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Those who can, do! Those who can do MORE, TEACH!

The Madonna University elementary and secondary teacher preparation programs are approved by the Michigan Department of Education and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The University recommends students for both Provisional (initial) certification and the Professional Education certificate, as well as for additional endorsements to existing certificates.

The University also recommends students for the Interim Occupational Certificate (formerly called the Temporary Vocational Authorization) to teach in State-reimbursed vocational classrooms, grades 9-12.

Students planning to pursue a program in teacher education take the following steps:

  • Declare intention of preparing for the profession of teaching either on the elementary or secondary level at the time of application to the University.
  • Apply for admission to the teacher education program during the semester of enrollment in EDU 2000 (the third or fourth semester for full-time students).

Student Success

Madonna Education Alumnae Sarah Armstrong

Sarah Armstrong, '18

"I loved being a part of the College of Education family at Madonna University. The coursework was challenging but set me up perfectly for my career as an educator. The faculty would do anything to help their students be successful.

The learning community is very accommodating to all types of student learners. I am so blessed to have gone through this program!"


Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education major prepares pre-service teachers to become knowledgeable and skilled educators and advocates for young children from birth to age eight, by coupling theories of child development and practical experience.

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Children and Families

The Children and Families builds a strong foundational framework for understanding child development birth through age eight, as well as family and community contexts that promote learning and development.

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Sport Management

If you've dreamed of having fun while working, major in Sport Management, where you can expect hands-on and challenging assignments that expose you to the inner workings of the industry.

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Faculty Bios

Karen ObsniukDean, College of Education and Human Development

B.S. Wayne State University

M.A. Wayne State University

Ph.D. Wayne State University


734-432-5648, 2230D

Karen Obsniuk

Karen L. Obsniuk, Ph.D., is the Dean of the College of Education. She joined the faculty of Madonna University in 1996. Previously, she was an adjunct faculty, while working in K-12 schools as a teacher and school administrator. She completed her doctoral degree in Administration and Supervision, with a cognate in curriculum, and her M.A. in English Literature, at Wayne State University. She teaches in the areas of educational practice and action research

Her interests include educational change, K-12 student behavior, literacy intervention with at-risk students, and quality of work life issues for teachers. Her research has been mixed methods research primarily with pre-service and in-service teachers, school administrators, and EL learners. She is actively engaged in the field of education through her work at the State and local levels, serving on State committees and a local board. 

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Les Sharon

Assistant Professor

B.S. Northern Michigan University 

M.A. Eastern Michigan University  

Ed. S. Wayne State University 

Ph.D. Eastern Michigan University


734-432-5334, Room 2230F

Les Sharon

Dr. Les Sharon is the Director of Student Teaching and of the Masters of Science in Transformational EducationalLeadership and the Director of Student Teaching. His professional background includesthirty-three years in K-12 education as a special education teacher, general education teacher,Reading Recovery teacher, and building principal. His work focuses on the formal preparation offuture educational leaders that will someday transform struggling schools into effective,high-achieving learning communities that meet the needs of all students. He received his Ph.Din Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University and holds endorsements inelementary and secondary administration, general education (K-8 all-subjects), and specialeducation including cognitively impaired and learning disabilities.

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Kate Rollert French

Department Chair, Teacher Education
Assistant Professor

B.S. Western Michigan University

M.Ed. Southern Methodist University

Ph.D. Michigan State University


734-432-5855, 2228

Kate Rollert French

Kate Rollert French is Chair of Teacher Education and an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human Development. Her work, broadly speaking, focuses on teacher development and educational equity by examining how policies, processes, and sociocultural context shape teacher learning and practice. Kate received her dual Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Educational Administration from Michigan State University.

Dr. French is actively engaged in research that expands the discipline of teacher education by challenging assumptions of teacher autonomy and pushing boundaries on what we presently understand as the culmination of teacher learning. As a critical theorist, Kate studies educational equity in teacher education by interrogating intersections of power, privilege, and oppression as a part of teacher development. Dr. French has recently published her scholarship in Urban Education, Educational Policy, and Education and Urban Society. She has also authored recent book chapters that explore how existing sociocultural factors shape and influence teacher identity.

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Sue Ann SharmaChair of Graduate Education, Professor

B.S. University of Michigan – Flint

M.S. Oakland University

Ed.S. Oakland University

Ph.D. Oakland University


734-432-5785, 2230G

Sue Ann Sharma

Dr. Sue Ann Sharma is Professor and Chair of Graduate Education at Madonna University. With extensive experience in education, including having served as a curriculum director, literacy coach, and elementary teacher. In addition to her academic leadership, Dr. Sharma is the Director of the Early Childhood Education and Graduate Literacy programs within the College of Education.

Passionate about educational excellence, Dr. Sharma is dedicated to preparing teachers to address the diverse needs of learners. Her commitment extends to developing instructional literacy leaders, contributing to the future of education. As an advocate for literacy, she has actively served on the International Reading Association's Literacy Reform Task Force and holds the position of Past President at the Michigan Reading Association.

Sharma's academic pursuits focus on early childhood education, culturally responsive pedagogies, digital curation, and online teaching and learning. Through her research, she aims to advance knowledge in these critical areas, contributing to the ongoing evolution of effective educational practices. A respected figure in academia, Dr. Sue Ann Sharma continues to inspire and shape the educational landscape, leaving an indelible mark through her leadership, research, and commitment to fostering excellence in teaching and learning.

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Anne-Marie SladewskiAssistant Professor

B.S. Central Michigan University

M.A. St. Joseph University

Ed.S. Oakland University

Ed.D. Michigan University


734-432-5651, 2230H

Anne-Marie Sladewski

Anne-Marie Sladewski is the Program Director for the ASD, LD, EdS, and EdD programs and is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education. She joined the full-time faculty of Madonna University in 2023. She received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Michigan State University. Experienced professor and school-based and central office administrator with a demonstrated history of success and leadership in higher education. Her research interest includes collective responsibility of educational partnerships and improved learner outcomes.

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