St. Norbert College currently offers four certification programs which lead to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction initial licensure. These are listed below.
*One may teach 9th grade only in the subject area of the minor.
In addition to the program described in detail below, St. Norbert College offers add-on certification programs (12 credits) in Adaptive Education in art, music, early childhood, assistive technology, and regular education 1-12 and for teaching religion in private Catholic schools. The add-on certifications are described at the end of this section. St. Norbert also offers Master's Degrees in Education and Adaptive Education (see description, page 222).
This certification requires the student to complete course requirements for the elementary education major and the early childhood minor.
The elementary education major consists of 7 half-courses and 5 full courses in education (ED H20, H23, H25, H26, H27, H35, H49, 281, 285, 350, 362, 386); 3 courses which are part of the general education program (DS 220, DN 301, and GS 408); and a two course load of elementary student teaching (ED 445 and 447). All candidates must also complete a second course in mathematics ( e.g., MT 212, MT 243, or DS 224 ).
The early childhood minor consists of four half-courses, ED 277, and four additional full courses in early childhood education and sociology (ED H71, H72, H74, H76, 277, 392, 394, and SC 234); and a 2 and a half-course load in early childhood and kindergarten student teaching (ED H75, 440, and 441).
When registering for certain courses (e.g. ED 362 and DS 220), early childhood minors must enroll in those sections which focus on the very young child, ages 0-8. Students seeking early childhood certification in Illinois should consult with the Director of Teacher Education about current Illinois regulations.
This certification requires the student to complete course requirements for the elementary education major, special courses which focus on the middle school (listed below) and an academic, teaching or certification minor. Selected minors are listed below:
*Students minoring in modern foreign language must complete an international immersion experience in their target language in order to be licensed.
The elementary education major consists of 7 half-courses and 5 full courses in education (ED H20, H23, H25, H26, H28, H30, H49, 281, 285, 350, 362, 386); 3 courses which are part of the general education program (DS 220, DN 301, and GS 408); and a two course load of elementary student teaching (ED 445 and 447).
The middle school curriculum consists of three half courses (ED H91, H92, H94), 1 full course (ED 377) ) and a two course load of student teaching in the middle school (ED 450 and 451). Depending on the student's choice of minor, the elementary/middle school program could require students to complete as many as 34 courses. A student may still complete all requirements for graduation and licensure within 4 years, however, by overloading one or more semesters or by enrolling in a summer session. Students will be charged an overload fee for courses taken in excess of the 32 courses required for graduation. (See page 32 for fees for courses taken in excess of a normal load).
This certification requires completion of an academic major (usually 10 courses), courses in the middle school curriculum, course work in professional education (listed below), and student teaching at the secondary (ED 455, H58) and middle school levels (ED 450, 451).
The required professional education courses include 5 half-courses (including special methods) and two full courses in education (ED H20, H23, H25, H50, H5x, 281, 351) 3 half courses plus 1 full course in the middle school curriculum (ED H91, 92, 94, ED 377), and 3 courses which are part of the general education program (DS 220, DN 301 or DN 333, GS 408). Depending on the students choice of major, certification may require completion of more than 32 courses. A student may still complete all requirements within 4 years by overloading one or more semesters or enrolling in a summer session.
The majors that are available for licensure at St. Norbert College are: (Humanities: English, French *, Spanish*, German*, Speech/Communication, History, and Religious Studies; Social Science: Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Broad Field Social Science; Natural Science: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, Broad Field Science, and Mathematics ).
Broad Field Social Studies and Broad Field Science are certification options which allow students to teach fusion (i.e. interdisciplinary) courses in the social or natural sciences in addition to courses in the area defined by their college major (e.g. history, psychology, chemistry, biology). These certifications require a total of 14-16 courses distributed broadly across the social or natural sciences. If interested, students should discuss the feasibility of obtaining this additional certification with their advisor or the Director of Teacher Education. Broad Field certification may require more than eight semesters to complete.
A student may also be licensed to teach in a subject for which the student has completed a minor. Candidates should be advised, however, that adding additional minors/majors may extend the students' college experience beyond eight semesters. In addition to the subjects listed under majors above, St. Norbert College offers certification minors in Computer Science and English as a Second Language (ESL).
*In order to be licensed, students majoring or minoring in a modern foreign language must complete an international immersion experience in their target language.
St. Norbert College offers three Music Education certifications: Instrumental Music, General Music and Choral Music. Candidates are normally licensed in General Music and either Instrumental or Choral Music. Please refer to the section of this Catalog labeled "Music" for a complete description of the Music Education Major.
Instrumental Music (Grades K-12): The Instrumental Music program includes 6 half-courses in education (ED H20, H25, H50, H70, H81, H66), a semester of student teaching, and 13 courses in music.
General Music (Grades K-12): The General Music program includes 8 half-courses in education (ED H20, H25, H50, H70, H81, H65, H67, H68), a semester of student teaching and 12 courses in music.
Choral Music (Grades 6-12): The Choral Music Program includes 8 half-courses in education (ED H20, H25, H50, H70, H81, H65, H67, H68), a semester of student teaching, and 12 courses in
A student must successfully complete a full-day full-semester student teaching experience. Furthermore, a student must teach at each of the levels at which he/she will be certified to teach. The most common paradigm for each certification program is listed below.
H75 Student Teaching, Nursery (Jr. Year or Summerville)
440 Student Teaching, Kindergarten
445 Al, 445 A2 Student Teaching, Primary School (Professional Seminar)
447/448 Student Teaching, Elementary School
445 A1, 445 A2 Student Teaching, Primary School (Professional Seminar)
447 Student Teaching, Elementary School
450, 451 Student Teaching, Middle School
450, 451 Student Teaching, Middle School
455 A1, 445 A2 Student Teaching, Secondary (Professional Seminar)
H58 or 458 Student Teaching, Secondary School
469/473 Student Teaching General Music (K-12)
470/474 Student Teaching Choral Music (6-12)
471/472 Student Teaching Instrumental Music, Elem/Middle
475/476 Student Teaching Instrumental Music, Secondary
Overseas Student Teaching:
Ed 477/478 Overseas Student Teaching
As appropriate, one or two of the course numbers assigned to Overseas Student Teaching will replace one or two of the student teaching course numbers listed previously.
The Human Relations Requirements: Every prospective teacher is required to take DS 220 , GS 408, and ED 281 to provide a broader understanding of the diverse racial, ethnic, economic backgrounds, and special needs of children and young adults. In addition to course work, each prospective teacher must spend 50 hours interacting with representatives of three target populations (U.S. minorities, low SES, physically or cognitively challenged). Twenty-five of these hours are to be spent with minority leaders or advocates (seminars, conventions, speakers) and the other 25 hours are to be spent in direct face to face experiences. The Human Relations Program is described in detail in the Teacher Education Web Site.
Certification Portfolio: To be licensed, students must submit an acceptance certification portfolio based on the Wisconsin's Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure. Complete portfolio guidelines, example mediations, and a description of the portfolio development process appears in the Teacher Education Web Site.
Advisement:For the proper sequencing of courses the student is advised to consult the Teacher Education Web Site. Each student is also assigned to a faculty advisor and is free to consult with the advisor at any time. The advisor and student meet prior to each registration period to help the student meet all Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and St. Norbert College requirements. It is imperative that students familiarize themselves with their certification paradigm and monitor their program carefully to ensure appropriate progress through the teacher education program.
There are many half-courses (H) in Education which enable a better focus on areas of significance. Two half-courses are regarded as equivalent to a full course for tuition purposes but may result in students having more than the typical 16 class hours per week in some semesters.
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