EducationRemember that amazing teacher? The one who challenged you while making learning fun and memorable? That teacher changed your life – maybe even inspired you to change lives yourself as an educator.
When you study teacher education, you learn to form young minds and help students reach their potential. In other words, you will pursue a vocation that builds a better future for entire communities.
In St. Norbert’s teacher education program, you earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in education through six certification programs:
- Early Childhood-Middle Childhood (ages birth to 10)
- Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (ages 6 to 13)
- Early Adolescence-Adolescence (ages 10-21)
- Broadfield Social Studies
- Broadfield Science
- Music Education
- General Music (grades K-12)
- Instrumental Music (grades K-12)
- Choral Music (grades 6-12)
Each leads to a teaching license from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the program’s accrediting organization.
You also may pursue one of five minor certificates in teacher education:
- Language arts
- Broadfield social studies
- Broadfield science
- Mathematics education
- English as a second language (ESL)
Teachers don’t just know the subjects they teach. They also know how children develop and grow. How learning varies from child to child. How to manage, plan for and assess an entire classroom of students. Such skills prepare a teacher education major or minor to teach in many settings:
- Private school
- Public school
- Elementary school
- Secondary school
In the St. Norbert teacher education program, you will gain classroom experience at each age level in which you’ll be certified by student-teaching in the U.S. or overseas. You also will have the opportunity to put your classroom knowledge to work with Sophomore Block, a hands-on teaching field experience.
You’ll learn the ropes of teacher education with help from technology assistants. These junior and senior education students will answer your questions about everything from using technology in the classroom to navigating teacher education program requirements.
As a teacher education student, you may be eligible for a number of scholarships and awards. You also can gain exposure to the teaching profession as a member of the Student Wisconsin Education Association.
It’s unusual for the National Science Foundation to provide funding specific to teacher-preparation in geology, especially at the K-8 level. But a $190,386 grant is giving a pilot group of students the chance to graduate with a thorough knowledge of what it means to do science in elementary education.
As St. Norbert’s education majors take their skills out into the world, they are finding new teaching environments in which to apply them.
Bob Osgood (Teacher Education) has been on the road for special education, throughout a scholarly summer that has taken him to Indonesia, Latvia – and Dayton, Ohio.