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Education-SecondaryEarly Adolescence through Adolescence

(Option B — ages 10-21)

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Teaching is a people-oriented profession that requires a broad background of experiences and academic preparation. Through a series of courses and experiences, UW-Eau Claire students develop knowledge, process skills and attitudes necessary for effective teaching. At the completion of the program, students are prepared for middle-level grades and high school teaching or for grades K-12 in selected areas.

Why study secondary or middle/secondary education?

  • The program leads to early adolescence through adolescence licensure to teach in the state of Wisconsin.
  • Teaching is one of the most important and personally rewarding occupations in our society today.
  • While studying education, you will develop a variety of skills that will be useful in other fields including time management, the ability to think on your feet, teamwork and communication.
  • Explore general educational principles and practices while learning about the operation of middle and secondary schools.

The Eau Claire Advantage

Learn about the advantages of studying secondary or middle/ secondary education at UW-Eau Claire.

Undergraduate programs

Students who pursue Option B 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


  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Sociology


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

Program admission requirements

Before seeking admission to the program, students choosing Option B must complete CI 210 and CI 211. Upon completion of these courses, students can apply to the program and should file a formal application during the first week of October (for spring admission) or of March (for fall admission). Candidates prepare a portfolio based on the 10 Wisconsin Teaching Standards for the department of curriculum and instruction. Additionally, content departments have requirements for admission. Students are admitted on a selective and limited basis from a pool of candidates who meet minimum criteria.

Suggested program sequence

To learn more about the sequence that students should follow to successfully move through the program, go to the Education Studies Web site.

Professional semester admission requirements

All students seeking licensure through programs in the department of curriculum and instruction must complete a full semester of student teaching or an internship. Before doing this, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Earn a minimum grade of B- in each of the professional education courses (CI 210, 211, 312, 317, 318, 328, content methods).
  • Have resident, total and professional education course GPAs of 2.75 or higher.
  • Receive departmental approval.

High school preparation

  • Prospective teaching majors are encouraged to develop their personal skills by tutoring, working at summer camps or other youth activities and by getting involved in volunteer activities.
  • All students who enroll at UW-Eau Claire are required to have a minimum of 17 college preparatory units including:
    – 4 years of English (at least 3 composition and literature)
    – 2 years of a single foreign language
    – 3 years of math (algebra, geometry, 1 advanced college preparatory math)
    – 3 years of natural science
    – 3 years of social science (1 must be world or American history)
    – 2 additional units in the areas already mentioned or other academic areas

For more information:

For more information about UW-Eau Claire's programs in secondary and middle/secondary education, contact:
Education Studies 
Brewer Hall 271
UW-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

For more information about campus including costs, housing, admission requirements and tours:
Schofield Hall 112
UW-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004