Elementary-Middle Education: Grades 4K-9, Major

 (Code 940-207​)

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
Minormaximum 1 course
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 five learning goals of our liberal education core and the 12 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 experience
Responsibility Goal
Responsibility Outcome 1 (R1): Equity, Diversity, and InclusivityTwo (2) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global PerspectivesOne (1) learning experience
Responsibility Outcome 3 (R3): Civic and Environmental IssuesOne (1) learning experience
Integration Goal
Integration Outcome 1 (I1): IntegrationTwo (2) learning experiences
Service-Learning Goal
Service-Learning30 hours

College Degree Requirements

Program Option A

This program option offers pedagogical studies in the basic areas of reading, language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics, and in special subjects such as art, music, children’s literature, health, speech and communication, physical education, and special education. The major is designed to provide students with strong preparation in all the subjects taught in elementary and middle schools.

Teacher Education Candidates shall demonstrate content area proficiency through one of the following:

Students will earn a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA in content courses OR through obtaining a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II/ACTFL exam.

For students who neither meet the minimum GPA requirement nor pass the appropriate Praxis II/ACTFL exam after at least two attempts, a content portfolio can be submitted which parallels the content evaluated on the Praxis II/ACTFL exam. The portfolio may only be submitted once.

Students must also successfully pass the W-FORT to be eligible for a teaching license in Wisconsin.

Option A: K-9

Approved Majors and Minors for Option A

Second Majors1 Code Prescribed Methods Course Additional Requirement ACTFL Content Test Required
French 260-203 ES 437 (Sp) study abroad in language WPT and OPI or OPIc
German 280-204 ES 437 (Sp) study abroad in language WPT and OPI or OPIc
Spanish 320-203 ES 437 (Sp) study abroad in language WPT and OPI or OPIc
Minors Code Prescribed Methods Course Additional Requirements Praxis II or ACTFL Content Test Required
French 260-405 ES 437 (SP) study abroad in language WPT and OPI or OPIc
General Science 120-403 no addt'l exam
German 280-405 ES 437 (SP) study abroad in language WPT and OPI or OPIc
Language Arts 930-402 no addt'l exam
Mathematics 180-408 no addt'l exam
Social Studies 500-403 no addt'l exam
Spanish 320-406 ES 437 (SP) study abroad in language WPT and OPI or OPIc
Coaching 971-403 KINS 492 no addt'l exam

Liberal Education Requirements are listed in the table below: 

Required LE Courses
K1
CHEM 127Chemistry and Climate3
OR
GEOG 178Conservation of the Environment3
AND
PHYS 100Physical Science4
OR
GEOL 106Earth Science4
K3 Choose One
Introduction to World/Postcolonial Literature
Introduction to American Indian Literatures
Survey of World/Postcolonial Literature
American Literature to 1865
American Literature from 1865-1945
American Literature Since 1945
Perspectives on Pre-1790 British Literature
Representative Shakespeare
Perspectives on British Literature After 1790
Survey of American Ethnic Literature
Perspectives in Popular Texts
AND another learning experience
K4 Choose One
Introduction to Literature
Critical Perspectives on Film, Television, and Moving-Image Culture
The Short Story
The Novel
Poetry
Drama
S1 Choose One
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals of Speech
Fundamentals of Human Communication
Listening
Intercultural Communication
Small Group Communication
S2 Included in Major
R1 Choose One
Introduction to American Indian History and Cultures
Introduction to Contemporary American Indian Communities
Hmong American Experiences in the U.S.
Introduction to U.S. Latino History and Culture
Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Perspectives in LGBTQ Studies
I1 Included in Major

Teacher Licensure Requirements – Grades 4K-9

Program Option A

This program option offers pedagogical studies in the basic areas of reading, language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics, and in special subjects such as art, music, children’s literature, health, speech and communication, physical education, and special education. The major is designed to provide students with strong preparation in all the subjects taught in elementary and middle schools.

Teacher Education Candidates shall demonstrate content area proficiency through one of the following:

Students will earn a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA in content courses OR through obtaining a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II/ACTFL exam.

For students who neither meet the minimum GPA requirement nor pass the appropriate Praxis II/ACTFL exam after at least two attempts, a content portfolio can be submitted which parallels the content evaluated on the Praxis II/ACTFL exam. The portfolio may only be submitted once.

Students must also successfully pass the W-FORT to be eligible for a teaching license in Wisconsin.

