Undergraduate Bulletin

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Jeffrey C. Barnett, Dean
Lawrence Kenney, Associate Dean
Ruth Koselka, Assistant Dean
Tom Ganser, Director of Field Experiences and Human Relations

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM CHAIRPERSONS

Communicative Disorders
Patricia Casey
Counselor Education
Brenda O'Beirne
Curriculum and Instruction
Richard Telfer
Educational Foundations
Stephen Friedman
Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Coaching
James Miller III
Leadership and Military Science
Major Rno Reinemer
Safety Studies
Jerome A. Witherill
Special Education
Ann Riall

HISTORY AND MISSION OF THE COLLEGE

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 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 and military science, and health, 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, healtheducation, history, journalism, library science, mathematics, leadership, music, physical education, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, recreation, sociology, Spanish, speech, and in secondary business education.

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, emotional disturbance, learning disabilities, severely/profoundly handicapped, early childhood handicapped, adult developmentally disabled and communicative disorders.

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:

  • enhance minority high school and college students awareness of career opportunities in the education profession.
  • increase the involvement of enrolled students in activities leading to improved academic performance.
  • provide opportunities for minority students to regularly meet and exchange ideas with successful minority educators.
  • provide academic support in the form of tutoring and counseling for students with such needs.

    DEPARTMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS AND ACTIVITIES

    HONORARY FRATERNITIES

    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.

    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.

    STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

    The Association for 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.

    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.

    The Council of Exceptional Children is an organization for students interested in learning more about children with handicaps. Programs are offered in various areas of exceptionality. Projects include visiting institutions for handicapped individuals, attending state and national meetings in the area of exceptionality, and planning student conferences to acquaint high school students with areas of exceptional education.

    National Student Speech, Language and Hearing Association. This student association, related to the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association, was formed in 1975 for communicative disorders majors and interested students to encourage professional interest in the study of normal and disordered human communication behavior.

    The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Student Wisconsin Education Association is a pre-professional organization affiliated with the Wisconsin Education Association Council and the National Education Association. Membership in Student Wisconsin Education Association is open to all students majoring or minoring in the field of education and/or seeking teacher licensure. The local chapter of Student Wisconsin Education Association sponsors a variety of activities designed to extend the professional preparation of its members. These activities include: involvement in professional conferences, the hosting of local professional meetings, and providing the members with information concerning the job search.

    ROTC Cadet Association is composed of students enrolled in the Army ROTC program (Leadership and Military Science Department) at Whitewater. The organization fosters military, social and other extracurricular activities within the ROTC student body.

    Student Safety Association seeks to promote the safety profession; to provide safety students with an opportunity to make their desires and interests in the safety curriculum and conditions affecting the welfare of the student body known to University faculty and administration; to perform safety service activities for the public, University, and academic communities; and to pursue educational activities for the specific betterment of each member of the organization. Any student interested in the field of safety studies may become a voting member of the organization upon payment of regular semester dues to the chapter treasurer.

    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.

    Tactics Club is sponsored by the Leadership and Military Science Department (ROTC) to promote interest and excellence in military tactics through the application of theories of actual field situation. The organization also enters intercollegiate tactics and orienteering competition. Membership is open to all UW-Whitewater students.

    ACADEMIC INFORMATION

    PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS LEADING TO TEACHER LICENSURE

    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 will 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 and only after completion of a program approved by the Department of Public Instruction. During the last semester before graduation students should obtain an application form from the office of the Associate Dean in the College of Education. Those students desiring a license from other states also may obtain information about appropriate application from the same office.

    NON-LICENSURE PROGRAMS

    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).

    LEADERSHIP AND MILITARY SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

    The Department of Leadership and Military Science offers three programs which may be pursued by any student desiring instruction, practical experience and credentials in leadership.

    1. Leadership Minor. Provides the specialized knowledge and training required to be a successful supervisor, manager or administrator in whatever the students' chosen profession.
    2. U.S. Army Commission. Completion of the commission program and a baccalaureate degree provides the opportunity for service to the Nation as a Second Lieutenant in either the US Army, National Guard or Army Reserve.
    3. U.S. Air Force Commission. Completion of the commission program and a baccalaureate degree provides the opportunity for service to the Nation as a Second Lieutenant in either the U.S. Air Force or Air Force Reserve.

