You know your favorite teachers, the ones who made a difference? If you’re reading this, we’re guessing that you want to become one of those teachers. Whether you want to teach elementary or high school students, Northland College can help get you there. We offer certification in Elementary/Middle Education and in Middle/Secondary Education in math, science, and social studies.
We give you the tools to establish a trusting environment and to foster the group dynamics essential to run a successful classroom. Our education courses provide you with the tools to teach content and the skills to help shape the character of children and adolescents. We also give you an environmental background that so many schools are looking for today. In fact, over ninety-five percent of our education majors from the last five years are employed in the K-12 field. Join classmates and committed faculty who will get to know you personally and help you become a teacher who makes a difference.
Elementary/Middle Major (Grades 1-8)
This focused four-year program, including student teaching, includes project- and problem-based teaching and learning strategies for student success in the classroom. We offer an integrated curriculum that will train you to think across disciplines and deliver the knowledge, skills, and mindset that will help you succeed in indoor and outdoor classrooms. Our program is fully accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Graduates are eligible for teacher licensure for grades 1-8.
Secondary Education Major (Grades 7-12)
This focused four-year program, including student teaching, allows you to teach high school math, social studies, or science (which includes biology, chemistry, or geoscience). We offer an integrated curriculum that trains you to think across disciplines and delivers the knowledge, skills, and mindset required for you to be successful in indoor and outdoor classroom settings. Our program is fully accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Graduates are eligible for teacher licensure for grades 7-12.
Students from around the state said they wanted more time in the classroom. We responded with a two-semester clinical residency program integrated with classwork. Students complete over 200 hours and they love it! We are the only college in the state to offer this much undergraduate time in the classroom—double what the state requires. You will complete this residency before you start student teaching.
You will receive 12 credits for a student teaching semester that includes eighteen weeks of full time student teaching and a monthly seminar. During this semester, you will be in the classroom of an area private or public school following the daily schedule and semester calendar of the cooperating school, under the direct supervision of cooperating teachers and college supervisors. The focus of this interactive seminar will be on curriculum, human relations, career development, and reflective practices.
The Wisconsin State Legislature passed Act 166, which requires the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to produce an annual report of the state’s educator preparation programs (EPP). The report includes information on program completers and their first time passage rates on the required performance assessments. Also included in the report is licensure and employment data for individuals completing Wisconsin educator preparation programs.
During the academic year 2014-2015, the Northland College teacher education program had eight students newly admitted and enrolled in major and minor programs leading to licensure. During that year, nine students successfully completed their student teaching in a variety of area school districts, and 100% of those students passed the state-mandated Praxis II content knowledge exam relevant to their licensure area. The Northland College staff to student teacher ratio was approximately 1:3.
- Business Management
- Directed Studies
- Ecological Restoration
- Environmental Education*
- Environmental Humanities*
- Fisheries & Wildlife Ecology
- Gender & Women's Studies
- Geographic Information Systems*
- Graphic Design
- Humanity & Nature Studies
- Mathematical Sciences
- Native American Studies
- Natural Resources
- Outdoor Education
- Pre-Health Care*
- Pre-Veterinary Medicine*
- Religious Studies
- Sociology & Social Justice
- Studio Art
- Sustainable Community Development
- Sustainable Entrepreneurship
- Water Science
* Available only as a minor or special program.