Requirements for Admission
Students must be admitted to Profession Education (The College of Education). The requirements for admission to the College of Education and Professional Studies for the Early Childhood Program include successful completion of 30 credit hours (for UWW students), passing all three parts of the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST),, and having attended the Phase 1 Meeting (College of Education and Professional Studies Program Requirements) and the Phase 2 Meeting (Professional Education Orientation).
Students must have a minimum GPA (grade point average) of 2.75 for admittance to the College of Education and Professional Studies but should be aware that a 2.75 along with the other criteria do not guarantee admittance to the program. When the above listed criteria are met, GPA is the deciding factor in who is admitted and who is not (e.g., a student with a 2.87 may not be admitted because there are 30 other students who meet the criteria and have a higher GPA).
Students apply for the Early Childhood Program in the fall and the program begins in the spring. The maximum number of students admitted each year is thirty. For additional information regarding the process for applying to the College of Education, please visit the College of Education and Professional Studies Advising Center, which is located on the second floor of Winther Hall and review information online about Application to Professional Studies.
Students can declare Early Childhood Education as their major as soon as they enter the university. Until the students are admitted to the College of Education and Professional Studies and the Early Childhood Education program they will have a general education advisor (for up to 24 credits through the Advising and Exploration Center) who can assist them with general education courses and the courses needed before entering the program. Once students are admitted to the program they are assigned one of the five early childhood faculty members as their advisor.
Students completing the Early Childhood Education program will be able to teach children in the following age groups:
- Regular Education: Birth through 8 years old Licensure Code: EC (Early Childhood Regular Education) – 777 (70)
- Special Education: Birth through 8 years old Licensure Code: EC (Early Childhood Special Education) - 809
All students need to take the PRAXIS 2 test (content exam) and receive a passing score. A passing score must be achieved before a student will be given a full semester student teaching placement (last semester of the program). However, students are advised to take this test as soon as they are admitted to the program. It is each student's responsibility to take this test and ensure that the scores are sent to UW-Whitewater. For information about where this test is offered, please see an advisor at the College of Education and Professional Studies Advising Center.
Student Assessment: Portfolios
Each student enrolled in a teacher preparation program in the College of Education and Professional Studies must complete two developmental portfolios and a final student teaching portfolio. Portfolios provide opportunities for students to showcase their understanding of the practice of teaching. Currently, there are three phases of the portfolio that are completed while students are enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Program. The portfolio outline is explained in detail during the Reflective Seminars and summaries are provided in Appendices. Artifacts are based on courses and field work assignments, reflective narratives, a mission/philosophy statement, and field work or student teaching assessments. Artifacts are key assessments that the faculty chose. The key assessments are designed to demonstrate knowledge and skills outlined by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The faculty used each set of standards to create scoring rubrics that are blended. The artifacts included in a portfolio are scored using the rubrics which are based on a 4-point scoring system.
Phase 2 - The Phase 2 portfolio is completed during the first semester of the program in the course Reflective Seminar: Phase 2 (EDUINDP 216). In this course students are directed as to the artifacts that must be included. Students must pass the Phase 2 portfolio in order to continue in the program. See Appendix A for Portfolio Outline
Phase 3 - The Phase 3 portfolio is completed during the methods block (second through fifth semesters) and compiled during the fifth semester before the full semester of student teaching. Students are guided throughout the methods block and during Reflective Seminar: Phase 3 portfolio (EDUINDP 451). Artifacts from field studies are included in the Phase 3 portfolio. Artifacts completed during student teaching in birth-to-three and preschool should be used in the Phase 4 portfolio along with artifacts from the final semester of student teaching. Students must pass the Phase 3 portfolio in order to be assigned a full semester student teaching placement. See Appendix A for Portfolio Outline
Phase 4 - The Phase 4 portfolio is completed during the last semester of the program. Students are guided during the Phase IV Portfolio seminar (EDUINDP 465) in the selection of artifacts, which reflect all 10 Wisconsin Teaching Standards. Students must pass the Phase 4 portfolio in order to graduate and receive teaching certification. See Appendix A for Portfolio Outline
Courses Students Take in the on-campus Cohort Program
The majority of the courses that the students take in the Early Childhood Education Program are those that were developed specifically for the ECE major. For those people who are not faculty within this program, we realize that the titles of the courses are not self-explanatory. For those who are interested, we have also listed the course numbers as a reference to read the course descriptions in the undergraduate catalog or view the syllabi which will offer more information.