Education

You can shape tomorrow by teaching others today.

Most of us have encountered a teacher along our educational journey, some of us have encountered many, who was such an inspiration and made such an impression that our intellectual fabric was forever changed. This is why teachers are among our world’s most valuable assets.

Friends University is proud to offer education degrees that provide extensive classroom experience before student teaching, classroom management strategies embedded into methods courses, and a wide variety of district placements for field experiences. All Friends University K-6, PK-12 and 6-12 teacher licensure programs are approved by the Kansas State Department of Education. Our Teacher Education program has been continuously recognized and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since the founding of that organization in 1954.

Most graduates in Teacher Education are hired as a licensed teacher in their area of licensure and begin at the start of the next academic school year. Frequently December graduates are hired for full time teaching positions beginning the following January. Others are hired as substitute teachers and assistant coaches for the spring semester. Many Friends graduates are employed in the greater Wichita schools and surrounding districts. Some graduates choose to return to their home state where they begin their careers as a professional educator.

Seventy-two graduates completed initial teacher preparation programs at Friends University from 2012 – 2015. Initial pass rates for state teacher licensure exams ranged from 92% to 94% for each of those three years. Nearly all graduates contacted over the past three years in follow-up surveys were hired within their area of licensure (field of study) or area of wellness expertise (for Health, Physical Education and Recreation). Some graduates are given opportunities to expand their instructional/professional skill sets by taking teaching/coaching assignments that extend beyond the teaching license and/or degree they hold.

Teacher salaries vary from one district to another and salaries vary across different grade levels and teaching fields. The base salary for a BS/BA level beginning teacher with no experience for the local district (USD 259, Wichita) is $39,156 with a full range of benefits that typically include sick leave, health insurance, flex spending accounts, retirement, etc. Salary schedules are negotiated locally by each district and may vary from year to year. Stepwise raises are built into the system based on years of experience and advanced training and degrees so that the current full range of salaries in USD 259 maximizes at $61,480 with a doctoral degree and 15 years of experience.

 

Art Education, Bachelor of Arts

By sharing your passion for and knowledge of the visual arts, you can empower others to find their creative voices and tell their stories.

Elementary Education, Bachelor of Science

Elementary teachers have the great responsibility of molding the minds of our community’s most vulnerable and impressionable members.

English Language Arts Education, Bachelor of Arts

Educators emphasize the best and latest methods for instructing older children in the areas of composition, creative writing, dramatic readings and interpretation, literature, poetry and reading comprehension.

Health & Physical Education, Bachelor of Science

Health and wellness education doesn’t always take place in a school setting. This degree from Friends can give you the foundation to help others improve their lives by improving their health.

Math Education, Bachelor of Science

The demand for mathematicians in the United States is high, as is the need for talented and qualified teachers of this discipline.

Music Education, Bachelor of Music

Teaching others to read and appreciate different types of music, identify and play instruments, and use their voices to create works of art is a gift to the student and to the world.

Physical Education, Bachelor of Science

You can teach every young student’s favorite class! And instill in children of all ages that physical activity is a vital part of a healthy life.

Spanish Education, Bachelor of Arts

A degree in Spanish education opens many doors for graduates inside the classroom, as well as in the private and public sectors.

Speech/Theater Education, Bachelor of Arts

Many teachers encourage students to express themselves, but few have as much fun doing so as those who teach speech, theater, debate and forensics.

Minors

Featured Faculty

Janet Eubank

Janet Eubank

  • Assistant Professor of Education
  • Education
  • B.A., Wichita State University; M.A., Friends University
John Rhodes

Dr. John Rhodes

  • Associate Professor of Education; Professional Education Unit Assessment Coordinator
  • Education
  • B.S., Florida State University; M.S. Troy State University; Ph.D., University of Florida
Jan Wilson

Dr. Jan Wilson

  • Professor of Education; Chair of Education; Director - Teacher Education/Unit Head, PEB
  • Education
  • B.S., Oklahoma State University; M.S., Wichita State University; Ph.D., Kansas State University