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Education students graduate from Lake Forest College with two majors and abundant classroom experience that prepares them for a successful teaching career. In fact, 95 percent of Lake Forest education graduates go on to make a difference in children’s lives with jobs as educators.
Our students learn to become confident in their classrooms, responsive to their students, deeply knowledgeable about subject matter, and committed to their own growth as lifelong learners.
Study general methods of teaching to learn how to plan and teach lessons across disciplines and appropriate age groups. Take discipline-specific seminars to gain skills targeted to teaching a variety of academic subjects. Our students are mentored closely by full-time faculty members throughout their four years.
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Our education majors have many opportunities to work with students from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, including interning at a local high-needs school districts. Student teaching placements are generally made in local suburban school districts.
For more than 15 years, our faculty have had a strong relationship with Waukegan Public Schools, a high-need school district north of Lake Forest. This partnership helps provide professional development for Waukegan teachers and pre-service opportunities for Lake Forest College education majors.
Students in American Studies: The American Home bolster their in-class learning with out-of-class experiences on several Chicago field trips.
Associate Professor of Education Desmond Odugu received the Joyce Cain Award for Distinguished Research on People of African Descent from the Comparative and International Education Society.
- <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/live/news/7064-alumnus-surprised-with-25k-national-teaching-award"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,698,400/32304_matthew_patterson_3.rev.1464273852.jpg" alt="Matthew Patterson ’00" title="Matthew Patterson ’00" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="698" data-max-h="400"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “Our teachers and students alike have learned so much about compassion, empathy, and belief from Mr. Patterson.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/live/news/7064-alumnus-surprised-with-25k-national-teaching-award">Matthew Patterson ’00 was surprised with a $25K national teaching award.</a>
- <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2264-"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/376,72,781,477/34875_bell_ringing.rev.1480714906.jpg" alt="Angela Lopez ’11" title="Angela Lopez ’11" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/376,72,781,477/34875_bell_ringing.rev.1480714906.jpg 2x" data-max-w="960" data-max-h="716"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “Lake Forest College prepared me well for a teaching career.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2264-">Learn more about Angela’s career path.</a>