Political Science, Major - Teaching

Teaching (Code 420-203)

University Requirements

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR BACCALAUREATE DEGREE
Credit Requirements
Minimum total for graduation 1120
Upper division credits (courses numbered 300 and higher)39
Liberal Education Core36
Academic Concentrations
Grade Point Requirements 2
Total2.00 average
Resident2.00 average
Major2.00 average
Minor2.00 average
Certificate2.00 average
University Residency Requirements
Minimum total30
Senior year23
Major, Standard, upper division in residence12
Major, Comprehensive, upper division in residence21
Certificate25 percent of credits
Procedures Required for Graduation
Obtain admission to the degree program and/or the College offering it.
Apply for graduation on CampS.

Applicability of Credits Toward Graduation

Junior College or Two-Year College Credits. A maximum of 72 semester credits earned in a junior college or two-year college will be accepted as degree credits at UW-Eau Claire.

Extension Credits. Credits earned in credit outreach courses offered by UW-Eau Claire are treated as resident credits. Credits earned in extension courses offered by other units of the University of Wisconsin System are treated as transfer credits. All other (non-UW) extension and correspondence credits are normally limited to one-fourth of the total required for graduation from any curriculum.

WTCS Credits. A maximum of 72 semester credits earned in college parallel programs at Madison Area Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Nicolet Area Technical College, or Chippewa Valley Technical College may be accepted as degree credits at UW-Eau Claire. A set number of general education courses will be accepted from other technical schools. Occupational and technical courses may also be considered for transfer if the quality and content of the course work from the technical college is judged to be comparable to course work at UW-Eau Claire. Refer to the Transfer Credit Wizard or contact the UW-Eau Claire Admissions Office for information about the current transfer policy.

USAFI Credit. UW-Eau Claire will accept up to 32 semester credits for work done through the United States Armed Forces Institute, under the provision for non-UW correspondence credit (see Extension Credits above).

Activity Credit (band, chorus, drama, KINS 100-184 courses) Students may count toward graduation no more than one credit of KINS 110-184 courses. Students may count toward graduation no more than four credits earned in any single activity course and no more than 12 credits resulting from any combination of activity courses (excluding KINS 110-184 courses). 

Other Restricted Credits. For other University restrictions, see the following: Cooperative Education; Credit by Examination; Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Registration; Transfer of Credits. College or departmental restrictions may also be placed on Independent Study (399-499 courses), Directed Study (395-495), and other types of credits.

APPLICABILITY OF CREDITS TOWARD GRADUATIONCredit Restrictions
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Total degree creditmaximum 12
Major, Standardmaximum 1 course
Major, Comprehensivemaximum 2 courses
Credit by Examination
Total degree creditmaximum ¼ of total
Major or minormaximum ½ of total
Two-Year College Credits
Total degree creditmaximum 72 credits
Activity credit (band, chorus, drama, KINS 100-184)
Total KINS 100-184maximum 1 credit
Total Band, chorus, dramamaximum 12 credits
Single course band, chorus, dramamaximum 4 credits
Extension credits
UW-Systemno maximum
Other extension/correspondencemaximum ¼ of total
USAFI
USAFImaximum 32 credits

Liberal Education Core

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire measures learning outcomes to ensure that its graduates have achieved a liberal education and prepared themselves to contribute to a complex society. Upon graduation, each undergraduate will have met the four learning goals of our liberal education core and the 11 learning outcomes they comprise. 

LIBERAL EDUCATION CORE REQUIREMENTSa minimum of 36 credits
Knowledge Goal
Knowledge Outcome 1 (K1): Natural SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 2 (K2): Social SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 3 (K3): HumanitiesTwo (2) learning experiences
Knowledge Outcome 4 (K4): Fine ArtsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Goal
Skills Outcome 1 (S1): Written and Oral CommunicationTwo (2) learning experiences
Skills Outcome 2 (S2): MathematicsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Outcome 3 (S3): CreativityOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Goal
Responsibility Outcome 1 (R1): Equity, Diversity, and InclusivityTwo (2) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global PerspectivesOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 3 (R3): Civic and Environmental IssuesOne (1) learning experiences
Integration Goal
Integration Outcome 1 (I1): IntegrationTwo (2) learning experiences
Service-Learning Goal
Service-Learning30 hours

College Degree Requirements

University Requirements in Teacher Education in the College of Education and Human Sciences

College Requirements for Teacher Education

All candidates for teacher education baccalaureate degrees must also meet the following:

  1. Liberal Education requirements in the College of Education and Human Sciences.
  2. Grade point requirements:
    Resident 2.75 average
    Total 2.75 average
    Major 2.75 average
    Minor (for certification only) 2.75 average
  3. Residency requirements:
    Minimum Total 30 credits
    Senior Year 23 credits
    Major, in upper division courses 12 credits
    Comprehensive Major, in upper division courses 21 credits
  4. Criteria and requirements for Professional Programs and for Admission to the Professional Semester.
  5. Specific requirements of programs offered in the College of Education and Human Sciences. (See the departmental sections of this catalog.)

