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Foundations Block


To be eligible for the Foundations Block a student must meet the following criteria:

  1. A 2.75 combined GPA on a minimum of 12 credits OR have earned a bachelors degree.      
  2. 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.
  3. Watched  Phase 1 meeting

Foundations Block Courses

Introduction to Education and Teaching

Observation and Participation Fieldwork Component

A central component of the Introduction course is the fieldwork requirement. Students spend 50 hours in a diverse educational setting. These hours partially fulfill the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requirement for pre-clinical experiences and human relations.

Most fieldwork placements are in Milwaukee schools, where students spend eight full days in the classrooms. Transportation to the assigned sites is by bus or carpool, as arranged in class.

The Introduction course instructors serve as university supervisors for this fieldwork experience, and cooperating teachers complete evaluations of the students.

Portfolio Component

The College of Education & Professional Studies has a multi-phase portfolio process demonstrating student proficiency on the 10 Wisconsin Teacher Standards. The Foundations Block is where students complete the Phase 2 portfolio for admission to Professional Education. A second component of the Introduction course is the Phase II portfolio. For more information on this portfolio, please see the portfolio guide in the link below.