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Jeffrey C. Barnett, Dean
Lawrence M. Kenney, Associate Dean
Ruth Koskela, Assistant Dean
Tom Ganser, Director of the Office of Field Experiences
Curriculum and Instruction
Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Coaching
Leadership, Military Science and Aerospace Studies
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The preparation of teachers has been a major part of the mission of this University since its inception on April 21, 1868, as a normal school, and through its subsequent evolution as a teachers college, a state college and a comprehensive state university. For more than a century UW-Whitewater has offered programs leading to the licensure of teachers. The College of Education is committed to the principles of excellence in teacher education and leadership in maintaining and extending an effective system of schools for a free society. This commitment motivates the faculty to develop programs of teacher education designed to meet the wide and varied educational needs of society. In fulfilling its mission, the College of Education has emphasized quality and excellence and has dedicated itself to the study and analysis of educational trends, innovation, and leadership.
Students in the College of Education prepare for professional careers in teaching; safety; communicative disorders; leadership, military science and aerospace studies; and health, physical education, recreation, and coaching.
The Elementary Education program includes early childhood education and elementary/middle education. The Middle/Secondary Education program includes majors in art, biology, business education, distributive education, chemistry, economics, English, French, geography, German, history, journalism, mathematics, physics, political science, sociology, Spanish, theatre, and in the broadfield areas of art, business education, music education, physical education, science, and social studies.
Minors are offered in the areas of art, biology, chemistry, coaching, communicative disorders, economics, English, French, geography, German, health education, history, journalism, library science, mathematics, leadership, music, physical education, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, recreation, sociology, Spanish, and in speech.
Communicative Disorders offer pre-graduate training for licensure in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
Special Education programs for students interested in working with persons with special needs include mental retardation (cognitive disabilities), emotional/behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, severely/profoundly handicapped, and early childhood: exceptional educational needs.
Safety Education programs in occupational safety, traffic safety, and driver education are also available.
The Minority Teacher Prep Program (MTP) is a special initiative designed to assist ethnic minority students with majors in the College of Education. The goal of this program is to recruit and retain talented minority students interested in pursuing careers in teacher education. Providing a number of activities throughout the academic year, MTP strives to:
Alpha Beta Alpha is a national fraternity for students in library science. Any student taking courses in library science who has earned an overall C average in classwork is eligible to become a member. Adviser: Anne Zarinnia.
Kappa Delta Pi is a national honorary education fraternity. It limits its membership to juniors and seniors in the College of Education who have demonstrated unusual scholastic proficiency and professional promise. Adviser: Stephen Friedman.
Phi Kappa Phi is a national honor society for the recognition and encouragement of superior scholarship in all academic disciplines. Undergraduate students are eligible for consideration who have senior status and are scholastically in the upper 10% (or less, if the chapter's constitution so provides) of their class; or who have reached the final period of their junior year and are scholastically in the upper 5% (or, again, less if the chapter's constitution so stipulates) of their class. Adviser: John Kozlowicz.
The Association for Young Childhood Education is the student branch of the Association for Childhood Education International. Membership is open to students enrolled in the kindergarten-primary and elementary education curriculums. The group's primary concern is the welfare and education of children. Adviser: Mary Lou Rossini.
The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Major-Minor Club is open to all students enrolled in the physical education curriculum. This club works closely with the Student Action Council of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation to promote interest and understanding of physical education. Adviser: Mary Ann Hedrich.
The Student Council for Exceptional Children is an organization for students interested in learning more about handicapped children and offers opportunities for volunteer experiences in programs serving various areas of exceptionality. Projects include visiting institutions for handicapped children, providing respite care services for area residents, attending state and national meetings related to the special education field, and planning conferences to expose high school students to the area of handicapped children. Adviser: Deborah Hall.
The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is the national organization for Master's candidates and undergraduate students interested in the study of normal and disordered human communication behavior. NSSLHA is the only official national student association recognized by the American Speech-language-Hearing Association. NSSLHA membership is presently about 13,000 students with chapters in more than 280 colleges and universities. Adviser: Patricia Casey.
The Student Wisconsin Education Association is a student organization for improving the quality of education. The purpose of the organization is to guide students who plan to teach and to provide supplemental education programs. This organization is a student chapter of NEA. Adviser: John Zbikowski.
ROTC Cadet Association is composed of students enrolled in the Army or Air Force ROTC program (Leadership, Military Science and Aerospace Studies) at Whitewater. The organization fosters military, social and other extracurricular activities within the ROTC student body. Adviser: Sgt. Tim Bretl.
The Student Chapter of ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers) is an organization of students interested in Safety. The purpose of the Association is to promote interest in and understanding of the role of safety in industry, government, schools, and wherever loss prevention is a concern. Representatives of the Association participate in departmental activities and decision-making and the Association conducts a variety of programs for professional growth and development. The Association not only serves its present membership, but seeks to maintain contact with graduates by inviting them to speak at Association meetings. Students interested in the Student Safety Association should contact the Safety Office in Room 6034, Winther Hall. Adviser: William Gooding.
