Requirements to Being Admitted to UW-Whitewater College of Education & Professional Studies-(COEPS)
The Course Guide Sheet (pdf) for Elementary Education: Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence is a listing of courses to be completed for MC/EA licensure. This guide does not include PI 34 General Education for Licensure Requirements or UWW general education coursework, deficiency coursework or minor coursework to be completed. The guide sheet is only intended to assist in program planning and is not legally binding.
The Professional (Methods) Block is a group of methods courses and a field experience that is to be taken together in the same semester and is completed the semester prior to Directed (Student) Teaching.
ELEMMID 425 and READING 462 meet for six to seven consecutive weeks at the beginning of the Professional (Methods) Block semester. Then, you are placed in an elementary or middle level field placement for six to seven weeks. Your placement is determined by the alternate (opposite) grade level (elementary or middle level) in which you plan to student teach. An Elementary Placement Coordinator determines the location of the field placement. The remainder of the semester time is completed by returning to the methods classes for one to two weeks. In selecting coursework and work schedules be certain not to schedule any other courses during the Professional (Methods) Block semester before 12:30 pm. To complete full-time Directed (Student) Teaching at the middle grade level, enroll in CIFLD 401 Alternate Directed Teaching: Elementary. To complete full-time Directed (Student) Teaching at the elementary school level, enroll in CIFLD 402 Alternate Directed Teaching: Middle Grades.
Some school districts require a criminal background check for individuals completing field placements in their schools. Students are required to pay the cost of such background checks.
A Phase III Portfolio must be successfully completed during the Professional (Methods) Block to be eligible for the Directed (Student) Teaching semester.
Directed (Student) Teaching is an approximately 18 week all day every day placement in a school setting determined by the Elementary Placement Coordinator. The grade level must be at the alternate level of the Alternate Directed Teaching placement. The school's semester calendar is followed, not the UWW semester calendar during this placement. Please see the Student Teaching Handbook for specific information.
International Student Teaching opportunities are available. The program involves a placement in a school in Wisconsin for part of the semester of Directed (Student) Teaching and a placement in a school overseas for a part of the semester of Directed (Student) Teaching. Students who are interested in learning more about
International Student Teaching opportunities should contact the Office of Field Experiences.
Teacher Internship opportunities are available for those who, in lieu of Directed (Student) Teaching, desire more than a traditional student teaching experience. Teacher Interns receive a financial stipend for participating in the program. A student interested in a Teacher Internship must apply and be accepted into the Teacher Internship Program prior to their anticipated semester of Directed (Student) Teaching. Not all students who apply to the Teacher Internship Program are accepted and not all accepted into the Teacher Internship Program receive an internship placement. Information may be obtained by contacting the Teacher Internship Program through the Office of Field Exeperiences.
The process of applying for a teaching license is explained during the Phase IV meeting. Applications for a Wisconsin teaching certificate/license can be found at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
The following information is for those who have earned at least an Associates Degree, hold a Wisconsin or out-of-state teacher's license, desire an add-on license or are transferring from another institution.
The information presented is designed to assist a student in understanding the Elementary Education: Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence Licensure Program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The information presented is not legally binding. Students should consult the UWW Undergraduate Catalogue, their Academic Advisement Report (AAR), advisors, faculty, and other formal University-sponsored resources for further information.