Elementary/Early Childhood Certification (Grades Pre-K-6)
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 seven half credit courses and five full credit courses in education (EDUC 120, 125, 223, 226, 227, 235, 249, 281, 285, 350, 362, 386); three courses which are part of the general education program (SSCI 220, NSCI 301, and GENS 408); and a two course load of elementary student teaching (EDUC 445 and 447). All candidates must also complete a second course in mathematics (e.g., MATH 212, MATH 243, or SSCI 224).
The early childhood minor consists of three half credit courses, five additional full courses in early childhood education and sociology (EDUC 271, 272, 274, 277, 373, 392, 394, and SOCI 234); and a two course load in early childhood and kindergarten student teaching (440, and 441).
When registering for certain courses (e.g. EDUC 362 and SSCI 220), early childhood minors must enroll in those sections that 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.
Elementary/Middle School Certification (Grades 1-9) This certification requires the student to complete course requirements for the elementary education major, special courses that focus on the middle school (listed below) and an academic, teaching or certification minor. Selected minors are listed below:
Language Arts German*
Broadfield Social Studies History
Mathematics Education Math
Broadfield Science Biology
Menominee History and Culture** Earth Science
Oneida History and Culture** Chemistry
English as a Second Language Physics
Spanish* Computer Science
*Students minoring in modern foreign language must complete an international immersion experience in their target language in order to be licensed. ** See Education Department for information.
The elementary education major consists of seven half credit courses and five full courses in education (EDUC 120, 125, 223, 226, 228, 235, 249, 281, 285, 350, 362, 386); 3 courses which are part of the general education program (SSCI 220, NSCI 301, and GENS 408); and a two course load of elementary student teaching (EDUC 445 and 447).
The middle school curriculum consists of three half credit courses (EDUC 331, 332, 334), one full credit course (EDUC 377) and a two course load of student teaching in the middle school (EDUC 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 four 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 fees section of Catalog for courses taken in excess of a normal load).
Elementary/Middle School Certification Minors
Language Arts Minor:
ENGL 150 Literary Genres, ENGL 290 The English Language, ENGL 307 Fiction Writing or ENGL 308 Poetry Writing, EDUC 373 The Writing Process (offered only every 3rd semester), COMM 122 Interpersonal Communications, and one additional course from ENGL or COMM.
Broad Field Science Minor:
One course from each of the natural sciences: BIOL, CHEM, GEOL and PHYS (if you take NSCI 104 it will substitute for either BIOL, CHEM or PHYS. It does not substitute for GEOL), one environmental science course: ENVS 300 Environmental Science, NSCI301 Environmental Studies or NSCI 333 Issues in World Technology. A second course in BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, or PHYS to complete the introductory sequence (e.g. BIOL 121, CHEM 107, PHYS 122).
Broad Field Social Studies Minor:
HIST 111, HIST 112, HIST 113 Western Civilization or HIST 350 Modern European History, HIST 116 History of the United States, POLI 130 American Politics & Government, GEOG 225 Social Geography or GEOG 140 World Regional Geography. Two additional courses from ECON, GEOG, POLI, SOCI, or PSYC excluding courses taken to fulfill General Education Area 7 and 12.
One of the following from CSCI 102 Introduction to Computers and Algorithms or CSCI 110 Introduction to Computer Programming or EDUC 356 Teaching & Learning with Multimedia or EDUC 357 Telecommunications: Education in a Global Context or EDUC 358 Hardware, Software, Networks and Training: Tools for Technology; SSCI 224 Basic Statistics; MATH 243 Multicultural Mathematics Ideas: MATH 212 Math Applications; MATH 124 Survey of Calculus or MATH 131 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I. One course in applied mathematics (e.g. PHYS 121, CHEM 105, ECON 101, ECON 102, BUAD 105).
English as Second Language:
This minor is appropriate for a candidate whose first language is English or a non-native speaker who has received an acceptable score on the TOEFL. (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Non-native English speakers will be required to take the TOEFL. Identified deficiencies in English skills may necessitate additional coursework to achieve ESL certification. Required courses: ENGL 290 The English Language, ENGL 305 Advanced Critical Writing or EDUC 373 The Writing Process, IDIS 310 Language Analysis and Applied Linguistics, COMM 330 Intercultural Communication, EDUC 310 Methods in teaching English as a Second Language, and two semesters of Foreign Language Study at SNC (i.e. advanced, new, or beginning).
