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2018-2019 Course Catalog

Required for the minor in education studies

  1. Three foundational courses:
    1. EDST 180: Psychology of Learning
    2. EDST 350: Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity and Education
    3. And one of the following:
      • EDST 310: Ethics and Education
      • EDST 315: Philosophy of Children
  2. Two (2) courses in education studies from among the following, at least one of which must be at the 400 level or above:
    • EDST 270: Why Read Children's Books?
    • EDST 309: Hollywood Goes to High School
    • EDST 345: Distributed Cognition
    • EDST 380: Engaging in Action Research
    • EDST 400: The Environment, Community and Education
    • EDST 440: Sociology of Education
    • EDST 450: Topics in Education Studies (can be repeated as topics vary)
    • EDST 545: Gesture Studies
  3. One of the following:
    • An independent study (EDST 399/599)
    • An academic internship (EDST 395/595)
    • Either Developmental Psychology (PSYC 260/265) or Adolescent Psychology (PSYC 460).

Possible settings for internships include but are not limited to: public, private, or charter schools; school district offices; museum or arts organizations; other non-profit or community organizations; social services agencies; governmental bodies; policy or advocacy groups; and other approved sites. Students seeking teacher certification may also complete the education studies minor, but student teaching may not be used to fulfill the internship or independent study requirement, nor may the internship substitute for the classroom practicum hours required prior to student teaching.

Teacher certification for undergraduates

Students who seek certification to teach middle or senior high school (early adolescence through adolescence) may choose from nearly all majors, including the social sciences, history, the natural sciences, mathematics, mathematics-computer science, computer science, theatre arts, English, English as a second language, and environmental science. (Students planning to teach instrumental or vocal music must be admitted to the Conservatory. Please see the Conservatory of Music for more information.)

Students who want to teach art, music (choral, general or instrumental), or world languages (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian and Spanish) receive special-field certification for teaching early childhood through adolescence (K-12).

Lawrence offers certification for students interested in becoming elementary school teachers (early childhood through early adolescence). Open to all majors, college or conservatory, this innovative program is a post-baccalaureate, yearlong apprenticeship in an Appleton public elementary school, during which students learn to teach by working alongside a master veteran teacher. For that year there is a special, significantly reduced, tuition fee.  

For further information about required courses and other program requirements as well as costs, please contact the director of teacher education.

For certification in social studies and the natural sciences, students elect a single discipline as their major—for example, history or chemistry—and may also pursue an interdisciplinary “broad fields” course of study.

Many academic subjects (e.g., English) permit a “minor” for certification purposes, thereby affording the student both major and minor teaching opportunities in the schools. In all subject areas, certification requires completing a Lawrence major or its equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the major and cumulative. Please see “Major subject area requirements” for specific disciplinary requirements.

Students who wish to qualify for a teaching license should plan their schedule with the chair of the education department 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. Graduation must precede certification for licensure.

Generally, all education courses except EDST 175 and EDST 180 require sophomore standing. EDUC 560, 563 and 555 and ART 585, methods of teaching, must be taken during the Term III that immediately precedes student teaching.

Student teaching assignments for 18-week public or private school semesters are contracted with local Fox Valley schools, in the Chicago Center’s Urban Student Teaching Program, or in 17 different countries overseas through Lawrence's International Student Teaching Program. A 13th term of student teaching with greatly reduced tuition (see Tuition, Fees, and Financial Assistance) is available for Lawrence undergraduates who have completed all graduation requirements except the student teaching cluster of courses and wish to be certified. Elementary apprenticeships take place in the Appleton Public Schools. Ask the department chair for details and for information on additional requirements. The 18-week student teaching practicum must take place within one year of graduation; the elementary practicum follows 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.

Certification for graduates

Students who have graduated from college, whether they attended Lawrence or another college or university, can be certified for licensure through Lawrence. Typically, the certification program for graduates takes 1 1/2 years, which includes the required 18 weeks of student teaching. (Program length may vary depending on undergraduate major and coursework.) Graduates should consult the department chair for further information about the certification program.

