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 first-year students; must be taken prior to EDUC 412 & 430/431
    EDST 350: Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity, and Education
    EDST 440: Sociology of Education
    EDUC 412: The Science of Reading - for elementary certification only
    EDUC 430 / 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 elementary
    EDUC 560: Methods in Middle and Secondary Teaching - for English, social studies, math, & science
    EDUC 563: Elementary and Secondary World Language Methods - for world languages other than English
    EDUC 565: Methods in Teaching English Language Learners - for English as a second language
    ART/EDUC 585: Art in the Elementary and Secondary Schools - for art
    MUEP methods courses appropriate to the emphasis (choral, general, and/or instrumental) - for music

One of the following while student teaching:

    EDUC 575 & 576: Elementary Content Methods and EDUC 655 & 656: Advanced Methods in Teaching Elementary - for elementary (5th-year teaching apprenticeship)
    EDUC 660: Advanced Methods in Teaching - for English, social studies, math, science, world languages, art, & ESL
    MUEP 660: Advanced Methods in Teaching Music - for 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.

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 (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.