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Education - Secondary and K-12


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 prepared teachers for secondary schools, and has graduates employed throughout Wisconsin and the United States.

Contact Info:
Dr. Michael Kolis, College of Education + Human Sciences
Centennial Hall 3419
1698 Park Avenue
715-836-4960

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Thank you for considering the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s MEPD program. Our collaborative vision for this program is that we all work together in such a way that success is defined as “your PK-12 students learning more.” As teaching colleagues, we all bring strengths (and weaknesses) to any learning endeavor. While each learning journey is individual, we can support, encourage and push each other so that everyone learns more. We invite you to join us for this powerful learning adventure.

Dr. Mickey Kolis, Professor of Education Studies

Prepared for Success

Secondary education is segmented into two options. Each option will require you complete a major and minor, double major, or comprehensive major.

Early adolescence through adolescence (grades 5-12)

Comprehensive Majors

  • Earth and Space Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Science
  • Physics-Mathematics (emphasis in Physics or Mathematics)
  • Social Studies

Majors

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

Minors

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

Early childhood through adolescence (grades K-12)

Comprehensive Majors

  • Art
  • Kinesiology
  • Latin American Studies
  • Music, Instrumental/Choral
  • Music, Instrumental/General

Majors

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Theatre Arts

Minors

  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Theatre Arts

 

Why UW-Eau Claire

Accreditation

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

Hands-On Experience

In addition to traditional student teaching placement options, you have the opportunity to student teach in the Milwaukee Public Schools or the Aldine School District in Houston, Texas.  

Student Teaching

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.  

Special Admission Guidelines

Admission to the UW-Eau Claire Teacher Education program requires passing the Praxis I test of math, reading and writing, or have the required ACT/SAT/GRE scores as well as demonstrating success in the university’s pre-program course (ES212). Admission to the program requires achieving a 2.75 minimum grade point average and earning a grade of C or higher in Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading & Writing. 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.

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