Education Major Requirements
Early Childhood-Middle Childhood Certification (Ages Birth-10)
This certification requires the student to complete course requirements or the elementary education major and the coursework for early childhood.
The elementary education major consists of EDUC 120, EDUC 125, EDUC 223, EDUC 226, EDUC 235, EDUC 249, EDUC 281, EDUC 285, EDUC 286, EDUC 350, EDUC 362, EDUC 373, EDUC 386; three courses that 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.
The early childhood coursework consists of additional four-credit courses in early childhood education (EDUC 271, EDUC 272, EDUC 274, EDUC 277, EDUC 278, EDUC 392, EDUC 394, EDUC 396); and early childhood student teaching (EDUC 440). Students seeking early childhood certification in Illinois should consult with the chair of teacher education about current Illinois regulations.
Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (Ages 6-13)
This certification requires the student to complete course requirements for: 1) the elementary education major, 2) special courses that focus on the early adolescent and middle school and 3) an academic, teaching or certification minor.
1) The elementary education major consists of EDUC 120, EDUC 125, EDUC 223, EDUC 226, EDUC 235, EDUC 249, EDUC 281, EDUC 285, EDUC 286, EDUC 350, EDUC 362, EDUC 373, EDUC 386; three courses that 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.
2) The early adolescent block (middle school curriculum) consists of four 2-credit courses (EDUC 330, EDUC 332, EDUC 333 and EDUC 334) 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 134 semester credits. A student may still complete all requirements for graduation and licensure within four years by overloading one or more semesters or by enrolling in a summer session. Selected minors are listed below.
Academic or teaching minors
German, history, chemistry, Spanish, speech communication, physics, French, mathematics, English, biology, computer science (students minoring in modern foreign languages must complete an international immersion experience in their target language in order to be licensed).
Language arts, broadfield science, broadfield social studies, mathematics education, English as a Second Language (ESL).
Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Certification Minors
ENGL 150 Introduction to Literature, ENGL 290 The English Language, ENGL 307 Fiction Writing or ENGL 308 Poetry Writing, EDUC 373 The Writing Process: Socio/Psycho-linguistic Elements, COME 122 Interpersonal Communications, and one additional course from ENGL or COME.
One course from each of the natural sciences: BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, 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, SSCI 301 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).
Broadfield Social Studies Minor
HIST 111, HIST 112, HIST 113 Western Civilization or HIST 350 Modern European History, HIST 116 History of the United States, AMER 130 / POLI 130 American Politics and Government, GEOG 140 World Regional Geography or GEOG 225 Social Geography. Two additional courses from ECON, GEOG, POLI, SOCI or PSYC, excluding courses taken to fulfill General Education Area 7 and 12.
Required courses include MATH 124 or MATH 131 (MATH 115 is a prerequisite), SSCI 224, and CSCI 110. Students must choose three of the four following courses to complete the minor: MATH 212, MATH 220, CSCI 150 or MATH 123.
English as a Second Language
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, COME 330 Intercultural Communication, EDUC 310 Methods in Teaching English as a Second Language, and two semesters of foreign language study (i.e. advanced, intermediate or beginning), excluding retroactively rewarded credit.
Early Adolescence-Adolescence (Ages 10-21)
This certification requires: 1) completion of an academic major [usually 10 courses], 2) the early adolescent or middle school curriculum, 3) course work in professional education and 4) student teaching at the high school and middle school levels.
1) Majors that are available include humanities: English, French, Spanish, German (students majoring in modern languages and literatures must complete an international immersion experience in their target language in order to be licensed); speech/communication and history; social science: economics, political science, psychology, sociology; natural science: biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
2) The early adolescent block (middle school curriculum) consists of four 2-credit courses (EDUC 330, EDUC 332, EDUC 333 and EDUC 334) and student teaching in the middle school (EDUC 450).
3) The required professional education courses include eight 2-credit courses and one 4-credit course (EDUC 120, EDUC 125, EDUC 223, EDUC 250, EDUC 252, EDUC 254, EDUC 281, EDUC 351 and EDUC 352), four 2-credit courses in the middle school curriculum (EDUC 330, EDUC 332, EDUC 333 and EDUC 334), and three courses that are part of the General Education program (SSCI 220, SSCI 301 or NSCI 333, GENS 408).
