For education majors, Student As Practitioner activities are embedded in the objectives and activities of each education course for two important purposes. First, they require each student to gain "hands-on" and "on-site" authentic experiences which are critical to understanding the realities of the professional life of an educator. Second, the activities provide students with the opportunity to observe the application as well as practice the basic skills discussed and developed through the content of each education course.
All education students are expected to spend a minimum of ten hours in practitioner activities for each course. These typically require students to be active observers of the day-to-day applications of curriculum, instruction, and classroom management that are relevant to the content of the specific education course. These experiences are synthesized each semester in an essay of reflection. A brief list of activities available includes the following:
- Participating in 5th Dimension Program
Open to all levels of students through EDU 100, 230, and 371
A successful collaboration with Sheridan Elementary School in Sheboygan which involves working after school with minority students. Interested students must interview with a Sheboygan Area School District administrator to be selected for these paid positions.
- Assisting with after-school programs (e.g., recreational programs, clubs, academics)
Open to all levels of students through EDU 100, 140, 230, 331, and 332
- Assisting with reading programs in area schools (e.g., administering reading tests, developing books on tape, assisting with assessments)
Open to students through EDU 341, 361, 371, and 432
- Practice-teaching in community elementary, middle, and high schools
Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors through EDU 331, 332, 342, 361, 369, and 371
- Tutoring students on-campus or through area school districts
Open to all levels of students through EDU 100, 140, 331, 332, 361, and 382
- Volunteering in classrooms, libraries, and parent/teacher organizations
Open to all levels of students through EDU 100, 140, 230, 331, 332, and 361
- Participating in professional organizations and conferences (e.g., Wisconsin State Reading Association Conference, WEAC convention, school board meetings)
Open to seniors through EDU 450 and 460
- Gaining practical experience through placement at Learning Tree Academy Day Care (on-campus) or our collaborative relationship with Lakeshore Technical College
Open to students through EDU 230, 330, and 369
Education Admission Requirements
All students who are seeking admission to a certifiable degree program must apply and be admitted to the Education Division. Application to the Education Division and admission to the division are two separate events. The application process requires the submission of considerable documentation (see below) along with a completed application form and three personal recommendations. We encourage you to apply as soon as you are ready to meet all of the admission requirements detailed below. To ensure the completion of all major and minor program requirements prior to student teaching, students must be eligible for and complete the application process to the Education Division at least two years before registering for student teaching and one year before applying for admission to student teaching. Decisions on admission to the Education Division are made by formal vote of the faculty members of the division. Completed applications for admission are brought to one of the regularly scheduled meetings of the division and are reviewed before an admission vote is taken. The decision of the division is communicated, in writing, to the student immediately after the meeting at which the vote is taken and the decision is made.
Requirements for Admission to the Education Division
Successful application to the Lakeland College Education Division is contingent upon the following requirements:
- Completion and documentation of at least 40 semester hours of college coursework with an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.00 on a 4 point scale.
- Documentation of passing scores on all three sections of the state-approved Praxis I - Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST), a set of standardized exams assessing basic reading, writing, and mathematical skills proficiency. The required minimum scores on the two different versions of these exams are:
PPST Section Score
- Submission of three written recommendations from college faculty members who know you and your work well, on forms provided by the division - one from a faculty member inside the Education Division and two from faculty members outside of the Education Division.
- Completion of EDU 100 - Introduction to Education or its equivalent with grades of C or higher.
- Completion of the Education Division application process which involves submission of documentation for all of the above (1-4), submission of a completed application for admission to the division, submission of a personal reflection paper on your thoughts, feelings, and experiences about education and teaching, and transmission of a full set of academic credentials from the office of the registrar to the Education Division. These credentials must include:
- transcripts of any prior college work including course work transferred to Lakeland College from other colleges,
- a final high school transcript with indication of high school GPA and class rank (where provided),
- any official evaluation of transfer credit or academic progress made by the Lakeland College Registrar's office.
- Completion and submission of the results of a criminal background check (see the Chair of the Education Division for further information).
Please note: The student is responsible for the submission of this set of academic credentials as part of the Education Division application process.
