Advising for Teacher Certification and Education Studies

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See below for an introduction to teacher certification and the minor in education studies.  Interested students are encouraged to take EDST 180 Psychology of Learning early in their Lawrence career.  This course includes a practicum in a school setting, which will help you refine your interests in education as a possible career.  The course also satisfies the social science distribution requirement for your Lawrence degree.  For additional advice, contact Stewart Purkey, Director of Teacher Education, or any member of the Education Department.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION

Lawrence offers teacher certification in the following areas:

Elementary (preK-6) Secondary (5-12) All Levels (preK-12)
General Elementary

English

Social Studies

Math

Science

Computer Science

Art

Music - through the Conservatory

Theater

World Languages

English as a Second Language (ESL)

     

For elementary, students can major in any subject (College or Conservatory).  For other certification (secondary or K-12), students major in their certification area and can be certified in an additional area with a second major or minor (such as the Teaching ESL minor in Linguistics for ESL certification).

To be certified, students must also complete the following:

Courses

-- each with a 20-hour practicum --

Education Studies courses - open to all students (fulfill the social science GER):
EDST 180: Psychology of Learning – open to freshmen
EDST 350: Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity, and Education
EDST 440: Sociology of Education

Education courses - for teacher certification (open to others by approval):
EDUC 412: Teaching Reading for Elementary – for elementary certification only
EDUC 430 (College) or 431 (Conservatory): Educating All Learners – prereq: EDST 180
EDUC 555, 560, 563, 565, or 585: Teaching Methods* – by subject area (taken in spring prior to student teaching)

GPA & Tests

2.75 cumulative GPA – for program admission and for certification for licensure
3.00 major GPA or qualifying score on Praxis II or ACTFL subject test – before student teaching
Teacher performance assessment (edTPA) – during student teaching
Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT) – for elementary certification only

Student Teaching

Elementary – 5th-year apprenticeship (36 weeks) in Appleton school, including methods instruction
Secondary & All Levels – one semester (18 weeks) in Fox Cities, Chicago, or international

For more information, click Teacher Certification in the navigation menu.  Students interested in certification in music should view the Conservatory of Music's music education website.

EDUCATION STUDIES

Students interested in work or graduate study in education-related fields (education policy, law, or administration; counseling, school psychology, or special education; library, museum, or arts programs) should consider the minor in education studies.  The minor requires 5 education studies courses plus an academic internship, independent study, or developmental psychology course.

For more information, click Education Studies in the navigation menu.

Elementary Certification

There is no finer preparation for elementary teaching than a strong liberal arts education. Click below to read about Lawrence's newest teacher certification area and the innovative apprenticeship through which you can become a skilled elementary classroom teacher.

Elementary Education (PDF)

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