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- Our College of Education is a national leader in Teacher Work Sample Methodology. See Connecting Teaching and Learning: A Handbook for Teacher Educators on Teacher Work Sample Methodology (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education press, 2002).
- Since 1975 our Rehabilitation Counselor Education program has been continuously awarded long-term training grants by Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education.
- Our teacher candidates complete significant coursework in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
- In addition to a full range of teacher preparation programs, we proudly offer undergraduate degrees in Community Health, Exercise Science, and American Sign Language and Interpreting.
- We are one of only six institutions in the U.S. that offers a graduate program in Rehabilitation Counseling for deaf people. Our program has received national recognition for distance learning opportunities for working professionals.
- All teacher education students apply what they learn in courses through a series of field experiences working directly with youths in a community or school setting.
- Our programs provide teacher candidates with a sense of community, support and guidance that helps them achieve their professional goals.
- Our highly competitive Special Educator program prepares candidates to meet the high demand in the state for Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education, Early Childhood/Elementary and Middle Level/High School. Most of our candidates are employed by the time they complete the program and most remain in Oregon.
- The Regional Resource Center on Deafness brings more than $1.2 million a year in grants to WOU, much of which provides scholarships for students in related programs.
- Our teacher education faculty continue to improve the program and lead the state and nation in connecting the art of teaching to the end result of student learning.
- Each year WOU places more than 300 teacher candidates in schools located in 80 districts.
- WOU offers the only degree-bearing American Sign Language and Interpreting program in the Northwest.
- Our Rehabilitation Counselor Education graduate program is the oldest one in Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Washington and Oregon).
- Our highly qualified faculty are easily accessible to students.
- Our students can develop leadership skills within WOU's student chapter of ASCD, an organization affiliated with the teacher education profession.
- Our graduates make a difference to Oregonians in schools, human service agencies, museums, daycare centers, fitness clubs, nursing homes and more.
- The College of Education was one of 30 institutions selected in 2005 to be part of the Carnegie Corporation's Teachers for a New Era Learning Network around best practices in teacher education. WOU was selected to join the network for its national contributions to teacher education around performance assessments and a culture of evidence. Other institutions in the network include Alverno College, UCLA, Teachers College, and John Hopkins University.
- The Rehabilitation Counseling Deafness program is one of only five CORE approved Deaf/Hard of Hearing programs in the U.S.
- In 2007-2008 nearly $88,000 in donor scholarships were awarded to students in the College of Education.
- The College of Education was re-accredited by both the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC). It is one of only eight nationally accredited teacher preparation programs in Oregon, with continuous NCATE accreditation since 1954.
- The highly competitive Special Education program prepares candidates to meet the high demand for these teachers.
- The National Council on Teacher Quality released a report on teacher preparation programs that prepare elementary school teachers to teach math. WOU's undergraduate program "met the mark," one of only 10 to receive this national recognition.
- Over 3000 WOU graduates were hired as educators in Oregon from 1999 to 2009.
- During the 2008-2009 school year, WOU alumni were employed in 168 Oregon school districts.
- All Community Health majors apply their professional skills in at least two field experiences by working directly with stakeholders in a community or agency setting.
- All Exercise Science majors and faculty have access to a new, well-equipped Exercise Science Laboratory that facilitates joint inquiry, discovery, and research in the movement sciences.
- In 2010, 61 percent of seniors in the WOU Honors Program came from the three divisions in COE.
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