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

 Elementary-Middle Education: Grades 4K-9, Major (B.S.)

The following is a sample degree plan, based on the 2024-2025 catalog. It is based on the 120-credit graduation requirement and assumes no transferred credits, no requirements waived by placement tests, no courses taken in the summer or winter, no repeated courses, and no remedial courses that may be required. This sample degree plan is intended for first-year students entering UW-Eau Claire in the fall semester. Your own degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). UW-Eau Claire cannot guarantee all courses will be offered as shown, but will provide a range of courses that may enable prepared students to fulfill their requirements in a timely period. This sample degree plan is just a guide. Please consult your advisor, your degree audit, and the catalog to create your own degree plan. Note: In order to earn the required minimum of 120 credits for the degree in four years, you should plan to take 15 credits each semester or 30 credits each year.

To earn a degree, students must fulfill all University Graduation Requirements, including the Liberal Education (LE) Core.  LE Core course work in the following sample degree plan uses abbreviations such as LE-K1, LE-S2, LE-R3, and LE-I1 to represent the learning outcomes students will meet via completion of their liberal education course work.  Please click here for a description of the Liberal Education Core outcomes and requirements.  Note that the LE Core may be completed through both course and non-course experiences.

Writing Requirement:2-5
Intensive Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (LE-S1, 5 credits)
Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (LE-S1, 5 credits)
Accelerated Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (LE-S1, 2 credits)
Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing for Transfer Students (LE-S1, 2 credits)
MATH 201Number and Operations I2
K1 * Choose one:4
Physical Science (LE-K1, 4 credits)
Earth Science (LE-K1 & LE-I1, 4 credits)
History Requirement * choose one:3
United States History to 1877
United States History Since 1877
African American History 1865 to Present
American Women's History
American Indian History
ES 212Exploring Schooling K-12 (has classroom field component)2-3
MATH 202Number and Operations II (LE-S2)2
K3 or K4:3
Select from ENGL130, 142, 150, 181, 230, 242, 243, 244, 245, 252, 257, 259, 268, 272, 274, 275, 276, 277 *
K1* select one:3
Planet Earth: Conservation of the Environment (LE-K1, LE-I1)
Chemistry and Climate (LE-R3, LE-I1)
Understanding Earth's Environment (LE-R3, LE-K1)
K2* select one:3
Recommended any Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science course not specified elsewhere *
MATH 302Algebraic Thinking2
IDIS 300Integrated Performing Arts Across the Curriculum (LE-I1) *3
S1* Select one:3
Select from CJ 201, CJ 202, CJ 203, CJ 307 *
PSYC 260Educational Psychology (LE-K2) *3
K3 or K4*: select one:3
Select from ENGL 130, 142, 150, 181, 230, 242, 243, 244, 245, 252, 257, 259, 268, 272, 274, 275, 276, 277
SECOND SEMESTER - Apply for Admission to Program
Must take one of the following MATH courses:2
Probability and Statistical Thinking (2 credits)
Geometric Thinking (2 credits)
ES 385Social Foundations: Human Relations (LE-R1 DDIV) *3
ES 283Supporting Multilingual Learners *3
ES 382Technology for Learning *3
ES 490Historical, Legal, and Philosophical Foundations of Education3
Recommended SEIP 200
ES 303Emergent Literacy and Assessment3
ES 336Elementary Literacy and Assessment3
ES 315Assessment for Learning3
ES 302
ES 306
ES 308
ES 309
ES 457
SEIP 400
Teaching and Learning Practices
and Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction in Grades K-9
and Science Curriculum and Instruction in Grades K-9
and Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction in Grades K-9
and Middle Grades Literacy and Assessment
and Inclusive Practices for Elementary-Middle Educators
ES 441Student Teaching in Elementary Education5
ES 445Student Teaching in Middle Level Education5
ES 497Field Experience Seminar2

Minimum total for the baccalaureate degree = 120 credits 


Could be either semester


RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HIGH IMPACT PRACTICES (HIPs) The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire encourages all students to participate in High Impact Practices.  The following information identifies any specific recommendations that faculty in this major have concerning which HIPs might be most beneficial to students, and any recommendations about when those HIPs best fit into the degree plan. Students should also consult their faculty advisor for information on HIPs. There are many additional high impact opportunities available. Talk to your academic advisor for more information about incorporating HIPs like Study Abroad, Intercultural Immersion, Internship, and/or  Student/Faculty Collaborative Research into your time at UW-Eau Claire.

Required: Student teaching during the final semester 

Optional: ES 385 will be offered with immersion options if students are interested. A Winterim version is associated with The Civil Rights Pilgrimage and is highly recommended. The immersion options require additional fees in addition to tuition. There is limited space associated with immersion trips. 

NOTE: Study abroad should occur prior to admission to program or during summers. 
Application to Major 
Application to major typically occurs first or second semester of the second year. Students must have a minimum total GPA of 2.5, have met the University Writing Requirement (complete Writing 114, 116, 118 or 120 or the equivalent earning a C or better), have met the University Mathematics Requirements (complete one college level math course earning a C or better), and have completed ES 212 with a grade of C or better. Specific procedures for application to program are available from the department. Admission is competitive and not guaranteed.

Liberal Education (LE) Core Guidance

Liberal Education Core (LE Core) 

The LE Core comprises 17 learning experiences across 11 learning outcomes. Students must complete a minimum of 36 credits in courses approved for the LE Core. 

  • K1 – Natural Sciences; two experiences (one lab science experience is required in K1 or K2). 

  • K2 – Social Sciences; two experiences (one lab science experience is required in K1 or K2). 

  • K3 – Humanities; two experiences. 

  • K4 – Fine Arts; one experience. 

  • S1 – Written and Oral Communication; two experiences (one experience must satisfy the University writing requirement). 

  • S2 – Mathematics; one experience (must satisfy the University math competency requirement). 

  • S3 – Creativity; one experience (can be fulfilled in a student’s major). 

  • R1 – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity; two experiences (one experience must meet the UW System Design for Diversity (DD) requirement). 

  • R2 – Global Perspectives; one experience. 

  • R3 – Civic and Environmental Issues; one experience. 

  • I1 – Integration; two experiences (one experience can be fulfilled in a student’s major). 

  • SL—Service Learning; 30 hours 

Additional LE Core Information 

  • Most LE Core learning experiences are course based, and many courses meet more than one learning outcome (e.g., K3 and R2 or K1 and R3). 

  • Some learning experiences can also be met outside of a traditional course (e.g., undergraduate research (S3), study abroad (I1)). 

  • S1 – An English placement score that fulfills the University writing requirement fulfills one S1 experience. 

  • S1 – A foreign Language placement score that qualifies the student to enter the 102 level satisfies one S1 experience. 

  • S1, R2 – A foreign language placement score that qualifies the student to enter the 202 level satisfies one experience in S1 and the R2 experience. 

  • S2 – A math placement score that qualifies the student to enter Math 111, 112, 113 or 114 fulfills the S2 experience. 

  • S3 – Completion of two credits from any approved music ensemble fulfills the S3 experience. 

  • I1 – Any semester long study abroad program can fulfill one I1 experience.