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


The Mielke Family Department of Education at Lawrence offers teacher certification and a minor in education studies.  Our liberal arts approach prepares students to be outstanding classroom teachers or to pursue graduate study or work in education-related fields.

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:


  • Elementary (in partnership with Appleton schools)


  • 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.


Katie Van Zeeland,
Administrative Assistant

Education Department
Briggs Hall 117
M-F 8:30-12:30
(920) 832-6714

711 E. Boldt Way
Appleton, WI 54911

Elementary Education

With generous support from the Mielke Family Foundation, Lawrence offers elementary certification with a full-semester teaching apprenticeship in partnership with the Appleton Area School District.  Click here for more details!

Education Careers

Explore the impact you can have locally, nationally, or globally, in one of Lawrence's most popular career fields:

Career Community: Education & Community Engagement

Join the ECE Career Community in Voyager and receive news about internships and other opportunities.

Stewart Purkey (Director of Teacher Education)