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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.

Majors and Minors

Middle Childhood/Early Adolescent Education
Cross-Categorical Special Education
Broad Field Social Science Secondary Education

Music Education K-12
Physical Education K-12
Art Education K-12

Urban Education
Natural Science/STEM
Broadfield Science
Secondary Education
Educational Studies


Noyce Scholarship Program:
$16,000 in scholarships available for STEM majors.

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.

Merging theory and practice, the Education Department cultivates highly competent, caring, and committed teachers. Carthage prepares education students for a lifetime of learning through a rigorous academic program that emphasizes independent thought, critical analysis, and effective communication.

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 are 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:

  • 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

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“The Education Department here at Carthage really guides you through the process of becoming a top-tier teacher. All of the professors are extremely helpful and are always checking up on you to make sure you are on the right track.”

— Paul Csongradi ’16

  • Who We Are

    • “The biggest surprise to me so far is how much I’ve grown as a student, potential teacher, and just in general. I’ve learned so many lessons and received a lot of valuable advice. I’ve also come to be a little more adventurous. I have found more pieces of who I am, and who I would like to become. I’m glad I was able to do that at Carthage.”

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      Caitlin Reynolds — ’18

    • “Carthage is close enough to home where I don’t feel too homesick, the professors are personable and want me to succeed, and the lake is right beside me to remind me what a wonderful school I am a part of.”

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      Chrissy Loeb — ’18

    • “I chose Carthage for the connections. Close connections to the professors, connections to the professional world, and most of all the connections to other students and the Carthage community.”

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      Courtney Grever — ’17