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Education - Secondary 

At UW-Eau Claire 

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A dynamic series of courses and experiences, emphasizing reflection and decision-making in teaching, will help you develop knowledge and process skills and attitudes necessary for effective teaching. At the completion of a program, students are ready to assume responsibilities for classroom teaching and are prepared to continue developing as a professional. UW-Eau Claire has earned an excellent reputation for the quality of its preparation of teachers for secondary schools, with graduates employed throughout Wisconsin and the United States.

The secondary education major prepares students to teach in the following areas:

The Department of Education Studies prepares teachers for elementary, middle level and high school classrooms through the following programs:
• Secondary Education; Option B (early adolescence through adolescence) - ages 10-21, grades 5-12
• Secondary Education; Option C (early childhood through adolescence) - ages 6-21; grades K-12

Classroom experience —
early and often

Students have the opportunity to experience work in classrooms even before they enter the program. In your sophomore year you will assist teachers in elementary, middle and secondary school learning 



environments to become acquainted with the responsibilities of teaching and the organization of schools in general. In your junior year, you receive classroom teaching experience by serving as a teacher assistant. Finally, a full semester of student teaching or interning is required during your senior year.

Diverse teaching perspectives

In addition to traditional student teaching placement options you may choose to participate in overseas student teaching experiences through Educator Abroad and meet Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requirements. You also have the opportunity to student teach in the Milwaukee Public Schools or the Aldine School District in Houston, Texas

Accreditation

Our education studies programs are accredited by Northcentral Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the
Wisconsin Department Public Instruction.

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Majors


CERTIFICATION to teach ages 10-21, grades 5-12 (Option B)

Students who pursue this option are required to complete a major and minor, double major or comprehensive major, and a professional sequence consisting of teaching methods and related courses. Completion of the program provides certification to teach at the junior high/middle school, high school and post-high school levels. Following is a list of programs for teaching majors:

Comprehensive Majors (require no minor)

– Earth and Space Science
– English
– Physical Science
– Physics - Mathematics
   with Mathematics
   emphasis
– Physics - Mathematics
   with Physics
   emphasis
– Social Studies

Majors

– Biology   
– Chemistry   
– Economics
– English

– Geography   
– History
– Mathematics
– Physics
– Political Science
– Sociology

Minors
– Biology  
– Chemistry  
– Coaching  
– Economics
– English  
– French  
– Geography  
– Geology     
– German     
– History     
– Learning Disabilities
– Library Science
– Mathematics
– Physics
– Political Science
– Spanish
– Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
– Theatre Arts

CERTIFICATION to teach ages 6-21, grades K-12 (Option C)

Students who pursue this option are required to complete a major and minor, double major or comprehensive major,

and a professional sequence consisting of teaching methods and related courses. Completion of the program leads to K-12 licensure. Following is a list of comprehensive majors, majors and minors approved for teaching majors:

Comprehensive Majors (require no minor)
– Art
– Latin American Studies
– Music/Choral/ General
– Kinesiology
– French
– German
– Spanish
– Theatre Arts

Minors

– Adaptive Physical Education
   (with Kinesiology major)
– French
– German
– Spanish
– Teaching English to
   Speakers of Other
   Languages (TESOL)

More advising information

Department contact information

Sandy Moua
mouasand@uwec.edu 
715-836-4565

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Program admission requirements

Before seeking admission to the program, students choosing Option B and C must complete ES 212. Upon completion of these courses, students can apply to the program and should file a formal application during the second week of September (for spring admission) or of March (for fall admission). Candidates prepare a portfolio based on the 10 Wisconsin Teaching Standards for the department of education studies. Additionally, content departments have requirements for admission which focus predominantly on content knowledge. Students are admitted on a selective and limited basis from a pool of candidates who meet minimum criteria.
     To learn more about the sequence that students should follow to successfully move through the program, go to the Education Studies web site: www.uwec.edu/ES/

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