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.


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.  

Program Admission Requirements

Program Core

CURRINS 300Introduction to Teaching: Colloquium and Fieldwork (fulfilled prior to program admission)3
Choose one: 13
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)
Total Credits6

Content Area

Choose one:
Strategies for Academic Writing (GER-OWCB)
Teachers as Writers (GER-OWCB, HU)
ENGLISH 212Grammar and Usage3
ENGLISH 215Introduction to English Studies (OWC-B, GER-HU)3
ENGLISH 233Introduction to Creative Writing (GER-A)3
Choose one: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)
Advanced Writing
ENGLISH 430Advanced Writing Workshop (GER-OWCB)3
CURRINS 547Curricular Applications of the Internet3
Advanced Linguistics
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to English Linguistics 2
Introduction to Linguistics
History of the English Language
Survey of Modern English Grammar
Language, Power, and Identity 2
History and Politics of Second Language Education 2
Developing Biliteracy 2
Advanced Literature15
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:
Honors Seminar:
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)
Women Writers:
Young Adult Literature 3
CURRINS 650Reading Interests of Adolescents3
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:
Total Credits54

Professional Education Requirements

ED POL 375Cultural Foundations of Education3
or ED POL 530 Urban Education: Foundations
ED PSY 330Introduction to Learning and Development3
CURRINS 545Reading in the Content Areas: Middle, Junior, and Senior High School 43
CURRINS 659Teaching and Assessing Grammar to Enrich Writing2
After Admission to School of Education (2 courses)
EXCEDUC 531Inclusion for Secondary Educators: Humanities, the Arts, Foreign Language 53
CURRINS 510Cooperative Strategies for Pre and Early Adolescents (English-only spring section)1
CURRINS 657Approaches to Teaching and Assessing Texts in the Secondary Schools 6,7,83
Block Taken in Fall of Final Academic Year
CURRINS 658Teaching and Assessing English (prerequisite CURRINS 657)3
CURRINS 516Field Work in Middle School5
CURRINS 510Cooperative Strategies for Pre and Early Adolescents (English-only fall section)2
Student Teaching 9
CURRINS 452Student Teaching in English 1010-12
Total Credits38-40

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:

  • 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.


Student Teaching

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

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 316CURRINS 415CURRINS 510CURRINS 650CURRINS 657CURRINS 658 , and CURRINS 659  with a C+ or better.

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

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.