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Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence

(Option A — ages 6-13)

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Why study elementary/middle education?

Teaching children and young adolescents is one of the most important and personally rewarding occupations in our society today. Becoming a successful elementary/middle level teacher requires hard work, creativity and responsibility. Teachers must understand the children they teach and their learning processes. They also must be able to use a variety of methods for presenting ideas and information to students.


Career options

  • Teach grades 1-8 in public or private schools.
  • Teach and train employees such as sales representatives in businesses or industries.
  • Work in public relations positions or child care settings.
  • Work for child-related or other public social services agencies.
  • Tutor children with special needs.
  • Become a reading teacher or reading specialist (requires graduate level course work and two years of successful teaching experience).

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What does the program emphasize?

  • The MCEA program emphasizes the preparation of educators who are collaborative leaders who model best practices in their classrooms and who carry out leaderful actions which improve education for all learners.
  • The middle childhood through early adolescence program leads to licensure to teach in elementary and middle level schools Grade 1-8 in the state of Wisconsin as well as an additional licensure in a certifiable minor.
  • 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.
  • You will explore general educational principles and practices while learning about the operation of elementary and middle schools and their role in society.

MCEA majors also complete one or more licenable minors in the areas listed below.

  • French
  • General Science
  • German
  • Language Arts
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Library Science
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Theatre Arts

High school preparation

  • High school students are encouraged to develop their personal skills by tutoring, working on playgrounds or at summer camps, teaching in church schools, or 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

Special department admissions requirements

Admission to the UW-Eau Claire Teacher Education Program requires success in the university's pre-program. Admission to the pre-program requires passing the Praxis I test of math, reading and writing; achieving a 2.75 minimum grade-point average; and earning a grade of C or higher in English 110.

Freshman course work (sample first year)

Fall Semester

  • Engl 110, Introduction to College Writing, 5 credits
  • Anth 161, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, 3 credits
  • Art 105, Introduction to the Visual Arts, 3 credits
  • CJ 202, Fundamentals of Speech, 3 credits
  • Phys 100, Physical Science, 4 credits

Spring Semester

  • Math 203, Mathematics for Elementary/Middle Teachers I, 3 credits
  • Biol 100, General Biology, 4 credits
  • Hist 101 Western Civilization to 1660, 3 credits
  • Physical Education, 1 credit
  • Pols 110, American National Politics, 3 credits

For more information:

For more information about UW-Eau Claire's programs in middle childhood through early adolescence, contact:
Education Studies
Brewer Hall 283
UW-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

For more information about campus including costs, housing, admission requirements and tours:
Schofield Hall 111
UW-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004