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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).

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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 type of student learners. I am so blessed to have gone through this program!

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Faculty Bios

Michele HarmalaAssociate Professor

B.S. Eastern Michigan University

M.A. Wayne State University

Ed.S. Wayne State University

Ed.D. Wayne State University

mharmala@madonna.edu

734-432-5651, 2228G

Michele Harmala

Leading to inspire learning, growth, and service!  Experienced professor and superintendent with a demonstrated history of success and leadership in higher education and the education management industry. Strong organizational professional skilled in Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, Talent Development and Performance Improvement, Program Evaluation, Instructional Design, Curriculum Development, and Public Speaking.  Experienced professor with demonstrated history of developing and facilitating adult learning and scholarship in both online and face-to-face settings.

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Karen ObsniukDean, College of Education
Professor

B.S. Wayne State University

M.A. Wayne State University

Ph.D. Wayne State University

kobsniuk@madonna.edu

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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Joy OslundAssociate Professor

B.S. Oakland University

M.A. Northern Michigan University

Ph.D. Michigan State University

joslund@madonna.edu

734-432-5790, 2230F

Joy Oslund

Joy Oslund, Ph.D. is the Coordinator of Directed Teaching and an Assistant Professor in the College of Education. She joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2016. She received her Ph.D. in Teacher Education from Michigan State University. Her research interests include teaching elementary mathematics for social justice, using cooperative group work to promote equity in classrooms, and teacher learning. She serves on the board for the Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics and is actively engaged in organizations promoting anti-racism in schools.

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Hakim ShahidAssociate Professor

B.S. Marygrove College

M.Ed. Marygrove College

Ph.D. Oakland University

hshahid@madonna.edu

734-432-5879, 2228C

Hakim Shahid

Dr. Shahid teaches graduate courses in literacy education and the new Doctor of Education program. In addition, he teaches undergraduate teacher education courses in the Teacher Education Program. Dr. Shahid is a strong advocate for content area literacy, disciplinary literacy, culturally relevant teaching, critical literacy, social justice and culturally responsive teaching. He is a member of various professional educational organizations such as the International Reading Association, College Reading and Literacy Association and the Michigan Reading Association. Dr. Shahid is a frequent guest lecturer at various universities and educational conferences across the nation and in the Caribbean. He supports the charge for authentic, empowering, and transformative instruction for all children to foster a more literate citizenry. Dr. Shahid is a published scholar whose educational offerings deal with the importance of culturally relevant instruction and content area reading strategies.

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Sue Ann SharmaAssociate Professor

B.S. University of Michigan – Flint

M.S. Oakland University

Ed.S. Oakland University

Ph.D. Oakland University

sasharma@madonna.edu 

734-432-5785, 2228E

Sue Ann Sharma

Dr. Sue Ann Sharma is an Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Literacy in the College of Education at Madonna University. She is passionate about preparing teachers to meet the diverse needs of learners and developing instructional literacy leaders. Dr. Sharma is a literacy advocate and has served on the International Reading Association's Literacy Reform Task Force. Dr. Sharma is the past president of the Michigan Reading Association, and also holds appointments on the Michigan Reading Association's Board of Directors and Michigan Reading Journal Review Board.

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Jason SikoAssociate Professor

B.A. University of Michigan

M.Ed. Wayne State University

M.S. University of Houston

Ph.D. Wayne State University

jsiko@madonna.edu

734-432-5854, 2230H

Jason Siko

Jason Siko is an Associate Professor and Director of Accreditation for the College of Education. He came to Madonna in 2017. He also taught secondary biology and chemistry for 13 years.

His research interests include technology integration and adoption for pre-service and in-service teachers, as well as K-12 online learning readiness.  He teaches courses in educational technology and educational foundations.

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Stewart WoodProfessor

Ph.D., University of Michigan

M.Ed., University of Sheffield, U.K.

B.Ed., Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln (University of Nottingham, U.K.)

swood@madonna.edu

734-432-5645, Room 2230E

Stewart Wood

Stewart Wood is the Associate Dean for University Assessment, Professor of Education, and Chair of the Faculty Professional Development Committee. Stewart joined the full-time faculty at Madonna University in 1994. He teaches Educational Research and Practice in the HEA program, drawing on his expertise in teaching and learning theory, educational psychology, lifelong learning, achievement motivation, and assessment.

Dr. Wood is an active member of the American Educational Research Association and serves as a reviewer for the Lilly Conferences on College Teaching. Dr. Wood has served on numerous advisory boards and published articles in Phi Delta Kappan and the Journal of Early Adolescence. Stewart earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Michigan and M.Ed. from the University of Sheffield, U.K.

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