Statutory and Administrative Code Requirements
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Teachers of science, social studies, agriculture, early childhood, elementary and middle-level education programs are required to complete coursework in environmental education. GEOGRPHY 3330 Environmental Conservation partially fulfills this requirement. A specified field experience completes this requirement.
Wisconsin statutes specify that “in granting certificates for the teaching of courses in economics, social studies, and agriculture, adequate instruction in cooperatives shall be required.” AGINDUS 2500 Producer and Consumer Cooperatives fulfills this requirement. Also, HISTORY 1430 History of the U.S. since 1877 includes a unit on cooperatives that satisfies this requirement for social studies teachers.
For teachers in Birth-11 special education and early adolescence (middle level) programs., Wisconsin requires coursework in the teaching of reading and language arts using appropriate instructional methods, including phonics.
Wisconsin requires that all students completing teacher preparation programs demonstrate knowledge and understanding of minority group relations including:
- The history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of American Indian tribes and bands located in Wisconsin.
- The history, culture, and contributions of women and various racial, cultural, language. and economic groups in the United States.
- The philosophical and psychological basis of attitude development and change.
- The psychological and social implications of discrimination, especially racism and sexism, in American society.
- Evaluating and assessing the forces of discrimination, especially racism and sexism, on faculty, students, curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the school program.
- Minority group relations through direct involvement with various racial, cultural, language, and economic groups in the U.S.
In addition, students must demonstrate knowledge of conflict resolution including:
- Resolving conflicts between pupils, and between pupils and school staff
- Assisting pupils in learning methods of resolving conflicts between pupils, and between pupils and school staff, including training in the use of peer mediation to resolve conflicts between pupils
- Dealing with crises, including violent, disruptive, potentially violent or potentially disruptive situations that may arise in school or activities supervised by school staff as a result of conflicts between pupils, or between pupils and other persons
CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
All applicants for teaching licenses must meet the code requirements with regard to Children with Disabilities. TEACHING 3320 Introduction to Inclusion meets this requirement.
SCHOOL SETTING FIELD EXPERIENCES
Effective teacher preparation demands that pre-service teachers have laboratory experiences with children/adolescents during their preparation. These experiences are designed to acquaint teacher candidates with a variety of schools and settings, and to encourage them to connect educational theories with practice. Experiences are developmental, structured and supervised by university and school faculty. Teacher candidates will spend more than 150 hours in school settings prior to student teaching. Many professional education courses include service learning hours and laboratory experiences.
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