If you’re looking to major in Elementary Education or have an interest in a Middle School Education degree, you’ll find a comprehensive program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater that prepares you to teach in all of these levels.
Officially called our Elementary-Middle Education program, this bachelor’s degree leads to licensure to teach in grades Kindergarten through 9th grade.
You can choose from four different tracks: Dual Licensure — Adaptive Education, Dual Licensure — English as a Second Language, STEM/STEAM or Social Justice Literacy.
100% of our recent graduates are employed or enrolled in grad school (2020-21 report).
We’re ranked No. 1 for value among all schools in the University of Wisconsin system.
When you study at UW-Whitewater, you’ll have the resources of a large university while being part of a close-knit, student-centered education program.
We prepare you for in-demand areas.
It’s important that you leave school prepared for success in the competitive education field. As an Elementary-Middle School Education major at UW-Whitewater, you’ll have the option to select a minor from an in-demand area:
Or complete a block of courses on teaching, learning and assessment, focusing on either social justice literacy or STEM/STEAM.
Here are a few other advantages to earning your degree in Elementary-Middle School Education at UW-Whitewater:
Elementary-Middle School Education majors at UW-Whitewater get plenty of hands-on experience, from observing in local classrooms to putting your skills and knowledge into practice during student-teaching.
Teacher internship program: Enrich your experience
Elementary-Middle School Education students with outstanding academic performance can apply for the UW-Whitewater Teacher Internship Program. While similar to a student-teaching experience, this exclusive program offers students greater responsibilities at their full-time placement site, as well as a $4,500 stipend.
Education majors at UW-Whitewater will find a variety of career-related campus organizations such as:
CARE: Creative and Resourceful Educators
Advocates for the community of young children and their families through education, fundraising and service.
As part of this national organization, our chapter matches college students with people with intellectual disabilities for one-on-one friendships.
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.
We’re proud to prepare our students to be global citizens. Many of our students want to see the world beyond Wisconsin and take part in short-term study abroad programs.
Our elementary education majors and middle school majors have observed classrooms, gained teaching experience, and learned about international education systems in Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico and Sweden.
Our graduates become elementary school teachers, middle school teachers, reading specialists and other educational professionals in Wisconsin and throughout the country — and even abroad.
Many of our graduates continue on to graduate school, such as earning a master’s degree in special education or education leadership.
Stephanie Maney-Hartlaub is a UW-Whitewater elementary education alum who was recently named one of Wisconsin’s Most Influential Black Leaders. She is senior vice president and executive director of City Year Milwaukee. Stephanie is an experienced nonprofit leader with exceptional educational and team leadership experience.
Madison Loeffelholz, from Platteville, Wisconsin, earned a BSE in elementary education and was hired as a 2nd grade teacher with Trailside Elementary School in Waterford, Wisconsin.
Lahdan Pournik, from McFarland, Wisconsin, earned a BSE in elementary education and was hired as a 5th grade teacher with Sun Prairie Area School District in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
Kolden Severson, from Janesville, Wisconsin, earned a BSE in elementary education and was hired as a 3rd grade teacher with the Whitewater Unified School District in Whitewater, Wisconsin.
Courtney Van Hoof, from Kenosha, Wisconsin, earned a BSE in elementary education and was hired as a 5th grade teacher with Granite Ridge School in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin.
You’ll work with faculty and staff members from the Curriculum and Instruction Department, as well as with instructors from throughout our education programs.
In addition to our full-time faculty, you’ll also learn from current educators and experts in the field, including a reading curriculum coordinator and state-level early intervention policy makers.
Our faculty members have expertise and research interests in many areas, including:
The Elementary-Middle Education program leads to a:
The Elementary-Middle Education program follows a structured four-year plan that will prepare you for state licensure; this includes traditional major and minor coursework, field study and directed teaching. Here’s a small sample of classes you might take:
While you can officially declare Elementary-Middle Education, you’ll need to be admitted to Professional Education separately.
To apply, you’ll complete the UW-Whitewater application for admission and indicate your interest in earning a degree in Elementary Education— Middle Childhood / Early Adolescence.