Why Become an Educator


Teaching is a Calling

“Webster defines a calling as ‘a strong inner impulse toward a particular course of action’. Teaching is just that. It is a desire to make a strong, positive difference in the lives of young people. The longer you work with them, the more you will realize what a profound effect you will have on their development and overall lives. You will want to motivate your students to create, to explore and to question. You will want them to succeed in whatever life throws at them. And when they do, wow, there is no better sensation! You will feel joy, happiness for them and a sense of euphoria for yourself. It's addictive!”-Mr. Steve Willeke (Director of Teacher Licensure)

Impact the Lives of Hundreds

“Teachers have the power to positively affect the lives of hundreds of people. Over the course of a 30 year career, with an average class of 25 per year, 750 children will learn to read, write, compute, reason, analyze, create, evaluate and prepare for their future lives thanks to you. Numerous studies have shown that the most important factor in student learning is the teacher and that ‘nothing matters more than finding people with the potential to be a great teacher’(Gladwell, 2009). Do you have this potential? We can help you develop it. Affect the future…teach.”-Dr. Mary Rycik (Chair of Early Childhood Education)

Make a Difference

“When you ask teachers why they decided to go into the profession, one of the most common responses you get is that they wanted a career where you made a difference. Living a life where your contribution may well live on long after you retire is a strong motivator. Think of thirty years of helping small children find excitement in reading and writing, or helping a confused middle school age child find peace in these troubled years, or getting a high school student to ignite an interest in science or math or art or music. Some years ago the phrase ‘pay it forward’ became part of our lexicon with a powerful movie about a teacher. That can be you.”-Dr. David Kommer (Chair of Middle Grades Education)

Keeps you Young

“Little did I know when I entered the profession fifty two years ago as a high school biology teacher and basketball coach that I would enjoy a most important and rarely stated benefit of becoming an educator, namely, that teaching had the potential of keeping one young. I have found that every day I have experienced renewed energy provided by young people with a zest for life, intellectual stimulation through preparation and having to respond to inquisitive minds and a "rollercoaster" ride of emotional experiences in and out of the classroom. I can unequivocally say that a "fountain of youth", providing an adventurous and fun-filled life, awaits those entering the teaching profession”-Mr. Tom Eibel (Professional Instructor for Educational Foundations)

Reduces Inequality

“As a teacher, you have the ability to reduce inequality every day you come to work. Unfortunately for us, students do not come to school with equal abilities and skills due to a variety of developmental and socioeconomic issues. Maybe they have a learning disability, perhaps their parents were disengaged, or quite possibly, their culture did not emphasize learning and maturation to the extent of others. Our job as educators is to ultimately reduce these gaps so that the playing surface is “leveled” and so that everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed in life and in their chosen profession. And when this occurs, you will have a sense of achievement that rivals that of your student.”-Mr. Adam Sikula (Director of Academic Advising)

Summer 2014 Graduate Schedule of Classes

Summer 2014 Graduate Registration began: April 1, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.  See this schedule for all graduate offerings.  Online classes will be listed under a separtate heading with face-to-face and hybrid classes listed by program center.  While every effort is made to keep this schedule current, check WebAdvisor for up-to-the-minute details. Ashland University does reserve the right to modify this information as needed.

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