The Social Studies Education Program is available for candidates who plan to teach social studies to learners in middle through high school.

Social Studies Education Program candidates are exposed to relevant field experiences at area schools through an initial semester long middle level placement and a year-round high school student teaching placement. Candidates who satisfactorily complete the Social Studies Education Program requirements meet the Wisconsin teacher certification requirements for EAA Licensure (ages 10 to 21).

Undergraduate and/or Post-Baccalaureate candidates who satisfactorily complete the Social Studies Education Program will be granted a Wisconsin EAA license in one or more of the following social studies subject areas: Broad Field Social Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.


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

COMMUN 103Public Speaking (GER-HU, fulfilled prior to program admission)3
CURRINS 300Introduction to Teaching: Colloquium and Fieldwork (fulfilled prior to program admission)3
CES 210Introduction to Conservation and Environmental Science (GER-NS)3
ED POL 375Cultural Foundations of Education3
or ED POL 530 Urban Education: Foundations
Choose one of the following:3
Principles of Microeconomics (GER-SS)
Principles of Macroeconomics (GER-SS)
Minority Group Relations (Act 31) 13
A component of the Human Relations Requirement for Teacher Certification is met by completing one of the following courses.
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 Culture0-3
Both statutory requirements can be met by taking one class from the list under Minority Group Relations (Act 31).
Total Credits18-21

Content Area

Fields of study include economics, geography, history, psychology, political science, and sociology.  See advisor for specific course options for chosen fields.

First Social Studies Field36
18 credits must be in 300-level or higher courses
Second Social Studies Field 212
Third Social Studies Field 212
Total Credits60

Professional Education Requirements3

CURRINS 313Teaching Economics in the Social Studies Curriculum2
CURRINS 321Introduction to the Teaching of Social Studies1
CURRINS 510Cooperative Strategies for Pre and Early Adolescents3
CURRINS 516Field Work in Middle School3
ED PSY 330Introduction to Learning and Development3
EXCEDUC 531Inclusion for Secondary Educators: Humanities, the Arts, Foreign Language3
CURRINS 323Teaching of Social Studies:3
CURRINS 415Preliminary Student Teaching:6
CURRINS 545Reading in the Content Areas: Middle, Junior, and Senior High School3
ED PSY 320Principles of Classroom Appraisal and Evaluation2
Student Teaching (Spring) 4
CURRINS 423Student Teaching in Social Studies10-12
Total Credits39-41

Additional Requirements for Graduation

  • Minimum cumulative GPA 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 128 credits.
  • Completion of the last year of coursework (30 credits) in residence at UW-Milwaukee.
  • Completion of edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment) required for certification.

Advance to Major

Program Admissions Requirements

Application to the Social Studies program requires satisfactory completion of the requirements listed below. For more information about the application process, visit our website at:

  • Pre-Professional Skills Test: Passing scores on one of the following exams: Praxis I, CORE, ACT, SAT, or GRE. ACT, SAT, and GRE scores must be within five years of admission term to academic program.  Please see your academic advisor for additional information.
  • English Composition: Achieve a placement level of 4 or higher on the English Placement Test, or complete ENGLISH 102 or an equivalent with a grade of C or better.
  • Mathematics Skills: Achieve a placement level of 30 or higher on the Math Placement Test, or complete MATH 105 or an equivalent with a grade of C or better.
  • Completion of COMMUN 103 , with a grade of C or better. Completion of this course fulfills 3 credits of the Humanities GER requirement.
  • 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 economics, geography, history, psychology, political science, and sociology 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. Student teaching deadlines (February or April) are posted on 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;
  • Cumulative GPA of a minimum 2.5;
  • A minimum of 2.75 in all your social studies content area and professional education courses;
  • Passing scores reflected on your transcript for the Praxis II exam: Social Studies: Content Knowledge #5081;
  • Removal of all F or I (incompletes) grades;
  • TB test results submitted to the Office of Clinical Experiences; and
  • 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

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.