To be certified to teach, students must satisfy the course requirements listed below.
All of the following courses with practicums:
EDST 180 Psychology of Learning - open to freshmen; must be taken prior to EDUC 430/431
EDST 350 Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity, and Education
EDST 440 Sociology of Education
EDUC 412 Teaching Reading for Elementary - for elementary certification only
EDUC 430 or 431 Educating All Learners - College students take 430; Conservatory students take 431
A teaching methods course with practicum (for each certification area):
Methods courses are taken in the spring (Term III) prior to student teaching.
EDUC 555 Methods in Elementary Teaching - for general elementary
EDUC 560 Methods in Middle and Secondary Teaching - for English, social studies, math, and science
EDUC 563 Elementary and Secondary Foreign Language Methods - for world languages other than English
EDUC 565 Method, Materials, and Assessment in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - for ESL
ART / EDUC 585 Art in the Elementary and Secondary Schools - for art
MUEP 201 Introduction to Music Education (taken earlier) and MUEP 380 Conducting Principles - for music
The following seminar (taken while student teaching):
EDUC or MUEP 660 Advanced Methods in Teaching
Education Studies (EDST) courses meet the social science distribution requirement. Some also meet diversity or competency requirements; check the course schedule for GER designations. Education (EDUC) courses are for teacher certification only.
Student teaching in Spring 2020 or later:
The general education requirements for certification are the same as those for the Lawrence degree (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music).
Student teaching in Fall 2019 or earlier:
General education requirements for certification in all subject areas include:
- At least one course in a life or biological science and one course in a physical science (ENST 150 satisfies both requirements). AP credit with a score of 4 or higher may be used to satisfy a science requirement.
- At least one course in mathematics (MATH 107 Elementary Statistics is recommended). A quantitative (Q) course that is not a math course does not satisfy this requirement. AP credit with a score of 4 or higher may be used.
- At least one course in a non-Western history or culture. Many global diversity (G) courses satisfy this requirement.
You must have a major in your certification area; a second certification area can be added with an additional major or minor. Many subject areas also have specific content requirements. These are listed under "Education / Major subject area requirements" and "Conservatory of Music / The major in music education" in the course catalog. To avoid problems, have your course plan approved by the chair of the Education or Music Education department.