Graduates seeking certification must attain qualifying scores on any required tests (e.g., Praxis II or ACTFL) in their certification area before they apply to be admitted to the teacher education program. Other requirements for admittance (e.g., 2.75 GPA) and certification are listed in Lawrence’s Teacher Certification Handbook, which is available from the education department.

Tuition for Lawrence graduates participating in this program is set at 50 percent of the current year’s tuition rate, and the student teaching fee is adjusted by 50 percent.

For non-Lawrence graduates, tuition for courses required for certification outside the degree-seeking student program is set at 75 percent of the current year’s tuition rate. A separate fee is charged for the student-teaching portion of the program, for which the student earns 18 units of credit.

Graduates who wish to teach elementary school can also be certified for licensure through Lawrence.  There is a significantly reduced tuition fee for the apprenticeship year and required education courses.  A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required.  Any pre-student teaching tests that may be required must be passed before being admitted to the elementary apprenticeship program.  Interested candidates should consult the department chair for further information.

General requirements, all students and subject areas

In addition to the required education courses, 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 the Lawrence University general education requirements, including a course in a non-Western history or culture, a course in a physical science, a course in a biological or life science, and a mathematics course.

For Wisconsin licensure, social science majors need to take Cooperatives, which is an adjunct to Education 560. Natural science and social studies candidates are required to take an environmental studies course.

Students who want to become licensed must be admitted to Lawrence’s teacher education program. Please see the department chair or the department’s administrative assistant for the application form and list of requirements. Students seeking licensure in areas other than elementary education should also consult Lawrence’s Teacher Certification Handbook, which is available from the education department, for further information and requirements.

A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for program admission as well as for certification for licensure. Before they may student teach, students must attain a 3.00 major GPA (or, for elementary certification, at 3.0 GPA in all teacher education courses) or a passing score on the subject area assessment (Praxis II subject assessment 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 must attain passing scores on the edTPA, a teacher performance assessment completed during student teaching, in order to be certified for licensure. Additional requirements are spelled out in the Teacher Certification Handbook and on the department website.

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

  1. Understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structure(s) of the discipline and its connections with the various liberal arts and sciences.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  13. Understands the role of education in a democracy and the relationship between school and society.

Progress toward the standards is assessed in a pre-student teaching portfolio, and proficiency is confirmed in the final teaching portfolio, which includes the edTPA teacher performance assessment, submitted at the conclusion of student teaching. More information can be found in the Teacher Certification Handbook and on the department website.

Students should be aware that certification requirements are subject to revision, and students must satisfy the requirements in force at the time of program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm requirements with the chair of the education department.

Required courses for certification in elementary education

The following core teacher education courses:

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 6 3
EDST 440: Sociology of Education 6 4

The following courses specific to elementary education:

Course Lawrence course credit, in units Certification semester hours
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 655: Advanced Methods in Teaching-Elementary I 3 3
EDUC 656: 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, 655, and 675 are taken concurrently during the first semester of the elementary teaching apprenticeship, and EDUC 576, 656, and 676 are taken concurrently during the second semester.

Required education courses for certification in specific subject areas (other than elementary education)

The following core teacher education courses:

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

The following teaching methods and student teaching courses:

Course Lawrence course credit, in units Certification semester hours
EDUC 560: Methods in Middle and Secondary Teaching 6 4
EDUC 563: Elementary and Secondary Foreign Language Methods 6 4
EDUC 565: Methods, Materials and Assessment in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages†† 6 4
EDUC 585: Art in the Elementary and Secondary Schools††† 6 4
EDUC 650 or 655: Student Teaching 18 12
EDUC 660: Advanced Methods in Teaching 3 3

† Required for world language certification only
†† Required for ESL certification only
††† Required for art certification only

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

Major subject area requirements

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 department chair for further information).
 