Option A: K-9

Approved Majors and Minors for Option A

Second Majors1 Code Prescribed Methods Course Additional Requirement ACTFL Content Test Required
French 260-203 ES 437 (Sp) study abroad in language WPT and OPI or OPIc
German 280-204 ES 437 (Sp) study abroad in language WPT and OPI or OPIc
Spanish 320-203 ES 437 (Sp) study abroad in language WPT and OPI or OPIc
Minors Code Prescribed Methods Course Additional Requirements Praxis II or ACTFL Content Test Required
French 260-405 ES 437 (SP) study abroad in language WPT and OPI or OPIc
General Science 120-403 no addt'l exam
German 280-405 ES 437 (SP) study abroad in language WPT and OPI or OPIc
Language Arts 930-402 no addt'l exam
Mathematics 180-408 no addt'l exam
Social Studies 500-403 no addt'l exam
Spanish 320-406 ES 437 (SP) study abroad in language WPT and OPI or OPIc
Coaching 971-403 KINS 492 no addt'l exam

Admission Requirements

Admission to  Education Programs

Admission to the Major

Formal application to the professional education program must be made by October 1 for spring admission or March 1 for fall admission. In order to submit an application to an Education Program, students must satisfy all of the requirements listed below:

  1. Approval by the appropriate department in the College of Education and Human Sciences. See Department of Education for Equity and Justice and Special Education and Inclusive Practices sections of this catalog for criteria to be considered in making these recommendations.
  2. Pre-education status.
  3. Students must have attained at least Sophomore Status
  4. Minimum total GPA of 2.5.  Admission is competitive; thus the minimum GPA does not assure admission to a professional program in education.
  5. Met the University Writing Requirement (complete WRIT 114WRIT 116WRIT 118, or WRIT 120 or the equivalent earning a C or better)
  6. Met the University Mathematics requirements (complete one college-level math course earning C or better)
  7. Good academic standing.
  8. Complete an introductory education course with a field placement (eg SPED 205, SEIP 208ES 203ES 212 or the equivalent) with a grade of B- or better.
  9. Specific department criteria are found under the Department of Education for Equity and Justice and Special Education and Inclusive Practices Department Overview Pages.

Application Procedure

Formal application to the professional program must be made. The number of students admitted to a program is limited by resources available. Not everyone who applies can be guaranteed admission. See the appropriate section of this catalog for criteria upon which the departmental recommendation will be based. Note that minimum criteria for a department may exceed the minimum criteria listed above.

Students who do not meet all the criteria listed above or who do not receive a favorable departmental recommendation may reapply during a later application period.

Special or Transfer Students

Special students and transfer students who desire to be admitted to the Teacher Education Program in the College of Education and Human Sciences should inform the Admissions Office upon application for admission to the University. They should indicate their area of interest. These students are expected to have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Retention in Professional Education Programs

Students who are in good standing in the University but are having difficulty meeting the College of Education and Human Sciences criteria for professional education programs are strongly advised to seek the counsel of their advisor and/or the Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences regarding their continuation in the program. A student may continue in the program while in good standing or after receiving an Academic Warning (See Academic Standing and Progress). However, if placed on probation or if readmitted after a first suspension, the student may continue in the program only upon recommendation of the department concerned (Department of Education for Equity and Justice or Special Education and Inclusive Practices). After a second suspension, the student may not continue in the professional education program.

Admission to the Professional Semester (Student Teaching)

 

Admission to the Professional Education Semester

The “professional semester” is defined as the senior semester in which a student is enrolled in the field experience of student teaching or internship.

Filing Applications

Students who plan to enter the professional semester during the fall semester of the next academic year must file an application available at an education “professional semester” meeting held each fall. Students who plan to enter the professional semester during the spring semester of the next academic year must file an application at an education “professional semester” meeting held in spring. Dates for these meetings will be advertised widely and posted across campus.

Students are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible after the meeting. Considerable time is required to process each application—that is, to determine eligibility, to make arrangements with schools for an appropriate field experience assignment, and to allow for introductions, orientations, and, in some cases, interviews. Students who file early will benefit by the careful consideration that can be given to their requests; the later an application is received, the fewer the placement assignments and choices still available will be. Failure to file an application on time may result in a delay of the professional semester.

Transfer and Special Students

No transfer or special student can enter the professional semester until after a full semester of residence and after earning a minimum of 15 credits at UW-Eau Claire. Senior transfer students enrolling in September must file an application for admission to the professional semester by December 1 for the following fall.

Criteria for Admission

No application for admission to the professional semester will be processed in the case of transfer and special students unless a full semester of residence and a minimum of 15 credits have been earned at UW-Eau Claire.

Factors to be considered in the application for admission to the professional semester are:

  1. Criteria for admission to a professional program have been met.
  2. Good academic standing, as defined in the catalog section on Academic Standing and Progress.
  3. A minimum of 90 credits completed prior to the professional semester.
  4. Completion of courses which are prerequisite to field experience. For each program, a list of prerequisite courses is available in the Teacher Education Program Office, Centennial 3102.
  5. Approval of the major and minor department(s). Departments may have separate criteria they use to determine approval.
  6. Resident and total GPAs of at least 2.75; GPAs of at least 2.75 in the major(s) and minor(s) intended for certification; and a 2.75 or higher GPA based on a combination of all course work in the major, minor (where certifiable), and professional education courses, including PSYC 260. All college-level courses attempted by the student are included when major, minor, and total GPAs are determined for admission to the professional semester and for graduation.
  7. Teacher Education Candidates shall demonstrate content area proficiency through one of the following:

    Students will earn a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA in content courses OR through obtaining a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II/ACTFL exam.

