Major Areas of Study: EDUCATION
Rather than internships, we have a variety of extra field experiences that students can do in the local school districts and social agencies.
Examples from recent years include:
- Working with gifted 2nd graders in a program of math enrichment activities
- Serving as reading or math tutors for elementary and middle school children as part of Muskingum's community service requirement for the Federal Work-Study program
- Tutoring young adolescents in a local after-school program
- Serving as translator/interpreter for Spanish-speaking children in a local elementary building
The culminating experience of each teacher education program is the professional semester completed during the student's final year in the program. This semester consists of three weeks of education coursework, one twelve-week full day student teaching placement (two six-week placements in visual arts, foreign languages, health, music, and physical education), and a final week of capstone activities.
A number of students each year can complete their student teaching experiences abroad. In recent years, students have lived in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, England, and South Africa while completing this important requirement for their degree in Education.
Students can work with faculty on collecting and analyzing data related to instructional strategies and educational programs.
Qualified Muskingum University Education students may join Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education. KDP is committed to recognizing excellence and fostering mutual cooperation, support, and professional growth for educational professionals.
Muskingum's is the fastest growing chapter in the nation!
The Education department employs two work-study students per year, mostly to work with the department secretary--making copies, compiling notebooks, etc.
Our students are active in the student chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children and the Middle Level Collegiate Association. Students have recently served as panelists at the annual meeting of the Ohio Confederation of Teacher Education Organizations, sharing their experiences with the Raul Project, a set of biographies of students with a variety of learning needs.
Ellen Conkey ('14), a special education major from Cleveland Heights, just graduated in May. As an incoming student, she chose Muskingum because of the PLUS program: “They are one of the best tutoring centers in this part of the country and they have really helped me throughout my years at Muskingum.”
Ellen wass a “typical” Muskie in that she was very involved in a number of campus organizations that were of interest to her, including Circle K International (a service club); her sorority, FAD; and the M.I.N.D. Tutoring/Mentoring program.
In addition to her membership in each of those organizations, Ellen served in a leadership capacity within Circle K.
For Ellen, as for many students, the relationships formed on campus was one of her favorite parts of her experience at Muskingum. “I made some great friends at Muskingum. I know that there were a handful of people here that are going to be my lifelong friends. Muskingum [also] has some wonderful staff members. I did not have one professor that I did not like. They were very intelligent and I learned a lot from each and every one of them!”