Suggested Course Sequence

  1. Evaluate progress towards General Education and PI-34 Requirements

    Once you declare your major, an evaluation of your progress is automatically included in your Advising Report (AR).

    For special students who hold baccalaureate degrees and transfer students whose credits do not appear on the AR, PI-34 requirements may be evaluated by an advisor in the College of Education & Professional Studies Advising Assistance Center (Winther Hall, room 2003, phone: 262.472.1585).

  2. Declare Major/Minor and continue taking social studies content area courses

    Refer to course listings in the Undergraduate Catalog or provided in the Content Area Forms Link and meet with your content area advisor to determine the required classes for your particular social studies major (Broadfield Social Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology) and/or your minor. If you are pursuing a Broadfield Social Studies program, you should meet with a content advisor in the area of your emphasis, i.e., Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. The catalog is available at the UW-Whitewater Admissions office in Baker Hall or on the web at the UWW Course Catalog.

    Determine appropriate coursework and sequence in consultation with BOTH (1) an advisor in your major department or area of broadfield emphasis AND (2) the Social Studies Program Coordinator, Winther Hall, room 3051. Any potential content specific transfer credits should be evaluated by an advisor in your major department, while any potential education specific transfer credits should be should be evaluated by the Social Studies Program Coordinator.

    Please note that all social studies licensure programs in Wisconsin include an environmental education requirement and an agricultural economics cooperatives requirement. These can be met as follows:

    Environmental Ed:
      GEOGRPY 252 (GS)
    OR
    BIOLOGY 214 (GM)
    Human Environmental Problems

    Ecology and Society

    Cooperatives:
      ECON 213 Economic Principles for Teachers (Spring Only)

    Special students may wish to complete the Environmental Ed requirement through UW-Extension by taking course U416-339 - Environmental Conservation for 3 credits. Enrollment information for this course may be found on the web at http://il.wisconsin.edu. Specific information for this course may be found by (1) following the link Catalog, (2) clicking the plus sign next to Social Science, and (3) Following the link U416-339 - Environmental Conservation (https://il.wisconsin.edu/catalog/course.aspx?course=U416-339).

  3. Take the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)

    Dates and times that the test is offered at the UW-Whitewater campus are listed in the PRAXIS Booklet available at the Education Advising Assistance Center (Room 2003 Winther Hall; 262.472.1585). You may also take the test through the Sylvan Learning Centers in Madison, Brookfield and other locations. You may register with the Sylvan Center by calling: Madison 608.257.6072, Brookfield 414.796.0808.

    Copies of test manuals and previous tests are on reserve in the Learning Materials Center (LMC) in the lower level of the library or they are available for purchase at the University Bookstore. Mock tests and test preparation workshops are also offered occasionally. For information about these workshops, contact Academic Support Services at 262.472.5697 or 262.472.3223.

  4. Complete the College of Education & Professional Studies Orientation Program

    Complete the online Phase 1 and Phase 2 meetings.

    If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the College of Education & Professional Studies Advising Assistance Center, 2003 Winther Hall, phone: 262.472.1585.

  5. Enroll in the Foundations Block (Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester)

    In order to enroll in the Foundations Block, you must have:

    1. at least a 2.75 GPA on 12 units of coursework or have a baccalaureate degree,
    2. completed a Professional Education Phase 1 meeting, and
    3. passing scores on at least two sections of the PPST or CORE; or passing scores as designated by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on the ACT, SAT, or GRE. (see #3 above)

    Students should sign up for the classes listed below as a block and should reserve all day Tuesday and Thursday (6:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) for the block.  To enroll, students must request permission at the Department of Educational Foundations, WH 6035 (stonejaa@uww.edu; 262.472.1380) where the proper course sections will be selected for them. Please check with Educational Foundations for information on hybrid versions of each of the Foundations Block courses. The Foundations Block courses must be taken prior to or concurrent with application for Professional Education admission.

