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

Teacher Education

Core courses

  • EDST 180: Psychology of Learning - open to first-year students; must be taken prior to EDUC 430/431
  • EDST 350: Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity, and Education
  • EDUC 430 / 431: Educating All Learners - College students take 430; Conservatory students take 431
  • EDST 440: Sociology of Education

Additional courses

For elementary:
  • EDST 412: Foundations of Literacy in a Diverse Society - open to all interested students
  • EDUC 555: Methods in Elementary Teaching - taken in the spring prior to student teaching
For secondary or all-levels (K-12) [other than music]:
  • EDUC 560: Methods in Middle and Secondary Teaching - taken in the spring prior to student teaching
Supplemental courses in subject-specific methods (taken with EDUC 560):
  • EDUC 563: Elementary and Secondary World Language Methods (2 units)
  • EDUC 585: Art in the Elementary and Secondary Schools (2 units)
For English as a second language (ESL):
  • EDUC 565: Methods in Teaching English Language Learners
For music [through the Conservatory]:

While student teaching

For elementary:
  • EDUC 575: Elementary Content Methods
  • EDUC 665: Advanced Methods in Teaching Elementary
For secondary & all-levels (K-12) [other than music]:
  • EDUC 660: Advanced Methods in Teaching
For music [through the Conservatory]:
  • MUEP 660: Advanced Methods in Teaching Music

Education Studies (EDST) courses meet the social science distribution requirement.  Some also meet diversity or competency requirements as indicated in the class schedule.  Education (EDUC) courses are for teacher certification only and may be taken by others with instructor approval.

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).  Students who want to be teachers are also encouraged to consider courses in statistics and developmental psychology.

Subject Area

You must have a major in your certification area (or any area for elementary); 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.