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Human-Relations Program

Candidates for certification to teach will acquire human-relations skills to reduce provincialism and prejudice, understand the need for an open, honest and trusting posture in interpersonal relationships and develop an ability to write, speak and listen with sensitivity to the feelings and needs of others. This goal is consonant with the Christian values to which the collegial community at St. Norbert College commits itself.

Teachers interact with many persons of diverse backgrounds and abilities, attitudes and beliefs. Through the human-relations program students will engage in particular courses and field activities to develop human-relations skills and cultural competence. The human-relations program must be completed by every student at St. Norbert College who seeks certification as a teacher.

Every prospective teacher is required to take 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, “low SES” working families and individuals with special needs). Twenty-five of these hours are to be spent attending seminars, conventions or speaking engagements that focus on topics related to the aforementioned identified underrepresented groups. The remaining 25 hours are to be spent in direct face-to-face experiences.

At the end of the fourth semester, you must have completed and documented for your file 8 hours each for part A and part B toward completion of this requirement. Opportunities to participate in human-relations activities appear on the education listserv. As part of your application for student teaching (December 1 of the school year prior to the school year you would be student-teaching) you must complete and document at least 18 HR hours each for part A and part B.