Early Childhood-Middle Childhood Certification (Ages Birth-10)
This certification requires the student to complete course requirements for the elementary education major and the coursework for early childhood.
The elementary education major consists of seven two credit courses and five four 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, SSCI 301, and GENS 408); and elementary student teaching (EDUC 445). All candidates must also complete a second course in mathematics (e.g., MATH 212, MATH 243, or SSCI 224).
The early childhood coursework consists of three two credit courses, five additional four credit courses in early childhood education and sociology (EDUC 271, 272, 274, 277, 373, 392, 394, and SOCI 234); and early childhood and kindergarten student teaching (EDUC 440).
When registering for certain courses (e.g. EDUC 362), early childhood students 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.
Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence (Ages 6-13) This certification requires the student to complete course requirements for the 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 English as a Second Language Earth Science and Space Science Spanish* Chemistry French* Physics English*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 seven 2 credit courses and five four credit 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, SSCI 301, and GENS 408); and elementary student teaching (EDUC 445).
The middle school curriculum consists of three 2 credits courses (EDUC 331, 332, 334), one four credit course (EDUC 377) and student teaching in the middle school (EDUC 450). Depending on the student's choice of minor, the middle childhood-early adolescence 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).
Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence 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, 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 SSCI 104 it will substitute for either BIOL, CHEM or PHYS. It does not substitute for GEOL), one environmental science course: ENVS 300 Environmental Science, SSCI301 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 Computing on the Web 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 1. 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).
Early Adolescence-Adolescence (Ages 10-21)
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) and middle school levels (EDUC 450).
The required professional education courses include five two credit courses (including special methods) and two four credit courses in education (EDUC 120, 125, 223, 250, 30x, 281, 351) three two credit courses plus one four credit course in the middle school curriculum (EDUC 331, 332, 334, 377), and three courses which are part of the general education program (SSCI 220, SSCI 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).
* French, Spanish, and German majors are licensed for all ages (birth - age 21), but follow the same program as the early adolescence-adolescence certification students. In order to be licensed, students majoring or minoring in a modern foreign language must complete an international immersion experience in their target language.
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 Studies Certification: Completion of at least one academic major from History, Economics, Sociology, Psychology and Political Science, plus 2 additional social studies areas outside the major and a single course in an additional social studies subject area.
2 Social Studies Areas required outside of completed major of:
History - (An academic major or minor will be required.)
Sociology - (4 courses)
SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology
2 SOCI courses at the 200 or higher level
GENS 408 Social Inequalities
Political Science - (3 courses)
POLI 130 U.S. Politics and Government
POLI 150 Intro to International Studies or POLI 160 Intro to Comparative Politics
One POLI course at the 200 or higher level
Economics - (3 courses)
Econ 101 Principles of Macroeconomics or ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics
2 ECON courses at the 200 or higher level
Psychology - (4 courses)
PSYC 100 General Psychology
2 PSYC courses at the 200 or higher level
SSCI 220 Lifespan and Human Development
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 two credit courses in education (EDUC 120, 125, 250, 281, 316, 351), student teaching (EDUC 475,476), and 13 courses in music.
General Music (Grades K-12): The General Music program includes eight two credit courses in education (EDUC 120, 125, 250, 281, 315, 317, 318, 351), student teaching (EDUC 469),and 12 courses in music.
Choral Music (Grades 6-12): The Choral Music Program includes eight two credit courses in education (EDUC 120, 125, 250, 281, 315, 317, 318, 351), student teaching (EDUC 470), 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.
Elementary/Early Childhood-Middle Childhood
EDUC 440 Student Teaching: Early Childhood
EDUC 445 Student Teaching: Middle Childhood
Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence
EDUC 445 Student Teaching: Middle Childhood
EDUC 450 Student Teaching: Early Adolescence
EDUC 450 Student Teaching: Early Adolescence EDUC 455 Student Teaching: Adolescence
EDUC 469 Student Teaching: General Music
EDUC 470 Student Teaching: Choral Music
EDUC 475 Student Teaching: Instrumental Music 1
EDUC 476 Student Teaching: Instrumental Music 2
Overseas Student Teaching:
EDUC 477 Overseas Student Teaching
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
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.
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. Students are required to take the Praxis II prior to enrolling in student teaching. 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-Middle Childhood program should take the 10014 version of the Praxis II test.
Those in the SNC the Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence program should take the 20146 version of the Praxis II test.
Those in the SNC the Early Adolescence/Adolescence program should take the Praxis II test in their major. See the Praxis Series Information and 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.
2. The modification of content, instructional strategies and learning environments for children with disabilities in the regular education setting.
3. A practicum in adaptive education in the area of licensure.
Courses are offered during summer sessions and evenings during the academic year.
Interested students are encouraged to contact the Education Office 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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