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Middle Childhood–Early Adolescence/English as a Second Language Option Requirements

Liberal Studies and General Education

Students must complete the Liberal Studies and General Education requirements for the degree program.

Environmental Education Requirement

Elementary Education students complete an Environmental Education course to meet Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction regulations. Complete one course from the approved list. If appropriate, this course may also be applied toward the liberal studies requirements.

Mathematics for Elementary Teachers, 9 credits

Complete all three courses. Students with college-level calculus coursework or advanced placement credit should see the exemption rules for this coursework. More detailed information about these courses is available on the math department website.

  • Math 130 Mathematics for Teaching: Numbers and Operations, 3. (Also meets General Education Quantitative Reasoning Part A)
  • Math 131 Mathematics for Teaching: Geometry and Measurement, 3
  • Math 132 Problem Solving in Algebra, Probability, and Statistics, 3. (Also meets General Education  Quantitative Reasoning Part B)

Educational Arts or Educational Technology, minimum 3 credits

Choose from the approved list. If appropriate, this course may be applied toward the liberal studies requirements. Recommended for third semester of the professional sequence, but may be taken earlier. Additional courses may be permitted with advisor's permission. 

  • Art 448 Topic; Service Learning in Art, 3–4
  • Art Education/Curriculum and Instruction 322 Information Design for Visual Learning, 3
  • Computer Science 250 Digital Society: The Impact of Computers and Computer Technology, 3
  • Curriculum and Instruction 209 Digital Media and Literacy, 3
  • Curriculum and Instruction 277 Video Games and Learning, 3
  • Library and Information Studies 201, The Information Society, 4
  • Library and Information Studies 202, Informational Divides and Differences in a Multicultural Society, 3
  • Life Sciences Communication 440, Contemporary Communication Technologies nad Their Social Effects, 3
  • Life Sciences Communication 616, Mass Media an Youth, 3
  • Music/Curriculum and Instruction 354, Teaching Music, 3
  • Theatre/Curriculum and Instruction 362, Drama in Education, 3

MC–EA Minor Requirement

Students will complete a minor in English as a Second Language through their professional sequence coursework.

Professional Sequence

Admitted students complete a four-semester sequence of professional courses beginning in the spring semester after program admission. Completion of the program leads to certification in Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence and English as a Second Language at the MC–EA level. An additional certification option in Bilingual/Bicultural Education is available for qualified students. Sequence courses must be followed sequentially and taken in consecutive semesters. Class schedules for the professional sequence are determined in advance. Courses below are Curriculum and Instruction (Curric) department listings unless otherwise indicated.

First Semester of the Sequence, 15 credits

Ed Pol 300 School and Society, 3
312 ESL/Bilingual Issues, 3
317 Dimensions of Literacy, 3
339 Cultural Foundations of Learning and Development, 3
340 Practicum, 3

Second Semester of the Sequence, 15 credits

506 Strategies for Inclusive Schooling, 3
318 Teaching Reading and Writing, 3
338 The Language of Schooling, 3
371 Teaching Social Studies, 3
367 Practicum, 3

Third Semester of the Sequence, 12–15 credits

311 Language Acquisition and Use In and Out of Schools, Middle Childhood–Early Adolescence, 3
370 Teaching Mathematics, 3 (prereq: Math 130 and Math 131)
372 Teaching Science, 3
373 Practicum, 3
Educational Arts or Educational Technology. Complete a minimum of 3 credits from approved list of courses. Recommended, but not required, to be taken this semester.

Fourth Semester of the Sequence, 15 credits

316 ESL/Bilingual Methods, 3
463 Student Teaching Seminar, 2
464 Student Teaching in the Elementary School, 10 or 454 Student Teaching in the Middle School, 10

Additional Information about the Sequence
  • Practicum placements will be in mainstream classrooms with an appropriate number of English language learners at low levels of English proficiency.
  • Students will do their student teaching in a mainstream classroom (within the appropriate license-specific grade levels) containing the appropriate number of English learners, unless also seeking bilingual/bicultural certification; see below.
  • Bilingual/Bicultural certification option. Students wishing to also become certified in Bilingual/Bicultural Education must be proficient in Spanish, as determined by a language proficiency exam. Student teaching will take place in a bilingual classroom within the appropriate license-specific grade levels. Certification will be earned in three areas; Middle Childhood though Early Adolescence, English as a Second Language, and Bilingual/Bicultural Education at the MC–EA level.
  • All prior sequence coursework must be completed before starting the fourth semester.
  • The Praxis II content exam for Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence must be taken and passed prior to starting the student teaching semester. The Praxis II ESL and Bilingual/Bicultural exams must be taken and passed after completing the student teaching semester. These tests are required to obtain certification.