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Education Major Requirements

Education majors earn a bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College in one of four Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) certifications which lead to initial licensure: 
  1. Early Childhood-Middle Childhood (ages birth-10)
  2. Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (ages 6-13)
  3. Early Adolescence-Adolescence (ages 10-21)
  4. Early Childhood-Adolescence (ages birth-21)
Education Major With 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. Students seeking Early Childhood Certification in Illinois should consult with the co-chair of teacher education about current Illinois regulations.
  • EDUC 125 Foundations of U.S. Education
  • EDUC 130 Psychology for Teaching
  • EDUC 223 Instructional Technology
  • EDUC 226 Elementary/Middle School Social Studies Methods
  • EDUC 249 Pre-Student Teaching Experience, Elementary School
  • EDUC 269 Fine Arts in the Growth and Development of Young Children
  • EDUC 281 Teaching Children with Disabilities
  • EDUC 285 Elementary School Science Methods
  • EDUC 286 Elementary School Math Methods
  • EDUC 350 Developmental Reading and the Language Arts
  • EDUC 362 Children’s Literature
  • EDUC 373 The Writing Process: Socio/Psycholinguistic Elements
  • EDUC 386 Reading Improvement in the Elementary/Middle School
  • MATH 120 Numbers and Operations
  • MATH 212 Principles of Algebra and Data or MATH 220 Principles of Geometry
  • SSCI 301 Environment and Society or ENVS 300 Environmental Science
  • SSCI 408 Social Inequalities: Race and Minority Relations
Required Early Childhood Certification Minor
  • EDUC 272 A Multicultural Approach to Early Education Curricular Issues and Instructional Methods 
  • EDUC 275 Play and Health in Early Childhood Education
  • EDUC 278 Early Childhood: Classroom Management and Conflict Resolution
  • EDUC 392 History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Education Programs
  • EDUC 394 Curriculum and Instructional Planning for Young Children
  • EDUC 396 Early Childhood: Assessment of Early Learners
Education Major With Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (Ages 6-13)
Depending on the student’s choice of minor, the Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence program could require students to complete more than 128 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 an interim-session.
  • EDUC 125 Foundations of U.S. Education
  • EDUC 130 Psychology for Teaching
  • EDUC 223 Instructional Technology
  • EDUC 226 Elementary / Middle School Social Studies Methods
  • EDUC 235 Teaching Methods in the Arts
  • EDUC 249 Pre-Student Teaching Experience, Elementary School
  • EDUC 281 Teaching Children with Disabilities
  • EDUC 285 Elementary School Science Methods
  • EDUC 286 Elementary School Math Methods
  • EDUC 330 The Early Adolescent: Classroom Management and Conflict Resolution
  • EDUC 332 The Adolescent: Psychology and Methods in the Middle School
  • EDUC 333 The Early Adolescent: Assessment
  • EDUC 334 Middle School Field Experience
  • EDUC 350 Developmental Reading and the Language Arts
  • EDUC 362 Children’s Literature
  • EDUC 373 The Writing Process: Socio / Psycholinguistic Elements
  • EDUC 386 Reading Improvement in the Elementary / Middle School
  • MATH 120 Numbers and Operations
  • MATH 212 Principles of Algebra and Data or MATH 220 Principles of Geometry
  • SSCI 301 Environment and Society or ENVS 300 Environmental Science
  • SSCI 408 Social Inequalities: Race and Minority Relations
Plus an academic, teaching or certification minor:

Academic and teaching minors:
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • French*
  • German*
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Spanish*
  • Speech Communications 
*Students minoring in modern foreign languages must complete an international immersion experience in their target language in order to be licensed.

Certification minors:

Language Arts
  • ENGL 150 Introduction to Literary Studies
  • 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 Principles of Interpersonal Communication
  • One additional course from ENGL or COME
Broadfield Science
  • One course from each of the natural sciences (BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, PHYS)
  • ENVS 300 Environmental Science or SSCI 301 Environmental Studies
  • 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
  • HIST 112 Western Civilization 1
  • HIST 113 Western Civilization 2 or HIST 350 Modern European History
  • AMER/HIST 114 History of the United States 1 or AMER/HIST 115 History of the United States 2
  • AMER/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
Mathematics
  • MATH 120 Numbers and Operations
  • MATH 124 A Survey of Calculus or MATH 131 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1
  • MATH 212 Principles of Algebra and Data
  • MATH 220 Principles of Geometry
  • MATH 321 Probability and Statistics or SSCI 224 Basic Statistics
  • CSCI 110 Introduction to Computer Programming or CSCI 150 Applications of Discrete Structures
English as a Second Language
  • 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
  • Two semesters of foreign language study (i.e. advanced, intermediate or beginning) excluding retroactively-awarded credit
Education Major With Early Adolescence-Adolescence Certification (Ages 10-21)
This certification requires the student to complete an academic major, and coursework in professional education.

Academic major – variable credits
Majors that are available include those in humanities: English, speech/communication, history; in social sciences: economics, political science, psychology, sociology; and in natural sciences: biology, chemistry, computer science, physics and mathematics.

