Teachers learning from other teachers. That’s how Westfield State University first started. On September 4, 1839 Westfield State first opened its doors to 12 women and 8 men with the goal of developing a new generation of future educators to inspire the nation. Over 175 years later, the goal hasn’t changed; it’s grown.
Originally called the Westfield Normal School, the Educator Preparation program at Westfield State has over 700 students currently enrolled in any of the six majors or twenty graduate degree programs. Students can focus on anything from Early Childhood Education to teaching students with disabilities. The opportunities to learn how to interact with students of all ages and abilities are limitless with our education majors.
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But it’s not just the program’s wide range that attracts future educators wondering what college to go to. Westfield State is leading the nation in teacher development. The program has been approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and received national accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. National accreditation has also been given to the seven areas of teacher licensing that Westfield offers including Reading, School Guidance and Special Education. In 2016, Teacher.org ranked the Elementary Education program #12 in the country.
The strength of the program comes from the faculty. Westfield State offers veteran teachers the unique chance to share their experiences with education students through the “Teacher-In-Residence” (TIR) program. Public classrooms teachers act as a mentor and faculty liaison in the Westfield State University Professional Development Schools. Students get the benefit of learning real-life expertise while the TIR gain valuable professional development they can carry throughout their own careers.
From the beginning to now, Westfield State has always recognized the powerful impact that teachers have upon us all. That’s why we take the time to thank those educators with the annual “Celebration of Teachers” event. It’s gives education students the opportunity to honor their former teachers who inspired them to pursue the field. The event is a celebration of the student/teacher bond and reminder of the lasting impact education can have on our lives.
Education is the backbone of Westfield State. Whether it’s working with future teachers or growing other departments, Westfield State will continue to lead the nation in developing tomorrow’s leaders.
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