Why Choose Education at Alma?
A few words from Dr. Mark Seals, Professor of Education.
Only One Alma, Only One You!
Why choose teacher education preparation at Alma College? What sets this liberal arts school apart from other universities that offer teacher training programs? We believe that your experience at college is a powerful and important time of life. It is during this time that students have the opportunity to develop “who they are”, not only as a teacher, but more importantly as a person of integrity with unique qualities that can be used to positively impact the youth of our world. Our desire is to be part of that process.
The Alma College Education Department is a team of professionals who work together to assure that each student receives a comprehensive and quality education. Every one of our faculty team members has taught in the public schools, with extensive experiences at PreK-12th grade levels. Having worked in the environments into which our students are headed gives us a unique credibility and perspective from which to teach. Every course is taught by trained professors who care for their students and are available with an “open door policy” to help set goals, meet needs, and solve problems that arise. We care for our students, invest time and interest into their lives, and endeavor to be positive role models as educators and as people.
We believe that students need to have direct experiences with teaching in order to make a decision about their college major before too much time has gone by. For this reason, we place our students into “field experiences” early and often so that they can interact with children of different ages and at different levels to determine whether teaching is the right vocation choice for them.
Alma College values our reputation of graduating some of the finest and well-prepared teachers in the state of Michigan. Because of this reputation, our graduates are typically highly sought after for job availability after graduation. If you have not yet done an “on-site-visit” we invite you to come and tour our beautiful campus, talk with faculty and students, and discover why our motto is, “Only One Alma, Only One You!”