    ADMISSION TO PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

    Students wishing to enroll in any courses in a professional education sequence leading to initial teacher licensure must complete an application for admission to Professional Education and be admitted. One copy of the application will be filed with the student's education adviser; a second copywill be filed in the College of Education Records Office. Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission to Professional Education:

    1. A 2.75 GPA on a minimum of 40 credits. Students with a GPA between a 2.50 and a 2.75 will be accepted if caps are not reached in their area (transfer students with a baccalaureate degree or 75 credits or more, must have a 2.75 GPA on all credits accepted).
    2. A 2.75 GPA in licensure (this includes the major, minor and Professional Education courses).
    3. Attended a Professional Education Orientation Meeting.
    4. A "C" or better in the three courses contained in the Pre-Professional Semester.
    5. A "C" or better in Speech 110 or its equivalent.
    6. Passing scores on all three parts of the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST).

    NEW ADMISSIONS POLICY - EFFECTIVE SPRING, 1997

    Beginning in the Spring Semester 1997, a new admissions policy for Professional Education will take effect. All students applying for admission to Professional Education after January 1, 1997 will be subject to the new policy. Each student applying for admission to 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 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.

    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 still required to attend a Professional Education Orientation meeting, have a "C" or better in the three courses contained in the Pre-Professional semester and in Speech, 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.

    In order to be eligible for admission to the pre-professional semester, students must have the following:

    1. A 2.40 GPA on a minimum of 12 credits.
    2. Passing scores on a minimum of two parts of the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST).
    Transfer students and those students with a bachelors degree must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission to Professional Education:

    1. Completion of Speech 110 or its equivalent with a grade of C or better.
    2. Attendance at a Professional Education Orientation meeting during the student's first semester at UW-Whitewater.
    3. For students with less than 40 credits accepted at UW-Whitewater, a GPA of 2.75 based on 40 or more credits that includes all transfer credits.
    4. For students with 40-75 credits accepted at UW-Whitewater, a GPA of 2.75 based on all credits accepted.
    5. For students with a baccalaureate degree or more than 75 credits, a GPA of 2.75 based upon all credits accepted at UW-Whitewater.
    6. Completion of the Pre-Professional Skills Test in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing with a passing score that will be determined by the College of Education and the Wisconsin State Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

      Specific information is available at the Winther Hall Information Desk.

      Students admitted to the University with a declared major in education are not necessarily guaranteed admission to professional education. Students must meet stated criteria and will be admitted on a space available basis.

      Exceptions to the GPA requirement or the Pre-Professional Skills Test requirement for admission to Professional Education may be granted by the Review Committee on Entrance-Exit Requirements. No more than 10% of all students admitted to professional education in any admission period may be granted an exception. Specific information on the process for granting exceptions is available at the Winther Hall Information Desk.

    TEACHER LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS

    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:

    Educational Psychology: Appropriate to the licensure program, 423-212, Educational Psychology; 423-222, Child Development; 423-322, Preschool Child Development; or 423-478, Adolescent Development.

    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, 424-423 Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education; 424-424, Measurement and Evaluation in Elementary Schools; or 424-425, Measurement and Evaluation in the Secondary School.

    Directed Teaching

    1. Experiences in schools. All students seeking initial endorsement for licensure by UW-Whitewater must earn credits from UW-Whitewater in conjunction with experiences in schools. Additional information about these experiences is available from the Office of Field Experiences or the appropriate department in the College of Education.
    2. Pre-professional Block. A minimum of 50 hours in a school setting that serves a diverse population. Presently this experience takes place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Office of Field Experiences arranges for transportation of the students and they are assessed a transportation fee.
    3. Professional Block. One or more experiences in schools. Students are placed in schools located within the service area of the College of Education, generally within 50 miles of campus. Students are responsible for their own transportation during Professional Block experiences.
    4. Directed Teaching ("student teaching"). All students seeking initial endorsement for licensure must complete a full day, full semester experience following the daily schedule and semester of the cooperating school (not the university semester). Students apply for Directed Teaching in November or December of their junior year if they are scheduled for directed teaching during the first or second semester of their senior year. Students who seek endorsement from UW-Whitewater must complete at least 14 credits of academic work from UW-Whitewater prior to Directed Teaching. For their Directed Teaching experience, students are placed in schools located within the service area of the College of Education, generally within 50 miles of campus. Placements are made by the university on the basis of quality and other programmatic considerations. Students are responsible for their transportation and housing arrangements during Directed Teaching.

      Environmental Education: Students whose programs lead to Wisconsin licensure in elementary education, science, or social studies must fulfill the statutory 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 Man.

