Becoming a Teacher – a Career in Education - View the video

Elizabeth A. Dohrn, PhD

Elizabeth A. Dohrn, PhD
Project Director
UW-Madison WI Center for Education Research

1025 W. Johnson St.
Madison, WI 53704


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  • Education and Training

Elizabeth Dohrn has been in the field of education for 30 years. She has been a teacher (K-12) of students with special needs, behavior consultant, district administrator and assistant professor. Elizabeth consults with school districts on issues such as special education, co-teaching, behavior management and teaming. She serves as an advocate for parents of students with disabilities. Elizabeth has taught teacher educators for over 15 years in the areas of child and adolescent development, emotional/behavioral and learning disabilities, classroom management, collaboration and co-teaching. She currently is a project director for the UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research and also is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Edgewood College.

As students, we’ve all grown up seeing what teachers do every day. But what does the world of education look like from the other side? As one who teaches teachers, Elizabeth Dohrn shares details on the process to become a K-12 teacher in general education or special education. What type of coursework is needed, what a “day in the life” of a teacher is like, and what kinds of pre-teaching experiences will enhance your path to a career in education. (Running Time 24:52)