Teaching is more than a career; it is a calling. One part of our calling as Lakeland teachers is to prepare the next generation of educators. The Education program at Lakeland is committed to providing aspiring teachers with the skills and practical experiences they need to thrive in the classroom. Beyond skills and knowledge, though, the program helps our students to develop into teachers who are caring and reflective, teachers who address the needs of all children, teachers who make a difference.
Lakeland’s Education program strives to meet the professional, practical, and personal needs of future teachers. First, our students receive all the coursework, knowledge, and assistance they will need to exceed Wisconsin’s requirements for teaching certification. Second, they receive the pedagogical tools and practical experiences that starting teachers need in order to succeed in their own classrooms. Finally and most importantly, our Education majors are encouraged to develop their own voice and teaching style through continual hands-on engagement with the teaching process.
Lakeland’s program in teacher education is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). All education programs are subject to alterations due to changes in state and/or accrediting agency mandates.
To be admitted into a Lakeland University teacher certification program, a student must do the following at least two years before registering for student teaching and one year before applying for admission to student teaching: (Note: Second-degree students may follow an adjusted timeline.)
- Complete at least 40 semester hours of college coursework with an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Complete the education program application process which involves submission of a completed application form and transmission of a full set of academic credentials from the Office of the Registrar to the Director of the Teacher Education Program. The student applicant is responsible for the submission of this file.
- Obtain written recommendations—one from a Lakeland faculty member inside the Education Program and two from Lakeland University faculty members outside of the Education Program. The recommendations should be sent to the Director of the Teacher Education Program at the time the program application form is completed and submitted.
- Submit evidence of a 3.0 overall grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) over at least the last 40 semester hours of college coursework.
Note: A 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) is required in one’s major, minor (where certifiable), and professional sequence coursework a year before registering for student teaching.
- Demonstrate basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics as demonstrated for each skill by:
- Reading: Grade equivalent of 11 or higher on the Nelson-Denny Reading Test OR a score of 156 or higher on the Praxis Core Reading Test.
- Writing: Grade of BC or higher in GEN 110 - Composition I: Academic Writing OR a score of 25 or higher on the ACT English subsection OR a score of 162 or higher on the Praxis Core Writing Test.
- Mathematics: Grade of BC or higher in MAT 130 - Intermediate Algebra OR a score of 24 or higher on the ACT Math subsection OR a score of 150 or higher on the Praxis Core Mathematics Test.
- Complete EDU 100 - Introduction to Education or its equivalent with a grade of “C” or higher.
- Submit a personal reflection paper describing his/her thoughts, feelings, and experiences in regard to education and teaching.
- Complete and submit the results of a criminal background check (See the Director of the Teacher Education Program for further information).
- Complete and submit the Benchmark I Portfolio (See Education Program Student Handbook for further information).
Admission decisions will be made at the August, December, and May meetings of the education program faculty and staff. Successful admission to a teacher certification program must be completed no later than the fifth semester of full-time enrollment for students entering Lakeland as freshmen, and no later than the third full-time semester for students entering Lakeland as transfers. In both cases, admission must be completed and approved two years before registering for student teaching and one year before applying for admission to student teaching.
The Education Program provides a curriculum which serves the interests and needs of those students wishing to meet the professional requirements for teacher certification at the preschool, elementary, and middle levels. Teacher preparation demands a broad general background in the liberal arts, foundation courses in educational theory and practice, a concentration of subject matter in a teaching field, successful completion of professional skills and competency requirements, and demonstration of performance-based assessments to meet the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction teacher standards.
Admission to a teacher certification program is a prerequisite for entry into the following courses:
Teachers need training in human relations to facilitate effective relations with students from varied backgrounds. The required human relations component of teacher certification includes tutoring special students for a minimum of 50 hours, and enrolling in designated courses. The burden of the responsibility for carrying out these activities lies with the student, under faculty direction and with faculty approval. EDU 373 - Field Experience in Education includes 50 hours of tutoring.
Student teachers must meet all statutory requirements for their teaching license prior to enrollment in student teaching coursework. Adequate preparation in environmental education is required for licenses in early childhood, middle childhood to early adolescence, science, and social studies. Social science majors and minors (except psychology) also need adequate instruction in cooperative marketing and consumer cooperatives, which may be satisfied by taking cooperative marketing as a non-credit course. Arrangements for this requirement can be made through the Director of the Teacher Education Program.
To be admitted to student teaching, education students must:
- Be admitted to a teacher certification program at least two years prior to the student teaching semester;
- Demonstrate content knowledge. To do so, there are two options:
- Option 1: Achieve a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II content test.
