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 Lakeland 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) and is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). All education programs are subject to alterations due to changes in state and/or accrediting agency mandates.
Students who complete the professional sequence in Education will be able to:
- understand and apply educational theories, instructional strategies, and management techniques within the classroom;
- employ current educational research methods and assessment techniques to evaluate and improve learning opportunities;
- appreciate and celebrate diversity in the classroom, adapting their teaching styles to meet the needs of children with different backgrounds, strengths, and approaches to learning;
- use information technology competently to enhance teaching and learning;
- communicate effectively, both verbally and nonverbally, in order to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom; and
- continually evaluate and reflect upon the effects of their choices and actions on pupils, parents, and others in the learning community.
To be admitted into a Lakeland College 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 Education Division. These credentials should include transcripts of any prior college work, a final high school transcript with indication of high school class rank and G.P.A., and a copy of ACT or SAT test scores. The student applicant is responsible for the submission of this file.
- Obtain written recommendations—one from a Lakeland faculty member inside the Education Division and two from Lakeland College faculty members outside of the Education Division. The recommendations should be sent to the chair of the Education Division 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.
- Earn passing scores on all three sections of the state-approved Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) test, a set of standardized examinations assessing reading, writing and mathematical skills proficiency.
- 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 Chair of the Education Division for further information.).
Admission decisions will be made at the monthly Education Division meetings during the fall and spring terms. Successful admission to the 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 Division 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, middle, and secondary 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 the 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 Chair of the Education Division.
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;
- Successfully complete all applicable state content knowledge requirements, including passing scores on standardized subject area exam(s) of the Praxis II series. To be eligible for a fall term placement as a student teacher, the appropriate Praxis II 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 Praxis II 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; 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 College Education Division 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; and
- Have successfully completed student teaching with a grade of “C” or better and received a positive recommendation from all cooperating teachers.
Additional Teaching Certification
Certified teachers who wish to obtain additional teaching certification through Lakeland College must:
- Hold a valid teaching license from the state of Wisconsin;
- Complete all current professional sequence and statutory requirements as specified by PI 34 of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (certified teachers are exempt from the Praxis I PPST 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 College 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 College, 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 Lakeland College Division of Education faculty person).
Lakeland College 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 biology, chemistry, English, English as a Second Language, German, history, mathematics, political science, science, or Spanish.
- Early Adolescence through Adolescence (EA-A)-approximate ages 10 through 21, grades 6-12.
Completion of middle/Secondary Education Professional Sequence and an approved major in biology, broad field science, broad field social studies (history or sociology), chemistry, English, history, mathematics. German and/or Spanish may be added as a minor for EA-A licensure.
- Early Childhood through Adolescence (EC-A)-a wide range of all ages in public schools, grades K-12.
Completion of middle/Secondary Education Professional Sequence and an approved major in German, Spanish, or music.
Students are required to achieve a passing score on the standardized examination (PRAXIS II) 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 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 College.
Professor: Mehraban Khodavandi
Associate Professors: Wayne Homstad and John Yang