At A Glance

Teachers might stand at the head of the class, but the good ones never stop studying. As a Carthage student, you will open your mind to diverse ideas and commit to lifelong learning.

Degrees 

  • Elementary Education (Grades 1-8)
  • Special Education (K-12)
  • Social Science Education (5-12)

Minors 

  • Urban Education (1-8 or 5-12)

  • Natural Science/STEM (1-8)

  • Broad Field Science* (5-12)

  • Secondary Education* (5-12)

  • Educational Studies

* with major in chosen subject area

Special Programs:

Carthage offers emphases in Art Education, Music Education, Physical Education, and Theatre Education.

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Merging theory and practice, the Teacher Education Program cultivates highly competent, caring, and committed teachers. Carthage firmly believes in experiential learning, sending teacher candidates into local schools early and often to observe, plan, and teach lessons.

As firm believers in experiential learning, we send teacher candidates into local schools early and often to observe, plan, and teach lessons. By the time you begin the official student teaching semester, you already will have spent more than 100 hours in classrooms.

 

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Experiential Learning

Count on immersing yourself in local elementary, middle, or secondary schools throughout your time at Carthage — beginning with your first semester as a teacher candidate. Students have access to a variety of elementary, middle, and high schools in many different neighborhoods, giving students powerful and diverse experiences in urban and suburban settings. The faculty is devoted to ongoing professional development, community involvement, and high-quality field experiences for their students.

Equipped to Innovate

Carthage alumni regularly win county, state, and national awards for their caring, innovative approaches to teaching.

Recent honors include:

  • Wisconsin Teacher of the Year — 2020
  • Middle-Level Social Studies Teacher of the Year (National Council for the Social Studies) — 2013
  • Wisconsin PTA Elementary Teacher of the Year — 2011
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching — 2003

Advanced Education

Carthage also offers graduate degrees, including a Master of Education program (with several areas of concentration) and a Master of Music in music theatre vocal pedagogy. Existing teachers can pursue add-on licenses in areas such as reading and English as a second language (ESL).

Learn more about the Master of Education program at Carthage