The Submajor in Community-Based Organizations in the Community Engagement and Education (CEED) Program is designed for students who already work or plan to work in community-based organizations working on a range of issues. The specific submajor courses will prepare you to work within and provide leadership in these organizations, understand budgeting and fundraising, and a range of other related issues. This CEED submajor is the only BS degree focused on community-based organizations in the State of Wisconsin. Courses focused on community-based organizations are combined with other CEED courses on collective action for social change, community development, and a range of related topics.
Courses in the CEED BS program are offered during the day as well as online, in the evening, and on weekends. We also give academic credit for prior professional experience.
Community-Based Organization submajor graduates work as youth leaders and educators, administrators in community-based organizations, community organizers, and state and local elected officials. To learn more about careers, go to www.uwm.edu/ceed and click on the “Careers” tab to see a list of actual jobs held by alumni, or click on the “Alumni” tab to read stories about some of our alums.
- Can be completed fully online, face-to-face, or in combination. Courses offered in the evening, on weekends, online, and in hybrid format
- Extremely diverse student body—learn with other students from a wide range of backgrounds
- Up to 42 lower-division electives (free after the first 3) can be earned through our Prior Professional Educational Experience program
- Accepts a wide range of transfer credits, from military transcripted credits to credits from Associates degrees that do not usually transfer. A number of articulation agreements allow additional credits from completed associates degrees in human services, early childhood education, business, and other programs from specific technical colleges. Go to www.uwm.edu/ceed for more detail.
General Education Requirements (GERs)
UW-Milwaukee has General Education Requirements that must be met in order to earn a bachelor’s degree. Some of the requirements of your program may fulfill the campus GERs. Please review the requirements and consult with your academic advisor.
|Advanced Expository Writing|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Strategies for Academic Writing (OWC-B)|
|Business Writing (OWC-B)|
|Technical Writing (OWC-B)|
|Health Science Writing (OWC-B)|
|Writing in the Professions: (subtitle, OWC-B)|
|Lower Division Required Courses|
|ED POL 111||Introduction to Community Change and Engagement||3|
|ED POL 112||Introduction to Community Education||3|
|ED POL 113||The Milwaukee Community (GER-SS)||3|
|or ED POL 203||Communities and Neighborhoods in America|
|ED POL 114||Community Problems||3|
|Lower Division Electives 1|
|Upper Division Required Courses|
|ED POL 375||Cultural Foundations of Education||3|
|ED POL 506||Research Techniques for Community Organizers and Community Educators||3|
|ED POL 534||Students Placed At Risk (Causes)||3|
|ED POL 601||Foundations of Community-Based Organizations||3|
|Educational Policy Foundations|
|Select 3 credits of ED POL level 300 or higher courses 2||3|
|CBO Policy Analysis|
|ED POL 602||Proposal Writing and Fundraising Skills for Community-Based Organizations||3|
|ED POL 605||Community-Based Organization Funding||3|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Fieldwork/Practicum in Education and the Community 3|
|Community Policy Analysis|
|Reproduction of Minority Communities|
|Community Policies and Urban Minority Youths|
|Community Participation and Power|
|Gender and Education|
|Community Development for Low-Income and Minority Communities|
|The Rise and Fall of America's Southern Civil Rights Movement|
|The Civil Rights Movement in Northern Cities|
|Management and Leadership|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Introduction to Group Leadership|
|Leadership and Management of Volunteer Programs|
|Administration and Supervision in Early Childhood Programs|
|Leadership in Youth-Serving Organizations|
|Evaluation of Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education Programs|
|Program Planning in Adult Education|
|Communication in Organizations|
|Communication in Groups and Teams|
|Introduction to Mediation|
|Operations Management in Early Childhood Programs|
|Marketing for Community-Based Organizations|
|Social Media and Technology for Community Engagement|
|Race Relations in Education|
|Ethics and Responsibility in Public Administration|
|Upper Division Electives|
|Select 6 credits of 300-level or higher courses from any school/college 4||6|
Students may earn elective units through upper- or lower-division Educational Policy and Community Studies courses, including Prior Professional Educational Experience (see below), transfer units, or other UWM courses.
ED POL 499 cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.
Only 3 credits of ED POL 509 can be used to fulfill this requirement.
Including upper-division transfer units. These courses should be chosen by the student in consultation with an advisor.
Additional Requirements for Graduation
- 2.0 UWM cumulative GPA
- Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 120 credits
Prior Professional Education Experience (PPEE)
A student who has been accepted as a major in Community Engagement and Education is eligible to earn credit for their professional/life experience by demonstrating their competency through essay examinations (PPEE). Credits earned, by passing individual exams with a grade of C or better, will be counted toward the Community Engagement and Education degree in 3-credit blocks. Students pay for one 3-credit course, and all additional credits they receive through the course are awarded without cost. In order to "pass" the course and receive at least 3 credits, a student must attempt 7 of the 14 competency area essay exams listed below.
|Community Perspectives on Human Resource Programs||3|
|Local Community Systems||3|
|Personal Growth Competency||3|
|Philosophies of Change||3|
|Group Process Skills||3|
|Social Problem Analysis||3|
Community Engagement and Education majors wishing to demonstrate their competencies for these credits are required to enroll in the competency examination course, ED POL 100 Community Education I, during their first or second semester of study. PPEE students have the opportunity to earn a maximum of 42 credits, which will only apply toward a Community Engagement and Education degree and only as lower-division electives. Students who leave the CEED program will not be able to use these credits in other programs.
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- Make a list of courses you think you should take.
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Scheduling an Appointment
Office of Student Services
Enderis Hall, Room 209
If you are a School of Education graduate student, you may schedule an appointment with your faculty advisor by contacting your faculty advisor directly. Faculty contact information can be found in the People Directory. Your faculty advisor will be listed in your PAWS account.
College of Community Engagement and Professions Dean's Honor List
GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.
Honors College Degree and Honors College Degree with Distinction
Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.
Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).
Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.