Lawrence's teacher certification program is available to Lawrence students and alumni, as well as graduates from other colleges and universities. 

A Liberal Arts Approach

Lawrence's teacher certification program prepares you to ask "why" and not simply "what" or "how," to turn a critical eye on the world your students inhabit, and to meet new challenges as they arise. 

We believe the most effective teachers master their subjects, know how their subjects relate to other fields, and commit themselves to a lifetime of learning. They also articulate a philosophy of education that guides their decision-making, use the best pedagogical techniques available, and think critically about their practice.

In Lawrence's teacher education program, you will: 

  • Acquire a broad education in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences (that is, in the liberal arts)
  • Achieve intellectual depth by majoring in the subject you intend to teach (or any subject for elementary certification)
  • Gain expertise in educational theory and practice through coursework and practical experience in classroom settings

Our program prepares you to teach in diverse settings, to connect your subject matter with broad human concerns, and to help your students develop and find purpose in their lives.

Certification Areas

Elementary (Grades PreK-6)

If you're interested in teaching elementary school, choose any major in the college or conservatory and complete your certification through teacher education courses and an apprenticeship in an Appleton public school.

Secondary (Grades 5-12)

If you're interested in teaching middle or high school, choose any of the following majors:

  • English
  • Social Studies: History, Government, Economics, Psychology, or Anthropology
  • Science: Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Physics, or Environmental Science
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science

All Levels (Grades K-12)

You can pursue special-field certification (grades K-12) in any of the following majors:

  • Studio Art
  • Music (as a music education major in the Conservatory)
  • Theatre Arts
  • Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, or Latin
  • English as a Second Language (with the Teaching ESL minor in linguistics)

Program Standards

Lawrence’s liberal arts approach to teacher education is in accordance with Certification Rules PI 34 of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Lawrence students must demonstrate mastery of the 13 Teacher Education Program Standards to complete the program and be certified for licensure. These standards incorporate the Wisconsin Teacher Standards (PI 34.02) with added standards for understanding the discipline's connections with the liberal arts and sciences and understanding the role of education in a democracy and the relationship between school and society.  

EPP Annual Report 

Each year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) produces an annual report on approved educator preparation programs (EPP) in the state. Lawrence University is part of this annual report, which includes information on program completers and first-time passage rates on state-required performance assessments.

Title II Report

Lawrence meets the reporting requirements of Section 207 of Title II of the Higher Education Act. Our pass rate is 100%. Copies of the most recent report are available from the Education Department chair.

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