Career and Leadership Development

Elementary Education

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers play a vital role in the development of children. Teachers introduce children to the basics of mathematics, language, science, and social studies. They try to instill good study habits and an appreciation for learning. Most elementary school teachers instruct a group of children in several areas while providing individual attention as much as possible. Additionally, teachers generally prepare lessons and grade papers, attend faculty meetings, and supervise extracurricular activities after school. As teachers gain experience, they may advance to supervisory, administrative, or specialized positions within the school system. Often, however, these positions require additional training and certification, and the number of positions available is limited.

Emphases within the major:

Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence - MCEA (BSE)

Major skills acquired:

Administrative and Record Keeping Abilities
Broad General Knowledge
Communication - Written & Oral
How to Effectively Handle Classroom Situations
Organizational Skills
Planning Skills
Practical Student Teaching Experience
Teaching/Instruction Skills

Related occupations:

(With corresponding Dictionary of Occupational Titles number). The following list of related occupations is an open list of ideas to expand your career research. Some of these careers may require additional experience or education.
Adult Education Instructor (099.227-030)
Educational Therapist (094.227-010
Physical Education (099.224-010)
Principal (099.177-018)
Public Administration
Public Service
Special Education Teacher (094.227-022)
Teacher, Deaf (094.224-010)
Teacher, Visually Handicapped (094.227-014)
Teacher/Kindergarten, Nursery or Elementary (092.227-010/014)
Training & Development in Business & Industry

Representative employers that have hired our students:

Albany School District - Albany, WI
Alden - Hebron Schools - Hebron, IL
Anita's Dance Center - Muskego, WI
Assumption BVM School - Pulaski, WI
Atlanta Public Schools - Atlanta, GA
Beaver Dam Schools - Beaver Dam, WI
Beloit Schools District - Beloit, WI
Boulder Valley/Adams County #50 - Boulder, CO
Burlington Middle School - Burlington, WI
Carlton Elementary School - Milwaukee, WI
CESA 1 - West Allis, WI
Clinton Middle School - Clinton, WI
Clover Park School District - Lakewood, WA
Country Grove Preschool - Madison, WI
Cudahy Schools - Cudahy, WI
DeForest ASD - DeForest, WI
Delavan-Darien Schools - Delavan, WI
Denton Independent School District - Denton, TX
Dodgeland School District - Juneau, WI
Dover School District - Dover, NJ
East Troy Community Schools - East Troy, WI
Edgerton Public Schools - Edgerton, WI
Elkhorn School District - Elkhorn, WI
Elmbrook School District - Brookfield, WI
Evansville SD - Evansville, WI
Evergreen Elementary School - Waterford, WI
Fort Atkinson SD - Fort Atkinson, WI
Fox Point-Bayside Schools - Milwaukee, WI
Franklin Middle School - Janesville, WI
Freeport School District - Freeport, IL
Garden Gate Child Care - Lake Geneva, WI
Germantown School District - Germantown, WI
Grafton School District - Grafton, WI
Grand Blanc Preschool - Grand Blanc, MI
Hamilton School District - Sussex, WI
Hartford School District - Hartford, WI
Harvard House Daycare - Janesville, WI
St. John's Catholic School - Jefferson, WI
St. Martin of Tours School - Franklin, WI
St. Rose - Clintonville, WI
St. Victors School - Monroe, WI
Sun Prairie School District - Sun Prairie, WI
Watertown Unified School District - Watertown, WI
Head Start Child Care - Waukesha, WI
Horace Mann Elementary - West Allis, WI
Janesville School District - Janesville, WI
Jefferson School District - Jefferson, WI
Joint #1 School District - Eastview School - Lake Geneva, WI
Kenosha Unified School District - Kenosha, WI
Kettle Moraine School District - Genesee Depot, WI
Kindercare Learning Center - Brookfield, WI
Lake Geneva Schools - Lake Geneva, WI
LaPetite Academy - Madison, WI
Madison School District - Madison, WI
Markesan Elementary School - Markesan, WI
Malcolm X Academy - Milwaukee, WI
Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI
Marshall School District - Marshall, WI
McHenry Area Youth Commission - McHenry, IL
Milton Middle School - Milton, WI
Milwaukee Academy of Science - Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee Public Schools - Milwaukee, WI
Monona Grove School District - Cottage Grove, WI
Mount Horeb School District - Mount Horeb
New Berlin School District - New Berlin, WI
Norway School District - Muskego, WI
Oak Creek School District - Oak Creek, WI
Oconomowoc School District - Oconomowoc, WI
Oregon School District - Oregon, WI
Oshkosh Area School District - Oshkosh, WI
Our Lady Of Destiny - Des Plaines, IL
Pardeeville Elementary School - Pardeeville, WI
Parkway Christian Academy - Oak Creek, WI
Pensacola Area School District - Pensacola, FL
Precious Lambs Childcare - Whitewater, WI
Quad/Graphics Daycare - Lomira, WI
Racine USD - Racine, WI
Randall Consolidated School - Bassett, WI
Rhodes Elementary - River Grove, IL
Riverview School District #1 - Silver Lake, WI
Rolling Hills Elementary School - Mukwonago, WI
Rosalie Manor - Milwaukee, WI
Salem Grade School - Salem, WI
Sandhill School - Stoughton, WI
Sauk Prairie School District - Sauk City, WI
St. Charles Borromeo - Milwaukee, WI
St. John's Lutheran School - Beloit, WI
Sullivan Elementary School - Sullivan, WI
Swallow School District - Hartland, WI
Trailside Elementary School - Waterford, WI
Verona Area School District - Verona, WI
Veteran's Administration - Milwaukee, WI
Waterloo School District - Waterloo, WI
Waukesha School District - Waukesha, WI
Waunakee School District - Waunakee, WI
Wauwatosa School District - Wauwatosa, WI
West Suburban Christian Academy - Waukesha, WI
Westlawn Elementary - Cedarburg, WI
Whitewater Unified School District - Whitewater, WI
Whitnall School District - Greenfield, WI
Yeshiva Elementary School - Milwaukee, WI

Graduate schools attended by our students:

For students interested in graduate school, the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater offers a wide variety of Masters degrees including School Guidance Counselors, School Psychologists, and Reading Specialists. Graduate Programs are also offered in the areas of Communicative Disorders; Counseling; Curriculum & Instruction; Educational Administration; Reading; and Educational Specialist. Graduates of UW-Whitewater have attended graduate schools at many other institutions such as UW-Milwaukee, UW-Madison, Marquette University, Cardinal Stritch, as well as out-of-state graduate programs.

For further information outside Career & Leadership Development:

UW-Whitewater Curriculum & Instruction Department
Departmental Office, Winther Hall, Room 3033
Phone: 262-472-1122

UW-Whitewater, Student Council for Exceptional Children
Faculty Advisor, Winther Hall 3049
Phone: 262-472-4831

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Faculty Advisor, Winther Hall, Room 4044
UW-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI 53190

UW-Whitewater, Student Wisconsin Education Association
Faculty Advisor, Winther Hall, Room 3037
Phone: 262-472-1259

American Federation of Teachers
1 DuPont Circle NW
Washington, DC 20036