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 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.”
Education at Lakeland
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.”
ACT 166 Annual Report
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.