School of Education

“When I taught my first lesson sophomore year it confirmed every belief I had that this is what I want to do. Teach.”                            Chris Clinger ‘13

The School of Education focuses on building teachers through a student-centered, hands-on approach to learning. This means that all pre-service and in-service opportunities in our program build your experience from day one by getting you in a classroom and responding to your personal needs. From the beginning of your experience at Heidelberg, you are actively involved in your coursework and clinical/field experiences.

Student in education classroom

Students build their knowledge about teaching and learning with several tools - theory, practice and reflection. These are the building tools that weave into each of the teacher education licensure programs:

  • Theory - principles of teaching and learning
  • Practice - clinical and field experience
  • Reflection - thinking about, evaluating and revising one's teaching and learning

Getting in the Classroom

Field placements include multiple opportunities for students to gain expertise in real classroom experiences so they can develop teaching skills and styles. All education majors complete numerous field experiences throughout the teacher preparation program. During these experiences students plan and teach lessons under the guidance of a mentor/cooperating teacher in real classroom conditions to develop their knowledge, skills, and dispositions in preparation for student teaching. Heidelberg students will be in a real classroom 7/8 semesters!