The Early Adolescence through Adolescence (EA-A) Program in English Education is available for students who plan to teach English to students from ages 10-21. English Education candidates participate in hands-on, classroom based field and student teaching experiences in urban area middle and high schools. Candidates who satisfactorily complete the program requirements also meet the Wisconsin teacher certification requirements for teaching English subject areas in grades 6-12.
|University General Education Requirements *||12-42|
|Professional Education Requirements||38-40|
|Electives (to ensure 120 credits at time of graduation)||0-12|
|Minimum credits for degree||120|
Requirement credit totals vary based on student test scores, previous area-specific knowledge, and GER course choice.
University General Education Requirements (GER)
|GER Competency Requirements|
|Oral and Written Communication, Part A||0-3|
English Placement Test score at level 4 or higher, or pass English 102 with a grade of C or better
|Oral and Written Communication, Part B 1||0-3|
Complete a GER-OWCB approved advanced course with a grade of C or better
|Quantitative Literacy, Part A||0-3|
Math Placement Test code 30 or higher, or pass Math 102, 103, 105, or 175 with a grade of C or better
|Quantitative Literacy, Part B||3|
Complete a GER-QLB approved advanced course with a grade of C or better
|Complete one of the following:|
2 consecutive semesters of college instruction in a single foreign language with passing grades
2 consecutive years of high school instruction in a single foreign language with passing grades
Demonstrate language proficiency on approved exam
|GER Distribution Requirements|
Select one approved GER-A designated course
Select two approved GER-HU designated courses
|Social Sciences 1||3-6|
Select two approved GER-SS designated courses
Select one approved GER-NS or GER-NS+ designated course
Select one approved GER-NS+ designated course, which includes a lab component
|Cultural Diversity 1||0-3|
Select one approved GER-CD designated course
Program-specific requirements fulfill, or partially fulfill, University GER requirements. Program identifies certain course categories (ie. literature, biology, political science, etc) be used to fulfill some GERs in order to meet PI 34 Statutory Requirements and/or program requirements.
|CURRINS 300||Introduction to Teaching: Colloquium and Fieldwork (fulfilled prior to program admission)||3|
|Choose one: 2||3|
|American Indian Peoples of Wisconsin (GER-CD, GER-SS)|
|Introduction to American Indian Literature: (GER-CD, GER-HU)|
|Western Great Lakes American Indian Community Life of the Past (GER-CD, GER-SS)|
|North American Indian History Since 1887 (GER-CD, GER-SS)|
Non-Western History or Contemporary Culture and Minority Group Relations (Act 31) statutory requirements can both be met by taking one class. Program may allow fulfillment of Act 31 with a 1-day workshop.
|Strategies for Academic Writing (GER-OWCB)|
|Teachers as Writers (GER-OWCB, HU)|
|ENGLISH 212||Grammar and Usage||3|
|ENGLISH 215||Introduction to English Studies (OWC-B, GER-HU)||3|
|ENGLISH 233||Introduction to Creative Writing (GER-A)||3|
|Introduction to Children's and Young Adult Literature (GER-HU, highly recommended)|
|Global Literature from Antiquity to the 1600s: (GER-HU)|
|Global Literature from the 17th Century to the Present: (GER-HU)|
|Literature and Society: (GER-HU)|
|English Writers to 1800 (GER-HU)|
|English Writers, 1800 to the Present (GER-HU)|
|American Writers to 1900 (GER-HU)|
|American Writers: 1900 to the Present (GER-HU)|
|Literary Forms and Genres:|
|Literature and the Other Arts:|
|The Forms of Folk Literature:|
|Introduction to American Indian Literature: (GER-CD, GER-HU)|
|Introduction to Ethnic Minority Literature: (GER-CD, GER-HU)|
|Introduction to World Literatures Written in English: (GER-HU)|
|Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature: (GER-CD, GER-HU)|
|Introduction to Asian-American Literature: (GER-CD, GER-HU)|
|Introduction to African-American Literature: (GER-CD, GER-HU)|
|ENGLISH 430||Advanced Writing Workshop (GER-OWCB)||3|
|CURRINS 547||Curricular Applications of the Internet||3|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Introduction to English Linguistics 3|
or LINGUIS 350
|Introduction to Linguistics|
|History of the English Language|
|Survey of Modern English Grammar|
|Language, Power, and Identity 3|
|History and Politics of Second Language Education 3|
|Developing Biliteracy 3|
|Survey I: Periodization/Historical, Genre, Focus (choose one of the following)||3|
|Survey of English Literature, Beginnings to 1500|
|Survey of English Literature, 1500-1660|
|Survey of English Literature, 1660-1798|
|Survey of English Literature, 1798-1900|
|Survey of English Literature: 1900 to the Present|
|Survey of Irish Literature|
|Survey of American Literature to 1865|
|Survey of American Literature, 1865-1965|
|Survey of Contemporary American Literature|
|The Development of the Novel:|
|The Development of the Short Story|
|Forms of Experimental Literature:|
|Film and Literature|
|The Development of Drama:|
|The Development of Poetry:|
|Writers in English Literature, 1500-1660:|
|Writers in English Literature, 1660-1798:|
|Writers in English Literature, 1798-1900:|
|Writers in English Literature, 1900 to the Present:|
|Writers in American Literature, 1500-1900:|
|Writers in American Literature, 1900 to the Present:|
|Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Literature:|
|Studies in Literature, 1500-1660:|
|Studies in Literature, 1660-1800:|
|Studies in Literature, 1800-1900:|
|Studies in Literature, 1900 to the Present:|
|Studies in Shakespeare:|
|Seminar in the Literature of England:|
|Seminar in American Literature:|
|Seminar in Modern Literature:|
|Seminar in Literary History:|
|Survey II: Literature and Culture (choose one of the following)||3|
|Gay and Lesbian Literature: (GER-HU)|
