Educational Foundations Department

Foundations Block

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.

All students entering the Foundations Block courses, including undergraduates, transfer students, and baccalaureate degree holding students,  must meet the following criteria:

Passing scores on the PPST or CORE;  OR passing scores as designated by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on the ACT, SAT, or GRE within the last ten years


A 2.75 combined cumulative GPA (grade point average); On a minimum of 12 completed credits

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.

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. 

Portfolio Component
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.