Education - Elementary and Middle School (K-9)

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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.

Our K-9 Program, offered through Lakeland's William R. Kellett School, is ideal for students who have completed the Foundations of Teacher Education Program or the Early Childhood Education Program through one of the technical colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System. Students who have completed this program are eligible for one tuition-free course and a 20% tuition discount.

Other students interested in the K-9 Education Program are encouraged to reach out to one of our admissions advisors to discuss whether their experiences and academic backgrounds would be suitable to the completion of the K-9 Education Program.


Teachers Who Make A Difference

“What makes us special is the personal attention we pay to our students,” says John Yang, Lakeland's professor of education. “I think we are one of the best, and we can compete against anybody. 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."

Early-Childhood Education (Example WCTS)
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State Accredited Education Program

Lakeland's DPI approved 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. Download our student handbook!

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Special Education License

Lakeland University has partnered with CESA 7, which allows Lakeland students pursuing a K-9 teaching license to add a K-12 Cross-Categorical Special Education license by completing four special education elective courses through CESA 7 and a student teaching experience through Lakeland.

Students who graduate with both licenses have more options when applying for teaching jobs, especially in areas of high need for most school districts.

Graduates will be licensed to teach in a regular education setting in grades kindergarten through 9, and in school districts that provides services to pupils in kindergarten through grade 12 with intellectual, emotional-behavioral, specific learning or other disabilities.

Special Education at Lakeland University
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Wisconsin Educator Licensing

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.

Note: Students MUST submit official high school transcripts to receive admission into Lakeland University's K-9 Program,

Admissions Requirements

Wisconsin Administrative Cod3 PI 34 requires that all students applying for admission to an educator preparation program in a Wisconsin college/university or alternative program must demonstrate basic skills in reading, writing, and math. For Lakeland’s K-9 Program, students can demonstrate basic skills in reading, writing, and math in the following ways:

  • 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 140 – Advanced 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

All candidates who complete their educator preparation programs in a Wisconsin college/university or alternative program must demonstrate content knowledge. For the K-9 Program, students can demonstrate content knowledge in the following ways:

  • Option 1: Achieve a passing score of 146 or higher on the Praxis Middle School: Content Knowledge test.
  • Option 2: Maintain a cumulative 3.0 or higher 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. To use the GPA option, students must not have received a grade lower than C in any of their major/professional sequence and minor courses.

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).

  • It assesses teaching behaviors that focus on student learning, centered on the core practices of teaching: planning, instruction, and assessment.
  • This authentic, classroom-based assessment occurs during the student teaching experience and requires the candidate to submit a portfolio of artifacts related to teaching a series of connected lessons. The artifacts include video clips of candidate’s teaching, lesson plans, assessments, student work samples, analysis of student learning, and reflective commentaries.
  • The portfolio is submitted for external scoring by a national edTPA calibrated scorer.

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.

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.

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