Lawrence offers teacher certification in the following areas:
||All Levels (preK-12)
Music - through the Conservatory
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
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.