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William Penn University has a long, honored history of having high educational standards. We acknowledge the importance of implementing teaching techniques to enhance a positive learning environment for education seekers. The ability to teach goes hand in hand with the ability to lead. With hours of hands-on experience and many student teaching opportunities, WPU students are well-prepared to teach when they graduate.

The mission of the Education Division is to develop effective educational leaders. The division develops pre-service teachers by challenging them to become highly qualified classroom leaders who continue to learn and engage within their diverse learning communities.

The William Penn Education Programs are accredited by the Iowa Department of Education.

Educating Educators

For students who want to make a difference through education, William Penn University is the place to do that. We equip students with the latest teaching techniques, the newest technology, the most up-to-date strategies and classroom teaching tools. Students leave William Penn with not only a teaching license, but are also a desire to share what they have learned with children and young people

Distance Learning

At William Penn, we understand completing your education degree on our traditional campus may not be an option for you. That’s why we offer a Distance Learning program, specifically designed for those busy individuals who want to earn an elementary education degree, PE/Health/Coaching, or endorsement, on their own terms. With the use of an online platform and the dedication of our instructors, our Distance Learning program offers you the flexible scheduling you need to achieve your goals.


Elementary Education
Secondary Education


Education Division Mission
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Education Student Handbooks
Education Division Standards
InTASC Standards


Name Office Phone Email Title Office
Robb Beane, M.Ed. 641-673-1333 Secondary Student Teaching Placement Advisor, Instructor of Education Penn 103
Susan Boxler, M.Ed. Adjunct Assistant Professor
Deana De Jong 641-673-1100 Education Division Office Manager Penn 110C
Shane Ehresman, Ed.S 641-673-1193 Director of Distance Learning and Assistant Professor of Education Penn 110C
Stephen Henderson, Ed.D 641-673-1335 Associate Professor of Education and Co-Chair of the Education Division Penn 101A
Aaron Hinnah, M.B.L. 641-673-1336 Distance Learning Academic Advisor, Assistant Football Coach Penn 110A
Dana Oswald, M.A. 641-673-1113 Assistant Professor of Education Penn 110
Melissa Schettler, M.A. 641-673-1320 Instructor of Education Penn 110B
Cathy Williamson, M.A. 641-673-1700 Chair of Education division, Associate Professor of Education, Peasley House Hall Director Penn 110D
Papae Wymore, M.A. 641-673-1073 Assistant Teaching Professor of Education Penn 102