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.
Get into the classroom
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. “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 College 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.”
Education at Lakeland
Winning awards is nothing new for Lakeland College 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.”
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 College, 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 College education students from recent graduating classes have landed:
- 4th grade teacher, Breitung Township Schools
- Music teacher, K-12, Elkhart Lake School District
- Secondary mathematics teacher, Gibralter Area School District
- Child care director, YMCA
- Kindergarten teacher, Port Washington/Saukville School District
- Teacher, Oak Creek/Franklin School District
- Teacher, Northland Pines School District
- Teacher, School District of Florence County
- Teacher, Niagara School District
- 7th grade teacher, Luxemburg-Casco School District
- Pre-school teacher, Creative World
- Associate preschool teacher, Great Beginnings Preschool
- Tutor, Escanaba Middle School
- Teacher, Baxter Schools
- 4th grade teacher, Precious in His Site School
Listed below are some of the internships Lakeland College education students have landed during their stay at Lakeland:
- Bardon Bowling Center - Howards Grove, Wis. Art
- Dynamic Development - Sheboygan, Wis.
- Elevate Hair Studio - Appleton, Wis.
- Kohler Co. - Kohler, Wis.
- Lakeland College Mirror newspaper - Sheboygan, Wis.
- Silver Water Productions - Plymouth, Wis.
- ZDO - Sheboygan, Wis.
Education Major (68 semester hours)
- EDU 100 Introduction to Education
- EDU 140 Introduction to Educational Technology
- EDUP 230 Educational Psychology
- EDU 302 Physical Education and Health Teaching Techniques
- EDUP 330 Human Growth and Development
- EDUP 432 Survey of the Exceptional Person
- COM 111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
- MAT 210 Mathematics for Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence Teachers
- ARTE 312 Art Teaching Techniques (2 sem. hrs.)
- MUSE 317 Music Teaching Techniques (2 sem. hrs.)
- SOC 210 Majority - Minority Relations
- Teaching methods courses include:*
- EDU 331 Science Teaching Techniques
- EDU 332 Mathematics Teaching Techniques
- EDU 341 Children's and Early Adolescent Literature
- EDU 342 Language Arts and Social Science Teaching Techniques
- EDU 379 Early Childhood/Kindergarten Teaching Techniques [For Early Childhood through Middle Childhood Education majors only]
- EDU 373 Field Experience in Education
- EDU 382 Reading Teaching Techniques
- EDU 449 Education Capstone (Writing Intensive)
- EDU 450 Student Teaching** (12 sem. hrs.)
- EDU 470 Student Teaching Seminar (2 sem. hrs.)
Students majoring in Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence Education must also complete a certifiable minor. If minoring in a subject other than English, Mathematics or History, the content test in that subject is also required. Students seeking certification in grades 1-8 must complete student teaching in grades 1-6 as well as grades 7-8. Students seeking certification in grades PK-6 must complete all student teaching in grades PK-6.
Audio-Visual Laboratory and Human Relations are required experiences as well but are not formal credit courses and can be completed in the field.
*Prior to taking the teaching methods courses or enrolling in student teaching, students must have been accepted into the Division of Education. Acceptance is established by passing all three sections of the Wisconsin PPST Exam, having an overall grade-point average of 3.0, and obtaining three references. Students in the Early Childhood through Middle Childhood Education major must also complete an Early Childhood Education program, including a Child Care Administrator course, through one of the Wisconsin Technical Colleges.
**A passing score on the Praxis II examination in the relevant subject area is required prior to student teaching.