Welcome to the SMWC Education Department. The Department's mission is to prepare competent, caring, professional educators. The Education Program provides an education major with a solid understanding of the subject matter areas that they will teach, a wide variety of field experiences through which they develop and practice teaching skills, and many opportunities to demonstrate their impact on student learning. Within a moral framework, future educators learn to be reflective, lifelong learners who are able to communicate effectively and demonstrate dedication and commitment to becoming a teacher.

All courses offered by the Education Department are aligned with out Education Department Program Goals (EDPGs). We have many academic programs to choose from with something for everyone including a traditional bachelor’s degree with licensure in:

  • Art Education - preschool-grade 12
  • English Education - grade 5-12
  • Kindergarten-Grade 6 - mild intervention
  • Life Science - grade 5-12
  • Math - grade 5-12
  • Preschool-Third Grade - mild intervention
  • Social Studies - grade 5-12
  • Special Education - preschool-grade 12

We offer alternative programming including Alternate Route programs as well as Transition to Teaching programs for a teacher already holding a degree. We also offer the option to add on additional licensure areas. Non-licensure options for traditional bachelor's programs may be available in selected cases with department approval.

The Education Department is inspired by and strives to follow in the footsteps of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. While the Sisters of Providence (SPs) currently engage in many ministries, one of their early ministries was teaching and service. In the words of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, “Love the children first, then teach them.”

Illinois Certification

Prospective teacher candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree, anticipate teaching in the State of Illinois, and wish to obtain teacher certification through an alternative certification program, are urged to contact their Regional Superintendent’s office regarding the viability of the alternative certification licensure option.

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