Art
A major consists of the courses required for a studio art major, plus ART 585. See Certification for Teaching K-12 for further information regarding studio requirements and recommendations for art education certification. ART 585 should be taken in the Term III immediately prior to student teaching (EDUC 650).
English
A major consists of a minimum of 10 courses. In addition to demonstrating a familiarity with contemporary literature of world scope, students must submit evidence of coursework in composition, linguistics or history of the English language, literature for adolescents, and literature of minority groups in America. Adolescent literature may be fulfilled by taking three units of tutorial study in education (EDUC 390 or 590) devoted to literature for adolescents. A minor is available.
English as a second language (ESL/ELL)
A major endorsement is available in ESL/ELL and requires completion of the following: the education certification sequence (e.g., EDST 180, EDST 440, EDUC 650, etc.); the four course ESL/ELL sequence of Linguistics 150, Linguistics 360, Linguistics 530 and EDUC 565; and an academic major in any one of the liberal arts and sciences. Students may also add ESL/ELL certification to certification in another area (e.g., English, music education, biology, history, etc.).
Mathematics-computer science; computer science
A major consists of 10 courses.
Mathematics
A major consists of 10 courses; a minor is available.
Music
See the major in music education.  Licensure in music must be done through the conservatory.
Natural sciences
Students are licensed in physical science (chemistry and/or physics), earth and space science (geology), or life and environmental science (biology and/or environmental science). Students must complete a Lawrence major in one science (e.g., biology) and take at least one course from each of the other sciences. A course in astronomy or space science or a course that includes either as a topic is also required. Please see the department chair for further information.
Biology
A major consists of 10 courses, plus courses in other science subjects; a minor is available.
Chemistry
A major consists of 10 courses, plus courses in other science subjects; a minor is available.
Geology/Earth science
A major consists of 10 courses, including astronomy and oceanography, plus courses in other science subjects; a minor is available.
Physics
A major consists of 10 courses, plus courses in other science subjects; a minor is available.
Environmental science
A major consists of 10 courses, plus courses in the other science subjects; a minor is available. Students must take Education/Environmental Studies 400 and should fulfill the science-track requirements of the environmental studies major. (Students are urged to major in one of the other sciences and minor in environmental studies if they plan to teach at the secondary level.)
Broad fields science
A broad-fields science license is available. To be eligible, students must complete the requirements to be certified in one of the science majors (biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology/earth science and physics), a minimum of two courses in each of two other science disciplines and at least one course in each of the remaining sciences.
Social studies
Wisconsin licenses in the social sciences and history are grouped within the broad category of social studies. Students must complete a Lawrence major in any social science or history and take one course in each of the remaining social sciences (including history). An environmental studies course is also required. (Non-history majors are strongly urged to take a minimum of two history courses, one in U.S. history and one in global history.)
Anthropology/Sociology
A major consists of 10 courses; a minor is available. (Note: Wisconsin does not offer separate licensure in anthropology.)
Economics
A major consists of 10 courses; a minor is available.
History
A major consists of 10 courses; a minor is available.
Political science (Government)
A major consists of 10 courses; a minor is available.
Psychology
A major consists of 10 courses; a minor is available.
Broad fields social studies
A broad-fields social studies license is available. To be eligible, students must complete the requirements to be certified in one of the social sciences (anthropology/sociology, economics, history, political science [government], or psychology), a minimum of two courses each in two of the other social studies, and at least one course in each of the remaining social studies. Instruction in consumer cooperatives and conservation is incorporated into the methodology course Education 560.
Theatre arts
A major consists of 10 courses; a minor is available.
World languages
A major in Chinese, Classics, French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish consists of 10 courses. It is required that students spend a term in a country studying its native language. To be certified, students must pass an oral and writing proficiency test if their major GPA is less than 3.0. A minor is available.
 

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