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2020-2021 Course Catalog

Required for the minor in education studies

  1. Three foundational courses:
    1. EDST 180: Psychology of Learning
    2. EDST 315: Philosophy of Children
    3. EDST 350: Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity, and Education
  2. Three additional courses in education studies (EDST) or child development (PSYC 260/265), with at least one at the 400 level or above.

Teacher certification for undergraduates

For elementary certification, Lawrence offers an innovative program in partnership with the Appleton Area School District. Open to all majors in the college or conservatory, the program includes a post-baccalaureate, full-school-year apprenticeship in an Appleton public elementary school, during which students learn to teach by working alongside a master veteran teacher while they also receive instruction in teaching methods for literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. The post-baccalaureate apprenticeship is offered at a significantly reduced tuition fee.  

For secondary certification (middle and high school) or elective subjects at all grade levels, students complete a major in their subject area along with education courses and practicums and a full semester (18 weeks) of student teaching in a school near Lawrence, in Chicago, or internationally. Secondary certification is offered in English, social studies, science, mathematics, and computer science. All-levels certification is offered in art, music (through the conservatory only), theater, English as a second language (through the teaching ESL minor in linguistics), or world language (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, or Spanish). See “Major subject area requirements” below for specific areas (for music, see the Conservatory of Music section of the catalog). Some subjects can be added as a second certification area with a minor; contact the director of teacher education for more details.

Student teaching assignments for 18-week public or private school semesters are contracted with local schools near Lawrence, in the Chicago Center’s Urban Student Teaching Program, or in 17 different countries overseas through Lawrence's International Student Teaching Program. Lawrence undergraduates who have completed all graduation requirements except student teaching may student teach in the local schools at a greatly reduced 13th-term fee (see the catalog section on Tuition, Fees, and Financial Assistance). To qualify, the 18-week student teaching practicum must take place within one year of graduation. In some majors, students planning to student teach during the senior year may substitute student teaching for, or incorporate it into, their department’s Senior Experience. Interested students should consult with their major advisor as early as possible in the junior year.

Students who wish to qualify for a teaching license should plan their schedule with the guidance of an education faculty member as early as possible in their Lawrence career. Students who enter Lawrence knowing that they want to become certified to teach can do so within the four-year undergraduate program. Before student teaching, which must occur in the senior year or in a 13th term, students must be admitted to the teacher education program, and they must graduate before they may be certified for licensure.

Teacher certification for graduates

Students who have graduated from Lawrence or another college or university may be certified for licensure through Lawrence’s teacher education program. Elementary certification typically takes 2 years (including the full-year teaching apprenticeship), while secondary or all-levels certification typically takes 1-1/2 years (including the 18-week semester of student teaching). Program length may vary depending on undergraduate major and coursework. Graduates should consult the director of teacher education for specific requirements and tuition, which is significantly lower than the undergraduate tuition rate.

Graduates seeking certification must demonstrate a 3.00 major GPA in their subject area or attain qualifying scores on the relevant subject area test (Praxis II or ACTFL) before applying to be admitted to the teacher education program. Other requirements for admission are listed in Lawrence’s Teacher Certification Handbook, which is available from the education department.

Program standards

To be certified for licensure, all candidates must demonstrate proficiency in the following Lawrence University teacher education program standards, which are based on the Wisconsin state standards for licensure.

Content Knowledge

1. Understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structure(s) of the discipline and its connections with the various liberal arts and sciences.

Pedagogical Practice

2. Plans, organizes, and presents systematic instruction that makes the above aspects of the subject meaningful for students.

3. Uses a variety of instructional strategies, including instructional media and technology, to promote understanding.

4. Uses a variety of formal and informal assessment techniques to evaluate learning and adapt instruction.

Student Engagement

5. Uses effective verbal and nonverbal communication to foster active inquiry and engagement in learning.

6. Creates a supportive, productive learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, collaboration, and self-motivation.

Adaptive Expertise

7. Understands how children and adolescents learn and are motivated, individually and in groups, and teaches accordingly.

8. Matches instruction to differences in prior learning, ability, and exceptionality.

9. Demonstrates awareness of differences that arise from cultural background, gender, socio-economic status, or community context, and adapts instruction accordingly.

Professional Conduct

10. Acts in an ethical, professional manner and exhibits fairness, respect, and care in dealing with students.

11. Establishes positive relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community.

12. Demonstrates the ability to be self-critical and to use feedback to improve teaching practice.

Educational Mission

13. Understands the role of education in a democracy and the relationship between school and society.

Progress toward the standards is assessed in the pre-student teaching portfolio, and proficiency is confirmed in the final teaching portfolio, which includes the edTPA teacher performance assessment.

Requirements for teacher certification

Certification requirements are subject to change by the Wisconsin legislature and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as well as by Lawrence’s teacher education program. Students must satisfy the requirements in force at the time of program completion in order to be certified for licensure. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm requirements with the education department.

General requirements for all students and subject areas

In addition to the required education courses (listed below), all students seeking certification must complete a major (or its equivalent) in the subject they plan to teach. For elementary education only, students may complete any major in the college or conservatory. To receive a minor endorsement, students must complete a department-approved minor or a minimum of seven courses in the discipline. Students seeking licensure must also complete Lawrence’s general education requirements (or the equivalent, for graduates from other universities).

Students who want to become licensed must first be admitted to Lawrence’s teacher education program. An application and Teacher Certification Handbook should be picked up from the education department’s administrative assistant in Briggs Hall 117. Students can apply after they have successfully completed one education course with a practicum, and they must have a composite GPA of at least 2.75 to be admitted.

