Teachers quench thirst for learning at Madonna

LIVONIA — Year after year, Madonna University’s teacher education program achieves exemplary status from the Michigan Department of Education.

Every certificate, bachelor’s and master’s degree program is aimed at developing professional, effective teachers who are passionate about their students and schools. In addition to bachelor’s degrees and teacher certification for K-12 teachers, Madonna also offers a physical education degree for elementary and secondary teachers, and a new comprehensive elementary education degree that includes an early childhood component.

Educators can take their love of learning to the graduate level at Madonna, in more than 15 master’s degree or certificate programs. Areas of graduate teacher education include online teaching and e-learning, teaching English to speakers of other languages, educational leadership, and learning disabilities.

The Master of Arts in Teaching with a focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders is one of only a few in the state. Offered as an endorsement, or a master’s degree, this program prepares certified teachers to understand and effectively facilitate learning for students with ASD.

Building on Madonna’s tradition of excellence in teacher education, the university recently launched the Higher Education and Student Affairs master’s. This program is designed to prepare students to work as administrative leaders at colleges and universities, in areas such as student services and academic affairs.

“Many of Madonna’s HESA students work in higher education and find that the program helps them meet challenges they encounter daily,” said Karen Obsniuk, dean of the College of Education.

Another new and innovative graduate program is the post-bachelor’s certificate in Effective Inclusionary Practice which prepares the general education teacher with skills to meet the needs of students with disabilities in the general education classroom.

Madonna has more graduate programs on the horizon that will offer educators the tools and knowledge to address the ever-changing demands of the classroom, Obsniuk said.

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At Madonna University, every certificate, bachelor’s and master’s degree program is aimed at developing professional, effective teachers who are passionate about their students and schools.