    EDFOUND 243: Education in a Pluralistic Society (Ed Foundations) (3 Units)
    * This course meets the General Education Diversity requirement

    EDFOUND 212: Educational Psychology (Ed Foundations) (3 Units)

    EDFNDPRC 210: Introduction to Education and Teaching (C&I) (3 Units)
    * This course fulfills one portion of the Department of Public Instruction Human Relations requirement. (Please reserve all day, from approximately 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for Observation and Participation [EDFNDPRC 210].

    *SPECED 205: Psychology of the Exceptional Child (Special Ed) (3 Units)
    * This course may be taken at any time; it is not a pre-requisite for  professional education admission. However, it is often taken concurrently with the Foundations Block courses. - change Foundations Block to Foundations Block.

    In some cases, returning or transfer students may have taken similar coursework at another institution. In order to petition to have previous coursework substituted for a program requirement, contact James Hartwick, the Program Coordinator for Secondary Social Studies (Winther Hall, room 3051, 262.472.5815, hartwicj@uww.edu).

  6. Apply for Admission to Professional Education

    Please carefully review the admission links below.

    You are also welcome to contact the Education Advising Assistance Center (2003 Winther Hall; 262.472.1585) with questions regarding admission to professional education. In order to be eligible to apply for Admission to Professional Education, you must have:

    1. at least a 3.2 GPA on 40 units of coursework or have a baccalaureate degree,
    2. passing scores on all 3 parts of the PPST (see #3 above),
    3. completed, been waived from, or be enrolled in SPEECH 110,
    4. completed a Professional Education Orientation Program Phase 1 and 2 meetings (see #4 above),
    5. earned a C or better or be concurrently enrolled in the Foundations Block courses (see #5 above), and
    6. a passing score on the Phase II portfolio review.
  7. Following admission to the School of Education, you should complete the following.

    For Traditional UW-Whitewater Undergraduates
    1. Make an appointment with your content area advisor to determine the remaining content courses you will need to complete to satisfy your major and minor requirements. Be sure to keep a signed copy of your Progress Toward Degree - Discipline/Content Coursework form for your records and bring a copy of the Progress Toward Degree - Discipline/Content Coursework form signed by your content advisor to your appointment with the Secondary Social Studies Program Coordinator (licensure advisor).
    2. Make an advising appointment with the Social Studies Program Coordinator, James Hartwick (Room 3051 Winther Hall; 262.472.5815; hartwicj@uww.edu) to make a program plan and lock-in dates for Methods Block and Student Teaching Semesters. Bring a printed copy of a current Advising Report (AR), Progress Toward Degree - Discipline/Content Coursework form for both your major and your minor initialed by your content advisor, waivers, and other relevant documents to this meeting. (ARs can be found at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's home page under the dropdown menu Popular Sites. Select WINS - Student Admin.)
    For Transfer Students and Special Students (with baccalaureate degrees)
    1. Visit the College of Education & Professional Studies Advising Assistance Center and have your General Education Requirements (called PI-34 Requirements) evaluated. Be sure to keep a written copy of this evaluation for your records and bring a copy of this evaluation to your appointment with the Secondary Social Studies Program Coordinator.
    2. Make an appointment with your content area advisor to have your content courses evaluated. Be sure to keep a signed copy of your content course requirements for your records and bring a copy of the Progress Toward Degree - Discipline/Content Coursework form signed by your advisor to your appointment with the Secondary Social Studies Program Coordinator (licensure advisor).
    3. Make an advising appointment with the Social Studies Program Coordinator, James Hartwick (Room 3051 Winther Hall; 262.472.5815; hartwicj@uww.edu) to make a program plan to and to lock in dates for Methods Block and Student Teaching Semesters. Bring a printed copy of a current Advising Report (AR), PI-4/PI-34 evaluation, Progress Toward Degree - Discipline/Content Coursework form, transcripts, waivers, and other relevant documents to this meeting. (ARs can be found at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater's home page under the dropdown menu Popular Sites. Select WINS - Student Admin.)
  8. Praxis II Social Studies Content Knowledge Exam

    For admission to Phase 4 Student Teaching, you must achieve a qualifying score (153) on the Praxis II Social Studies Content Knowledge Exam (Test Code: 0081[paper version] or 5081 [computer version]).

    Students must meet this requirement for their major(s) and for minors that will lead to additional teaching licenses.

