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  • About us

    The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse School of Education is an accredited institution that focuses on ensuring that all teacher candidates demonstrate knowledge, skills and dispositions consistent with professional practice.

    Our Mission

    To combine research, teaching and service to develop teacher candidates for our region and our world.

    Our Values

    Lead:  We are engaging and leading many disciplines of teacher education. We are focused on teaching and learning with best practice and dynamic strategies in mind that result in high student achievement.

    Educate:  We strive for the highest quality professional teacher education programs, and we believe in continuous improvement with 21 st  century teaching and learning in mind.

    Collaborate:  We believe teacher quality matters and through partnerships with our regional school districts and outstanding veteran educators our teacher candidates are afforded high quality experiences.

    Innovate:  We are dedicated to supporting the use of technology to support teaching and learning, so that our teacher candidates are prepared for the 21 st  century learning environment. 

    Historical Background

    The goal of preparing teachers has been central to the mission of UW-La Crosse ever since this institution began as a Normal school with 176 students and 14 faculty members in 1909. Today, the School of Education's administrative offices and faculty offices are located in Morris Hall, which honors the memory of Thomas Morris, the Regent and State Senator whose efforts resulted in the selection of La Crosse as the site of Wisconsin's eighth Normal School. Students were immediately attracted to La Crosse's teacher preparation program as demonstrated by the fact that La Crosse was one of only two Normal Schools (Milwaukee was the other) to achieve an enrollment of more than 1,000 students prior to World War II. La Crosse and Milwaukee also shared the distinction of being the first Normal Schools to offer graduate classes in education.