Professional education coursework
  • EDUC 125 Foundations of U.S. Education
  • EDUC 130 Psychology for Teaching (Core Curriculum)
  • EDUC 223 Instructional Technology
  • EDUC 250 Pre-Student Teaching Experience, Secondary School
  • EDUC 252 The Comprehensive High School
  • EDUC 254 Instructional Methodologies for Adolescents
  • EDUC 281 Teaching Children with Disabilities
  • EDUC 330 The Early Adolescent: Classroom Management and Conflict Resolution
  • EDUC 332 The Adolescent: Psychology and Methods in the Middle School
  • EDUC 333 The Early Adolescent: Assessment
  • EDUC 334 Middle School Field Experience
  • EDUC 351 Reading and Language Arts Across Content Areas
  • EDUC 352 Advanced Reading in the Content Areas
  • SSCI 301 Environment and Society or ENVS 300 Environmental Science (SSCI 301 not required for students majoring in math, modern languages, English and music)
  • SSCI 408 Social Inequalities: Race and Minority Relations
Education Major With Early Childhood-Adolescence Certifications (ages birth-21)
Students seeking certification in the following areas requires a major in the area along with specified certification requirements. This certification requires:
  1. course work in professional education and
  2. field experiences at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. 
Certification in Music Education
Please refer to the music discipline website for a complete description of the music education major.

Certification in Art Education
Please refer to art discipline website for a complete description of the art education major.

Certification in Theatre Education
Students interested in this certification should speak to an education faculty member.

Certification in Modern Languages
Available in French, Spanish and German. Students majoring in modern languages and literatures must complete an international immersion experience in their target language in order to be licensed.

Certifications Beyond the Major
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 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 interim sessions.

Broadfield Social Studies and Broadfield 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 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 co-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 history, economics, sociology, psychology or political science, plus sequences in two additional social studies areas outside the major and a single course in an additional social studies subject area. 

Sequence requirements: 

History
An academic major or minor is required.

Sociology (16 credits)
  • SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • SSCI 408 Social Inequalities
  • Two SOCI courses at the 200 or higher level
Political Science (12 credits)
  • POLI / AMER 130 U.S. Politics and Government
  • POLI / INTL 150 Intro to International Studies or POLI / INTL 160 Intro to Comparative Politics
  • One POLI course at the 200 or higher level
Economics (12 credits)
  • ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics or ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics
  • Two ECON courses at the 200 level or higher
Psychology (16 credits)
  • PSYC 100 General Psychology
  • PSYC 220 Lifespan Human Development
  • Two PSYC courses at the 200 level or higher
Broadfield Science Certification
Completion of at least one academic major in physics, chemistry, geology or biology, plus the introductory sequence (BIOL 120 and BIOL 121, CHEM 105 and CHEM 107, PHYS 121 and PHYS 122, or GEOL 105 and a GEOL 200 or higher level course) in the three other areas.

Additional Requirements

Certification Portfolio
To be licensed, students must submit an acceptable certification portfolio based on the Standards for Teachers. Portfolio contents are aligned with each education (EDUC) course and the portfolio process reflects a developmental approach revealing more advanced knowledge, skills and dispositions at each stage of the teacher certification program.

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
Early Adolescence-Adolescence and Early Childhood-Adolescence
  • EDUC 450 Student Teaching: Early Adolescence
  • EDUC 455 Student Teaching: Adolescence
Music Education
  • EDUC 469 Student Teaching: General Music 
  • EDUC 470 Student Teaching: Choral Music (for choral music educ majors only)
  • EDUC 475 Student Teaching: Instrumental Music 1 (for instrumental music educ majors only)
  • EDUC 476 Student Teaching: Instrumental Music 2 (for instrumental music educ majors only)
Student Teaching Abroad
  • EDUC 477 Student Teaching Abroad
Non-Course Requirements for Certification
Every prospective teacher is required satisfy the human relations requirement by taking EDUC 130, SSCI 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 coursework, each prospective teacher must engage in 50 hours of opportunities that focus on three target populations: people of color within the United States, working families (“low SES), and individuals with special needs. Twenty-five of these hours are to be spent attending seminars, conventions or speaking engagements with any of the identified underrepresented groups. The other 25 hours are to be spent in direct face-to-face experiences. The human relations program is described in detail on the teacher education website.

Core Academic Skills for Educators
Wisconsin requires all certification candidates to pass minimum competency tests in three areas – reading, writing and mathematics. Students will be introduced to the CORE tests during the first courses in Education (EDUC 125 and EDUC 130) and will be required to take the tests by the completion of their first year. 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 CORE by the conclusion of the pre-professional block experience.

Students will not be able to continue in the teacher education program without successfully passing the CORE. Students may retake the test until these requirements are met. Wisconsin permits qualified students to substitute ACT or SAT scores for the CORE.

Praxis II: Content Assessment
All pre-service teachers, in order to be certified to teach in the state, are required to 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 CORE or received an ACT/SAT exception, 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.
  • Early Childhood-Middle Childhood program should take the 10014 version of the Praxis II test.
  • Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence program should take the 20146 version of the Praxis II test.
  • Early Adolescence/Adolescence program should take the Praxis II test in their major.
  • English majors, regardless of concentration, should take the 10041 version of the Praxis II test – English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content Knowledge. 
  • Mathematics majors should take the 10061 version of the Praxis II test — Mathematics: Content Knowledge.
  • Science area majors, regardless of specific major, should take the 10435 version of the Praxis II test – General Science: Content Knowledge. 
  • Social studies area majors, regardless of specific major, should take the 10081 version of the Praxis II test – Social Studies: Content Knowledge. 
  • Modern Language and Literatures majors should take the WPT/OPI tests in their major. 
  • Music Education majors should take the 10113 version of the Praxis II test – Music: Content Knowledge.
EdTPA
All pre-service teachers, in order to be certified to teach in the state are required to demonstrate readiness a through performance assessment, using a system such as the edTPA. This assessment serves as the capstone for the student teaching portfolio. 

Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test (for elementary majors seeking EC/MC or MC/EA certification only)
In order to be certified to teach in Wisconsin, teacher candidates are required to demonstrate their content knowledge, proficiency, and depth of understanding of the subject of early literacy development by passing a standardized test – The Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test (WiFORT) with a minimum score of 240.