Four William Woods University students from Jefferson City are taking their specialties out in the field this semester by student teaching in mid-Missouri.
Daniel Gale, a physical education 9-12 major, is at Jefferson City High School; Alicia Kiso, an elementary and early education major, is at Blair Oaks Elementary, and Erika White Trail, an elementary education major, is at East Elementary School.
In addition, Jon DeSha, a physical education K-12 major from Jefferson City, is student teaching at Hickman High School and Rock Bridge Elementary School in Columbia.
William Woods University has been preparing teachers for most of its 138-year history. WWU offers majors leading to teacher certification in elementary education, middle school education and special education.
Students wishing to teach at the secondary level take certification courses in education and major in art, biology, English, mathematics, physical education, social science, speech and theatre. An early childhood education endorsement is available for those wishing to work in preschools.
Graduate programs offered by William Woods include a master of education (M. Ed.) in administration, curriculum/instruction or athletics/activities administration and a specialist of education (Ed. S.) in school administration or curriculum leadership. There are currently 1,197 enrolled in the master of education programs, 187 in the specialist of education program and 45 pursuing additional certification at the graduate level throughout the state.