- Our College
of Education is a national leader
in Teacher Work Sample Methodology.
See Connecting Teaching and Learning:
A Handbook for Teacher Educators
on Teacher Work Sample Methodology
(American Association of Colleges
for Teacher Education press, 2002).
- Since 1975
our Rehabilitation Counselor Education
program has been continuously
awarded long-term training grants
by Rehabilitation Services Administration,
Department of Education.
- Our teacher candidates complete significant
coursework in the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences.
- In addition
to a full range of teacher preparation
programs, we proudly offer undergraduate
degrees in Community Health, Exercise Science,
and American Sign Language and
- We are
one of only six institutions in
the U.S. that offers a graduate
program in Rehabilitation Counseling
for deaf people. Our program has
received national recognition
for distance learning opportunities
for working professionals.
- All teacher
education students apply what
they learn in courses through
a series of field experiences
working directly with youths in
a community or school setting.
- Our programs
provide teacher candidates with
a sense of community, support
and guidance that helps them achieve
their professional goals.
- Our highly competitive Special Educator program prepares candidates to
meet the high demand in the state for Early Intervention/Early Childhood
Special Education, Early Childhood/Elementary and Middle Level/High
School. Most of our candidates are employed by the time they complete the
program and most remain in Oregon.
- The Regional
Resource Center on Deafness brings
more than $1.2 million a year
in grants to WOU, much of which
provides scholarships for students
in related programs.
- Our teacher
education faculty continue to
improve the program and lead the
state and nation in connecting
the art of teaching to the end
result of student learning.
- Each year
WOU places more than 300 teacher
candidates in schools located
in 80 districts.
- WOU offers
the only degree-bearing American
Sign Language and Interpreting
program in the Northwest.
- Our Rehabilitation Counselor Education graduate program is the oldest one
in Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Washington and Oregon).
- Our highly
qualified faculty are easily accessible
- Our students
can develop leadership skills
within WOU's student chapter of ASCD, an organization
affiliated with the teacher education
- Our graduates
make a difference to Oregonians
in schools, human service agencies,
museums, daycare centers, fitness
clubs, nursing homes and more.
- The College
of Education was one of 30 institutions
selected in 2005 to be part of
the Carnegie Corporation's Teachers
for a New Era Learning Network
around best practices in teacher
education. WOU was selected to
join the network for its national
contributions to teacher education
around performance assessments
and a culture of evidence. Other
institutions in the network include
Alverno College, UCLA, Teachers
College, and John Hopkins University.
- The Rehabilitation
Counseling Deafness program is
one of only five CORE approved
Deaf/Hard of Hearing programs
in the U.S.
- In 2007-2008 nearly $88,000 in donor scholarships were awarded to
students in the College of Education.
- The College of Education was re-accredited by both the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC). It is one of only eight nationally accredited teacher preparation programs in Oregon, with continuous NCATE accreditation since 1954.
- The highly competitive Special Education program prepares candidates to meet the high demand for these teachers.
- The National Council on Teacher Quality released a report on teacher preparation programs that prepare elementary school teachers to teach math. WOU's undergraduate program "met the mark," one of only 10 to receive this national recognition.
- Over 3000 WOU graduates were hired as educators in Oregon from 1999 to 2009.
- During the 2008-2009 school year, WOU alumni were employed in 168 Oregon school districts.
- All Community Health majors apply their professional skills in at least two field experiences by working directly with stakeholders in a community or agency setting.
- All Exercise Science majors and faculty have access to a new, well-equipped Exercise Science Laboratory that facilitates joint inquiry, discovery, and research in the movement sciences.
- In 2010, 61 percent of seniors in the WOU Honors Program came from the three divisions in COE.