- Option 2: Maintain a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA. To calculate the GPA, the following guidelines will be used:
- In order for 6-12 education students to demonstrate content knowledge through a 3.0 or higher GPA, students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in their major, minor (if applicable), professional sequence, and general studies courses. For purposes of calculating the GPA, grades in the following courses will be excluded: Core sequence, religion, world languages, electives and EDU 373/450/460/470. Furthermore, students must not have received a grade lower than C in any of their major, minor (if applicable), and professional sequence courses. Regardless of the GPA, if students have received grades lower than C in any of the courses mentioned, they must rectify those grades before the GPA option can be considered.
- In order for elementary (PK-6 and 1-8) education students to demonstrate content knowledge through a 3.0 or higher GPA, students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in their major/professional sequence, minor, and general studies courses. For purposes of calculating the GPA, grades in the following courses will be excluded: Core sequence, religion, world languages, electives, and EDU 373/450/460/470. Furthermore, students must not have received a grade lower than C in any of their major/professional sequence and minor courses. Regardless of the GPA, if students have received grades lower than C in any of the courses mentioned, they must rectify those grades before the GPA option can be considered.
In addition to the content knowledge requirement for all education students, elementary (PK-6 and 1-8) education students must either pass the Foundations of Reading Test or taken the test at least four times prior to student teaching.
To be eligible for a fall term placement as a student teacher, the appropriate test(s) must be successfully completed and the Registrar’s office must receive passing scores from ETS by the second Monday of April of the spring term previous to student teaching. To be eligible for a spring term placement as a student teacher, the appropriate test(s) must be successfully completed and the Registrar’s office must receive passing scores from ETS by the fourth Monday of September of the same year;
- Submit a course plan demonstrating that all required coursework will be completed prior to student teaching, including the submission of all transfer coursework;
- Earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all college coursework applied to the general studies requirements, the major, the minor, and the professional sequence;
- Complete and submit the Benchmark II Portfolio (see Education Program Student Handbook for further information); and
- Complete and submit a student teaching application form at least one year prior to the student teaching semester.
To be recommended for state certification upon completion of student teaching, education students must have completed the following requirements:
- All Lakeland University Education Program course requirements and all current statutory requirements;
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all Lakeland coursework required for the major, minor (where certifiable), and professional sequence, exclusive of the student teaching semester;
- Have successfully completed student teaching with a grade of “C” or better and received a positive recommendation from all cooperating teachers; and
- Successfully complete the Benchmark III Portfolio and the edTPA requirement for teacher licensure.
*Students who have completed all program requirements except for passing the Foundations of Reading Test (must have taken the test at least four times) and/or the edTPA (must have attemped the achieve a passing score at least two times) will be allowed to graduate, but will not be endorsed for a teaching license until they have passed those tests.
Additional Teaching Certification
Certified teachers who wish to obtain additional teaching certification through Lakeland University must:
- Hold a valid teaching license from the state of Wisconsin;
- Complete all current professional education sequence and statutory requirements as specified by PI34 of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (certified teachers are exempt from the Praxis CORE and grade-point-average requirements of initial teacher certification);
- Satisfy the certification requirements of the major or minor area as specified in the current Lakeland University catalog (some of these courses can be satisfied through the offerings of Lakeland’s Master of Education program);
- Earn at least twenty-four (24) semester hours through Lakeland University, at least 9 of which must be in the certification area;
- Satisfactorily complete the Praxis II content exam in the relevant subject area(s); and
- Complete six (6) semester hours of supervised teaching in the new area of certification (The supervisor must be a faculty member in the Lakeland University Education Program).
Lakeland University’s Kellett School offers the following programs designed to lead to teacher licensure by the State of Wisconsin:
- Early Childhood through Middle Childhood (EC-MC) —approximate ages birth through 11, grades PK-6.
Major in Elementary Education including an Early Childhood minor. The minor is completed via a diploma program or an associate degree program through the Wisconsin Technical College System.
- Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (MC-EA) —approximate ages 6 through 12 or 13, grades 1-8.
Major in Elementary/Middle Education with an approved teaching minor in English, English as a Second Language, history or political science.
Students are required to demonstrate content knowledge in each certification major, minor, and concentration unless the field is included in the Middle School examination or is exempted by the State Superintendent.
The State of Wisconsin also requires a content test in Foundations of Reading for all students seeking licensure in grades kindergarten through five, beginning with those applying for licensure on or after January 31, 2014. Students will be required to earn a passing score on the exam before they can be placed for student teaching at Lakeland University.