|Survey of American Indian Literature (GER-CD, GER-HU)|
|Survey of Ethnic Minority Literature (GER-CD, GER-HU)|
|Survey of U.S. Latino/a Literature (GER-CD)|
|Survey of Asian American Literature (GER-CD)|
|Survey of African-American Literature to 1930 (GER-CD)|
|Survey of African-American Literature, 1930 to the Present (GER-CD)|
|World Literatures Written in English:|
|Writers in African-American Literature: (GER-CD)|
|Young Adult Literature 4|
|CURRINS 650||Reading Interests of Adolescents||3|
|Literary Critical Theory (choose one of the following)||3|
|Survey of Current Literary and Cultural Theory|
|Studies in the History of Literary Criticism:|
|Studies in Theory and Criticism:|
|Seminar in Critical Theory:|
|Literature and Culture Capstone (choose one of the following)||3|
|Literature in Context:|
|Literature and the Other Arts:|
|Studies in African-American Literature:|
|Studies in Irish Literature:|
|Studies in American Indian Literature:|
|Studies in Ethnic Minority Literature:|
|Studies in World Literature Written in English:|
|Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature:|
|Studies in Asian-American Literature:|
|Seminar in Literature and Culture:|
|Seminar in Literature by Women:|
|Seminar in Literature and Sexuality:|
|Seminar in Literature and the Other Arts:|
|Seminar in African-American Literature:|
|Seminar in American Indian Literature:|
Meets Reading Teacher Proficiency 3.
Meets Reading Teacher Proficiency 6.
Professional Education Requirements
|ED POL 375||Cultural Foundations of Education||3|
|or ED POL 530||Urban Education: Foundations|
|ED PSY 330||Introduction to Learning and Development||3|
|CURRINS 545||Reading in the Content Areas: Middle, Junior, and Senior High School 5||3|
|CURRINS 659||Teaching and Assessing Grammar to Enrich Writing||2|
|After Admission to School of Education (2 courses)|
|EXCEDUC 531||Inclusion for Secondary Educators: Humanities, the Arts, Foreign Language 6||3|
|CURRINS 510||Cooperative Strategies for Pre and Early Adolescents (English-only spring section)||1|
|CURRINS 657||Approaches to Teaching and Assessing Texts in the Secondary Schools 7,8,9||3|
|Block Taken in Fall of Final Academic Year|
|CURRINS 658||Teaching and Assessing English (prerequisite CURRINS 657)||3|
|CURRINS 516||Field Work in Middle School||5|
|CURRINS 510||Cooperative Strategies for Pre and Early Adolescents (English-only fall section)||2|
|Student Teaching 10|
|CURRINS 452||Student Teaching in English 11||10-12|
Meets Reading Teacher Proficiency 5.
Meets Reading Teacher Proficiency 4.
Meets Reading Teacher Proficiency 1.
Meets Reading Teacher research requirement with an additional 1 credit of independent study.
Students most 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.
Taken in Spring of final academic year.
Additional Requirements for Graduation
- Completion of University GER;
- Completion of CURRINS 452 with a C+ or better;
- 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;
- Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.75;
- Satisfactory completion of a minimum 120 credits;
- Completion of the last year of coursework (30 credits) in residence at UW-Milwaukee; and
- Completion of edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment) required for certification.
Advance to Major
Program Admission Requirements
Application to the English Education program requires satisfactory completion of the requirements listed below. For more information about the application process, visit our website at: http://uwm.edu/education/academics/english/.
- English Composition: Achieve a placement level of 4 or higher on the English Placement Test, or complete ENGLISH 102 or equivalent with a grade of C or better.
- Completion of CURRINS 300 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 English 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.
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 at uwm.edu/education/academics/clinical-experiences/.
To be approved for placement, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be admitted to the School of Education.
- Completion of all required coursework.
- Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
- Minimum of 2.75 GPA in all content area and professional education courses.
- Passing scores reflected on your transcript for the Praxis II exam: English Language Art: Content Knowledge #5038.
- Removal of all F or I (incomplete) grades.
- TB test results submitted to the Office of Clinical Experiences.
- Criminal Background Check submitted to the Office of Clinical Experiences.
- Completion of CURRINS 316 , CURRINS 415 , CURRINS 510 , CURRINS 650 , CURRINS 657 , CURRINS 658 , and CURRINS 659 with a C+ or better.
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
Walk-in advising is for current School of Education students and is limited to 10-15 minutes. Offered weekly on Thursday from 1-4 PM, these opportunities allow for you to meet briefly with your assigned academic advisor, or an advisor familiar with your program of study.
Transfer Student Not Yet Enrolled at UWM?
If you are attending a different college or university and would like to transfer to UWM to study in the School of Education and have questions, please connect with our Transfer Advisor, Emilee Schultz, at (414) 229-6019 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. If you are unsure who your advisor is, please contact Graduate Program Admissions Specialist Allison Hochmuth.
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 Degree and Honors Degree with Thesis
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. In schools and colleges in which fewer than 15% of the traditional students have a 3.500 GPA, all-university honors will be awarded to approximately the top 15% of graduating students. A criterion GPA (not lower than 3.200) for this 15% will be calculated based on statistics from the previous comparable semester. 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.