Early Adolescence Through Adolescence and Early Childhood through Adolescence

(formerly Secondary Education and Special Subjects)

Liberal Education Requirements are listed in the table below
K2 (Social Sciences)
PSYC 260Educational Psychology3
AND another learning experience
S3 (Creativity)
ES 497Field Experience Seminar (included in major)2
R1 (Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity)
ES 385Social Foundations: Human Relations (included in major)3
AND another learning experience
I1 (Integration)
ES 497Field Experience Seminar (included in major)2
AND another learning experience

Teaching Licensure Requirements - EA-A Licensure

Program Options B and C

These program options are organized around content majors and education courses and are designed to prepare teachers for early adolescence through adolescence (EA-A) teaching or for early childhood through adolescence (EC-A) teaching in selected areas. Each program requires the student to complete:

  1. a comprehensive major (at least 60 credits) or a standard major (at least 36 credits) plus one of the following: another standard major (at least 36 credits), or a minor (at least 24 credits), or a certificate (12-18 credits).  Students choosing another major or minor may choose from the approved majors and minors listed in the table below, but are not required to do so. Students pursuing EA-A licensure are not required to elect a second plan that leads to certification. 
  2. a professional sequence consisting of teaching methods and related courses. Advising is done through the content major department.

Upon admission to program, candidates are assigned an advisor in education as well.

Option B: EA-A

Early Adolescence through Adolescence Licensure

Professional Sequence
ES 212Initial Teaching Experience in Elementary, Middle, and High School Settings2
ES 312General Methods of Teaching2
ES 317Middle Level Methods and Curriculum2
ES 318Teacher Assisting1
ES 328Content Area Reading and Study Strategies2
ES 385Social Foundations: Human Relations3
Prescribed special methods course(s) (see approved majors and minors below)
ES 445
ES 470
Student Teaching in Middle Level Education
and Student Teaching in Secondary Education
12
or ES 446 Internship Teaching in Middle Level Education
or ES 475 Internship Teaching in Secondary Education
ES 490Historical, Legal, and Philosophical Foundations of Education3
ES 497Field Experience Seminar2
SPED 300Inclusive Practices for Secondary Educators2