    Your results on the Praxis Social Studies Content Knowledge Exam (Test Code: 0081[paper version] or 5081 [computer version]) must be reported to the College of Education & Professional Studies in order for the Office of Field Experiences to arrange a student teaching placement; therefore, you must take the test several months prior to your expected student teaching semester. The current policy, which is subject to change without notice, is as follows.

    Students who wish to student teach in the Fall Semester must take and achieve the qualifying score (153) on the Praxis II Social Studies Content Knowledge Exam (Test Code: 0081[paper version] or 5081 [computer version]) by the preceding January(of that same year).

    Students who wish to student teach in the Spring Semester must take and achieve the qualifying score (153) on the Praxis II Social Studies Content Knowledge Exam (Test Code: 0081[paper version] or 5081 [computer version]) by the preceding July.

    For specific information regarding the Social Studies Content Knowledge Exam (Test Code: 0081[paper version] or 5081 [computer version]), please refer to the Test at a Glance for this test. A more detailed test preparation booklet, Social Studies and Citizenship Education: Content Knowledge Study Guide, 2nd Edition [Test Codes: 0081 and 0087], can be purchased from ETS. Copies of this test preparation booklet are available at the Anderson Library.

    For more information regarding the Praxis II Content Knowledge Exam, cut-off dates, and registration for the exam, please contact the College of Education & Professional Studies Advising Assistance Center (Room 2003 Winther Hall; 262.472.1585).

    *For additional information regarding the Social Studies Content Knowledge Exam (Test Code: 0081[paper version] or 5081 [computer version]) go to here. To register for this test, go to the Praxis II web site.

  9. Complete the Methods Block (Fall semesters only)

    In order to be eligible for the Methods Block of courses, you must have:

    1. been admitted to Professional Education, and
    2. made significant progress in content course work (Major/Minor) or have the consent of the Social Studies Program Coordinator.

    During the Methods Block semester, you should enroll in 3 units of Methods of Teaching Social Studies (SECNDED 430/630), 2 units of Alternate Directed Teaching (CIFLD 402/404) and 3 units of Field Study (Seminar, CIFLD 492). These three courses are closely coordinated with each other and should be taken together. Methods of Teaching Social Studies (SECNDED 430/630) is designed to prepare students to learn traditional and state-of-the-art instructional techniques, methods, and approaches to teaching high school and middle school social studies. In Alternate Directed Teaching (CIFLD 402/404) students are assigned four days a week (Mon. - Thurs.) to a six to nine week, half-a-day, school placement. Field Study Seminar (CIFLD 492) involves students in reflecting on teaching and systematically connecting their alternate directed teaching experience with their university coursework.

    If you wish to do your full time student teaching semester (Directed Teaching) in a middle school, you must sign up for high school Alternate Directed Teaching (CIFLD 404) this semester. If you wish to do your full time student teaching semester (Directed Teaching) in a high school, you must sign up for middle school Alternate Directed Teaching (CIFLD 402) this semester.

    Scheduling Note: In selecting your courses and planning work and other obligations, be certain to hold free EITHER 7:30am-11:30am OR 11:30am-3:30pm Monday through Thursday for your Alternate Directed Teaching Experience (CIFLD 402/404). In addition, each Friday throughout the semester, Field Study Seminar (CIFLD 492), will meet from 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM.

    Some school districts may require criminal background checks for individuals completing field placements in their schools. Students are required to pay the cost of such background checks.

    SECNDED 430/630 Methods of Teaching Social Studies (C&I) (3 Units) (Fall Only)

    CIFLD 402 Alternate Directed Teaching, Social Studies (Middle School) (C&I) (2 Units) (Fall Only)
    OR
    CIFLD 404 Alternate Directed Teaching, Social Studies (High School) (C&I) (2 Units) (Fall Only)

    CIFLD 492 Social Studies Field Study (C&I) (3 Units) (Fall Only)

    SECNDED 466 Literacy Strategies for Content Area Teachers (C&I) (3 Units) * Usually this course is taken as a part of the Methods Block; however, the course may be taken anytime after Professional Education Admission.