Secondary/Middle School Certification (Grades 6-12)
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 (EDUC 455, 458) and middle school levels (EDUC 450, 451).
The required professional education courses include five half credit courses (including special methods) and two full courses in education (EDUC 120, 125, 223, 250, 30x, 281, 351) three half credit courses plus one full course in the middle school curriculum (EDUC 331, 332, 334, ED 377), and three courses which are part of the general education program (SSCI 220, NSCI 301 or NSCI 333, GENS 408). Depending on the student's choice of major, certification may require completion of more than 32 courses. A student may still complete all requirements within four 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).
Broadfield 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. geography history, political science, economics psychology, sociology. chemistry, zoology, biology). In order to qualify for a license in Broad Field Social Studies, or Broad Field Science, an individual shall have completed a social studies program major or a major in one of the subcategories under this subdivision. The social studies program or the science program shall include competencies in each of the subcategories listed in this subdivision with a concentration in at least one of the subcategories. A concentration is required to teach upper level high school courses in the specific subject subcategory. The following subcategories are available as individual licenses and shall be included in the broad-field social studies license or broad field science" ( Burmaster, 1-9-03.) 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.
Broadfield Social Science (14 courses): The broad field social science teaching major for students seeking certification as secondary school social science teachers consists of 14 courses chosen from the following social studies disciplines: Economics; Geography, History; Political Science; Psychology; and Sociology. Three options are available to the student.
Option A: Nine courses in ONE of the above disciplines and five course from the remaining disciplines with a two-course sequence in at least two of the disciplines.
Option B: Six courses in ONE of the disciplines named above, and eight courses distributed over at least three other social studies areas.
Option C: Six courses in ONE of the disciplines named above, two-course sequence in at least two other disciplines named and the remaining four course distributed over other social science areas.
For the teaching major, other professional education requirements for secondary education must also be fulfilled.
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 might 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.
Certification in Music Education
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 six half credit courses in education (EDUC 120, 125, 250, 281, 316, 320), a semester of student teaching, and 13 courses in music.
General Music (Grades K-12): The General Music program includes eight half credit courses in education (EDUC 120, 125, 250, 281, 315, 317, 318, 320), a semester of student teaching and 12 courses in music.
Choral Music (Grades 6-12): The Choral Music Program includes eight half credit courses in education (EDUC 120, 125, 250, 281, 315, 317, 318, 320), a semester of student teaching, and 12 courses in music.
Required Student Teaching
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.
EDUC 439 Student Teaching, Nursery (Jr. Year)
EDUC 440 Student Teaching, Kindergarten
EDUC 445 Student Teaching, Primary School (Professional Seminar)
EDUC 447/448 Student Teaching, Elementary School
EDUC 445 Student Teaching, Primary School (Professional Seminar)
EDUC 447 Student Teaching, Elementary School
EDUC 450/451 Student Teaching, Middle School
EDUC 450/451 Student Teaching, Middle School
EDUC 455 Student Teaching, Secondary (Professional Seminar)
EDUC 458 Student Teaching, Secondary School
EDUC 469/473 Student Teaching General Music (K-12)
EDUC 470/474 Student Teaching Choral Music (6-12)
EDUC 471/472 Student Teaching Instrumental Music, Elem/Middle
EDUC 475/476 Student Teaching Instrumental Music, Secondary
Overseas Student Teaching:
EDUC 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.
Non-Course Requirements for Certification
The Human Relations Requirements: Every prospective teacher is required to take SSCI 220, GENS 408, and EDUC 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.
Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)
Wisconsin requires all certification candidates to pass minimum competency tests in three areas: reading, writing, and mathematics. Students will be introduced to the Praxis I (PPST) tests during Summer Orientation and will be encouraged to register to take the tests in January of the student's freshman year. You can register online. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) Wisconsin web site on the Praxis tests is located at ETS Praxis Series Tests. This site contains specific information about each test as well as registration and test location information. Registration booklets are also available in the Education Office, Boyle Hall 225. Students must bear the cost of registering for the tests and must successfully complete the PPST by the conclusion of their pre-professional block experience.
Currently, the state has established the following minimum scores for entry into teacher preparation (Reading - 175, Writing - 174, and Mathematics - 173). Students will not be admitted to the Teacher Education Program without successfully passing the PPST tests. Students may retake the test until these requirements are met.