Approved Majors and Minors for Option B

Comprehensive Majors Code Prescribed Methods Course Additional Requirement Praxis II Content Test Required
English 540-006 ENGL 319, ENGL 419 ETS 5038
Earth and Space Science 160-0151 ES 360 (F) ETS 5435
Mathematics 180-002 ES 357 ETS 5061
Physical Science1 240-004 ES 360 (F) BIOL 180 or GEOG 178 ETS 5435
Physics-Mathematics1 ETS 5161 and ETS 5435 (regardless of emphasis)
Physics Emphasis
210-003 ES 357 (Sp) and ES 360 (F) BIOL 180 or GEOG 178
Mathematics Emphasis
210-004 ES 357 (Sp) and ES 360 (F) BIOL 180 or GEOG 178
Social Studies 500-XXX ES 356 ECON 103, BIOL 180 or GEOG 178 ETS 5081
Majors Code Prescribed Methods Course Additional Requirements Praxis II Content Test Required
Biology1 080-205 ES 360 (F) BIOL 180 or GEOG 178 ETS 5435
Chemistry1 100-204 ES 360 (F) BIOL 180 or GEOG 178 ETS 5435
Economics 360-204 ES 356 ECON 103, BIOL 180 or GEOG 178 ETS 5081
English 540-210 ENGL 319, ENGL 419 ETS 5038
History 380-206 ES 356 ECON 103, BIOL 180 or GEOG 178 ETS 5081
Mathematics 180-207 ES 357 ETS 5161
Physics1 230-205 ES 360 (F) BIOL 180 or GEOG 178 ETS 5435
Political Science 420-203 ES 356 ECON 103, BIOL 180 or GEOG 178 ETS 5081
Minors Code Prescribed Methods Course Additional Requirements Praxis II or ACTFL Content Test Required
Biology 080-403 ES 360 (F) BIOL 180 or GEOG 178 ETS 5435
Chemistry 100-406 ES 360 (F) BIOL 180 or GEOG 178 ETS 5435
Coaching 971-403 KINS 492 no addt'l exam
Economics 360-404 ES 356 BIOL 180 or GEOG 178 ETS 5081
English 540-408 ENGL 319, ENGL 419 ETS 5038
French 260-404 ES 366 (F) in language Study abroad WPT and OPI or OPIc
Geography 140-413 ES 356 ECON 103, BIOL 180 or GEOG 178 ETS 5081
Geology 160-402 ES 360 (F)
German 280-404 ES 366 (F) Study abroad in language WPT and OPI or OPIc
History 380-404 ES 356 (SP) ECON 103, BIOL 180 or GEOG 178 ETS 5081
Learning Disabilities 950-471 ETS 5146
Mathematics 180-407 ES 357 ETS 5161
Physics 230-403 ES 360 (F) BIOL 180 or GEOG 178 ETS 5435
Political Science 420-403 ES 356 ECON 103, BIOL 180 or GEOG 178 ETS 5081
Sociology 480-404 ES 356 ECON 103, BIOL 180 or GEOG 178 ETS 5081
Spanish 320-405 ES 366 (F) Study abroad in language WPT and OPI or OPIc
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 550-408 ES 405 (F) 1 yr college level foreign language ETS 5362

Admission Requirements

Admission to Professional Education Programs

Major Requirements

Teaching (Code 420-203)

Thirty-six semester credits, including:
POLS 110American National Politics3
POLS 122Introduction to World Politics3
POLS 260Introduction to Comparative Politics3
POLS 290Introduction to Political Analysis3
POLS 301State and Local Politics3
POLS 305Survey of U.S. Constitutional Principles3
POLS 312American Political Thought3
POLS 480Political Science Capstone3
two courses at the 300 level or above in American politics in addition to POLS 301 and POLS 3056
one course at the 200 level or higher in international relations3
one course at the 200 level or higher in comparative government in addition to POLS 2603

This major is restricted to students in the College of Education and Human Sciences: Education Studies: Option B and leads to licensure to teach Political Science in Early Adolescence through Adolescence classrooms.

Information for Political Science Majors and Minors

Political Science courses at the 200 level and above are classified into the following four course groupings:

American Politics
POLS 301State and Local Politics3
POLS 305Survey of U.S. Constitutional Principles3
POLS 338Judicial Politics3
POLS 340Congress and the Presidency3
POLS 341Political Parties, Elections, and Voting3
POLS 342Public Opinion and Political Behavior3
POLS 343Public Administration3
POLS 344Media and Politics3
POLS 345Film and Politics3
POLS 346Public Policy in the United States3
POLS 350Group and Minority Politics3
POLS 353Afro-American Politics3
POLS 403U.S. Constitutional Principles - Powers of Government3
POLS 404U.S. Constitutional Principles - Civil Liberties3
POLS 405U.S. Constitutional Principles - Due Process and Criminal Law3
POLS 406U.S. Constitutional Principles - Equality and Privacy3
POLS/AIS 250American Indian Politics3
POLS/WGSS 351Women and Politics3
International Relations
POLS 325Model United Nations3
POLS 330U.S. Foreign Policy3
POLS 331International Organization and Law3
POLS 332International Conflict3
POLS 334International Political Economy3
POLS 335International Relations Theory3
POLS 336Arab-Israeli Conflict3
Comparative Government
POLS 260Introduction to Comparative Politics3
POLS 321Politics of the Middle East3
POLS 322Politics of Russia3
POLS 323Politics of Eastern Europe3
POLS 324Politics of Asia3
POLS 327Politics of Continental Europe3
POLS 329Political Violence3
POLS/WGSS 352Gender and Politics in Global Perspective3
POLS 390Culture and Politics3
POLS/LAS 319Politics of Latin America3
Political Theory
POLS 309Classical Political Thought3
POLS 310Modern Political Thought3
POLS 311Contemporary Political Thought3
POLS 312American Political Thought3
POLS 314The Idea of Tolerance in the Western Political Tradition3

NOTE: All majors should take POLS 290 before taking any 300 level courses.