Since 1885, Southwestern College has been educating teachers. With alumni scattered all over the United States and internationally, SC educator preparation programs equip educators to be the very best in their fields. As a regionally- accredited college and with NCATE and Kansas State Department of Education accredited programs, our students graduate with bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees having learned the knowledge, expertise, and commitment to serve as an effective educator.
By the numbers:
- 100% of SC Education Majors on the main campus receive scholarships or tuition assistance
- 90% of students pass the PPST the first time
- 100 + hours are spent in local classrooms prior to student teaching
- 3.3 is the average GPA of students admitted to the Teacher Education program
Jim and the late Hazel Dole, who were lifelong educators, master gardeners, leaders, and graduates of SC., made a generous gift to Southwestern College and purchased what became The Dole Center for Teacher Education (CTE). Located adjacent to the main campus, the CTE houses the education faculty. The education faculty members have rich and significant experiences in classrooms and schools as teachers, administrators, and leaders. Consequently, the educator preparation programs provide varied and important learning experiences to help you develop into the teacher/educator you want to be in literacy including classes for English Language Learners, early childhood, elementary, secondary, special education, or administration. For your convenience, classes are offered face to face and on-line enabling you to have a schedule that includes athletics, performing arts, and work.
In the early childhood program, the education division includes the Southwestern College Learning Center. It is an educare center, servicing children ages two-and-a-half through fourth grade. The licensed pre-school and afterschool programs provide firsthand experiences in providing educational services and learning how to operate a licensed pre-school. This program enables SC students to have an excellent opportunity to engage little minds and learn firsthand how to , and their own. SC students in all programs are eligible to work at the SC Learning Center.
In addition, SC offers masters programs in Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and Early Childhood Education as well as the doctor of education with programs in building leadership, district-level leadership and teacher leadership for those who are interested in pursuing higher degrees in their employment.