The Science Education program is available for students who plan to teach middle or high school science. Science Education students gain real world experience in the classroom through student teaching or on-the-job experiences at area schools. Students who satisfactorily complete the program requirements also meet the Wisconsin teacher certification requirements for teaching science subject areas in those grades. Students at this level of certification may add the following licenses while pursuing or after obtaining their Science licensure as their initial certification:
- English as a Second Language
- World Languages
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.
|COMMUN 103||Public Speaking (GER-HU, fulfilled prior to program admission)||3|
|CURRINS 328||Introduction to Teaching Science and Mathematics in Middle and High School (fulfilled prior to program admission)||3|
|Choose one: 3 cr|
|American Indian Peoples of Wisconsin|
|Introduction to American Indian Literature:|
|Western Great Lakes American Indian Community Life of the Past|
|North American Indian History Since 1887|
|A component of the Human Relations Requirement for Teacher Certification can be met by completing a 1-day workshop.|
|Conservation of Natural Resources|
|Requirement met in CURRINS 428 and CURRINS 519|
|History and Philosophy of Science|
|CURRINS 499||Independent Reading:||2-3|
Students complete the core science coursework and then select two specializations (if undergraduate) or one specialization (if post-baccalaureate). The selections are made in consultation with a faculty advisor prior to applying for admission to the School of Education. Contact your faculty advisor for the "MACSTEP Program Packet," which includes course lists and specific details regarding the core science content and the specializations.
|ATM SCI 100||Survey of Meteorology||3|
|BIO SCI 150||Foundations of Biological Sciences I||4|
|BIO SCI 152||Foundations of Biological Sciences II||4|
|CHEM 102||General Chemistry||5|
|CHEM 104||General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis||5|
|GEO SCI 100||Introduction to the Earth||3|
|PHYSICS 120||General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment)||4|
|PHYSICS 122||General Physics II (Non-Calculus Treatment)||4|
Specializations are in either Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Environmental Science, or Physics. Each specialization is at least 10 additional credits in that area (not including the Core Content Courses in that discipline). Courses are selected with consultation with a faculty advisor.
Undergraduate students take 2 specializations (minimum 20 credits). Post-baccalaureate students take 1 specialization (minimum 10 credits)
|Biology Specialization-Suggested Coursework|
|BIO SCI 310||General Ecology||4|
|BIO SCI 325||Genetics||4|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|Anatomy and Physiology I|
|Chemistry Specialization-Suggested Coursework|
|CHEM 221||Elementary Quantitative Analysis||4|
|CHEM 281||Dead Men Do Tell Tales: An Introduction to Forensic Science||3|
|CHEM 341||Introductory Survey of Organic Chemistry||3|
|CHEM 501||Introduction to Biochemistry||3|
|Earth and Space Science Specialization-Suggested Coursework|
|ASTRON 103||Survey of Astronomy||3|
|ASTRON 104||Astronomy Laboratory||1|
|GEO SCI 102||Principles of Historical Geology||3|
|GEO SCI 150||Introduction to Ocean Sciences||3|
|GEO SCI 151||Ocean Sciences Laboratory||1|
|Environmental Science Specialization-Suggested Coursework|
|BIO SCI 310||General Ecology||4|
|CES 210||Introduction to Conservation and Environmental Science||3|
|or GEOG 350||Conservation of Natural Resources|
|Select classes from Biology, Conservation and Environmental Science, and/or Freshwater Sciences in consultation with your faculty advisor.||3|
Professional Education Requirements
MACSTEP Sequence - Milwaukee Area Collaborative Secondary Science (and Math) Teacher Education Program. Formal admission to the School of Education required. A grade of C or better must be met for all professional requirements, including student teaching.
|CURRINS 510||Cooperative Strategies for Pre and Early Adolescents||2|
|CURRINS 518||Science Methods I: Middle/Secondary Methods and Fieldwork||3|
|CURRINS 629||Change and Change Strategies in Education||3|
|ED PSY 541||Assessment in Science and Math I||1|
|CURRINS 510||Cooperative Strategies for Pre and Early Adolescents||1|
|CURRINS 516||Field Work in Middle School||3|
|CURRINS 519||Science Methods II: Middle/Secondary Methods and Fieldwork||6|
|ED PSY 542||Assessment in Science and Math II||1|
|EXCEDUC 536||Inclusion for Secondary Science and Math Educators||1|
|EXCEDUC 537||Math and Science Methods for All Learners||1|
|CURRINS 428||Student Teaching Science Seminar||3|
|ED PSY 543||Assessment in Science and Math III||1|
|EXCEDUC 538||Teaching Math and Science to All Learners||1|
|Student Teaching (Spring) 1|
|Take 12 credits:||12|
|Student Teaching in Science|
Students must complete paperwork in order to be assigned a student teaching placement. To be approved for placement, additional criteria must be met. See Benchmarks for details.
Additional Requirements for Graduation
- Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in all professional education courses. This includes any transfer coursework that is counted towards certification at UWM, as well as grades earned in student teaching or field experiences;
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 in all science content area courses;
- Satisfactory completion of a minimum 120 credits; and
- Completion of the last year of coursework (30 credits) in residence at UW-Milwaukee
Advance to Major
Program Admission Requirements
Application to the Science Education program requires satisfactory completion of the requirements listed below. For more information about the application process, visit our website.
- Satisfaction of QL-A, QL-B, OWC-A, and OWC-B.
- Completion of COMMUN 103 , with a grade of C or better. Note: Completion of this course also fulfills part of the Humanities GER requirement.
- Completion of CURRINS 328, Introduction to teaching Science in Middle and High School, with a grade of C or better.
- A 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA in all UWM and transfer courses at the time of admission application.
- A 2.75 cumulative GPA in all Science content courses.
- A minimum of 58 credits (UWM and transfer credits) at the time of admission application. It is not required to have all the Core Curriculum courses completed at the time of application.
- Meeting with faculty advisor to review admission application. Faculty signature required on application.
- Pass a Criminal Background Check (CBC) as required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for all applicants to a professional education preparation program.
Students must complete paperwork in order to be assigned a student teaching placement. To determine your deadline (February or April), visit the Office of Clinical Experiences website.
To be approved for placement, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be admitted to the School of Education;
- Completion of all required coursework;
- Cumulative GPA of a minimum 2.75;
- A minimum of 2.75 in all professional education courses;
- Content Knowledge Requirement: A minimum of 3.0 in all your science content used for certification or passing score on the Praxis II General Science Content Test;
- C or better in all science content being used for certification;
- C or better in all professional sequence courses;
TB test results submitted to the Office of Clinical Experiences; and
- Passing Criminal Background Check submitted to the Office of Clinical Experiences.
Our purpose is to provide collaborative, mentoring relationships which promote educational, career, and professional development. We value a student-centered, holistic, and ethical approach to advising based on strong partnerships with students, faculty and staff, and the larger campus community. We are committed to creating a respectful and supportive environment. We encourage students to be self-reliant through informed decisions and choices based upon dissemination of accurate information. We value our own continuous professional development to enhance the quality of the advising experience.
How to Prepare for an Advising Meeting
- Review your Advisement Report in PAWS.
- Come prepared with questions or topics for discussion.
- Make a list of courses you think you should take.
- Investigate opportunities to prepare for the job you want.
- Keep a record of your academic progress.
- Understand you are ultimately responsible for creating your educational, life, and career plans.
- Maintain honest and open communication with your advisor.
- Take responsibility for choices you make as a student and member of the UW-Milwaukee community.
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.
Honors in the Department of Teaching and Learning
Departmental Honors are granted to students who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester.
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.