To be certified to teach, students must satisfy the course requirements listed below.

Teacher Education

All of the following courses with practicums:

    EDST 180 Psychology of Learning - open to freshmen; must be taken prior to EDUC 430/431
    EDST 350 Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity, and Education
    EDST 440 Sociology of Education
    EDUC 412 Teaching Reading for Elementary - for elementary certification only
    EDUC 430 or 431 Educating All Learners - College students take 430; Conservatory students take 431

A teaching methods course with practicum (for each certification area):

Methods courses are taken in the spring (Term III) prior to student teaching.

    EDUC 555 Methods in Elementary Teaching - for general elementary
    EDUC 560 Methods in Middle and Secondary Teaching - for English, social studies, math, and science
    EDUC 563 Elementary and Secondary Foreign Language Methods - for world languages other than English
    EDUC 565 Method, Materials, and Assessment in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - for ESL
    ART / EDUC 585 Art in the Elementary and Secondary Schools - for art
    MUEP 201 Introduction to Music Education (taken earlier) and MUEP 380 Conducting Principles - for music

The following seminar (taken while student teaching):

    EDUC or MUEP 660 Advanced Methods in Teaching

Education Studies (EDST) courses meet the social science distribution requirement.  Some also meet diversity or competency requirements; check the course schedule for GER designations.  Education (EDUC) courses are for teacher certification only.

General Education

Student teaching in Spring 2020 or later:

The general education requirements for certification are the same as those for the Lawrence degree (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music).

Student teaching in Fall 2019 or earlier:

General education requirements for certification in all subject areas include:

  • At least one course in a life or biological science and one course in a physical science (ENST 150 satisfies both requirements). AP credit with a score of 4 or higher may be used to satisfy a science requirement.
  • At least one course in mathematics (MATH 107 Elementary Statistics is recommended).  A quantitative (Q) course that is not a math course does not satisfy this requirement.  AP credit with a score of 4 or higher may be used.
  • At least one course in a non-Western history or culture.  Many global diversity (G) courses satisfy this requirement.

Subject Area

You must have a major in your certification area; a second certification area can be added with an additional major or minor.  Many subject areas also have specific content requirements.  These are listed under "Education / Major subject area requirements" and "Conservatory of Music / The major in music education" in the course catalog.  To avoid problems, have your course plan approved by the chair of the Education or Music Education department.