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Education

Education for the common good

The United States education system is undergoing rapid transformation. Today’s teachers are trailblazers in addressing the needs of K-12 students of any physical or intellectual ability, race, gender or socioeconomic status. Technology has become integral to the learning experience in ways we couldn’t have previously imagined. When you earn your undergraduate degree in teaching, your positive impact will be felt by the students in your classroom and will ripple far beyond the classroom, too. It’s an exciting time to get your teaching degree — especially at St. Norbert College.

As a teacher-education major at SNC, you’ll be introduced to a variety of teaching situations, from urban to rural, and even have the chance to explore global approaches to education. We’ll make sure you learn how to help K-12 students and families feel comfortable enough to have constructive conversations about challenging educational situations. In short, SNC is where you can learn how to be the kind of teacher whose impact outlives a student’s time in your classroom.

Academic paths within the teacher-education major

At SNC, you can earn a bachelor’s degree and complete a teacher preparation program leading to certification in one of the following developmental levels:

  • Elementary and middle school (kindergarten through Grade 9)
  • Middle and high school (Grades 4 through 12)
  • Kindergarten through Grade 12

Your experiences in the four-year teacher-education program will include:

Elevate your teacher-education degree

You’ll benefit from hands-on learning at SNC, and get out into a real-life classroom as part of your first-year education classes. During your sophomore and junior years, you’ll spend five weeks collaborating and co-teaching in the classroom. Your senior year will be marked by real-world teaching experiences in rural, suburban and urban settings. Ultimately, you’ll build a strong understanding of the challenges faced by students — and you’ll have the knowledge to provide life-changing learning experiences for the students you teach.

SNC hosts local chapters of Aspiring Educators and the Center for Urban Teaching Club. Aspiring Educators is the National Education Association’s organization for pre-service teachers. The Center for Urban Teaching is an independent, Christian non-profit organization that supports current and future teachers who work in urban settings.

Major requirements

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Program requirements

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Course offerings

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  • Once I got here, I just knew that this was my second home. It’s the most welcoming community: faculty, staff, other students, people in your different social groups – sororities, fraternities, any type of other organization you’re involved in … everyone is here to support you.

    Sara Allaire ’21

    Sara Allaire portrait in the Shakespeare Garden on campus
    Sara Allaire portrait in the Shakespeare Garden on campus

    Once I got here, I just knew that this was my second home. It’s the most welcoming community: faculty, staff, other students, people in your different social groups – sororities, fraternities, any type of other organization you’re involved in … everyone is here to support you.

    Sara Allaire ’21

  • I’m just happy that I was able to pursue my three passions at SNC – for teaching, for service and for track. I had a full plate, but it taught me a lot about time management!

    Kelly Heniff ’19

    Portrait of student Kelly Heniff
    Portrait of student Kelly Heniff

    I’m just happy that I was able to pursue my three passions at SNC – for teaching, for service and for track. I had a full plate, but it taught me a lot about time management!

    Kelly Heniff ’19

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Undergraduate research

Uncover new knowledge by engaging in collaborative research projects with your professors.

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Practical internships

Learn how to work with students and parents/guardians from a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds with our student-teaching placements.

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Global student-teaching

Choose to conduct half of your student-teaching abroad. Gain a global perspective through exposure to different education systems and different cultures.

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Learn from exceptional SNC education faculty

If there’s one thing that SNC professors and instructors have in common, it’s a passion for teaching and sharing their expertise. You’ll also find them dedicated to providing personalized guidance that supports your academic and career aspirations. Discover the distinguished scholars you’ll be learning from.

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Your education degree at work

Teachers don’t just know the subjects they teach, they also know how K-12 students develop and grow; how learning varies from student to student; and how to manage, plan for and assess an entire classroom. A teacher-education major and/or certification will prepare you to teach in public or private schools and at grade levels ranging from kindergarten through high school. SNC has a 100 percent job placement rate. Our graduates have found positions as:

  • Ambassador of language and culture in Spain
  • After-school community leaders
  • Elementary education teachers
  • ESL teachers
  • Healthcare recruiters
  • Immersion teachers
  • Literacy teachers
  • Reading intervention specialists
  • Special education teachers

Future study in education

With exceptional preparation and placement, SNC graduates pursue post-graduate work in educational leadership, elementary education, early childhood education, school counseling, special education and urban education. They’ve attended:

  • Concordia University
  • Marquette University
  • Union University
  • University of Colorado-Denver
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

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9 percent of graduating class

Over the past five years, 9 percent of St. Norbert College grads were from the teacher-education program.

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56 graduate average

An average of 56 students graduate from the teacher-education program annually.

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86 percent job placement rate

Eighty-six percent of graduates of the teacher-education program are employed within 12 months of graduation:

  • 68% in public schools
  • 18% in private schools
  • 5% not reported
  • 9% other

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Contact the St. Norbert College admission office

Campus location

Ariens Family Welcome Center
310 College Ave.
De Pere, WI 54115

Hours of operation

Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

We’re also available by appointment.

Mailing address

Office of Admission
St. Norbert College
Ariens Family Welcome Center
100 Grant St.
De Pere, WI 54115

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