About Carroll University's Education Department
The Education Program at Carroll University transforms education through advocacy and engagement. The department offers quality programs in elementary education, dual licensure in special education, secondary education and educational studies. Education candidates receive ongoing advising for course selection and faculty mentoring to support professional development and program completion. The teacher education program has collaborative partnerships with school districts and community organizations throughout Waukesha and Milwaukee counties. Through these partnerships, teacher candidates engage in local classroom field experiences while in methods courses to enhance meaningful theory-to-practice connections. Additional clinical placements are made across the candidate’s licensure area throughout their program. Candidates graduate from Carroll with a wide variety of experiences in learning, teaching and networking, all preparing our future educators to transform education in schools and communities.
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 at Carroll University?
You can begin your education classes right away as a freshman. You will take foundational courses in educational psychology and development, observation and assessment. You will also enroll in coursework focused on meeting the needs of all learners through inclusive learning environments.
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 80 hours in classrooms through two formal field experiences. Many of our methods courses also include embedded field experiences so you can make theory to practice connections as you learn the art of teaching.
What education licenses does Carroll University offer?
- Elementary and middle school, grades K-9.
- Middle and high school, grades 4-12, with licenses in math, English and language arts, science or social studies.
- Cross categorical special education, grades K-12, can be completed with a K-9 or 4-12 teaching license.
- Carroll also offers licenses for grades pK-12 for the following:
- Physical education
- Health education
Are Carroll University's education 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.