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The mission of the Lake Superior State University School of Education is to promote the development of educational innovators who embrace diversity and are committed to the success of all learners.

Early Childhood Education Program Update

The early childhood education curriculum has been revised to meet the National Association for the Education of Young Children standards for professional preparation, the Michigan Department of Education standards of quality for prekindergarten and teacher certification standards. There are three options available to students interested in a career working with young children:

Associate in Early Childhood Education: Graduates are prepared to be highly qualified paraprofessionals for public schools, assistant teachers for state funded preschools and Head Start programs or for caregivers in infant-toddlers Early Head Start.  Students earning an associate degree can transition to a bachelor degree easily by applying associate degree credits toward the bachelor program.

Bachelor in Early Childhood Education: Graduates are prepared to provide high quality education and care for children birth through age eight in a variety of settings. Students will be qualified to work as lead teachers and directors in private early childhood programs, state funded preschool programs, such as Great Start Readiness preschool and federally funded Head Start programs.

Bachelor in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Education concentration: Graduates are eligible for an elementary teaching certificate with an endorsement in early childhood education (ZS), which qualifies them to teach children birth through age eight in preschool and Head Starts, and general and special education students in preschool through grade 2.  Earning the specialization in early childhood provides specific teaching strategies needed to respond to the challenges of teaching the youngest children in developmentally appropriate ways while setting them on a life long course for success. 


Special Education - Learning Disabilities Candidates Prepare for Student Teaching

The first cohort of candidates in the Special Education - Learning Disabilities program will begin their student teaching experience in fall 2014. This program, that expands the basic elementary education program to prepare teachers to work with students with learning disabilities from kindergarten through grade 12, has a full-year of student teaching, as candidates are placed in a general education classroom for one semester and a special education classroom for the second semester. Graduates are prepared for elementary-level teacher certification in Michigan, which permits individuals to teach in self-contained classrooms at grades K-8, and in all subjects at grade K-5, as well as a Learning Disabilities endorsement for grades K-12. Individuals may also qualify to teach the subject of an optional academic minor in grades 6-8.


Teacher Education Receives National Accreditation!

The Teacher Education Program at Lake Superior State University is awarded TEAC initial accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of five years, from 2013-2018. The accreditation does not include individual education courses offered to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

The accreditation announcement was posted on the TEAC webpage on November 1, 2013. LSSU's status can also be found on the TEAC site at TEAC TEAC Members.

The Teacher Education Program claim statements frame institutional expectations for our teacher candidates, and are used in defining all aspects of the curriuculum that produces competent, caring, and qualified teachers. Evidence from key assessments throughout the program is gathered, verified through audits and then evaluated for its consistency and sufficiency.

Teacher Education Program Claim Statements

  1. Candidates analyze and synthesize ideas, information, and data to make applications of subject knowledge in inquiry, problem solving, and critical thinking.
  2. Candidates demonstrate deep subject knowledge through their ability to engage learners in concepts and problem solving from multiple perspectives.
  3. Candidates intentionally infuse technological tools into curriculum, instruction and assessment to enhance differentiation, collaboration, and student achievement.
  4. Candidates respond to the results of self-evaluation and reflection for continued improvement in their implementation of research-based pedagogical practices that result in student learning.
  5. Candidates demonstrate professional dispositions throughout coursework, field experience, and student teaching.
  6. Candidates demonstrate commitment to equity and democracy in their active participation in learning communities at the university, school, and community levels.
  7. Candidates value the uniqueness of each individual through their commitment to learners and learner-centered processes.




MA:C&I Graduate Program ends August 2014


MTTC Preparation

Please contact Prof. Cathy White (x2028) for infomation on upcoming test preparation sessions.

Test preparation materials that students have found useful include:

Don't pay for NES materials that are free:


Alumni Survey

Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Testing Alerts:

2014 - 2015 Updates

  • The Professional Readiness Examination (PRE) replaced the Basic Skills Test in October 2013. The test code, 096, remains the same.
  • The new Elementary Education test began in October 2013. The new test code is 103. This test will be an extended length test, consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions.
  • The test objectives for these new tests are posted on the MTTC website, under the Prepare link.

Plan Ahead: All student teachers must receive a passing score on their Michigan Test for Teacher Certification subject test in their major area of concentration prior to beginning student teaching.  Elementary level students must pass the Elementary MTTC; secondary level students must pass the specific test for their major.

Lake Superior State University Paper-based Test Dates for the 2014 - 2015 test year will be posted in August. LSSU is a testing center for the computer-based MTTC test dates.

Refer to the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification website for up-to-date information.


Teacher Education Program Status with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE)

Lake Superior State University has improved to the Satisfactory level on the 2013 Teacher Preparation Institution Performance Score Report that was presented to the State Board of Education on August 13! While we continue to strive for an Exemplary rating, we are pleased with the improvement for this year. The hard work on the part of the students and faculty across the institution deserves recognition - congratulations!

In addition to the improvement shown on this report, we have also received positive initial feedback from the MDE-appointed Committee of Scholars when they visited campus in June 2013. Although we will continue under the Level 3 Corrective Action guidelines until there is a recommendation from the Committee regarding a change in status, we are able to begin work on reinstating the secondary English and Biology programs with a projected timeline of being able to recommend candidates for endorsements in these subjects beginning in Fall 2015. The Committee's second visit to campus is tentatively scheduled for February 2014, at which time they will review our continued progress.


Curriculum Changes

Transition to the new Professional Education Sequence (EDUC courses) and the new Elementary Planned Program continues. Check your online degree audit to be sure you are on the correct version, and contact your academic advisor with any question. Degree audits with the approved changes to the Elementary Planned Program and to the Professional Education Sequences for all elementary and secondary programs have been posted on the Degree Audit page. A comparison of the existing and new program components for each level are found here: Elementary Program Revision Secondary Program Revision

EDUC423 Arts Methods for Elementary Teachers and EDUC424 Health/Physical Education Methods for Elementary Teachers are required for elementary education students who will graduate in Spring 2014 and later. Students should contact their education advisor if they have questions regarding this requirement.


News & Information:

M.O.R.E Michigan Online Resources for Educators - putting more Tech in TEaCHing
view the many resources focused on educators at


Other Important Announcements

Our Master of Arts: Curriculum & Instruction degree program will close August 2014. No new applications for admission are being accepted, and students who are currently admitted must complete by August 2014. Contact the School of Education office regarding the final cycle of course offerings which begin in the summer 2013 - and which will be offered only one more time..

Kappa Delta Pi

Program Standards & Periodic Review/Program Evaluation

All programs leading to teacher certification are subject to review and realignment against standards set by the State Board of Education. Applications for approval for new programs, or for programs where the standards have changed can be reviewed here.

Performance Reporting




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