Faculty: William Chandler, Ni Chang, Andrea D'Antonino-Stinson, Virginia Epps, Melissa Freiberg, Tom Ganser, Katharina Heyning, Larry Kenney, Judson Lyon, Phillip Makurat (Chairperson), Barbara Mischio, Michael Nelson, Andrea O'Brien, Harriet Rogers, Patricia Shaw, Wallace Sherlock, Susan Toms-Bronowski, Sondra Waldmann, Mary Ann Wham, Paul Yvarra, John Zbikowski.
The Curriculum and Instruction Department provides three basic undergraduate teacher licensure programs and a minor in Bilingual Education.
The Prekindergarten-Elementary program (PreK-6 major) is designed for students who wish to obtain Wisconsin licensure to teach children from birth through the elementary grades. Embedded within the major is an early childhood minor; no other minor is required. The early childhood minor focuses on working with children in infant, toddler, and preschool settings, kindergartens and the primary grades. Within the PreK-6 major and early childhood minor, the student will work with young children in schools and programs across four Fall/Spring terms.
The Elementary/Middle program leads to licensure in teaching the elementary and middle level grades. The Program includes an elementary education major, an approved minor and a wide range of professional education courses. Special emphasis is placed on field work in schools and developing the skills to work with children who may vary widely in background and educational need. A special methods course in the minor may be required.
Middle/Secondary Education prepares students to teach in middle or junior high schools and senior high schools. Academic major(s), minor(s), or broadfield areas are complemented by educational foundations coursework, methods courses, and field work which qualify students for middle/secondary teaching licensure. For Middle/Secondary Education majors to be certified in their minor as well as their major, they must have a methods course in the minor unless the major and minor are in a compatible area. A listing of compatible majors and minors is available in the Curriculum and Instruction Office.
The Bachelor of Science with an Elementary/Middle or Middle/Secondary Education major with a minor in bilingual-bicultural education is designed to provide instructional strategies and cultural understanding for undergraduate/graduate students. The credential program has been designed to acquaint candidates with the rationale, methods, techniques, and procedures of Bilingual-Bicultural instruction.
In addition to the programs offered through the department, the department supports broad area majors in several fields. Broad area major requirements are as follows: (Education Licensure Programs are also available.)
The major in art education is outlined under Art.
Majors in business education are outlined under Business Education.
The program in driver education is outlined under Safety Studies.
Majors in music education are outlined under Music.
The broadfield major in physical education is outlined under Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching.
LICENSURE AND WRITING - 40 CREDITS
MAJOR & WRITING - 49 CREDITS
UNIQUE MAJOR REQUIREMENT - 6 CREDITS
LICENSURE AND WRITING - 36 CREDITS
MAJOR & WRITING - 34 CREDITS
UNIQUE MAJOR REQUIREMENT - 6 CREDITS
AN APPROVED MINOR IS REQUIRED FOR THIS MAJOR
To qualify for a license to teach at the middle level as well as in grades 1-6, students in the Elementary/Middle Emphasis must complete all the courses in an approved minor plus any additional licensure requirements for that minor. Special licensure requirements for certain minors include the following (refer to descriptions of the minors for details):
Bilingual/Bicultural Education minor:
Complete bilingual student teaching or field study;
Foreign Language minor:
Complete a methods course and a four-week immersion experience;
Health Education minor:
Complete a health methods course;
Library Media K-12 minor:
Complete practicum coursework.
Middle/Secondary Education programs prepare students to teach specific subjects in grades 6-12. Students in Middle/Secondary Education complete an Education major in one of the subjects from the list below, plus a minor of at least 22 credits in any other subject:
A set of courses consisting of at least 12 credits from each of two closely related subjects from the list above may be substituted for the minor. Consult an adviser in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction to determine approved combinations.
Broadfield majors, which prepare students to teach a set of related subjects in grades 6-9, and selected subjects from the set in grades 10-12, are available in Science and Social Studies. Students who complete a secondary broadfield major select an emphasis subject within the broadfield, and they do not need to complete a minor. Secondary broadfield majors include the following:
Students who select a minor as well as a major from the list of Education majors may obtain a 6-12 teaching license in both the major and minor subjects. To do so may require taking an additional methods course, depending on how closely the two subjects are related. Consult an adviser in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction to determine whether a particular major-minor combination requires more than one methods course for licensure in both subjects.
Middle/Secondary level licensure may also be obtained in the following subjects by completing any of the following minors in conjunction with any education major from the list above:
Licensure for grades 6-12 may be obtained through a minor in the following two areas, but only in conjunction with an Education major in English:
Students seeking licensure to teach psychology, whether through a minor or a major, must select an Education major in another of the social sciences. Students seeking licensure in Computer Science must take 437-428, Methods of Teaching Mathematics. Students seeking licensure in Philosophy must take 437-430, Methods of Teaching Social Studies.
Note that middle-level (6-9) licensure may also be obtained in most of the subjects listed in this section by completing a minor in conjunction with an Elementary Education major.
Middle/Secondary school licensure options are also available in the Art Education, Business Education, Music Education, and Physical Education programs. Refer to descriptions of those programs in this catalog for details.
Licensure courses in 6-12 programs
In addition to major and minor requirements, students in middle/secondary programs complete coursework and field experiences that provide opportunities to synthesize and apply knowledge of subject matter in middle schools and high schools. A typical sequence of courses is as follows:
Subject-Specific Licensure Requirements
In addition to the above licensure sequence, which is common to all middle/secondary programs, some subjects require additional coursework beyond the major in order to obtain licensure. Refer to the course descriptions in each department for details. Note that the Academic Progress Report (APR) lists the specific licensure requirements for only one subject. Students seeking licensure in more than one subject are responsible for all requirements listed under licensure in each of the subjects whether they appear on the APR or not. Refer to particular departments for details.
Important subject-specific licensure requirements include the following:
The Bachelor of Science with an Elementary/Middle or Middle/Secondary Education major with a minor in bilingual-bicultural is designed to provide instructional strategies and cultural understanding for undergraduate/graduate students working or planning to work with bilingual students. The licensure program has been designed to acquaint candidates with the rationale, methods, techniques, and procedures of bilingual-bicultural instruction. Basic entry requirements are: (1) the possession of a teaching license or concurrent enrollment in a program leading to a license; (2) competency in Spanish as determined by a Spanish language proficiency examination; (3) a GPA of 2.15 or higher. The Bilingual/Bicultural minor consists of a core of 24 semester credits.
MINOR - 24 CREDITS
For further information regarding the Bilingual Program, contact: Dr. Yvarra (262) 472-4891.
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