      Cooperatives: Students whose programs lead to Wisconsin licensure in social studies must fulfill the statutory requirements in cooperatives by electing one of the following courses: 230-213 Economic Principles, Problems and Policies or 230-324 Cooperatives.

      Exceptional Education: Effective July 1, 1981 all persons who receive an initial Wisconsin elementary or secondary license must complete an exceptionaleducation 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 requirement is available in the Office of Student Teaching, Winther 2038.

      General Education Licensure Requirements: All students seeking initial endorsement for teacher licensure must meet the general education licensure requirements of Chapter PI 4.07 Administrative Code of 40 semester hours of course work. Any general education courses that are included in a professional education sequence, major or minor may not be used to calculate the 40 semester hour minimum requirement. Courses taken to satisfy UW-Whitewater Proficiency and General Studies requirements may be used to calculate the 40 semester hour minimum requirement. The specific general education licensure course requirements are:

      1. Composition and Literature - English 680-101 or credit through exam and English 680-102.
      2. Oral Communication - Speech 166-110.
      3. Mathematics - Math 760-141 or any three-credit mathematics course.
      4. Fine Arts - see appropriate list of courses.
      5. National, State, and Local Government - Political Science 820-141.
      6. Biological Science - any 3 to 5-credit Biology course.
      7. Physical Science - any 3 to 5-credit Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics course or the 5-credit Physical Geography course.
      8. Western History or Western Contemporary Culture - see approved list of courses.
      9. Non-Western History or Non-Western Contemporary Culture - see approved list of courses.
      10. Electives - Additional credits may be elected from all General Studies courses. The Humanities and Social Sciences General Studies requirements must be met.
      For students who entered Fall 1994: Students completing the entire general studies core and proficiency requirements, will also have met the following PI4 General Education requirements: Composition and Literature, Oral Communication, Fine Arts, Western History or Contemporary Culture, a Non-Western or Non-Contemporary Culture.

      NOTE: National/State/Local Government, Biological Science, and Physical Science are not covered by the core requirements and must be taken separately.

      Additional information on the general education requirements and the approved list of courses are available in the Office of the Assistant Dean, Winther 2033. A listing of all courses approved to satisfy General Education for Licensure requirements is listed each semester in the University Timetable.

      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:

      1. Completion of an approved major, major and minor, or broadfield major.
      2. Successful completion of a Directed Teaching experience at UW-Whitewater.
      3. An overall GPA of 2.75 based on major, minor and professional education course work except student teaching.
      4. A passing score on a standardized examination in each licensure major and minor if required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The examination will be administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the passing score will be determined the State Superintendent.
      Transfer students and those students with a bachelors degree must meet the following requirements to be eligible for endorsement for licensure:

      1. For students with 1-75 credits accepted at UW-Whitewater, the endorsement requirements are the same as for non-transfer students.
      2. Students with more than 75 credits accepted at UW-Whitewater or a bachelors degree must meet the following requirements:
        a. Completion of an approved major, major and minor, or broadfield major.
        b. Successful completion of a Directed Teaching experience at UW-Whitewater.
        c. A GPA of 2.75 in their major course work, their minor course work and their professional education course work except student teaching.
      A passing score on a standardized examination in each licensure major and minor if required by the Department of Public Instruction. The examination will be administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the passing score will be determined by the State Superintendent.

      Exceptions to the GPA requirements for endorsement for initial teacher licensure may be granted by the Review Committee on Entrance-Exit Requirements. 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 in the Office of the Assistant Dean, Winther 2033.

    COLLEGE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

    BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION (BSE)

    You 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:

    University Proficiency
    General Studies
    Diversity and Writing Proficiency
    College/Major (and minor if required):
    Core
    1. Measurement and Evaluation: Appropriate to major; 424-422 Measurement and Evaluation in Occupational Safety or 424-423 Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education or 424-424 Measurement and Evaluation in Elementary Education or 424-425 Measurement and Evaluation in the Secondary School.
    2. Observation and Participation: Appropriate to major: C&I 439-210 Observation and Participation or Special Education 489-210 Observation and Participation.

      Major Requirements: See the appropriate departmental pages for major, minor and other departmental requirements.

      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 and a minimum grade point average of 2.25 in the major in order to graduate. A 2.75 combined transfer and UW-W GPA is required for admission to professional education and a 2.75 combined GPA in the major, minor and professional education is required for teaching licensure.

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