Education

Interdisciplinary Major or Minor
(Bachelor of Science)

Associate Professors Scott Ashmann, James Coates, Jr., Timothy Kaufman (chair), Mark Kiehn, Pao Lor, Patricia Ragan, Linda Tabers-Kwak
Assistant Professors Susan Cooper, Steven Kimball, Karen Lieuallen
Lecturers Karen Bircher, Art Lacey

Website: www.uwgb.edu/education/

Education Major Requirements | Education Minor Requirements | Course Descriptions

UW-Green Bay’s teacher education program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The program is designed to prepare entry-level teachers with relevant content, professional knowledge and skills to effectively meet the future learning needs of a changing school population.

At UW-Green Bay, students seeking early childhood (Early Childhood — Ages 0-8) or elementary-level (Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence — Ages 6-12/13) licensure are required to complete a major in Education. Students completing the Ages 6-12/13 license are also required to complete an approved minor. Graduates seeking these licenses receive a bachelor’s degree in Education.

Students who desire secondary-level teaching licensure (Early Adolescence through Adolescence — Ages 10-21 or Early Childhood through Adolescence — All Ages) are required to complete a minor in Education to support a disciplinary major as required and approved by the Department of Public Instruction. Graduates seeking these licenses receive a bachelor’s degree in their disciplinary major(s).

The interdisciplinary, problem-focused studies offered at UW-Green Bay provide uncommonly strong preparation for teaching. Students focus on excellence in the teaching/learning process through methods and field experience courses that provide the background, knowledge and instructional tools needed to become effective teachers. These studies complement strong academic coursework in communication, the arts, humanities, social studies, science and mathematics.

UW-Green Bay offers teacher license programs at these age levels:

  • Early Childhood (Ages 0-8)
  • Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (Ages 6-12/13)
  • Early Adolescence through Adolescence (Ages 10-21)
  • Early Childhood through Adolescence (All Ages)

UW-Green Bay’s teacher education program provides prospective teachers with an opportunity to work in a variety of educational settings throughout their program of study. These school-based experiences will include work with various ethnic, cultural and economic groups, and children with exceptional educational needs.

Who Should Seek an Education Major or Minor?
To declare a major or minor in Education, students must first be admitted to the Professional Program in Education. The process and requirements are listed below. Students must enjoy being around children and adolescents. However, a love of children does not guarantee a love of teaching! Teaching is a demanding but extremely rewarding profession. The best teachers are those who pursue a love of learning that does not end at graduation. Teaching is a calling, a commitment to educating, and not just a job.

Students interested in pursuing an Education major or minor must have the ability to communicate, inspire trust and confidence, and motivate students, as well as understand their educational and emotional needs. They also should be organized, dependable, patient, and creative.

Majors and Minors
For the student majoring in Education, a minor is required only when pursuing a Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (Ages 6-12/13) license. Students thinking about teaching at the middle or high school level complete a minor in Education and major in the area they want to teach. Students must have a passion for their major program of study and a desire to actively engage others in the learning process.

Knowledge and Skills Gained in the Major and Minor
The requirements for both the Education major and minor include courses that address today’s concerns in education: changes in the schools and schooling, changes in the nature and nurture of students, and changes in society and the workplace. Early clinical experiences allow prospective teachers to observe and participate in actual educational settings. These experiences will often include working with students from various ethnic, cultural and economic groups, adult learners, and exceptional needs children.              

Students will learn and understand the central concepts, tools, and structures of their discipline. Students will also understand how children learn and develop and how children differ in their learning abilities. Teaching techniques and strategies of instruction are taught not only to educate children on subject matter, but also in an effort to encourage critical thinking and problem-solving.

What Can You Do with a Major or Minor in Education?
Education is a professional program, which primarily educates students to become entry-level teachers. However, there are many other career opportunities in education. The following are some but certainly not all of the career opportunities in the field of education: day care administrator, education management specialist, educational sales representative, education and training administrator, elementary school teacher, kindergarten teacher, librarian, preschool administrator, secondary school teacher, and tutor.

Program Admission Process and Requirements
Admission to the program is a two-step process. The first step is to be admitted as a candidate. Step two is final admission to the program. Complete information about admission requirements and all application materials can be obtained from the Education Program Office.

Applications for candidacy must be completed and submitted near the beginning of each semester for admission starting the next semester. A committee of Education program faculty reviews applications and makes admission decisions based on the criteria described below. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as a program candidate.

The process and requirements for admission as a candidate in the Professional Program in Education are as follows:

  1. Apply and be accepted to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
  2. Complete a minimum of twenty-eight (28) university credits with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75.
  3. Receive passing scores on all three sections of the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) and submit an official score report to the Education Program Office at the time of application.
  4. Complete and submit an Application for Candidacy with supporting documentation to the UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Education.

Only students who are candidates can apply for final admission to the program. A committee of Education program faculty reviews applications and makes decisions on final admission based on the criteria described below. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee final admission to the program.

The process and requirements for full admission to the program are as follows:

  1. Be admitted as a teacher education program candidate.
  2. Successfully complete all required courses in candidacy block including EDUC 290 Introduction to Educational Inquiry with a grade of B or better.
  3. Complete and submit an Application for Admission to the Professional Education Program.
  4. Submit the K-12 Teacher Recommendation Form to the Education Program Office.
  5. Submit the UW-Green Bay Instructor Recommendation Form to the Education Office.

Teacher Licensing Requirements and Preparation
Students planning to pursue a teaching license should contact the Education Program Office, (920) 465-2137. Teacher licensing requirements are very specific and require ample credit hours. Also, Department of Public Instruction requirements change from time-to-time, making program requirements subject to change. Students must meet any new requirements before a license will be awarded. Students are responsible for being aware of current licensure requirements.

In addition to the requirements listed here, there are regulations about time limits, grade point averages, test scores and other program completion requirements. Credit hours necessary to fulfill the requirements for specific licenses vary, depending upon the major and/or minor selected, age level licensure sought, and other factors. The Education Office can provide specific requirements.

Individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree and are interested in pursuing a teaching license should contact the Education Office regarding special requirements that apply to them.

Following are summaries of academic program components required for each of the four teaching licenses offered at UW-Green Bay. A detailed listing of specific licensure requirements can be obtained from the Education Program Office.

Early Childhood (Ages 0-8)

  • UW-Green Bay general education requirements
  • Interdisciplinary major in Education
  • Professional education course sequence
  • Student teaching

Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (Ages 6-12/13)

  • UW-Green Bay general education requirements
  • Interdisciplinary major in Education
  • Approved minor
  • Professional education course sequence
  • Student teaching

Early Adolescence through Adolescence (Ages 10-21)

  • UW-Green Bay general education requirements
  • Content area major
  • Interdisciplinary minor in Education
  • Professional education course sequence
  • Student teaching

Early Childhood through Adolescence (All Ages)

  • For licenses in art, English as a second language, music, foreign languages, theatre only
  • UW-Green Bay general education requirements
  • Selected content area major
  • Interdisciplinary minor in Education
  • Professional education course sequence
  • Student teaching
Students may study abroad or at other campuses in the United States through UW-Green Bay’s participation in international exchange programs and National Student Exchange. Travel courses are another option for obtaining academic credits and completing requirements. For more information, contact the Office of International Education at (920) 465-2413 or see http://www.uwgb.edu/international/.
Education Major Requirements
Education Minor Requirements
Course Descriptions