Tom Ganser, Director of Field Experiences
and Human Relations
- 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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
- Leadership Minor. Provides the specialized knowledge and training
required to be a successful supervisor, manager or administrator in
whatever the students' chosen profession.
- 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.
- 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
- 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).
- A 2.75 GPA in licensure (this includes the major, minor and
Professional Education courses).
- Attended a Professional Education Orientation Meeting.
- A "C" or better in the three courses contained in the Pre-Professional
- A "C" or better in Speech 110 or its equivalent.
- Passing scores on all three parts of the Pre-Professional Skills Test
NEW ADMISSIONS POLICY - EFFECTIVE
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:
Transfer students and those students with a bachelors degree must meet the
following requirements to be eligible for admission to Professional
- A 2.40 GPA on a minimum of 12 credits.
- Passing scores on a minimum of two parts of the Pre-Professional Skills
- Completion of Speech 110 or its equivalent with a grade of C or better.
- Attendance at a Professional Education Orientation meeting during the
student's first semester at UW-Whitewater.
- 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.
- For students with 40-75 credits accepted at UW-Whitewater, a GPA of
2.75 based on all credits accepted.
- For students with a baccalaureate degree or more than 75 credits, a GPA
of 2.75 based upon all credits accepted at UW-Whitewater.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
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.
- Composition and Literature - English 680-101 or credit through exam
and English 680-102.
- Oral Communication - Speech 166-110.
- Mathematics - Math 760-141 or any three-credit mathematics course.
- Fine Arts - see appropriate list of courses.
- National, State, and Local Government - Political Science 820-141.
- Biological Science - any 3 to 5-credit Biology course.
- Physical Science - any 3 to 5-credit Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, or
Physics course or the 5-credit Physical Geography course.
- Western History or Western Contemporary Culture - see approved list of
- Non-Western History or Non-Western Contemporary Culture - see approved
list of courses.
- Electives - Additional credits may be elected from all General Studies
courses. The Humanities and Social Sciences General Studies requirements
must be met.
NOTE: National/State/Local Government, Biological Science, and Physical
Science are not covered by the core requirements and must be taken
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
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
Transfer students and those students with a bachelors degree must meet the
following requirements to be eligible for endorsement for licensure:
- Completion of an approved major, major and minor, or broadfield major.
- Successful completion of a Directed Teaching experience at
- An overall GPA of 2.75 based on major, minor and professional education
course work except student teaching.
- 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
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
- For students with 1-75 credits accepted at UW-Whitewater, the
endorsement requirements are the same as for non-transfer students.
- 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
- c. A GPA of 2.75 in their major course work, their minor course work and
their professional education course work except student teaching.
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:
Diversity and Writing Proficiency
College/Major (and minor if required):
- 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.
- Observation and Participation: Appropriate to major: C&I 439-210
Observation and Participation or Special Education 489-210 Observation and
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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