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Major / Minor Requirements

Major and Minor

The major embodies a scholar-practitioner model in the liberal arts tradition, with the purpose of providing students with a sequence of intellectual, ethical, and practical experiences that lead to a broad, integrated knowledge of youth and education. This knowledge is realized in the practical ability to work effectively with children, adolescents, and adults in schools and other social settings. Teacher education at Beloit is fully integrated into an academically rigorous major that stresses experiential and interdisciplinary learning, a respect for difference, and critical global perspectives on education and youth issues. The department's teacher licensing programs are fully accredited by Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction.

Education and Youth Studies Major

(9 units)

1.        Four units from Education and Youth Studies 102, 151, 164, 201.

2.        Two units from Education and Youth Studies 246, 252*, 262*, 276 (may be taken twice), 390.

3.        Two units from Education and Youth Studies 300*, 306, FEP 200 (internship in education and youth-related setting, under the   supervision of Education and Youth Studies faculty and site-based personnel).

4.        Capstone: Education and Youth Studies 382.

Education and Youth Studies Minor

(5 units)

1.        Two units from Education and Youth Studies 102, 151, 164, 201.

2.        Two units from Education and Youth Studies 246, 252*, 262*, 276, 390.

3.        One unit from Education and Youth Studies 300, 306.

*Asterisked courses are required for student teaching.

Additional internal requirements for certification

1.       Three units of student teaching from Education and Youth Studies 302 or 303 or 304.

2.       Major in a teaching area for 4-12 or K-12 certification.

3.       Minor or approved concentration for K-9 certification.

Additional external requirements for certification

1.       (Potentially*) PRAXIS II or ACTFL for all certification.

2.       Foundations of Reading Test for K-9 certification.

*Please check EDYS website for most up-to-date policies regarding the waiver of selected tests:

Teacher Certification

The EDYS department -- in cooperation with the Office of the Provost -- has the responsibility and authority to develop, administer, evaluate, and revise Beloit College's educator preparation programs. For details about certification requirements for all programs, students should consult the department's handbook and the department website. Because of frequent changes in state rules and regulations relating to teacher licensure, teacher certification requirements are no longer published in the Beloit College catalog. In order to be certified for licensure as a middle/secondary teacher, or as a K-12 art, theater, or foreign language teacher, students must complete a second academic major. In order to be certified for licensure as an elementary/middle teacher, students must complete an academic minor.

Beloit College, through the department of education and youth studies, is authorized by the Department of Public Instruction in Wisconsin to certify graduates for initial educator licensure in the following areas:

•      Elementary and middle school (grades K-9)

•      Middle and high school (grades 4-12)

•      Art (grades K-12)

•      Theatre (grades K-12)

•      Foreign language (grades K-12)

The state of Wisconsin has several additional requirements for licensure, including additional general education courses and passing examinations of basic skills and content knowledge, a test of reading pedagogy for elementary certifiers, and a performance assessment during student teaching. The cost of these assessments is the responsibility of students. Student teaching includes 18 weeks of full-time work in one or more classrooms at the appropriate level(s).

Specific, up-to-date information on teacher certification can be found on the department website or the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website.