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Teacher Education

Teacher Education

The educator development program at Parkside is based on a number of key goals. Three of the most important define the mission and vision for what is recognized as a regional and national model for developing knowledgeable, responsive, professional educators:

  • construct an innovative system of career-long educator development

  • meet the needs of regional school districts

  • respond to the changing demands of the profession

The program prepares effective educators who understand the challenges of today's classrooms and are able to work toward making the most of tomorrow's opportunities.

Students experience an educational environment that:

  • provides a collaborative advising structure and guide to licensure
  • ensures classroom-based experiences with expert practitioners
  • presents best practices and emerging research in education
  • develops professional expertise
  • prepares students for a challenging and rewarding career
  • supports educational development throughout an educator's career.

The educator development program offers a major in elementary education. Current licensure programs are offered at the early adolescence through adolescence development level (EA-A, grades 6-12) in the following areas:

  • English/language arts
  • biological science
  • chemistry
  • geography
  • geosciences
  • history
  • mathematics
  • music
  • political science
  • sociology
  • technology and engineering*
* Technology and engineering are post-baccalaureate licensure programs in partnership with Gateway Technical College

Programs offered at the Early Childhood-Adolescence (EC-A, birth-grade 12) level are:
  • Music, General/Choral
  • Music, General/Instrumental

Visit Parkside's Institute of Professional Educator Development to learn more.

Real Opportunities
What may come as a surprise to new students is how quickly they would be engaged in the educational process. Kelsey Armour was chosen to represent her class to help with the selection of faculty. "That made me feel like I was involved and that I had a say and could make a difference," Kelsey said. "I was also asked to assist with the design of a student-study area. They're showing us that our ideas and thoughts matter."
 
Amazing Results
Eventually, students will become the teachers. A key pillar of the program is getting students out of the university classroom and into K-12 classrooms earlier in the process. "I've already done teaching in the field," Kelsey said. "This semester, I will be working toward my certificate in co-teaching."
 
Contact Information
Contact Info

Mary Henderson
Phone: (262) 595-2180
Email: hendersm@uwp.edu

900 Wood Road · P.O. Box 2000 · Kenosha, WI 53141-2000 P 262-595-2345

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