    EDFOUND 425 Measurement & Evaluation (Ed Foundations) (3 Units) * This course may be taken anytime after Professional Education Admission; it does not need to be part of the Methods Block.

    Phase III: Portfolio Requirement

    At a minumum you must:

    • write a Philosophy/Pedagogy Statement;
    • receive a score of 2 (Basic) or higher on the Phase III Narrative;
    • and receive a score of 2 (Basic) or higher for 7 of 8 of the Wisconsin Teacher Education Standards
  10. Student Teaching

    In order to be eligible for Student Teaching, you must have:

    1. a minimum overall GPA of 2.75,
    2. earned a C or better in all methods courses,
    3. earned a S or a C or better in all clinical experiences,
    4. a passing score on the Phase III Portfolio review (see Phase III: Portfolio Requirement),
    5. completed the Phase 3 Orientation Meeting, (Phase Meetings)
    6. a recent negative reading on a TB test,
    7. a satisfactory background check as needed (Some school districts may require criminal background checks for individuals completing field placements in their schools. Students are required to pay the cost of such background checks.),
    8. have documentation of earning a passing scores for all required state content exams (see step 8, Praxis II: Social Studies Content Knowledge Exam), and
    9. the consent of the Social Studies Program Coordinator.

    Note: These school placements will follow the school district's, not UW-Whitewater's, calendar and will run all day, every day for a full (18 week) semester. If you completed a Field Study/Alt. Directed Teaching placement in a middle school, you must sign up for high school this semester. If you completed a Field Study/Alt. Directed Teaching placement in a high school, you must sign up for middle school this semester. Further information about field placements may be found in the Student Teaching Handbook available on the College of Education & Professional Studies web site or from the Office of Field Experiences (Winther Hall, room 2038).

    CIFLD 412: Directed Teaching, Social Studies (Middle School)(C&I)(12 Units)
    OR
    CIFLD 414: Directed Teaching, Social Studies (High School)(C&I)(12 Units)

    CIGENRL 470: Student Teaching Seminar (2 Units)
    * Currently, this course is optional, but highly recommended.

    In conjunction with student teaching, students are required to completed a Phase 4 Orientation Meeting (Phase Meetings).

    There are opportunities available for International Student Teaching experiences. These programs involve a placement in a Wisconsin school for a part of the semester and a placement overseas for a part of the semester. UW-Whitewater students must be approved by the Program Coordinator in Social Studies to apply for International Student Teaching placements. Students who are interested in taking advantage of this program are encouraged to contact the Office of Field Experiences (Winther Hall, room 2038) for more information.

    There are also limited opportunities for Internships, which place the student in a partial (up to half time) teaching assignment in lieu of a traditional student teaching placement. Internships provide a small financial stipend. UW-Whitewater students must be approved by the Program Coordinator in Social Studies to apply for Internship placements. Not all students approved for Internship placements can be accommodated. For more information, contact Cheryl Wegner, Office of Field Experiences (Winther Hall, room 2036; 262.472.1935).

    Phase IV: Portfolio Requirement

    At a minumum you must:

    • receive a score of 2 (Basic) or higher on your Philosophy/Pedagogy Statement (if the Phase III Philosophy/Pedagogy statement scored less than a 3);
    • recieve a Score of 2 (Basic) or higher on the Phase IV Narrative;
    • and receive a score of 2 (Basic) or higher on the Phase IV Portfolio Rubric for each of the 10 Wisconsin Teacher Standards
  11. Graduation/Certification

    In order to be eligible for Graduation/Certification, you must have:

    1. successfully completed all university requirements,
    2. successfully completed your major and/or minor,
    3. satisfy the environmental education requirement and an agricultural economics cooperatives requirement (see Step 2) and all other licensure requirements,
    4. successfully completed student teaching,
    5. a passing score on the Phase IV Portfolio review or successfully completed the edTPA,
    6. the recommendation of the cooperating teacher, and
    7. the recommendation of the university supervisor.
  12. Completion of Application for License

    The process for applying for your teaching license(s) is explained by the Teacher Licensure page on the College of Education & Professional Studies website.