Edgewood College was founded as a teacher's college and with over 80 years of experience, we continue to excel in the area of teacher preparation. As a student in the School of Education, you will benefit from a wide range of experiences both in and out of the classroom. Your professors and advisors will help you determine your licensing interests, identify the school setting that best suits your strengths and develop a network of professional contacts.
The practicum and classroom observation requirements allow you to have the opportunity to work with children in daycare centers, hospitals, nurseries, kindergartens, elementary and secondary schools, after-school programs, and other areas. With a grade school and high school on campus, you may also have the opportunity to do practicum work on campus! You are required to complete a minimum of 100 pre-student teaching hours, including 50 hours of multicultural experience, before your student teaching placement.
At Edgewood College, we place a strong emphasis on preparing teachers to meet the professional demands of contemporary education. Our Teacher Education program emerges from three major sources of influence: our tradition, our mission, and our profession. These influences are evident in the program's respect for and attention to diversity, in the participation in the professional community, and in the practice of continuous assessment, evaluation, and improvement.
The Teacher Education licensing programs are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI). Edgewood College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and also by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The Child Life major prepares students for entry into the health care system as trained professionals who provide psychosocial care for children and advocacy roles for families. Child Life professionals provide services in hospitals, clinics, hospice centers, and other such service delivery situations. In both ambulatory and inpatient settings, Child Life professionals provide children and youth opportunities for mastery of their environment for play, for learning, for family involvement, and for peer interaction. Child Life candidates complete an intensive internship. After graduation and entry into employment, they take the Professional Certification (CCLS) examination of the Child Life Council, the national professional organization for Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS).