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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.

English Language and Literature Secondary Education Program is Approved

The English Department and the School of Education are pleased to announce that the new English Language and Literature Secondary Education program has been approved by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and by the Lake Superior State University curriculum process. In approving the program, MDE noted the strong collaboration between the English Department and School of Education, as well as the creative and rigorous assessment tools. In developing the new curriculum to align with the MDE standards for English teacher preparation, the English Department developed new courses, including ENGL435 Studies in Visual Texts and ENGL336 Young Adult Literature and Culture. Students are now being accepted for the new program. As with all secondary education programs, a teachable minor is required. For more information, contact Professor Mary McMyne, 906-635-2327 or, or the School of Education at 906-635-2811 or



Shaping 21st Century Learning

As the revised Professional Education Sequence for elementary and secondary education programs reaches full implementation, teacher candidates in the Fall 2014 section of EDUC350 Integrating Technology into 21st Century Learning Environments used a range of apps and hardware in developing effective plans and learning strategies.


Elementary teacher education candidates Peter Joseph, Samantha Valinski, and April Yates consider the tools and options available on the SMART Board, an interactive whiteboard, in CAS 102.







The touchscreen features of the SMART Board engage learners in interacting the content and the technology, enhancing deeper understanding and learning.




Lake Superior State University Featured in Education Week Article

The positive result of LSSU's experience with the Michigan Department of Education's corrective action process was highlighted in an article recently published by Education Week, the national educational newspape . With federal regulations under development, the article addressed the states' role in monitoring the quality of teacher education programs. Very few states have actually taken action to close or suspend programs, with Michigan being one of the few. The work done by the academic departments and the School of Education to address the concerns noted in the corrective action was acknowledged by the Michigan Department of Education.


2015 Educator Preparation Institution Performance Score Report

LSSU’s Teacher Education Program’s overall score of 86.8 on the 2015 Michigan Educator Preparation Institution (EPI) Score Report was above the cut score for the state and maintained LSSU's performance category as Satisfactory (the highest rating under the current system).

Of particular note, LSSU’s teacher effectiveness rating score was 87.7 which was the highest in the state among the 33 institutions that prepare teachers.  The teacher effectiveness rating score was generated using the effectiveness labels reported in the teacher evaluation data that is captured by the Registry of Educational Personnel each year.  Teachers at Michigan public schools are rated as Highly Effective, Effective, Minimally Effective or Ineffective, according to several factors including student academic growth.  Effectiveness data for LSSU-prepared teachers in their first three years of teaching was factored into the rating, indicating that those grads almost all earned Highly Effective or Effective ratings while employed in Michigan public schools within five years of graduation.


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.


Professional Development Opportunities for Current Teachers are available through LSSU's Partnership with Virtual Education Software (VESi)

LSSU takes responsibility for the ethical and responsible behavior of VESi as they take actions on our behalf through their online-partner courses. Any individual may report issues and concerns regarding VESi directly to the LSSU School of Education for prompt and immediate review. Contact Dr. Donna Fiebelkorn, Assistant Dean, or 906-635-2728.


MTTC Preparation

Please contact Prof. Cathy Chaput (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 are:

October 11 - regular registration deadline September 5, 2014

April 18 - regular registration deadline March 6, 2015

July 11 - regular registration deadline May 29, 2015

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.



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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