About the Education Department
The Department of Education at Carroll University strives to model and facilitate the development of dispositions that will help candidates transform from their previous role as students in yesterday’s classrooms to tomorrow’s educational leaders. Four dispositions that are integral to preparing candidates to be excellent educators and collaborative colleagues include:
- Constructivist Perspective–Facilitate students’ understanding of themselves as learners through planning, teaching and assessment
- Critical Consciousness–Develop an understanding of and critically question the relationship between social structures, education and culture. Respect differences, and is empowered to enact inclusiveness, equity and social justice in professional and personal spheres of influence
- Educational Advocacy–Demonstrate initiative to teach and lead in ways that enhance engagement and equity
- Professional Integrity–Interact with students, families and colleagues in ways that demonstrate dedication and respect for teaching and learning
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I begin taking Education courses?
You can begin your education classes right away as a freshman.
When will I apply to the program?
Candidates typically apply to the program at the end of their sophomore year or beginning of their junior year. Candidates determine their application timeline with their Education mentors.
Will I have an advisor?
All education majors have an advisor who guides them with course programming. In addition, each candidate is provided a faculty mentor that supports them throughout the program.
What types of experiences will I have in classrooms?
Throughout the program, candidates will be provided numerous opportunities to work with learners. Prior to student teaching, students will spend 100+ hours in classrooms.
What licenses does Carroll University offer?
- Early Childhood through Middle Childhood license (approximate ages birth through 11): Students major in Elementary Education and minor in Early Childhood Education. This minor, combined with successful completion of placements in both early childhood and elementary settings, permits students to earn a license to teach in pre-kindergarten through approximately grades five/six.
- Special Education & Early Childhood Education dual license: Elementary Education license: Preschool-6th grade; Special Education license: birth-3rd grade)
- Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence license (approximate ages 6 through 12 or 13): Students major in Elementary Education and extend their license to include the middle-school level (grades 1-8). This extension requires completion of a DPI-Approved Teaching Minor in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, or Spanish.
- Special Education & Elementary Education license: General and Special Education licensure: 1-8th grade.
- Early Adolescence through Adolescence license (approximate ages 10 through 21).
Are Carroll’s programs accredited?
Yes, all of our programs are approved by the State of Wisconsin. Visit the Department of Public Instruction website to view the Carroll University Wisconsin Educator Preparation Program Report.
Where can I follow the Education Department on Social Media?
Follow us on Facebook: Carroll University Education Department and Twitter: @CarrollUEduDept
Does my teaching license transfer to Illinois or another state?
We have many candidates who complete our program and are teaching in other states. Each state determines its own requirements and licensure requirements are frequently changing. Completing our program meets the Wisconsin licensing requirements. Candidates that are seeking teaching jobs out of state work with the appropriate state agency to determine next steps for licensure in a different state.