Education department symposium held each semester

This is a chance for the education professors and students to come together and share research, hear speakers and generally advance the work, goals, and rigor of the instruction in the department.

Education Department Open House

An education department open house reception takes place early in the semester to introduce students to the education faculty and the teacher certification program. Announcements of the open house will appear annually on the Online Calendar of Events, and through flyers and posters. For information, please contact the education department office.

Annual Teacher Portfolio Fair

The annual teacher portfolio fair is held in May. The journey from college student to student teacher to certified teacher is an exhilarating, rewarding, and exhausting one. It is impossible to complete the student teaching semester without significant changes in attitude, skills, and self-knowledge. To aid personal reflection on these changes, every student teacher creates a teaching portfolio as a chronicle of their semester's journey.

Personal journal entries, emailed reflections, lesson plans, curriculum notes, observations of interactions with students, videotapes of teaching, photographs of classroom activities, and student work all go into what becomes a pictorial and textual account of the teacher each college student has become. Often newly certified teachers use their portfolios in job interviews in late spring or summer. Some choose to add to them through their first years of full-time teaching.

Each May, graduates completing the requirements for early childhood, elementary, middle, and music teacher certification exhibit their portfolios at a teacher portfolio fair open to the College community and invited guests. Guests include parents, siblings, cooperating teachers, and area administrators. In addition to a proud celebration of work well done, some administrators use the fair as an opportunity to meet and review the work of potential candidates for employment.

Please consult the Online Calendar of Events for all cultural and academic events open to the public.