Upon submission of all of the above documentation of eligibility for admission, you may be notified of an interview. At these interviews, faculty members of the Education Division will be present. You may be required to present a long-range plan, which will demonstrate to us how you plan to successfully complete your education program. Part of that long-range plan must be three (3) goals, based on the Standards for Teacher Licensure, which you want to accomplish prior to your becoming a certified teacher. When all of the above requirements have been completed, your file will be formally presented to the division of education. The faculty of the division will officially accept or deny each application. Reasons for denying an application might include, but are not limited to, misconduct during your work at Lakeland College; lack of demonstrated competence in EDU 100 - Introduction to Education, EDU 230 - Educational Psychology or other preliminary courses; or inadequate performance in the interview. You may be given the opportunity to re-do required competencies and/or re-interview.
After acceptance into the division, you will be asked to complete the appropriate paperwork assigning you to a permanent Education Division adviser or co-advisor. Your division adviser will assist you, along with your major/minor adviser, with completing your remaining coursework requirements at Lakeland College. You will be notified of the name of your division adviser, and you will need to complete a change of advisor form from the registrar's office.
Appealing a Denial of Admission
In accord with Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction chapter PI 34.14,3(b), Lakeland College provides an appeal process for students who have been denied admission to the Education Division. The steps in that process are outlined below.
- If you wish to appeal a denial of admission, write a letter to the Chairperson of the Division of Education stating why you believe you should be given a chance to re-do a requirement or re-apply. This letter may be transmitted by e-mail.
- Submit any documentation that supports your appeal (i.e., sample re-do's of assignments in particular courses, improved GPA, etc.).
- If you are appealing a denial of admission based on the fact that you did not pass all three sections of the PPST and you are requesting a waiver of the PPST requirement for one of the three sections, you must submit proof that you have taken the PPST (reading, writing, or math) section at least four (4) times, and have fallen short of the minimal score on all four (4) occasions. Such proof could be copies of the official score sheets for each time you took the PPST. Please note: You may request a waiver of only one (1) of the PPST sections. If you have not passed two of the three sections, you MAY NOT request a waiver. A decision on your waiver request will be heavily influenced by your GPA and your performance in pre-professional coursework. A PPST waiver will only be granted if all other criteria for admission have been met.
- If you are appealing a denial of admission based on your GPA, you must write a letter requesting a waiver of the GPA of 3.00 requirement stating your plan of action for maintaining at least a GPA of 3.00 from the date of the letter though student teaching, and include in the plan any course(s) that you will re-take in order to improve your overall GPA. Please note: Appeals for GPAs below 2.75 will be automatically refused. Appeals for GPAs below 2.75 in General Studies, Major/Minor, or Pre-Professional coursework will be automatically refused. A GPA waiver will be granted only if all other criteria for admission have been met.
- Where admission to the division has been denied on more than one criterion of admission, an appeal will not be considered until all but one of the criteria for admission have been completed/met. All initial appeals are handled by the chairperson of the Education Division and are referred to the faculty of the Education Division for a final vote. In most cases, the decision of the divisional faculty is final. If a student claims that admission to the division or to student teaching has been denied due to the bias of a member of the divisional faculty, a written appeal stating the evidence to support that claim may be made to a committee comprised of the Vice-President of Academic Affairs, the Chair of the Education Division, and one other member of the education faculty. If the Chair of the Division would be the person accused of bias, another member of the education faculty may be substituted.
Accounting at Lakeland: Finish in three years
Anyone who takes the Certified Public Accounting exam in Wisconsin must have 150 credits. That generally means five years of college.
But at Lakeland College, Brett Killion, assistant professor of accounting, has devised an aggressive but realistic academic blueprint that allows students to graduate with their accounting degree in three years — and sit for the CPA exam in four.
"With college costs increasing each year, and with students becoming more and more conscious of how much college is costing them, we want to give the more motivated students the option of getting their accounting degree in three years," Killion said. "And earning 150 credits in four years is also a realistic and viable option here at Lakeland."
For bright, ambitious Lakeland students like junior Daniel Fochs, Killion's plan has great appeal. Fochs, from Appleton, Wis., is on pace to graduate with 150 credits in 3 ½ years.
"I've had a great time here at Lakeland, but I'm ready to move on and start my career," says Dan, 21. "I'm ready to put everything I've learned here to good use."
