Many people are drawn to teach at the middle school or high school level because they’re passionate about a specific subject area. But, of course teaching isn’t just about the subject, it is about the students as well. Successful teachers are even more passionate about serving each and every one of their students with kindness and compassion.
As a student at UW-Whitewater, you’ll have the advantage of strong academic departments and resources across the university — this is where you’ll develop your subject matter expertise.
Through the College of Education and Professional Studies, you’ll gain a solid foundation for teaching and get the advising you need to ensure you’re ready for licensure in your chosen area.
97% career placement/grad school acceptance rate for our Middle/Secondary Education majors (2018-19).
UW-Whitewater Middle/Secondary Education students can major in the following subject areas:
UW-Whitewater students with one of these majors can also earn an additional license in a minor, such as:
Aside from a wide variety of subject areas, advantages to earning your bachelor’s degree in Middle/Secondary Education at UW-Whitewater include:
Middle/Secondary Education majors at UW-Whitewater get plenty of hands-on experience, from observing in local classrooms to putting skills and knowledge into practice during student teaching.
Teacher internship program: Enrich your experience
Education major students with outstanding academic performance can apply for the UW-Whitewater Teacher Internship Program. While similar to a student-teaching experience, this selective program offers students greater responsibilities at their full-time placement site, as well as a $4,500 stipend.
Education majors often join campus organizations such as:
Aspiring Educators of Wisconsin
Provides educational and social opportunities to future teachers, and is a branch of both the National Education Association and the Wisconsin Education Association Council.
National Honor Societies for Education Majors
Business and Marketing Education Association
Holds an annual regional DECA competition for more than 200 high school students, among other activities.
Based on their areas of teaching interest, middle school and secondary education majors often join academic-related clubs associated with their major/area of interest.
They succeeded at UW-Whitewater — She teaches math at Turner High School, he teaches social studies at Beloit Memorial High School, and each earned a Herb Kohl Educational 2019 Teacher Fellowship which includes a $6,000 personal grant and $6,000 school grant.
UW-Whitewater has a long-standing history of preparing educators. Our graduates work in districts across the state, including:
Many of our graduates continue on to graduate school, earning a master’s degree in fields such as special education, educational leadership, or the subject they teach.
As an education major, you’ll get to work with faculty and staff members from our Curriculum and Instruction department, as well as learn from knowledgeable faculty members from across campus, based on your major, minor, or area of emphasis.
Our education faculty members have expertise and research interests in many areas, including:
Middle/Secondary Education students will work toward a Bachelor of Science in Education through a specific academic area, which will prepare you for licensure in one or more subjects. You can choose from more than a dozen majors, minors, and emphasis areas, so degree requirements will vary greatly between our future teachers.
A few common pre-professional education core classes for teacher licensure include:
While you can declare a major in a Middle/Secondary School subject when you enter UW-Whitewater, you’ll need to be admitted to Professional Education separately. This requires:
To apply, you’ll complete the UW-Whitewater application for admission and indicate your interest in earning a degree in education.