Location: Winther Hall 6035
Phone: (262) 472-1380
Students take the Foundations Block courses prior to applying for formal Admission to Professional Education in the College of Education and Professional Studies. Students are part of a cohort group experience that includes three courses in the social and psychological foundations of education and a fieldwork placement in a diverse school. For more information about the fieldwork placement, see below.
Foundations Block Courses
Please note: The Physical Education program requires their majors to take EDFOUND 212 and EDFOUND 222 OR EDFOUND 230: Introduction to Human Development, as well as EDFOUND 243 and EDFNDPRC 210 to complete their Foundations Block.
How to Enroll in the Foundations Block Courses
Once you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, please visit the Educational Foundations Department in Winther Hall, room 6035, to receive permission to enroll in the Foundations Block courses.
PLEASE NOTE: When enrolled in the foundations block courses (sections 1, 2, 5, or 6), you must schedule ALL other coursework on Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedules. This is to allow for your schedule to be open to take the foundations block classes, and complete your observation and participation hours. If you schedule classes on a Tuesday or Thursday (other than the foundations block), you will have to drop them.
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. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the assigned site and should make arrangements as soon as possible.
The Introduction course instructors serve as university supervisors for this fieldwork experience, and cooperating teachers complete evaluations of the students.
The College of Education and Professional Studies has a multi-phase portfolio process demonstrating student proficiency on the inTASC Standards. The Foundations Block is where students complete the Phase 2 portfolio for Admission to Professional Education. This is the second component of the Introduction course, in addition to the fieldwork component above. For more information on this portfolio, please see the portfolio guide.