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Middle Childhood–Early Adolescence/Content-Focused Minor

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 or minor requirements.

Fine Arts, 6 credits

Students must complete a minimum of 6 credits of fine arts course work. These credits may also be applied toward the liberal studies requirement. See a list of fine arts courses in the liberal studies section of this catalog. Students are encouraged to consider Curric/Theatre 362, Art Ed 322, and Dance 371.

Mathematics for Elementary Teachers, 9 credits

Complete all three courses. Students with college-level calculus course work or advanced placement credit should see the exemption rules for this course work. 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.)

Development, 3 credits

Select one:

  • Ed Psych 331 Human Development from Childhood through Adolescence, 3, or
  • Ed Psych 320 Human Development in Infancy and Childhood, 2–3, and Ed Psych 321 Human Development in Adolescence, 2–3.
  • (With permission, Psych 560 Child Psychology may be substituted for Ed Psych 320.)

Foundations of the Profession, 6 credits

Select 6 credits of course work from Educational Policy Studies department courses numbered below 600. Recommended courses include Ed Pol 300 School and Society; Ed Pol 412 History of American Education (cross-listed as History 412); Ed Pol 500 Topics on Social Issues and Education.

Minor Requirement: Elementary Education

Elementary Education majors choosing the Content Focus option are required to complete a minor area of study that may lead to licensing in the subject. Students can select from the minors listed below or complete the equivalent Letters and Science major in the subject area. Note: The minor options are being reviewed and may be restricted in the future. For more details about the requirements of each minor, choose from the links below.

Professional Sequence

Admitted students complete a four-semester sequence of professional courses beginning in the spring semester after program admission. Completion of this program leads to certification in Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence and possibly in the minor area. 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.

First Semester of Sequence, 6 credits

364 Introduction to Education, 3
309 Reading and Writing across the Content Areas, 3

Second Semester of Sequence, 10 credits

368 The Teaching of Reading, 2
369 The Teaching of Language Arts, 2 (Together with Curric 368, meets General Education Communication Part B.)
370 Teaching Mathematics, 3 (prereq: Math 130 and Math 131)
367 Elementary Teaching Practicum, 3

Third Semester of Sequence, 15 credits

371 Teaching Social Studies, 3
372 Teaching Science, 3
506 Strategies for Inclusive Schooling, 3
311 Language Acquisition and Use In and Out of Schools, Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence, 3
373 Elementary Teaching Practicum, 3

Fourth Semester of Sequence, 12 credits

463 Seminar in Kindergarten through Middle School Teaching, 2
Complete one: 464 Student Teaching in the Elementary School, 10; or 454 Student Teaching in the Middle School, 10