Welcome to Westminster College School of Education (SOE).
We are leading the way in preparing the next generation of leadership for the changing landscape of education. We believe in the power of education to promote social change in building healthy, vibrant communities. As such, we have created a range of stimulating and challenging learning experiences aimed at preparing highly dedicated students for important education leadership roles. In our programs, students engage in signature practices that weave throughout the curriculum, pedagogy, assessments, and a wide variety of field and clinical experiences. Central to these practices are community engagement, critical thinking, progressive pedagogical practices, and global learning, which are demonstrated in students’ capstone projects.
The diversity of our programs reflects the varied educational settings in which learning occurs, including schools, communities, and natural outdoor spaces. Teachers need to be responsive to diverse learners who are able to inspire students to think critically and creatively as active, engaged learners. Beyond the classroom, educators learn in field and clinical experiences that begin early in their program and continue through program completion. Faculty encourage educators to go beyond classroom teachers to be important advocates and change agents to ensure access to learning for all learners. We prepare educational leaders for a variety of community settings addressing significant societal issues on local, national, international, and global levels (e.g., education for social justice; critical pedagogy; teaching English for English Language Learners; issues of access, equity, and inclusion; and outdoor education leadership, diversity, and the environment).
It is with great anticipation that we prepare the next generation of leadership to bring about significant social change in our commitment to building healthy, educated communities. We hope you are one of them!
Melanie Agnew, EdD
Dean, School of Education