Jeffrey C. Barnett, Dean
Lawrence M. Kenney, Associate Dean
Ann Curry-Ruff, Assistant Dean
Tom Ganser, Director of the Office of Field Experiences
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 cognitive disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, 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:
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 Coaching, Health, Athletics, Recreation, and Physical Education
(CHARPE) organization is open to all students enrolled in majors or minors
in Health Physical Education, Recreation or Coaching. This club works to
promote understanding of career opportunities and responsiblities, professional
development outside of the classroom, and networking with professionals
and peers. Guest speakers, attendance at professional meetings, and banquets
are some of the various activities of this organization.
Advisor: Kathleen Happel and Wendy DeMore.
The Student Council for Exceptional Children is a pre-professional
organization for students interested in expanding their knowledge about
and experiences with individual with exceptionalities. Its primary purpose
is to "present students with opportunities to improve educational professional
standards and increase awareness of exceptional children and youth." Opportunities
are available for volunteer experiences with various area service agencies/programs
and residential facilities. Projects may include: visiting residential
facilities, mentoring clients, planning seasonal parties for residents
of community resident settings, provide respite care, and attending and
participating in state and national professional organization conferences.
Adviser: Diane Ormsby.
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
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 Safety Organization represents both ASSE (American Society
of Safety Engineers) and TWSO (The World Safety Organization). 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 participate in departmental activities and
decision-making and the Organization conducts a variety of programs for
professional growth and development. The Organization 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
Adviser: Deborah Bowen, Craig Wucivic.
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.
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 term, have a "C" or better in a public speaking speech course, have a minimum appropriate grade point average of 2.75 on a minimum of 40 credits (for students without a bachelor's degree) or grade point average of 2.75 on all credits accepted (for students who hold a bachelor's degree), and pass all three portions of the PPST test to be considered for admission without an exception. Although a 2.75 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 a 2.75 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 Term,
students must have the following:
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 licensure courses and professional education eligibility is available by request at the Winther Hall Information Desk. Students with a bachelor's degree should contact the appropriate program coordinator to develop an individual licensure plan.
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.
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.)
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;
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.
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.
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 credits 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 general education requirements may be used to meet the General Education requirements for licensure.
Students completing the 50 credit general education 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.
The following PI-4 General Education-Licensure requirements including Wisconsin Model Academic Standards must be met by all licensure students:
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:
Diversity and Writing Proficiency
College/Major (and minor if required)
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 minor, 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 not 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 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.
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):
Complete the approved minor and an additional student teaching or field study.
Complete the approved minor, health methods course, and additional student teaching (if required).
Complete the approved minor and two additional practicums.
Complete the approved minor, a methods course and a four-week immersion experience.
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. Students pursuing a Safety Studies major must achieve a minimum overall gpa of 2.5 and a minimum gpa of 2.5 in the major.
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Last revised on March 10, 2000 by WDT