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


Social Studies



Computer Science


Music - through the Conservatory


Foreign Language

English as a Second Language (ESL)


For elementary, students can major in any subject, college or conservatory.  For other certification (secondary or all levels), students major in their certification area and can be certified in a second area with an additional major or minor (students seeking ESL certification complete the Teaching ESL minor in the Linguistics program).

To be certified, students must also complete the following:


(each with a 20-hour practicum)
EDST 180: Psychology of Learning* – open to freshmen
EDST 350: Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity, and Education*
EDST 440: Sociology of Education*
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


Academic Skills Test – qualifying scores on Praxis Core, ACT, SAT, or GRE
Subject Area Test – Praxis II subject assessment or ACTFL foreign language test
edTPA – performance assessment completed during student teaching

Student Teaching

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

*Education Studies (EDST) courses are open to all students and fulfill the social science GER.

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

Minor in 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)

Education Classes

Click below for a PDF of Education Studies and Education courses offered during the current academic year.

Education Courses 2016-17 (PDF)

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