Students for an Accessible Society fosters an awareness of the needs of disabled students on campus, joins disabled and nondisabled people as an organization to meet these needs, and fosters an atmosphere of mutual understanding and cooperation between the two parties. Adviser: Jackie Wenkman.
Tactics Club is sponsored by the Leadership, Military Science and Aerospace Studies (ROTC) to promote interest and excellence in military tactics through the application of theories of actual field situation. Adviser: Sgt. Tim Bretl.
The University offers more than seventy different licensure programs including elementary/middle education, middle/secondary education, and special education. See the index for majors in secondary education (including broadfield majors), programs in elementary education, and programs in special education. Satisfactory completion of these programs entitle the graduate to be licensed to teach in Wisconsin public schools as well as in schools in most other states. The Wisconsin teacher's license is issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction only after receiving the endorsement of the Dean of the College of Education. During the semester before graduation, students should obtain a Wisconsin teaching license application form from the Winther Hall Information Desk in the College of Education. Those students desiring a license from other states can also obtain addresses and phone numbers at the Winther Hall Information Desk of education departments in other states to obtain information about appropriate application procedures.
The College of Education offers a program in occupational safety for students who intend to become industrial safety specialists (see Department of Safety Studies), in special education for students who want to work with adults who are developmentally disabled (see Department of Special Education), in health, physical education and recreation for students who want to work in the private sector of physical education, fitness, and sport (see Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching), and in communicative disorders for students who plan to pursue a masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and work in the public schools (see Department of Communicative Disorders).
The Department of Leadership, Military Science and Aerospace Studies offers three programs which may be pursued by any student desiring instruction, practical experience, and credentials in leadership.
All students eligible to apply for admission into Professional Education will be admitted, by program, based on program space availability and her/his ranking based on three equally weighted criteria. One third of a student's rank will be based on a combination of grade point average and the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) scores. A second third will be based on previous volunteer work and experiences with children. The last third of a student's rank will be based on previous experience with multi-cultural and special populations. Ties in the total score rankings will be broken based on credit hours earned.
Students will be admitted only during specifically designated times throughout the year and will be ranked with the pool of students applying during that particular period. Students who are not admitted may reapply during any subsequent admission period and will be reranked with the new pool of applicants.
All students are required to attend a Professional Education Orientation meeting, have a "C" or better or current enrollment in the three courses contained in the pre-professional semester, have a "C" or better in a speech course, have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a minimum of 40 credits, and must pass all three portions of the PPST test to be considered for admission without an exception. Although a 2.5 grade point average is the minimum to be considered for admission, students with a grade point average of less than 2.75 may have difficulty achieving a rank that is sufficiently high for admission to many licensure programs. No more than 10% of all students admitted to Professional Education in any admission period may be admitted as an exception. Students who hold a baccalaureate degree must have degree GPA and completion of speech with a "C" or better verified by the office of the Assistant Dean of the College of Education. Verification must be made by furnishing photocopies of degree transcripts.
In order to be eligible for admission to the Pre-Professional Semester, students must have the following:
Students who hold a baccalaureate degree must have degree GPA and completion of speech with a "C" or better verified by the office of the Assistant Dean of the College of Education. Verification must be made by furnishing photocopies of degree transcripts.
Transfer students must meet eligibility requirements before applying for Professional Education. Cumulative grade point average for admission is based on all credits accepted at UW-Whitewater. General education for licensure courses are monitored by the Academic Progress Report.
Students with a bachelor's degree seeking a first time license must meet the eligibility requirements before applying for Professional Education. Cumulative grade point average for admission is based on all credits received in a bachelor's and/or master's degree. It is the student's responsibility to furnish the Winther Hall Information Desk with photocopies of degree transcript(s). Transcript evaluation for general education for licensure courses and professional education eligibility is available by request at the Winther Hall Information Desk. Students with a bachelor's degree should contact appropriate program coordinator to develop an individual licensure plan rather than using an Academic Progress Report.
Students admitted to the University with a declared major in education are not automatically guaranteed admission to professional education. Students must meet stated criteria and will be admitted on a space available basis.
Specific information on the process for admission into Professional Education is available at the Winther Hall Information Desk.
The College of Education requires all students seeking endorsement by the Dean of the College of Education for Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction licensure to complete the following licensure requirements:
Pre-student Teaching Clinical Experience: Each student, under the supervision of professional school personnel, shall complete a prestudent teaching clinical program consisting of a minimum of 100 clock hours of experience working directly with children and youth within a school or other instructional setting. Each student will complete Observation and Participation (439-210 or 489-210) and Field Study (489-492 or 439-492.)
Educational Foundations: 420-243 Education in Pluralistic Society
Reading and Language Arts: Course work appropriate to the licensure program in the teaching of reading and language arts. This requirement has been integrated into the curricula of all licensure programs.
Measurement and Evaluation Course: Appropriate to the licensure program, 424-424 Measurement and Evaluation in Elementary Schools; 424-425 Measurement and Evaluation in the Secondary School; or 424-423 Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education.
