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Teaching is a rewarding – and demanding – profession.

As a teacher, you will play an important role in affecting and shaping students’ lives. The Teacher Education Program at Wilkes emphasizes the development of lifelong learners, reflective practitioners and effective communicators sensitive to the diverse needs of all their students.

You’ll be trained in the latest technology and methods to engage 21st century learners. You will be immersed in digital media and learn how to incorporate technology into your teaching.

Faculty will take you to the head of the class

Alumni Spotlight

Wilkes University - Les Nicholas

Leslie J. Nicholas ’81

"If you want to become a teacher who makes a difference, I strongly encourage you to consider my alma mater, Wilkes University. It made all the difference for me."



Wilkes University's Education faculty members take great care to prepare you for a successful career in teaching through dynamic, comprehensive programs. Prospective teachers learn and apply the most relevant and current educational research to their work in the classroom. The core curriculum for Education majors presents a knowledge base that will prepare them to become effective teachers.

Learning in the field from professionals

Education students gain valuable hands-on experience through field experience placements in local agencies and public school classrooms. At Wilkes, you will begin to observe in classrooms beginning in your freshman year. Each year thereafter, you will take numerous courses with field experiences that provide a rich background of practical knowledge as well as the opportunity to teach lessons and learn about various school settings.

Competent. Caring. Ethical. These three words sum up the type of teachers who inspire students to learn and achieve. These are the three qualities Wilkes University Education Department strives to nurture in its students.

Majors, minor, and dual certifications:

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has approved the Wilkes University Education Department to offer two majors and one minor leading to teacher certification. Both the majors and the minor may add Special Education certification.

Elementary and Early Childhood Education—this will prepare you to teach grades Pre-Kindergarten through grade four.

Middle Level Educationthis major will prepare you teach middle school-aged children grades four though eight. This major requires a concentration in one of five areas:

  • English, Reading & Language Arts,
  • Mathematics,
  • Science,
  • Social Studies, or
  • Mathematics & Science.

By taking appropriate, additional coursework, both majors may add Dual Certification in Special Education in grades PreK through eight. 

The Education Minor is combined with one of nine majors and will prepare you to teach high school (grades 7-12) in a specific content area. At Wilkes, secondary education students major in the subject they will teach.

Biology History
Chemistry Mathematics
English Physics
Earth & Environmental Sciences Political Science


In addition to the minor, students may add Special Education Certification grades 7-12.

An Elementary and Early Childhood Education major leads to certification in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade (PK-4) This program incorporates an 18-credit minor in Reading Education. Elementary and Early Childhood majors take methods of teaching courses in mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, physical education and health, reading, language arts, as well as courses in educational theory and practice.
Wilkes University Undergraduate Bulletin

An Elementary and Early Childhood Education major with Dual Certification in Special Education.   Students majoring in Elementary and Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Special education PK-8 will complete additional courses in Special Education.

The major in Middle School Education features strong subject matter content preparation and extensive clinical experiences to give students the needed background to be a middle school teacher. The program effectively combines subject matter content and pedagogy and includes coursework in adolescent learning topics such as cognitive development, motivation, and learning styles. In addition to understanding and practicing the use of academic standards and of assessment in instruction, the core Education courses focus on the acquisition of skills, knowledge, methods, curricular technology resources, and strategies that Education students will need to master to promote academic success in middle school classrooms.

The clinical field experience component, which is conducted in partnership with area school districts and agencies, focuses on classroom management, pedagogy, assessment, differentiated instruction, accommodations and adaptations. This experience in the field is directly linked to class work and is supervised by University personnel and host school mentoring faculty.

Minor in Education

As a Secondary Education minor, students will be prepared to teach a content area subject at the secondary school level (7-12). A dual certification in Special Education (grades 7-12) may be added to any of the majors that lead to initial certification.

Wilkes Teacher Education Program prepares students to become secondary teachers while they are studying their major. Field experiences, class work and mentoring by the Education faculty combine to give students the tools and the practice they need to become successful educators who can make a difference.

Through the Education minor course work, students will develop a strong foundation in pedagogy, classroom technology, methods and strategies to assist students with special learning needs. Also, students will have specialized course work in the methods of teaching specific content area, Students will graduate with a major that provides the knowledge base for their content area and a minor that prepares them to teach that subject to high school students.

We invite you to take a look at our Teacher Education Program, or contact us for more information and a customized visit to the Wilkes University campus. If teaching is your career choice, we are looking forward to meeting you soon.

Dr. Diane Polachek, Chair, Education Department 

Phone: 1-800-WilkesU ext. 4909 or (570) 408-4909
Email: diane.polachek@wilkes.edu

The Mission of the Teacher Education Program...
is to provide the educational community and society at large with competent, caring, and ethical educators who are life-long learners, reflective practitioners, and effective communicators.

The Teacher Education program provides opportunities for students to grow academically and professionally. The program promotes an appreciation for diversity, as well as a regard for research-based and innovative practices. The ethic of service and dedication are expected of Teacher Education students to meet the diverse needs of all students within the learning community.


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