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Information specific to this program is provided below. The full course catalog, policies, textbook information, and major declaration form are available from the Office of the Registrar. For additional advising information, contact your academic advisor. Course offerings are subject to change due to staffing, curriculum changes, or course enrollment numbers.
The impetus for the teacher education program revolves around performance-based expectations as articulated in the ten Academic Goals of the institution and the ten Teacher Education Standards for the state of Wisconsin (WDP134.02). These provide direction for the scope and sequence of the Wisconsin Lutheran College teacher education curriculum; for the basis of student's experiential involvement, self-assessment, and reflection; and for the assessment of student growth in knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
Standard 1: The teacher knows the subject content.
The teacher demonstrates understanding of the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the disciplines and creates learning experiences that make content meaningful and purposeful for learners. [P134.02(1)]
Standard 2: The teacher knows how learners grow and develop.
The teacher demonstrates understanding of how learners with broad ranges of ability learn and provides instruction that support student intellectual, social, emotional, and personal development.[P134.02(2)]
Standard 3: The teacher understands diversity.
The teacher demonstrates understanding of how learners differ in approaches to learning, that barriers may exist impeding learning, and that adaptation of instruction may meet these diverse needs of learners, including those with disabilities and exceptionalities. [P134.02(3)]
Standard 4: The teacher knows how to teach.
The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies, including technology, to encourage learner development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.[P134.02(4)]
Standard 5: The teacher knows how to create and maintain a positive learning environment.
The teacher demonstrates an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that engages learners through positive social interaction, active learning, and self-motivation. [P134.02(5)]
Standard 6: The teacher promotes and models effective communication.
The teacher promotes effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques as well as instructional media and technology to foster and engage active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom, in the school, and in the community. [P134.02(6)]
Standard 7: The teacher possesses knowledge of educational foundations and skill at instructional planning.
The teacher demonstrates knowledge of the purpose of education, the historical and philosophical frameworks for school and learning, and clearly articulate a personal educational philosophy reflecting the purpose of education; the teacher organizes and plans systematic instruction based upon knowledge of educational foundations, subject matter, learners, the community, and curricular goals or standards. [P134.02(7)]
Standard 8: The teacher knows how to assess and evaluate student learning.
The teacher understands and uses a variety of formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social and physical development and advancement of the learner. [P134.02(8)]
Standard 9: The teacher models Christian professional integrity.
The teacher demonstrates the characteristics of a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates effectiveness and strives for insight into current educational issues and programs, a commitment to ethical and value-based performance, and a priority of personal growth and service to the field of education and in one's faith life. [P134.02(9)]
Standard 10: The teacher networks with educational professionals and the community.
The teacher fosters positive relationships with colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support learning and well being; and acts with a Christian attitude, integrity, fairness, and professionalism in an ethical manner. [P134.02(10)]
What: Core Academic Skills
When: Admission to Teacher Education
What: Tests for Specific Licensure Areas
When: Before Teacher Candidacy
Who: Early Childhood, Elementary, Special Education
When: By January 31 after EDU 333
Who: All Candidates for Licensure
When: During Teacher Candidacy (Student Teaching)
Based on information from the Annual Assessment Report, the directors compile an annual Continual Review Process (CRP) report in preparation for an annual meeting with a Department of Public Instruction Liaison. The report is built around four key questions:
Section 205 of Title II requires reports from each institution of higher education (IHE) that conducts a traditional teacher preparation program or an alternative route to state certification or licensure program and that enrolls students receiving federal assistance under HEA Teacher preparation programs, both traditional and alternative, report to their states, which report to the U.S. Department of Education. Since 2001, the Office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education has collected data from states on teacher preparation programs and their students, as well as states' assessment and licensing of teacher candidates.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction provides statewide data on educators prepared, licensed and employed in Wisconsin public schools. The report notes, "Wisconsin public school staffing data was used for this report; therefore, program completers produced in Wisconsin who are employed in private schools or other states are not included in the employment data with in this report. Consequently, the data presented will understate the overall employment for candidates produced in Wisconsin." (p. 5)
The Future Teachers' Education Association (FTEA) is an organization for students interested in the field of education.
On the Wisconsin Lutheran College campus, FTEA provides fun, various experiences, and encouragement to all education students in any walk of the education department.
Anyone interested in education!
Members of FTEA are affiliated with the Student Wisconsin Education Association (StWEA) at the state level and theNational Education Association (NEA) at the national level. It is important to note that FTEA does not necessarily agree with all of the platforms and beliefs of the state and national organizations.