Environmental Education: Students whose programs lead to Wisconsin licensure in elementary education, science, or social studies must fulfill the statuatory requirement in environmental education. In addition to appropriate work in their methods classes, students must elect one of the following courses: 722-252 Human Environmental Problems; or 630-214 Ecology and Society.
Cooperatives: Students whose programs lead to Wisconsin licensure in social studies must fulfill the statuatory requirements in cooperatives by electing one of the following courses: 230-213 Economic Principles, Problems and Policies, or 230-324 Cooperatives.
Exceptional Education: All persons who receive an initial Wisconsin elementary or secondary license must complete an exceptional education requirement. This requirement has been integrated into the curricula of all licensure programs. Students who successfully complete an elementary or secondary program at UW-Whitewater will have fulfilled this state requirement.
Human Relations Requirements: All professional education programs leading to initial licensure require study and experiences in human relations. Specific information on the course and experience requirements is available in the Office of Field Experience, Winther 2038.
The State of Wisconsin through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has implemented a set of teacher education program rules that are referred to as PI 4. The rules describe general education requirements that must be met by all teachers seeking their first teaching license, regardless of previous degrees.
To meet the general education requirements for teacher licensure students at UW-Whitewater must complete one third of the credits for a bachelor's degree or a minimum of 40 semester hours of course work in general education and the course requirements in each of the categories listed below. All courses taken to satisfy UW-Whitewater's proficiency and general studies requirements may be used to meet the General Education requirements for licensure.
Students completing the 38 credit general studies and proficiency requirements will also have met the following PI 4 General Education requirements: Composition and Literature, Oral Communication, Fine Arts, Western History or Contemporary Culture, and Non-Western History or Non-Contemporary Culture. The sections not covered by the core and proficiency requirements are National/State/Local Government, Biological Science, and Physical Science and must be met with additional course work.
Students completing the old 31 credit general studies or those who hold a baccalaureate/master's degree must also meet the following areas:
Specific information on the general education requirements and the approved list of courses are available at the Winther Hall Information Desk. A listing of all courses approved to satisfy General Education for Licensure requirements is listed in the Professional Education Handbook.
Endorsement Requirements: Upon completion of an approved professional education program and a bachelors degree, students will be eligible for endorsement for initial teacher licensure when they meet the following requirements:
Exceptions to the GPA requirements for endorsement for initial teacher licensure may be granted by the Assistant Dean in the College of Education. No more than 10% of all students completing licensure programs in each
graduation period may be granted an exception. Specific information on the process for granting exceptions is available at the Winther Hall Information Desk.
Students may earn a Bachelor of Science in Education from the College of Education. Successful completion of a minimum of one hundred twenty (120) credits in the following areas is required:
Diversity and Writing Proficiency
College/Major (and minor if required)
Major Requirements: See the appropriate departmental pages for major, minor, and other departmental requirements.
Minor Requirements: Special Education majors are not required to complete a minor. Students choosing to complete a minor should be aware that the minor will not be licensable unless all licensure requirements for that moinor, including an additional student teaching experience are completed. This requirement is not listed on the Academic Progress Report.
Elementary PreK-6 majors are not required to complete a minor. Students choosing to complete a minor should be aware that the minor will be licensable unless all licensure requirements for that minor, including any additional student teaching experience, is completed. This requirement is not listed on the Academic Progress Report.
Elementary/Middle (1-6) majors are required to complete a minor.
Elementary/Middle (1-9) majors are required to complete all the courses in an approved minor plus any additional licensure requirements for that minor. A special methods course in the minor may be required. This requirement is not listed on the Academic Progress Report.
Middle/Secondary Education majors are required to complete all the courses in an approved minor plus any additional licensure requirements for that minor. A special methods course in the minor may be required. This requirement is not listed on the Academic Progress Report.
Broadfield majors are not required to complete a minor. Students choosing to complete a minor should be aware that the minor will not be icensable unless all licensure requirements for that minor, including any additional student teaching experience, is completed. This requirement is not listed on the Academic Progress Report.
Foreign Language majors and/or minors must complete a foreign language immersion for each licensable area. Contact the Department of Curriculum & Instruction for more information on the immersion requirement.
Special Minors (requirements not listed on Academic Progress Report):
Bilingual Education: Complete the approved minor and an additional student teaching or field study.
Health Education: Complete the approved minor, health methods course, and additional student teaching (if required).
Library Media: Complete the approved minor and two additional practicums.
Foreign Language: Complete the approved minor, a methods course and a four-week immersion experience.
Writing Competency: Students should contact the department office of their major for information concerning their writing requirement.
Teacher Licensure Requirements: Required for students desiring to teach.
Students pursuing a BSE degree must achieve a minimum overall grade point average of 2.25, a minimum grade point average of 2.25 in the major and a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in the minor in order to graduate. A 2.75 combined licensure GPA including the major, minor and professional education sequence is required for a teaching license.
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