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A good education helps us make sense of the world and find our way in it.
-- Mike Rose


For more than a half-century, Lawrence has prepared students to teach in K-12 schools or to pursue graduate study or work in education-related fields.  Our liberal arts approach has helped us prepare distinguished teachers and educational leaders.  Now, through a generous gift from the Mielke Family Foundation, we are collaborating with the Appleton Area School District to develop a state-of-the-art apprenticeship-based elementary certification program.

Teacher Certification

We believe the best preparation for teaching is a liberal arts education with a major in your teaching field.  With that in mind, the Education Department offers teacher certification in the following areas:


  • General Elementary


  • English
  • Social Studies
  • Math
  • Science
  • Computer Science

All Levels

  • Art
  • Music (through the Conservatory)
  • Theater
  • World Languages
  • English as a Second Language

Students complete the certification requirements along with their major as part of their Lawrence degree.  Once certified, students can become licensed teachers in public or private schools in Wisconsin or other states.  To learn more, click Teacher Certification in the navigation menu.

Education Studies

A liberal arts degree is also outstanding preparation for graduate study or work in an education-related field.  The Education Department offers a minor in education studies for students interested in:

  • education policy, law, or administration;
  • counseling, school psychology, special education, or related fields;
  • educational outreach in a library, museum, arts, or environmental organization;
  • community development or social work.

The minor includes coursework and practicum experience and offers an academic internship or independent study geared to the student's interest.  To learn more, click Education Studies in the navigation menu.


Education Department
Briggs Hall 117
M-F 7:30-11:30 a.m
(920) 832-6714
711 E. Boldt Way
Appleton, WI 54911

Elementary Education

Thanks to a generous grant from the Mielke Family Foundation, Lawrence has added elementary certification with a state-of-the-art teaching apprenticeship program.  Click here for more details!

Stewart Purkey (Director of Teacher Education)

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