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Dan got a head start toward his degree when he loaded up on advanced placement classes at Appleton North High School, then successfully "tested out" for 16 general education credits before ever taking his first class at Lakeland.
He took on a full load of 18 credit hours his first semester, and was off and running. An internship beginning in January with Schenck SC in Appleton will count for 12 credits, in addition to giving Dan real-world experience in his chosen field. During his 15-week internship, Dan will also take an advanced accounting class online, and will drive back and forth to Lakeland twice a week in spring to take a Fraud Investigation II class.
Despite his heavy course load, Dan says his life is balanced. He works 10 hours a week at the campus coffee shop, the Daily Grind, and finds time to play cards and video games with his friends. As for sleep, he says, "I get about seven hours a night; it's not bad at all."
Killion's plan includes some spring and summer work, and three 18-credit semesters, but the first semester of a student's freshman year is comprised of just 15 credit hours, as are the final two semesters of a student's senior year.
"It was easier to put together than I thought it would be," said Killion of the plan. "One thing I really like about Lakeland is that we give students the flexibility to take classes on the ground, online or in the summer. That flexibility gives our students a better opportunity to complete this plan."
Dan's dad and older brother are both accountants, and Dan was intrigued by the fraud/forensic accounting emphasis offered at Lakeland. "Down the line," he says, "I'd love to work in the area of white collar crime."
Coming out of high school, Dan looked at a few schools, but felt most comfortable at Lakeland.
"The friendliness, the family atmosphere and the one-on-one attention from professors stood out," Dan says. "I didn't feel that at other schools. There, I felt like I was just a number and that they just wanted my money."
As for his fast track toward graduation, Dan says, "It's surreal. It feels good getting closer and closer to my goal."
The sport management minor in combination with a exercise science and sport studies major can lead to careers in management and administration of sport programs in colleges, recreation centers, YMCA's, YWCA's, sports sales and marketing, public relations and marketing for sports organizations.
Sport Management Minor (24 semester hours)
- ACC 210 Financial Accounting Principles
- BUS 150 Pathways to Success Introduction to Business
- ECN 230 Principles of Microeconomics
- ESS 144 Introduction to Sport Studies
- ESS 315 Sports Marketing and Promotion
- ESS 324 Programming of Athletic Facilities and Events
- ESS 410 Organization and Management of Sport Programs (Writing Intensive)
- One of the following courses:
- ECN 301 The Economics of Sports
- ESS 264 Youth and Adolescence in Sport
- ESS 320 Gender and Racial Issues: Diversity in Sport
- ESS 450 The Essentials of Ethics and Law in Sport
A minor in Sport Management may not be combined with the Sport Studies emphasis in the Exercise Science and Sport Studies major.
This unique program is offered to students who come to Lakeland having already completed an associate degree in a technical or highly specialized field at a two-year college or technical school.
The program allows those experienced students to build upon their expertise by adding a full range of business, accounting and economics courses. With the "management side" of their specialty then completed, those students can graduate with a bachelor's degree in specialized administration that references their specific field.
Students who major in specialized administration will be able to:
- Apply the central principles of business and business administration, specifically to the students' chosen areas of expertise
- Comprehend the ways in which economic institutions and behavior at various levels — personal, business and social — influence administrative practices and decisions
- Specialize in non-business subject areas in order to explore business opportunities connected to the students' areas of expertise
- Communicate business and economic information to stakeholders within specialized fields in a clear and professional manner
- Appreciate and abide by the ethical and legal rules by which business entities relate to one another and to society
Specialized Administration Major (32 semester hours plus approved A.A. degree)
An approved Associate of Arts degree (A.A.) plus the following courses:
- ACC 210 Financial Accounting Principles
- BUS 200 Business and Professional Protocol (2 semester hours)
- BUS 301 Management Information Systems
- BUS 330 Management Principles
- BUS 350 Marketing Principles
- BUS 410 Business Law I
- BUS 491 Business Policy and Strategy (Writing Intensive)
- ECN 220 Principles of Macroeconomics
- ECN 230 Principles of Microeconomics
- Six (6) semester hours of divisionally approved electives
- Courses selected to meet this requirement may not be used to meet requirements of another business major or minor. Courses selected from divisions other than the Business Administration Division may be used to satisfy this requirement. Contact the chair of the Business Administration Division or the Registrar for approval.