4) Student teaching in the high school (EDUC 455) and middle school (EDUC 450).
An early adolescence adolescence candidate 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 student’s college experience beyond four years. Depending on the student’s choice of major, certification may require completion of more than 128 credits. A student may still complete all requirements within four years by overloading one or more semesters or enrolling in summer sessions.
Broadfield social studies and broadfield science are certification options that 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 or biology). In order to qualify for a license in broadfield social studies or broadfield science, an individual must complete 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. If interested, students should discuss the feasibility of obtaining this additional certification with their advisor or the chair of teacher education. Broadfield certification may require more than eight semesters to complete.
Broadfield Social Studies Certification
Completion of at least one academic major in either history, economics, sociology, psychology or political science, plus concentrations in two additional social studies areas outside the major and a single course in an additional social studies subject area.
- History – An academic major or minor is required.
- Sociology – (four courses) SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology; two SOCI courses at the 200 or higher level; GENS 408 Social Inequalities.
- Political Science – (three courses) POLI 130 / AMER 130 U.S. Politics and Government POLI 150 / INTL 150 Intro to International Studies or POLI 160 / INTL 160 Intro to Comparative Politics. One POLI course at the 200 or higher level.
- Economics – (three courses) ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics or ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics. Two ECON courses at the 200 or higher level.
- Psychology – (four courses) PSYC 100 General Psychology. Two PSYC courses at the 200 or higher level. SSCI 220 Lifespan Human Development.
Certification in Music Education
We offer 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 music section for a complete description of the music education major.
- Instrumental Music (Grades K-12): The Instrumental Music program includes six 2-credit courses in education (EDUC 120, EDUC 125, EDUC 250, EDUC 281, EDUC 316, EDUC 351), Student Teaching (EDUC 475, EDUC 476) and 13 courses in Music.
- General Music (Grades K-12): The General Music program includes eight two-credit courses in Education (EDUC 120, EDUC 125, EDUC 250, EDUC 281, EDUC 315, EDUC 317, EDUC 318, EDUC 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, EDUC 125, EDUC 250, EDUC 281, EDUC 315, EDUC 317, EDUC 318, EDUC 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 or she will be certified to teach. The most common paradigm for each certification program is listed below.
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 Music
- 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 obtain a broader understanding of the diverse racial, ethnic, economic background 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, special needs). Twenty-five of these hours are to be spent with leaders or advocates of the identified underrepresented groups (seminars, conventions, speaking engagements) and the other 25 hours are to be spent in direct face-to-face experiences. The human relations program is described in detail on the education website.
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 their first courses in education (EDUC 120 and EDUC 125) and will be required to register to take the tests in their freshman year. Registration is online. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) Wisconsin website contains specific information about each test as well as registration and test location information. Students must pay 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 passing the PPST: reading – 175, writing – 174 and mathematics – 173. Students will not be able to continue in 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 pass the PPST, be in good standing in the St. Norbert College teacher education program, and have declared a major/minor/concentration area/certification program. Students are required to pass the Praxis II prior to enrolling in student teaching.
Information about the state requirement is located on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s (WDPI’s) Content Knowledge Assessment web page.
Those in the St. Norbert College early childhood-middle childhood program should take the 10014 version of the Praxis II test.
Those in the St. Norbert College middle childhood/early adolescence program should take the 20146 version of the Praxis II test.
Those in the St. Norbert College early adolescence/adolescence program should take the Praxis II test in their major. See the Praxis Series information.
All English majors, regardless of concentration, should take the 10041 version of the Praxis II test – English Language, Literature and Composition: Content Knowledge. All mathematics majors should take the 10061 version of the Praxis II test – Mathematics: Content Knowledge.
All students majoring in a science area, regardless of specific major, should take the 10435 version of the Praxis II test – General Science: Content Knowledge. All students majoring in a social studies area, regardless of specific major, should take the 10081 version of the Praxis II test – Social Studies: Content Knowledge. All modern language and literatures majors should take the WPT/DPI tests in their major. All music education majors should take the 10113 version of the Praxis II test – Music: Content Knowledge.
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