    For students who neither meet the minimum GPA requirement nor pass the appropriate Praxis II/ACTFL exam after at least two attempts, a content portfolio can be submitted which parallels the content evaluated on the Praxis II/ACTFL exam.  The portfolio may only be submitted once.  Foreign language majors must earn passing scores on the ACTFL.

  8. Completion of the 30 hour Human Relations Fieldwork requirement.
  9. Evidence of freedom from tuberculosis. Tests are provided by Student Health Services or results of tests must be provided by the student when filing for the professional semester.
  10. Approval by the appropriate departments in the Colleges of Education and Human Sciences and Arts and Sciences.

Deadline for Meeting Criteria

For placements in the fall semester, criteria for which the student is responsible (GPA, TB test, demonstration of content area proficiency through one avenue listed above, any additional Praxis II Content Test[s]/ACTFL and PSYC 260) must be met by March 1 of the preceding semester.

For placements in the spring semester, these criteria must be met by October 1 of the preceding semester.

For placements in the summer session, these criteria must be met by February 1 of the preceding semester.

Failure to meet criteria on time may result in a delay of the professional semester.

Licensure to Teach

Criteria for Recommendation for Licensure:

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree.
  2. Completion of an approved teacher education major.
  3. A 2.75 or higher GPA in the major and minor (where certifiable) and in the combination of all course work in the major, minor (where certifiable), and professional education courses exclusive of student teaching. All college-level courses attempted by the student except student teaching are included when major, minor, and professional education GPAs are determined for recommendation for licensure.
  4. Completion of student teaching courses with a mark of S, or grade of B- or above in departments where a letter grade is assigned.
  5. Content area proficiency through one of the following:

    Students will earn a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA in content courses OR through obtaining a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II/ACTFL exam.

    For students who neither meet the minimum GPA requirement nor pass the appropriate Praxis II/ACTFL exam after at least two attempts, a content portfolio can be submitted which parallels the content evaluated on the Praxis II/ACTFL exam. The portfolio may only be submitted once. Foreign language majors and minors must earn passing scores on the ACTFL. The standardized examination and passing score shall be determined by the State Superintendent. All Elementary-Middle and Special Education majors and minors, and Early Childhood majors must earn a passing score on the FORT. 

Wisconsin Application

College of Education and Human Sciences graduates who desire to teach in Wisconsin, will apply for licensure using the WI Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI), ELO (Electronic Licensing Online) by following all steps listed on the site including fingerprinting if applicable.

Upon completion of all program requirements and University and WI Department of Public Instruction teaching requirements, information will be forwarded to WI DPI verifying this completion (including the completion of all required tests), a degree and any add-on certifications that have been awarded, and certifications the teaching candidates are eligible for with licensure. Candidates will then apply for their Initial License.

Out-of-state Applications

It is recommended that graduates seeking licensure to teach in states other than Wisconsin request application forms and instructions from the Department of Education of the state in which licensure is desired. Certification requirements vary by state. Inquiry early in the period of professional preparation is advisable. In most cases, an official transcript of credits must accompany the completed application form; additional tests or course work may be required. Therefore, it is imperative to check requirements of other states.  Wisconsin and most other states require institutional endorsement. In general, candidates will be able to obtain licenses in other states; however, these licenses may be issued with stipulations. It is the student’s responsibility to understand the licensing requirements of other states. UW-Eau Claire programs are designed to meet the requirements in Wisconsin only.

Major Requirements

Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence (Code 940-207)

ES 212Exploring Schooling K-122
ES 283 13
ES 302 11
ES 303 13
ES 306Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction in Grades 1-83
ES 307Language Arts Curriculum and Instruction in Grades 1-83
ES 308Science Curriculum and Instruction in Grades 1-83
ES 309Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction in Grades 1-83
ES 336 13
ES 382 13
ES 385Social Foundations: Human Relations3
ES 416 13
ES 458 13
ES 490Historical, Legal, and Philosophical Foundations of Education3
ES 497Field Experience Seminar2
IDIS 300Integrated Performing Arts Across the Curriculum3
MATH 201Number and Operations I2
MATH 202Number and Operations II2
MATH 302Algebraic Thinking2
AND
Probability and Statistical Thinking
OR
Geometric Thinking
SEIP 4003
ES 441
ES 445
Student Teaching in Elementary Education
and Student Teaching in Middle Level Education
10
OR if hired for internship choose either
Internship Teaching in Elementary Education
OR
Internship Teaching in Middle Level Education
PSYC 260Educational Psychology3

This major leads to Elementary/Middle 4K-9: Regular Education licensure.

NOTE: No degree credit may be earned under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option in required education studies unless Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory is the only grading option available for the course.

NOTE: Students must earn a 2.75 cumulative GPA and a 2.75 GPA in the major in order to be eligible for teaching certification.