School of Education & Counseling

The best way to change the world is to help others. The School of Education & Counseling provides opportunities to grow and challenge yourself, so you’ll be ready to impact the lives of others by being empowered by your own educational experience.

Teaching Licenses 

  • Early Childhood (PreK – Grade 3)
  • Middle Childhood (Grades 4 – 9)
  • Adolescent to Young Adult (Grades 7 – 12)
  • Intervention Specialist (K – 12)
  • Multi-Age Music (PreK – 12)

Students build their knowledge about teaching and learning by focusing on theory, practice and reflection. 

Getting in the Classroom

Education majors have over 160 hours in a classroom before they start student-teaching. During these experiences you’ll plan and teach lessons under the guidance of a mentor or teacher in real classroom conditions to develop your knowledge, skills, and dispositions in preparation for student teaching. Our field experiences are set up to show you a variety of populations, grade levels, and teaching styles. Early exposure not only makes sure you enjoy teaching, but it allows you to feel confident and prepared for your student-teaching experience.

Graduate Studies

The purpose of the Master of Arts in Education Program is to develop teachers who exercise leadership within their professional communities and academic institutions. The program is designed to develop experienced elementary and secondary school teachers who are recognized as master teachers because of their advanced knowledge and skills and their deep commitment to responsible professionalism. 

Two endorsement programs are offered to teachers holding a valid teaching license. The endorsement permits you to teach reading to all students at any grade level, including Title II reading programs. Anyone may register for the courses as electives or towards licensure renewal, however only licensed teachers who meet the requirements may obtain the endorsement and add it to their license.

Accreditation

Heidelberg University’s School of Education is fully accredited from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the organization responsible for professional accreditation of teacher education. This accreditation is evidence that Heidelberg's programs prepare quality teachers that possess the requisite knowledge, skills, and dispositions to positively affect the learning and development of diverse students.

The School of Education is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on December 3-5, 2017. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site team.

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