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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 comprehensive state university. For more than a century UW-Whitewater has offered programs leading to the licensure of teachers. The College of Education and Professional Studies 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 and Professional Studies prepare for professional careers in teaching, safety, communicative disorders, leadership, military science and aerospace studies, and health, physical education, recreation, and coaching.

The Elementary Education program includes dual early childhood education (EC): regular and special education (ages birth-8 years), elementary/middle education (MC-EA). The Middle/Secondary Education (EA-A or ages 12-21 years) program includes majors in art, biology, chemistry, economics, English, geography, history, journalism, mathematics, physics, political science, sociology, and in the broadfield area of social studies. The Early Childhood/Secondary (EC-A or ages birth-21 years) program includes art, business education, French, German, marketing education, music education, physical education, science, Spanish and theatre.

Minors are offered in the areas of art, Bilingual/Bicultural, biology, chemistry, coaching, communicative disorders, computer science, economics, environmental management and occupatonal safety, ESL, English, French, geography, German, health education, history, journalism, library science, mathematics, leadership, music, physical education, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, recreation, sociology, Spanish, speech and theatre. Not all of the above minors lead to licensure. Contact the department for specific information.

Communication Sciences and 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 cognitive disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, and early childhood: exceptional educational needs.

Occupational & Environmental Safety and Health offer programs in occupational safety, driver education licensure and emphases in construction safety, occupational ergonomics or environmental management.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater College of Education and Professional Studies Future Teacher Program (FTP), is a program to assist multicultural students and students interested in teaching in: the following high-need areas; Biology, Chemistry, Spanish, Math, Special Education, ESL/Bilingual/Bicultural, Library Media, and Early Childhood (males). Our goal is to increase the enrollment, retention and graduation rates of undergraduate students who major in education at UW-W. FTP provides a one-week summer program, allowing students the opportunity to engage in mentoring and involvement in important campus programs during the critical freshman and sophomore years. The long-term goal is to graduate more multicultural students and to assist students interested in teaching in high-need areas to become licensed teachers.

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