Teacher Training

Hawken-JCU M.Ed. Program

Preparing 21st century teachers
This intensive, unique school-based Master's of Education program is cooperatively offered by Hawken School and John Carroll University. Designed to attract high-caliber liberal arts graduates and to provide them with professional preparation in classroom teaching in an intellectually demanding and stimulating environment, the year-long program leads to a Master's degree and a teaching license in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3 by the State of Ohio. Courses in the 46-credit program are taught by both John Carroll University and Hawken School faculty.

Program candidates work in Hawken Lower School classrooms under the daily guidance of Hawken mentor teachers. The program encourages graduate students to view teaching as an ongoing journey of discovery and learning, which will unfold throughout their careers. Equally important, graduate students must assume an active role in their own learning. Successful completion of the appropriate Praxis Series (Professional Assessment for Beginning Teachers) is required for certification, and successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination is required for the Master's of Education degree.

John Carroll University
The Department of Education at John Carroll University has a long tradition of attending to the multiple dimensions of the professional preparation of future educators. Four curricular strands are the focus of the program: the teacher as person, foundations, child study, and methods. Founded in 1886, the university prepares educators within the liberal arts tradition. John Carroll University is accredited by the Ohio State Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The campus is just minutes away from Hawken School's Lyndhurst site.

Hawken Mentorship
Partnering with the university in this endeavor, Hawken School offers a unique setting for selected candidates. Hawken, an independent school founded in 1915 on the principles of the progressive movement, continues to offer innovative educational experiences for its students and faculty. Building on traditions, Hawken School offers small class enrollments, ensuring that each student will have personalized instruction. Our faculty are highly experienced, master-teachers who support interns by connecting educational theory with classroom practice. They emphasize frequent self-reflection and assessment. Thus, each intern is assured quality mentoring.

For further information or to receive a program application, contact one of the following:

Dr. Barbara Garson, Coordinator
John Carroll University

Educator's Workshop for Entrepreneurial Studies

Hawken School pioneered the teaching of entrepreneurship to high school and middle school students in problem-based courses using the Lean Launch Pad (LLP) methodology. LLP, used by the top graduate schools, incorporates the business model canvas with customer development and agile development in team-based, experiential learning. 

Now Hawken is sharing its successful curriculum through our program for K-12 educators, which includes both beginner and advanced Educator's Workshops for Entrepreneurial Studies. Using thoughtful instruction and hands on activities, educators learn how to build problem-based, experiential, and fully team-based entrepreneurship courses that will be transformative for their students. Instructors also learn how to incorporate Lean LaunchPad (LLP), the Business Model Canvas and Design Thinking into their K-12 courses.  LLP is a methodology designed byserial-entrepreneur and academician Steve Blank that is currently used by Stanford, UC Berkeley, Columbia, and being rapidly adopted by the top graduate schools in the country.

Click here for information on upcoming workshops.

Early Childhood Training Institute

The Early Childhood Training Institute will not be holding workshops this summer due to lack of funding. Please check back next year, as we hope to continue our programming in the future!

Hawken School | Lower & Middle Schools, 5000 Clubside Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Upper School, PO Box 8002 (12465 County Line Rd), Gates Mills, OH 44040
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