Education at Taylor
We want Taylor Education students to graduate as competent, caring, and reflective teachers—excited about their calling and prepared for world-service. Taking education classes in a liberal arts context like Taylor allows students to experience interdisciplinary perspectives that help them become well-rounded educators. Instilled with a sincere care for students’ growth, Education majors have a heart to serve and lead children, not just academically but personally.
If you declare one of our Education majors, you will be on the frontlines of positively impacting the future. You will begin spending time in local classrooms and helping shape young lives during their freshman years. The education curriculum crosses into the behavioral and social sciences, the physical and applied sciences, and the humanities to give all students a holistic knowledge of what, how, and why things happen in their classrooms.
See for Yourself
Listen to Dr. Quinn White, Professor of Education, discuss what Taylor University values in its Education department and what your four-year plan might look like.
Choosing Your Major
Though you will develop a better idea of who and how you want to teach throughout your time at Taylor, the beginning of your teaching career can look very different depending on your major. Read our Education majors options below to determine which area best defines your career goals.
Click on the name of any major below to learn more.
- Elementary Education
If you declare an Elementary Education major, you will partner with a local school from day one and continue to develop a relationship with that school throughout your time at Taylor. Courses focus on instruction, subject matter, and classroom management for grades K-6.
- Preschool–12 Degrees
Interested in teaching art or music? Choose one of Taylor’s Preschool–12 Education degrees. If you pick the Art Education major, you will learn to teach the values of artful expression in drawing, painting, graphic design, ceramics, photography, sculpture, and printmaking. With a major in Music Education, you will focus on an instrument of your choice to share with young students through private and classroom choir, musical theatre, or orchestra lessons.
- Secondary Education Degrees
The Taylor Secondary Education program provides more hours in grades 5-12 classrooms than most universities because we believe that much of your learning comes through real-life experiences. You will be prepared in areas of instruction, subject matter, and classroom management, and focus your knowledge on a specific subject of interest for the middle and high school levels. Subjects of emphasis include:
- Educational Studies
For students interested in learning educational techniques without earning a teaching license, Educational Studies will prepare you to become an expert on implementing the best school practices and developmental tools for classrooms through studying the psychology of how social issues affect young students.
- Special Education – Mild Intervention*
If you have a heart for interacting with special needs students, adding a Special Education certification will prepare you with better teaching methods for students with learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, emotional and behavioral disabilities, and developmental delays.
- Special Education – Intense Intervention*
If you seek to deepen your special education program with a broader range of instructional strategies, adding an intense intervention Special Education certification to your mild intervention licensure will prepare you to meet the needs of students with low incidence disabilities (disabilities that are less prevalent than others).
For students interested in teaching international students or abroad, adding a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages minor to your degree will increase your ability to communicate interculturally to non-native speakers.
*Indicates that the program is only for certification.
**Indicates that the program is a minor and certificate.
Get Out of the Classroom
There are a variety of clubs and events on campus aiming to boost student’s experiences and increase their love of teaching. These include:
- Kappa Delta Pi
Join 1.2 million education students from across the globe in this exclusive, international honor society. Students network, attend seminars, initiate service projects, gain access to scholarships and grants, mentor others, and much more.
- Berne Swiss Heritage Education Day
Lead over 1,400 fourth graders in pioneer games and early settler activities at this annual tradition in Berne, Indiana, a historically Swiss village. Taylor students have volunteered at The Swiss Heritage Festival for the last 15 years, leading activities such as soap-making, shelling corn, climbing rope, churning butter, spinning wool, and playing tug-of-war. Learn to encourage student creativity and their appreciation for history during this community service opportunity.
- Walk into My Future
Help the Education department plan and execute an educational event for local elementary students. Blackford and Jay County elementary schools bring nearly 700 students to campus, and you get help teach young kids about how to save for college.
- Local Ministries & Education Programs
Partner with local schools and churches to bring educational programs to elementary, middle, and high school students. Tutor kids in their literacy skills during LIFT or just have fun with students at the Red Barn’s after-school program. Lead students, teach the Gospel, and play games at Basics, Basics Jr., and other church programs. Learn more about our local outreach programs.
Opportunities to do research and give public presentations to build your educational resume include an early childhood education conference and Network of International Christian Schools jobs fair. Attend teaching conferences in and out of state for the chance to listen to and network with teaching professionals.
Teaching Across Nations
Taylor offers Education majors a unique global perspective on what it means to learn as a student and lead as a teacher across different cultures, whether with international or national at-risk and urban students.
- Student Teaching: Options for student teaching include regional, urban, and/or international experiences. More than 25 percent of our student teachers apply to teach in overseas assignments, and others apply for our Urban Immersive Program to teach in cities like Los Angeles.
- Ecuador*: Travel to the beautiful city of Cuenca to study at the Universidad del Azuay in a new culture setting. Studies emphasize Christian education, but they also offer general education courses.
- Handong Global University*: TESOL minors can acquire credit studying at this school in South Korea.
- Azusa Pacific University’s LA Term*: Social Studies Education majors can dive deep into urban culture in this residential study and service semester in the heart of Los Angeles.
- York St John University*: This England school allows Education students to take major classes as well as explore the culture of the United Kingdom.
- International Practicum: Education majors embark on a three-week study abroad trip to the Philippines, Bahamas, or Belize, where they participate in classroom instruction in several local schools.
- Senior Trip: Tour our nation’s capital to get a taste of how to lead a 6th or 8th grade field trip to D.C. or travel to other well-known cities, like Memphis, Tennessee.
Spring Break Missions
- Dominican Republic*: This team partners with Students International to serve in various ministry sites across the country, including a special education emphasis. Their goal is to meet both physical and spiritual needs of locals as they seek to develop relationships and share God’s love in their interactions.
- Mexico*: The Mexico team travels to Cancun to serve with Back2Back ministries, an organization that cares for orphans and vulnerable children. Students help implement the organization’s mission of community development and family preservation through working at a local community center.
- Indianapolis*: This trip puts poverty into perspective as students encounter it firsthand only an hour and a half away from campus. Partnering with Shepherd Community Center, students put on many hats by becoming teacher aides in a local school, performing various work projects, and canvassing the neighborhood for a church-hosted block party.
*Programs are not directly associated with the Education department. Contact the Office of Off-Campus Programs for more information.
Contact the Education Department
Dr. Ben Hotmire
Chair of the Education Department
Education Program Assistant