Welcome to Teacher Education

 TED 252 class with Annie Mason photo by N Koch

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Teacher Education Program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instructionlink,and is a National Education Associationlink (NEA) Exemplary Teacher Education Program.

Teacher Education Department Mission Statement

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Teacher Education Programs are designed to develop self-reflective practitioners in the areas of early childhood, elementary, middle school, and secondary education. We serve both those seeking initial certification and practicing professionals, with a view towards helping them develop the pedagogical, content, and technological skills necessary to function effectively in and contribute positively to an ever-changing, diverse, and democratic society. Our intention is to work with our neighbors to promote richly satisfying, just, and sustainable relationships with the St. Croix Valley and the planet.

Goals Keyed to the Ten Wisconsin Teacher Standards 

  1. Teachers know the subjects they are teaching.
  2. Teachers know how students with broad ranges of ability grow.
  3. Teachers understand that students learn differently.
  4. Teachers know how to teach.
  5. Teachers know how to manage a classroom.
  6. Teachers communicate well.
  7. Teachers are able to plan different kinds of lessons.
  8. Teachers know how to test for student progress.
  9. Teachers are able to evaluate themselves.
  10. Teachers are connected with other teachers and the community.

Professional Development: Teaching Strategies for UWRF Faculty

Teacher Education has a workshop series for sharing different teaching strategies that support general literacy and disciplinary understanding. Each workshop models engaging approaches intended to foster critical thinking and deep processing of complex material (hallmarks of "common core" literacy).  Peer coaching stipends are available in conjunction with these workshops to support faculty who wish to apply a new strategy in their own classroom.  For more information click here.