Before they may student teach, students must attain a 3.00 major GPA (or, for elementary certification, a 3.00 GPA in all teacher education courses) or a passing score on the subject area assessment (Praxis II subject test or ACTFL foreign language oral and writing proficiency tests) for each subject in which they intend to be licensed. Elementary candidates must also receive a passing score on the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test. All candidates for student teaching submit a pre-student teaching portfolio in which they document their progress toward Lawrence’s 13 teacher education program standards. A member of the education or music education faculty reviews the portfolio in preparation for supervising the candidate’s student teaching.

During student teaching, candidates complete the edTPA, a teacher performance assessment, and submit it for official scoring. The edTPA is based on a learning segment of three to five lessons in one class, and it includes work samples and commentaries on planning, instruction, and assessment. Candidates must attain a passing score to be certified for licensure. Candidates must also receive satisfactory evaluations during student teaching and have a final composite GPA of at least 2.75 to be eligible for certification for licensure.

More information can be found in the Teacher Certification Handbook and on the department website.

Required core courses for teacher certification

Course

Lawrence course credit, in units

Certification semester hours

EDST 180: Psychology of Learning

6

4

EDST 350: Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity, and Education

6

4

EDUC 430: Educating All Learners (College only)

6

3

EDUC 431: Educating All Learners in Music (Conservatory only)

3

3

EDST 440: Sociology of Education

6

4

Required additional courses for elementary certification

Course

Lawrence course credit, in units

Certification semester hours

EDUC 412: The Science of Reading

6

4

EDUC 555: Methods in Elementary Teaching

6

4

EDUC 575: Elementary Content Area Methods I

3

3

EDUC 576: Elementary Content Area Methods II

3

3

EDUC 665: Advanced Methods in Teaching-Elementary I

3

3

EDUC 666: Advanced Methods in Teaching-Elementary II

3

3

EDUC 675: Student Teaching Apprenticeship-Elementary I

18

12

EDUC 676: Student Teaching Apprenticeship-Elementary II

18

12

EDUC 575, 665, and 675 are taken concurrently during the first semester of the elementary teaching apprenticeship, and EDUC 576, 666, and 676 are taken concurrently during the second semester.

Elementary certification also requires one course in environmental studies (ENST 150 is recommended and satisfies the B.A. general education requirement for a laboratory course in the natural sciences).

Required additional courses for secondary and all-levels certification

The following teaching methods and student teaching courses are required:

Course

Lawrence course credit, in units

Certification semester hours

EDUC 560: Methods in Middle and Secondary Teaching

6

4

EDUC 650 (or 655): Student Teaching

18

12

EDUC 660: Advanced Methods in Teaching

3

3

EDUC 560 is taken in spring term of the year prior to student teaching. EDUC 650 (or 655) and 660 are taken concurrently during the student teaching semester.

For all-levels certification, a supplemental course in subject-specific methods is required prior to student teaching. This is one or more of the following, depending on field(s):

Course

Lawrence course credit, in units

Certification semester hours

EDUC 563: Elementary and Secondary World Language Methods

2

2

EDUC 565: Methods in Teaching English Language Learners

6

4

EDUC 585: Art in the Elementary and Secondary Schools

2

2

† Taken in conjunction with EDUC 560.

Please see “Major subject area requirements” below and “The major in music education” for course requirements for specific fields.

Major subject area requirements

Wisconsin is transitioning to new licenses, so specific requirements are subject to change. Check with the education department as you plan your course of study.

Students are expected to complete the major requirements established by the relevant Lawrence department. To add a minor endorsement, students are expected to complete the minor requirements established by the relevant Lawrence department. In some cases, a minimum of 10 courses in the major subject or 7 courses in the minor may be accepted in lieu of the official Lawrence major or minor (see the director of teacher education for further information).

Art

The studio art major plus art teaching methods (EDUC 585).

Computer science

The computer science major.

English language arts

The English major with demonstrated familiarity with contemporary literature of world scope and coursework in composition, linguistics or history of the English language, literature for adolescents, literature of ethnic/racial minority groups in America, and theatre arts. Experience in journalism (writing for The Lawrentian) is recommended. A minor endorsement is available.

English as a second language (ESL/ELL)

The teaching ESL minor in linguistics (which includes ELL teaching methods) along with an academic major in any of the liberal arts and sciences. Students may add ESL/ELL certification to certification in another area.

Mathematics

The mathematic major. A minor endorsement is available.

Music

See the major in music education. Licensure in music must be done through the conservatory.

Science

Students complete a major in one of the sciences (biology, chemistry, environmental science, geosciences, or physics), a minimum of two courses in each of two other sciences, and at least one course in each of the remaining sciences. A course in environmental science is required.

Social studies

Students complete a major in one of the social studies (history, government/political science, economics, anthropology/sociology, psychology), a minimum of two courses in each of two other social studies, and at least one course in each of the remaining social studies. Non-history majors are strongly urged to take a minimum of two history courses, one in U.S. history and one in global history. A course in environmental studies is required. Instruction in consumer cooperatives and conservation is incorporated into the methods course (EDUC 560).

Theater

The theatre arts major. A minor endorsement is available.

World languages

A major in Chinese, Classics, French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish. For all languages except Latin, it is required that students spend a term in a country studying its native language. To be certified, students must pass the ACTFL oral and writing proficiency test if their major GPA is less than 3.00. A minor endorsement is available.