The Elementary Education Program is designed for students seeking to teach at the middle childhood-early adolescence level (ages 6-12 or -13, grades 1-8). This program prepares students to work in urban settings and takes place in close partnership with local school districts. The UWM School of Education's urban mission is upheld in the Elementary Education program's commitment to preparing pre-service teachers to meet the needs of diverse populations. Students are admitted into the Elementary Education program upon admission to the University, and it is possible to complete the program in four years. Students who satisfactorily meet program requirements will be recommended for student teaching. Upon successful completion of all student teaching requirements, including several state-required assessments, students will be licensed to teach grades 1-8. After completion of the Elementary Education program, students may opt to pursue an add-on certification in Exceptional Education by completing streamlined course paths that include an additional student teaching requirement.  

Students completing the Elementary Education program will receive a bachelor’s degree in Education, and endorsement to be licensed to teach children in grades one through eight in the State of Wisconsin.

Special Education Certification

Students who successfully complete the Elementary Education program may seek dual licensure in special education, which requires a fifth year of school. Credits in the fifth year may be integrated into a master's program in Exceptional Education provided the student is admitted into the graduate program at UWM.

Requirements

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.  

Below is a list of GER courses that are highly recommended for students interested in the Elementary and Middle Education program.

The Arts
ART ED 130Multicultural Art and Visual Learning in Elementary Education (GER-A, GER-CD)3
THEATRE 260Storytelling: (GER-A)3
The Humanities
CURRINS 233Introduction to Children's and Young Adult Literature (GER-HU)3
CURRINS 234Teachers as Writers (GER-HU, OWC-B)3
The Natural Sciences
GEO SCI 185Introductory Earth Science for Teachers (GER-NS+)3
CHEM 185Basic Chemistry for Teachers (GER-NS+)3
ASTRON 185Astronomy for Pre-Education Majors (GER-NS+)3
The Social Sciences 1
ANTHRO 213American Indian Peoples of Wisconsin (GER-CD, GER-SS)3
AIS 203Western Great Lakes American Indian Community Life of the Past (GER-CD, GER-SS)3
HIST 263North American Indian History Since 1887 (GER-CD, GER-SS)3
Cultural Diversity
See GER-CD designated courses above.

Program Core

Program core is comprised of foundational courses and should be completed prior to beginning the professional education semesters.

CURRINS 300Introduction to Teaching: Colloquium and Fieldwork3
EXCEDUC 300The Exceptional Individual3
or EXCEDUC 605 Child, Learner, Disabilities
ED PSY 330Introduction to Learning and Development3
ED POL 375Cultural Foundations of Education3
MATH 175Mathematical Explorations for Elementary Teachers I (GER-QLA)3
MATH 176Mathematical Explorations for Elementary Teachers II (GER-QLB)3
Total Credits18

Program Admission Requirements

Content Area Concentration Requirements

Approved Content Area Coursework15
Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 15 credits of approved coursework described under one of the concentration areas below (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, or Social Studies). Some requirements may be fulfilled by GERs. Consult with your academic advisor to select appropriate coursework.
English Language Arts
Composition6
Literature3
Electives6
Mathematics
MATH 175Mathematical Explorations for Elementary Teachers I (completed in Program Core)3
MATH 176Mathematical Explorations for Elementary Teachers II (completed in Program Core)3
MATH 275Problem Solving/Critical Thinking for Elementary Education Majors3
Electives6
Natural Sciences
Earth Science3
Biological Science3
Physical Science3
Electives6
Social Studies
History3
Political Science3
Geography3
Electives6

Professional Requirements

A grade of C or better is required in professional semester coursework to advance in the program. No courses may be taken for credit/no credit.

Semester 1
CURRINS 306Clinical Experience Grades K4-31
CURRINS 321Introduction to the Teaching of Social Studies1
CURRINS 325Instructional Strategies for Using Technology1
CURRINS 330Teaching of Mathematics 13
CURRINS 536Literacy 1: Assessing and Teaching Early Literacy3
CURRINS 541Principles and Methods of Teaching ESL3
CURRINS 556Professional Seminar 1: Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction3
Semester 2
CURRINS 307Clinical Experience in Grades 3-92
CURRINS 323Teaching of Social Studies:2
CURRINS 327Teaching of Science in the Elementary School3
CURRINS 331Teaching of Mathematics 23
CURRINS 537Literacy 2: Assessing and Teaching Literacy through Early Adolescence3
CURRINS 557Professional Seminar 2: Classroom Management: Theory, Practice and Context3
Wisconsin Foundations of Reading (Course is not required, but highly recommended.)
Semester 3
CURRINS 332Teaching of Mathematics 33
CURRINS/EXCEDUC 375Using Technology for Teaching and Learning1
CURRINS 406Advanced Clinical Experience in Elementary and Middle Education3
CURRINS 527Science in the Elementary School3
CURRINS 538Literacy 3: Introduction to New Literacies3
CURRINS 558Professional Seminar 3: Building Learning Communities3
Semester 4 2
CURRINS 407Student Teaching in Elementary and Middle Education9
CURRINS 471Student Teaching Seminar: The Effective Urban Educator3
Total Credits59

Additional Requirements for Graduation

  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum 120 credits;
  • Completion of the last year of coursework (30 credits) in residence at UWM; and
  • Satisfactory completion of required program coursework.

Additional Requirements for Certification

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all UWM and transfer courses;
  • A grade of C or better in all professional semester coursework;
  • Satisfactory completion of approved program assessment;
  • Completion of an approved course or workshop on the history, culture, and sovereignty rights of Wisconsin Indians to fulfill the ACT 31 legislation requirement of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction required for certification; and
  • Passing score on the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test (WiFORT) is also required for endorsement to be licensed to teach in the State of Wisconsin.

Advance to Major

Program Admission Requirements

  • Mandatory meeting with advisor in the semester prior to applying to the program.
  • Advisor approval to proceed into the professional education semesters.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all UWM and transfer courses.
  • Completion of CURRINS 300 with a grade of C or better.
  • Completion of MATH 175 and Oral and Written Communication Part A/OWC-A (or score of 4 or higher on English placement test) requirements with a C or better.
  • Pass a Criminal Background Check (CBC) as required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for all applicants to a professional education preparation program.

Benchmarks

Student Teaching

Students must complete an application to request/be assigned a student teaching placement. Deadlines for submission are posted by the Office of Clinical Experiences.

To be approved, students must ALSO meet the following criteria:

  • Be admitted to the School of Education.
  • Satisfactory completion of field evaluation in CURRINS 406.
  • A grade of C or better in required professional semesters 1, 2, and 3 coursework.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all UWM and transfer courses.
  • Removal of all F or I (incomplete) grades in required program courses.
  • Passing score or evidence of attempt on the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test.
  • Demonstration of content knowledge proficiency with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all required coursework through Professional Semester 2, OR Passing score on the Praxis Subject Assessment exam: Middle School: Content Knowledge #5146.
  • Updated TB test results submitted to the Office of Clinical Experiences (may take up to 6 weeks).
  • Updated Criminal Background Check submitted to the Office of Clinical Experiences.

Undergraduate Advising

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
(414) 229-4721
soeinfo@uwm.edu

Graduate Advising

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.

Honors in the School of Education

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.

Commencement Honors

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).

Final Honors

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.