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You're inspired to benefit society and positively impact the future of humanity. You strive to make a difference in the lives of children for years to come. By becoming a teacher, you will accomplish these things, while contributing to one of the world's oldest – and most important – professions.
Lakeland's state and nationally accredited education program will usher you into the classroom, fully prepared for a rewarding career. According to a recent Georgetown University report, the retirement rate for teachers over the next decade will be high, as will the hiring rate for new education graduates.
“I think we are one of the best, and we can compete against anybody,” says Mehraban Khodavandi, professor of education and psychology. “One criterion I always use to find out how we can make that claim is the number of schools that hire our graduates. We have a very high employment rate. Students who graduate from Lakeland University are hired by many schools in the state and other states.”
Lakeland's education program is divided into three segments, or areas of certification: K-6th; 1st-8th and 6th-12th. Once you've chosen which age group of students you'd like to teach, you will begin your journey toward making a difference.
“What makes us special is the personal attention we pay to our students,” says Khodavandi. “I usually tell people who visit here to check other schools. When they check out other schools and compare them to us and our programs, I think they will decide to come here because of the many strengths we have.”
Winning awards is nothing new for Lakeland University education program graduates. Just recently, in fact, Lakeland grad Melissa Anderson was named the 2013 Elementary School Teacher of the Year by the Sheboygan (Wis.) Area School District. Anderson is a fourth-grade teacher.
A few years back, Lakeland grad Lori Neurohr, then a second-grade teacher in the Kohler School District, was named Wisconsin's Teacher of the Year. She represented the state in the Council of Chief State School Officers national program, traveling to events in Dallas, Washington D.C. and New York.
Said one of Lori's students: “I jump out of bed each morning and can't wait to get to school. We have the best teacher in the world.”
Per Act 166, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is required to produce an annual report of the State’s educator preparation programs (EPP). The report includes information on program completers, their first time pass rates on the required performance assessments, and employment data. The following link provides a copy of the annual report.
Name: Mike Olson
Hometown: Kingsford, Mich.
Title: Fourth-grade teacher
Business: Breiting Township Schools
When Mike was in high school, he job shadowed a fourth-grade teacher named Mark Novara.
Thanks in large part to Mark’s glowing praise for his alma mater, Lakeland, Mike applied, was accepted and exceled. But it gets better. After graduating in 2011 with a degree in early education, Mike secured a job teaching fourth grade in his hometown, Kingsford. The classroom he inherited was the same one he had job shadowed in more than five years earlier.
“Teaching youngsters in my hometown is a dream come true,” says Mike.
“I absolutely love it,” he says. “I love waking up and going to work every morning. Fourth grade is such a good age to work with. They still want to listen and come to school. One really rewarding aspect of my job is noticing you’re having a positive impact. Some kids have it rougher than others, so it’s nice that when they come to school, they know someone here cares about them.”
In addition to teaching, Mike serves as an assistant coach on the high school’s freshman football team and helps coach in the middle school boys’ basketball program.
At Lakeland, Mike student taught at Kohler Elementary School and Horace Mann Middle School in Sheboygan. Both experiences, he says, prepared him for becoming a fulltime teacher, and he’ll always appreciate the fact that Lakeland – unlike many schools – sets up student teaching assignments.
Reflecting upon his time at Lakeland, Mike has fond memories of a “caring community.”
“When I took my tour, I could tell the people there genuinely cared,” he says. “It’s a family, a place where you make connections for life. And the education program is top-notch, fantastic.
“Without Lakeland, I don’t think I’d be where I am today.”
Listed below are just some of the careers Lakeland University education students from recent graduating classes have landed:
Listed below are some of the internships Lakeland University education students have landed during their stay at Lakeland:
Approximate ages 10 through 21, grades 6-12
In addition to the Interdisciplinary Studies coursework required of all Lakeland University graduates, students seeking certification to teach at the Early Adolescence through Adolescence certification level and/or the Early Childhood through Adolescence certification level must complete an approved major and the following professional sequence:
*Admission to a teacher certification program is a prerequisite for entry into these classes. Students seeking certification at the Early Adolescence through Adolescence certification level must also complete a certifiable major in biology, broad field science, broad field social studies, chemistry, English, history, or mathematics. With a major in any of the aforementioned subjects, a minor in English as a Second Language, psychology, or Spanish may be added. Depending upon the major, other minors are also possible. Please see specific subject areas for details.
A wide range of ages in public schools, grades K-12
*Admission to a teacher certification program is a prerequisite for entry into these classes. Students seeking certification at the Early Childhood through Adolescence certification level must complete a major in music or Spanish.
Approximate ages birth through 11, grades PK-6
In addition to the Interdisciplinary Studies coursework required of all Lakeland University graduates, students seeking certification to teach at the Early Childhood through middle Childhood certification level will be expected to complete the following major/professional sequence and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) statutory requirements:
#These WTCS courses apply in transfer only to these requirements in the Early Childhood-Middle Childhood Education Major (PK-6) and may not be used as such in the Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Major (1-8). This application of transfer credit applies only to those who have completed an Associate Degree or a diploma in Early Childhood Education through the WTCS System.
*Admission to a teacher certification program is a prerequisite for entry into these classes.
Approximate ages 6 through 12 or 13, grades 1-8
In addition to the Interdisciplinary Studies coursework required of all Lakeland University graduates, students seeking middle Childhood through Early Adolescence teaching certification will be expected to complete the following major/professional sequence:
*Admission to a teacher certification program is a prerequisite for entry into these classes. Students majoring in Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence Education must also complete a certifiable minor in biology, chemistry, English, English as a Second Language, history, mathematics, science, science: life and environmental science emphasis, or Spanish.
In order to receive an educator license in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires applicants to demonstrate competency in the basic skills of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics, as well as in the content knowledge of their specific license area. Tests and passing scores are approved by the State Superintendent.
Wis. Admin. Code PI 34 requires that all students applying for admission to an educator preparation program in a Wisconsin college/university or alternative program must pass competency tests in communication skills prior to admission.
Praxis CORE Tests Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics are the state's approved basic skills tests. Qualifying scores are:
All candidates who complete their educator preparation programs in a Wisconsin college/university or alternative program after August 31, 2004, are required to complete and pass subject area tests for their licensure area to qualify for a Wisconsin educator license. There is no waiver for the subject area test requirement for each candidate’s licensure area. The subject area test requirements also apply to educators returning to complete a new licensure area (e.g., subject) after August 31, 2004.
Praxis II Praxis II content knowledge tests are required for all teaching and pupil services candidates (except School Social Worker) enrolled in Wisconsin educator preparation programs in any subject other than world languages.
Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test Effective January 31, 2014, applicants for initial licensure as an elementary teacher (grades K-5, EC, EC-MC, MC-EA), a special education teacher, a reading teacher, or reading specialist must receive a passing score of 240 or higher on the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test. Any licensed teacher wanting to add one or more of these areas to their license must also pass the test.
ACTFL World Language Tests ACTFL World Language Tests are required for all world language teacher candidates. Wisconsin requires both the Oral Proficiency interview (OPI-OPIc) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT). The qualifying score for licensure in Wisconsin on both tests is "Intermediate High."
Beginning in Fall 2015, all student teacher candidates must complete the edTPA to be endorsed for licensure. The edTPA is a multiple measure assessment system aligned to state and national standards, including the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
Beginning in Fall 2016, ALL student teacher candidates will complete the edTPA during student teaching and must post a passing score on the edTPA to complete a program and be endorsed for Wisconsin licensure.
For more information regarding these testing requirements, please contact a member of the Education Division.
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