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Professional Education Sequence: Elementary Education ARCHIVED PAGE

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Admitted students complete a five-semester sequence of professional courses after admission to the program. The professional methods courses and clinical experiences must be followed sequentially and taken in consecutive semesters. Class schedules for the professional sequence courses are determined in advance. Courses below are Curriculum and Instruction (Curric) listings unless otherwise indicated.

Note: The Elementary Education certification program is currently being revised by the faculty in this area. See below for details.

First Semester of Sequence, 6-9 credits

364 Introduction to Education: Preschool through Middle School, 3
425 Concerns and Constraints in Teaching Young Children, 3 (EC-MC option only)
340 Elementary Education Practicum I, 3

Second Semester of Sequence, 15 credits

368 The Teaching of Reading, 3
369 The Teaching of Language Arts, 3
422 The Teaching of Children's Literature, 3 (not met by LIS 354)
506 Strategies for Inclusive Schooling, 3
367 Elementary Teaching Practicum II, 3

Third Semester of Sequence, 9 credits

370 Teaching Mathematics, 3 (prereq: Math 130 and Math 131)
Art Ed/Curric 322 Art and Design in Teaching, 3
373 Elementary Teaching Practicum III, 3

Fourth Semester of Sequence, 15 credits

371 Teaching Social Studies, 3 372 Teaching Science, 3

Music/Curric 354 Teaching Music, 3
Kines 323 Physical Education for Elementary School Children, 3
440 Elementary Teaching Practicum IV, 3

Fifth Semester of Sequence, 12 credits

463 Seminar in Kindergarten through Middle School Teaching, 2 Student Teaching, 10.

Complete one: 465 Student Teaching in the Kindergarten; 464 Student Teaching in the Elementary School; OR 498 Student Teaching in the Middle School

Practicum experiences provide a school-based setting for students to develop their professional and classroom skills. These experiences generally begin a few weeks after the start of the semester and are approximately nine weeks in length. Students will usually spend three half-days at their assigned schools. Concurrent registration in the methods courses provides students with an opportunity to learn about, and then apply, teaching techniques in a classroom.

The full-semester student teaching assignment is the capstone experience of the professional sequence. Through it students expand upon the activities, responsibilities and expectations encountered during the practicum experiences. Student teachers will function as regular staff members in their assigned schools and also attend a seminar on campus one afternoon each week. Student teachers are required to follow the school day, school calendar, vacation days and policies of the school where they work. For more information about the field experience portions of the program, see the Elementary Education Student Teaching Handbook.

Grade Level Distribution Requirements. Students should be aware of the grade level distribution requirements that apply to the three practica and student teaching experience (367 Literacy, 373 Math/Art, 440 Social Studies/Science practica, and 464/465/498 student teaching). It is required that students earning an EC-MC certification have experience working with three of the following levels: PreK, K, 1-2, and 3-6. Similarly, it is required that students earning a MC-EA certification have experience working with the following grade levels: 3-5 and 6-8. MC-EA students may be placed in grade levels 1-2 for their practica but will only be able to student teach in grade levels 3-5 and 6-8.

Diversity Requirement. To help insure that program graduates are prepared to teach all students, at least one of the field-based experiences in the professional sequence (excluding the first semester) must be completed in a school that has demographic characteristics qualifying it as "culturally diverse." Diverse schools are designated by the school district as having numbers of children at or above the average percent of children in the district who are racially/ethnically diverse and/or who qualify for free/reduced lunch. Of the four semesters students are in the school for the Curric 367 Literacy practicum, 373 Math/Art practicum, 440 Social Studies/Science practicum, and 464/465/498 student teaching experience, at least one must be in a diverse school. A list of schools that qualify as culturally diverse is available in the elementary student teaching offices in 556 or 574 Teacher Education Building.

Additional State Licensing Requirements

Additional Wisconsin State certification and licensing requirements include Minority Group Relations, Conflict Resolution, and Phonics.

Study Abroad

Elementary Education students are encouraged to study abroad. Students wishing to do so must plan to go abroad before beginning the professional program sequence. Students go abroad during the fall semester immediately after acceptance into the program; these students will be assigned to start the professional sequence in the spring semester. The Elementary Education program cannot defer the start of the professional sequence for an entire year.

Recent Changes to the Elementary Education Program

The Elementary Education program is currently being restructured by the faculty in this area. New undergraduate certification options are being considered and program requirements are changing accordingly.

Effective with fall 2012 program admission, students will be admitted to either a new, Early Childhood with English as a Second Language (EC/ESL) program option, or to a new version of the Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (MC-EA) option. Students completing the EC/ESL option will eventually be certified to work in preschool through grade 3 settings; the MC-EA program option will focus on grades 1-8.

The professional sequence in both options will be four semesters long, reduced from the current five-semester sequence. Current plans are to discontinue offering the Early Childhood through Middle Childhood certification option. The application period for fall 2012 admission extends from October 1, 2011, through February 1, 2012.

Please stay in touch with Education Academic Services (EAS) regarding the changes in elementary education. Additional program options are currently being developed and will probably be implemented in the fall of 2013. EAS is located in Room 139 Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall; 608-262-1651. Updates will also be posted on the EAS website.


This page was updated 10/7/11.