Praxis II: Content Assessment (New 9/2003)
Beginning 2003-2004, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI) requires that all pre-service teachers, in order to be certified to teach in the state, demonstrate their content knowledge by passing a standardized test--The Educational Testing Service's Praxis II series. However, during the 2003-2004 school year those who take the test will NOT be required to pass the exam. This "no fault" test data will be used to set cut scores for Wisconsin. Individual scores will not be reported. Because this is new, it is important to register for the Praxis II Test online.
In order to take the exam a pre-service teacher must have passed the PPST (or had it waived), been accepted into the SNC Teacher Education Program, and declared a major/minor/concentration area/certification program. Thus the SNC Teacher Education program recommends that ALL sophomores, juniors, and seniors who meet these criteria take the exam. The last testing date for the "no fault" exam is June 12th, 2004. Anyone who does not take the no fault test this year will be required to take and pass the test to be certified. Unlike the PPST, no waivers are allowed on the Praxis II tests.
Information about the state requirement is located on Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI) web page on the new Content Knowledge Assessment.
Those in the SNC Early Childhood/Elementary Program (now the Early Childhood/Middle Childhood program) should take the 10014 version of the Praxis II test. In the Wisconsin Supplement to the Praxis Series 2003-04 Registration Bulletin (available in the Education Office) this test is listed as Early Childhood/Middle Childhood-Regular Education. On the ETS web site the same test is listed as Elementary Education Content Knowledge.
Those in the SNC Elementary/Middle Program (now the Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence program) should take the 20146 version of the Praxis II test. In the Wisconsin Supplement to the Praxis Series 2003-04 Registration Bulletin (available in the Education Office) this test is listed as Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence-Regular Education. On the ETS web site the same test is listed as Middle School Content Knowledge. See specific information on Middle School: Content Knowledge (0146).
Those in the SNC Secondary/Middle Program (now the Early Adolescence/Adolescence program) should take the Praxis II test in their major. See the Wisconsin Supplement to the Praxis Series 2003-04 Registration Bulletin (available in the Education Office).
All English majors, regardless of concentration, should take 10041 version of the Praxis II test - English Language, Literature, & Composition: Content Knowledge. All Mathematics majors should take 10061 version of the Praxis II test - Mathematics: Content Knowledge. All majoring in a Science area, regardless of specific major, should take 10435 version of the Praxis II test - General Science: Content Knowledge. All majoring in a Social Studies area, regardless of specific major, should take 10081 version of the Praxis II test - Social Studies: Content Knowledge. All Modern Foreign Language majors should take the test in their major: French majors take the 20173 version of the Praxis II test - French: Content Knowledge. German majors take the 20181 version of the Praxis II test - German: Content Knowledge. Spanish majors take the 10191 version of the Praxis II test - Spanish: Content Knowledge. All Music Education majors should take the 10113 version of the Praxis II test - Music: Content Knowledge.
Add-on Certification Programs
The Adaptive Education add-on license (Department of Public Instruction, Code #859), is issued to an applicant who holds or is eligible for a regular license and who has completed an approved program, including a concentration in adaptive education, which includes course work in the following:
1. Two electives in special education areas (ADED 289, 336, 337, 382, 383, 393, 489).
2. The modification of content, instructional strategies and learning environments for children with disabilities in the regular education setting. (ADED 481 for Art, ADED 482 for Music, ADED 487 for Early Childhood, and ADED 484 for regular educators in grades 1-12).
3. A practicum in adaptive education in the area of licensure (ADED 485 for Art, Music, Early Childhood or ADED 486 for grades 1-12).
Through the Center for Adaptive Education and Assistive Technology, the Young Artist Workshops and the Summer Enrichment Program, St. Norbert College offers #859 Adaptive Education certifications in Art, Music, Early Childhood and regular Education. Courses are offered during summer sessions and evenings during the academic year.
Interested students are encouraged to contact the Center for Adaptive Education and Assistive Technology for additional information.
Certification to Teach Religion in a Private Catholic School
Future teachers considering employment in private Catholic schools who wish to be certified to teach religion in those schools must meet three requirements: preparation in scripture, preparation in theology, and preparation in religious education methods. Candidates meeting all other requirements for a teaching license can satisfy these requirements by taking the following courses.
Scripture - RELS 106 Introduction to the Bible
Theology - RELS 360 The Essentials of Catholic Thought
Methods - Requirements determined by local diocese.*
*Participation in the Green Bay Diocese' Education Annual Conference (held at St. Norbert) can also contribute toward partial fulfillment of the methods requirement.
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