Professional Studies Division
The Division of Professional Studies at Carthage offers academic programs that lead to professional licensure or certifications. In addition to the Carthage’s liberal arts curriculum, these programs provide career-specific education and field experiences to prepare students to meet requirements for successful certification or licensure in a particular career path.
B.A. in Elementary/Middle: Middle Childhood-Early Adolescent (Grades 1-8 licensure)
B.A. in Cross-Categorical Special Education (K-12 licensure)
Minors in Educational Studies, and Early Adolescence and Adolescence (Grades 6-12 licensure)
Master of Education
Exercise and Sport Science
B.A. in Physical Education, Sport, and Fitness Instruction (K-12 licensure)
Minor in School Health Education
The Exercise and Sport Science Department is also responsible for the courses all students need to fulfill Carthage’s Physical Education and Fitness requirement.
High-impact Learning Experiences
The programs in the Division of Professional Studies are typified by integrating high-impact experiences into the requirements for their majors such as internships, field and clinical placements, student teaching, and organized community service opportunities. These experiences support and complement coursework, provide practical experience in career settings, prepare students for certification exams, and help students build their portfolios and job application packages. In addition, paths to such certifications and licenses require students to meet and maintain standards of academic achievement such as a minimum GPA, successful field experiences, and the passing of standardized examinations. Advisors and faculty in each of these programs welcome interested students to meet with them early and often, to ensure students’ plans are appropriate and their progress is supported.
A number of extracurricular organizations provide additional opportunities for building skills, resumes, and strong networks of friends and future colleagues:
- Social Work Advocacy Group (SWAG)
- Association of Carthage Education Students (ACES)
- Pi Lambda Theta
- Pals and Partners
- Kenosha/Racine Reading Council