberal arts foundation. There are a number of different routes into teaching. These options include, but are not limited to, the traditional teaching certificate or master's degree, alternative and accelerated programs, national and regional programs, or going directly into teaching at a private or independent school.

RESOURCES & CONSIDERATIONS for GRADUATE SCHOOL

There are excellent resources at Wesleyan for the prospective graduate student. Professors are one of your best resources because they have completed the entire graduate process from filling out applications to the job search following graduate work. Also, check with alumni who are doing the work you want to do. Ask them about their educational experiences. Before you can begin selecting schools, you need to define your goals and decide what it is you hope to gain from graduate school. Read More...

QUALIFICATION EVALUATION

From the catalogs, from Career Center resources, and from conversations with alumni and faculty, you should have a feel for how competitive each program is. Keep in mind that the expectations of Ph.D. programs are higher than those for most Master's. Knowing this, and evaluating your abilities, will aid you in selecting programs that are not only suited for you, but in selecting schools to which you have the best chance of being admitted. Read More...

TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMS AWARDING a MASTERS of EDUCATION

Typically, these programs provide training which includes both supervised classroom teaching and a master's degree in education with certification. While most post-baccalaureate teacher-education programs can take one to two years to complete, alternative certification programs usually allow you to begin teaching in a short amount of time. Read More...

MEETING THE COSTS OF GRADUATE SCHOOL

Unless you have money set aside or parents willing to carry your expenses, you will need financial aid. Graduate schools can cost anywhere from $5,000-$40,000 per year or more. The best advice is to apply for aid at every school. Check out the availability of fellowships, assistantships, etc. The best sources of information are the financial aid offices at the schools to which you are applying. Read More...

STANDARDIZED TESTS

The Praxis Series tests are taken by undergraduates seeking admission to a teacher education program or by college graduates seeking teacher certification. This Educational Testing Service Web site provides complete information on the test preparation, registration, and the tests required for certification in about 3/4 of the states. The Praxis Series - State-by-State Requirements

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Different schools have different application procedures and questions. There are some general application suggestions that we can offer. Read More...

TEACHING CERTIFICATION

Each state has different requirements for certification, so the best way to proceed is to contact the education department or licensing office in the state where you hope to teach. You will want to examine whether a post-collegiate program or a more extensive graduate program fits your needs. Read More...