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Education majors experience numerous opportunities for teaching clinicals in a variety of educational settings. Students may concentrate in Wide Range Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or Special Education.

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    WLC focuses on preparing quality teachers and positive role models who are ready to face the challenges of traditional and non-traditional educational programs that require a high degree of flexibility, stamina, and resourcefulness. Education majors gain meaningful experience outside of the college classroom through partnerships with area schools. Pre-student teaching clinicals, connected to all methods courses, are conducted in a variety of early childhood, elementary, middle, and secondary school settings.

    In an educational landscape desperate for passionate and highly-trained teachers, the Wisconsin Lutheran College education major prepares future teachers as agents of change, ready to make a positive impact in their classroom, school, and district. Preparing to be an educator is an investment of time, talents, and efforts. The rewards are immeasurable in the enlightened eyes or the smiles of successful learners who represent the developmental stages of early childhood, middle childhood, early adolescence, and adolescence.

    What Makes the Program Distinctive?

    For the eighth year in a row (since the 2011-12 academic year), 100% of our traditional undergraduate education majors have secured teaching jobs. In the latest assessment, WLC’s teacher education program received a perfect review from the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction. WLC teacher education majors completing their final year of undergraduate preparation can gain a competitive edge by taking advantage of a new residency program. During the semester prior to their 18-week teacher candidacy (student teaching), WLC teacher education seniors may participate in the undergraduate residency program. Students spend 15 hours per week helping a teacher in the same school district – and often in the same building – where they will complete their teacher candidacy.

    Selecting Your Education Major(s)

    We offer a variety of majors within our School of Education. You may or may not know exactly where you want to focus. That's okay! You'll experience various aspects of teaching earlier than typical in our program. Those experiences will help you choose a path. One of our education professors will also serve as your personal advisor, helping you figure out the best fit for your personality and strengths. 

    Major/License: Early Childhood Education

    If you love little kids, this may be the education major for you. Preparation focuses on early education at the kindergarten and primary levels. Many of our graduates with this major teach in a regular education setting, usually at the K4 through Grade 2 levels, though the license extends through Grade 5.

    Major/License: Elementary Education

    Elementary education might be a great option for you if you have an interest in elementary and middle school teaching. Many of our graduates within this major teach in a regular school setting, usually at the Grade 3 through Grade 6 levels, while others teach in a departmentalized setting in the area of their minor (e.g. Math, English, Social Studies, Science, or Language Arts). 

    Major/License: Secondary Education

    If you are interested in teaching a specific subject area at the middle or secondary levels, our secondary education major would be right for you. Graduates with this major teach in departmentalized settings in the area of their major (e.g. Math, English, Social Studies, or Science).

    Major/License: Special Education

    Obtaining your dual certification in special education and either elementary or secondary education can be an especially rewarding career path. We are immensely proud of our special education alumni and the joy they bring to their students.

    Major/License: Wide Range Education

    Our most expansive option, wide range education preparation focuses on all grade levels. Graduates with this major teach in specialty areas corresponding with their major (e.g. Music, Art, and Foreign Language).


    Early Access to Classroom Teaching

    With WLC's education major, students begin work in the field in their second semester, exposing them to the challenges and joys of teaching students. Using a structure that places importance on both classroom teaching and real-world experience, WLC education majors find themselves prepared to teach immediately after graduation.

    Undergraduate Research

    Research for the education major is carried out with 150+ clinical hours need to successfully complete the program. As well, several research conferences are held during the year in which undergraduates can participate. The Center for Urban Teaching Urban Conference and Wisconsin state conferences are some of the many events that WLC teacher candidates may attend with their cooperating teachers.


    Future Teachers' Education Association

    The award-winning FTEA student organization provides guidance, leadership experiences, hands-on community involvement, improved teacher preparation, and professional development workshops. The FTEA is affiliated with the Student Wisconsin Education Association and the National Education Association.

    Urban and International Experiences

    WLC partners with the Center for Urban Teaching, a nonprofit that identifies, prepares, and supports high-performing teachers. Through the Center, students interested in urban education can participate in programs, field trips, and immersion experiences. There also are international education opportunities for students to practice and learn in international settings such as Kenya, Malawi, and the Czech Republic. 


    Graduate School

    Education majors are encouraged to start their career in the classroom before attending graduate school. Advanced degrees are a necessity, but can sometimes disqualify young educators from finding positions early in their career. Education alumni have attended such graduate schools as the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Wisconsin Lutheran College.

    Careers in the Classroom

    At WLC, teachers are prepared for the dual nature of the committed Christian teacher: being a servant and a leader. WLC education alumni work in suburban, urban, and rural districts all over the state of Wisconsin. Many urban educators are working in private and parochial schools in the city of Milwaukee. Graduates also work in the public school districts of West Allis-West Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, Whitnall, Waterford, New Berlin, and many others throughout the area. 


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