College of Education & Professional Studies


Bachelor’s Degree Program

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.

4-year plan


Why study Middle and Secondary School Education at UW-Whitewater?

UW-Whitewater Middle/Secondary Education students can major in the following subject areas:

  • Biology Science Education
  • Chemistry Science Education
  • Economics Education
  • English Literature and Language Arts Education
  • Geography Education
  • History Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Physics Science Education
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology Education

UW-Whitewater students with one of these majors can also earn an additional license in a minor, such as:

  • Any of the subjects in the list of majors
  • Coaching
  • Computer Science
  • ESL and Bilingual/Bicultural Education
  • Health Education
  • Library Media K-12

Aside from a wide variety of subject areas, advantages to earning your bachelor’s degree in Middle/Secondary Education at UW-Whitewater include: 

  • Access to the Wisconsin Instructional Technology Resource Center, which houses computer labs, virtual reality experiences, and more.
  • An array of program-specific scholarships available to incoming and current students.
  • UW-Whitewater has a dedicated librarian who specializes in education.
  • The longest continuously running business education program in the United States. 
  • Opportunities for future science teachers to participate Science Outreach programming.
  • Opportunities for future social studies teachers to present at the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies annual conference.

What our Middle and Secondary School Education students do

Gain first hand elementary or middle school teaching experience

Gain first-hand teaching experience in local schools

Research with faculty mentors

Pursue research with faculty mentors

Teach around the world

Travel across the world to teach

Field study and student teaching

Middle school music teacher conducts band members.


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.

Learn more about our field experiences »


Campus and community involvement

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

  • Kappa Delta Pi —education
  • Pi Omega Pi — business teacher education

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.

What our graduates do

Graduates become classroom teachers

Classroom teachers

School administrators are one career path

School administrators

Some UW-Whitewater graduates become coaches


Middle and Secondary Education jobs: Career success

UW-Whitewater has a long-standing history of preparing educators. Our graduates work in districts across the state, including:

  • DeForest Area School District
  • Denmark School District
  • Fond du Lac School District
  • Kettle Moraine School District
  • McFarland School District
  • Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Mukwonago Area School District
  • Portage School District
  • School District of Beloit
  • School District of Janesville
  • Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated School District
  • Watertown Unified School District
  • West Bend School District

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.

Our faculty

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:

  • English
  • English as an Additional Language
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Special Education
  • Art and Design
  • Literacy Education
Meet our faculty »

Want to learn more about earning your Middle and Secondary Education degree at UW-Whitewater?

UW-Whitewater offers the following Middle/Secondary Education degrees:

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:

  • Foundations of Education in a Pluralistic Society
  • Educational Psychology
  • Introduction to Education and Teaching
  • Introduction to Special Education


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:

  • completion of 40 credits
  • a GPA of at least 2.75 OR meet testing requirements
  • passing specified education foundations courses
  • earn a C or better in specified English and Communication courses and complete a portfolio

To apply, you’ll complete the UW-Whitewater application for admission and indicate your interest in earning a degree in education.

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