What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?
You will spend your senior year interning in a K-12 classroom while completing your Western courses online. Western’s Education department trains you to become an effective teacher with a variety of strategies, tools and skills to connect with your students and raise achievement.
Western students employ a variety of best practices, from explicit instruction to active engagement, differentiation and research-based strategies. This couples them with 21st century skills to facilitate learning in their classrooms. The Education faculty encourages collaboration and relationship building, both in- and outside the classroom.
School leadership is a keystone in Western’s Education department. Students graduate to become leaders in their field, changing the lives of children, fellow educators and parents.
Beyond the Classroom
Each student in Education experiences a year-long residency with a master mentor teacher. During this Residency, students join in their resident-school activities, faculty meetings, conferences, intervention meetings and events.
The Education Department also encourages students to get involved in the field of education outside of the program. Students can attend state and national conferences, engage in local policy and reform discussions, apply for awards, and serve on education-related committees.
Many of our graduates take jobs in the schools where they intern and obtain positions as:
- K-12 teachers.
- Special-education teachers.
- Teachers in international schools.
- Math specialists.
- Reading specialists.
- Online teachers.
- Outdoor educators.
- Literacy coaches.
- Induction/mentor coordinators.
- Professional development coordinators and trainers.
- Faculty in higher education.
In addition, many students continue to graduate school, completing programs in special education, school counseling, curriculum and instruction, teacher leadership and administration.
If you're interested in Western's Education Program, we invite you to take the next steps towards becoming a part of the Mountaineer family.
Share your interest with friends and family:
- Get more information about the program.
- Schedule a campus visit so you can meet professors, see the beautiful Gunnison Valley, and find out if Western is the perfect school for you.
- Start the online application process - apply online now.
- Find scholarships, grants, or financial aid that match your interests and situation.