You'll learn firsthand about teaching by working in schools with children, teachers, administrators and parents, while taking coursework online. This residency model of clinical preparation, unlike traditional student teaching, immerses Western students in a yearlong teaching experience, helping them learn what is currently happening in education.
During your first year, you will experience life as a teacher or principal.After a five-day summer kick-off session on the Western campus, you are matched with a mentor teacher or principal for a year-long Residency in a K-12 school. Your Residency allows you to seamlessly apply online coursework in a real-life classroom setting. At the end of the year, you will earn a teaching or administrative license, or will add an endorsement to your existing license.
Following your Residency year,you may continue to pursue your Master’s degree, if you choose. Western's many degree options produce uniquely skilled educational leaders and include additional endorsement opportunities to advance your career.