Basic Program Overview
A professional school model
Begins each summer/fall, until the end of the next spring term (June), or
Begins each winter term (Jan.), until the end of the next fall term (November)
Learn to teach by being with teachers and students
Primary model - Full time graduate student, part time model requires chair's approval
Program leads to a Master's degree
Our graduate teacher prep program is basic on a professional school model - like a medical school. If one wants to be a doctor, you can expect to attend a rigorous medical school that includes extensive experiences in teaching hospitals - learning to be a doctor by working with doctors and patients.
We feel the best way to learn to be a teacher is to hang around teachers and students. We work with schools and teachers that are formally our partners in this process and our interns (students) are also full time graduate students completing a Master's degree in education as well as meeting state of Ohio requirements for a teaching license.
The model I present today is our standard full time model. This is not a model that is friendly to the full time working adult. If you require a part time approach you will need to discuss that need with the chair of the teacher education department. The time it will take you to complete the program will not be the same as what we present today in our primary model.
We start groups of students, which we call cohorts, twice a year - in the winter and in the summer/fall. I use the term summer/fall because we work with two calendars - Wright State's and the public school's calendar. Students in our summer/fall cohort will begin their Wright State courses in our summer B term.
All students begin their first school placement when the public school year starts. Depending on what district you are in, that can be as early as the first week of August - which is still summer on a Wright State calendar, but fall for the public school.