Six William Woods University students are taking their specialties out in the field this semester by student teaching at different schools in mid-Missouri. Three are teaching in Columbia, two in Fulton and one in Mexico, Mo.
Student teachers in Columbia are: Rachel Baker, a physical education K-12 major from Jefferson City, who is at Rockbridge Elementary School and Hickman High School; Samantha Frevert, a special education major from Columbia, who is at Hickman High School, and Rachel Griffin, an elementary education major from Columbia, who is at Derby Ridge Elementary School.
Those in Fulton are: Laura Dooley, a physical education K-12 major from Ashland, Mo., who is at Bush Elementary School in Fulton and at Fulton High School, and Ashley Windmiller, a physical education K-12 major from Salisbury Mo., who is at Bush Elementary School and Fulton High School.
Jessica Swearingen, an elementary education major from Mexico, Mo., is at McMillan Elementary School in Mexico.
William Woods University has been preparing teachers for most of its 137-year history. Currently, 98 WWU students are pursuing majors in education. 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 1,064 enrolled in the master of education programs, 197 in the specialist of education program and 45 pursuing additional certification at the graduate level throughout the state.