Our students explore the causes of social inequality in urban communities, and learn strategies for management, leadership and entrepreneurship.

  • Degree may be completed fully online, face to face, or in combination
  • Credit given for Prior Professional Experience, Military Education, AAS Professional Courses, and more
  • Many students do not pursue a defined focus area but design their own focus area

General CEED BS Requirements

In addition to the general university BS requirements, students in the CEED Program must complete:

I. 42 Credits of Lower Division Electives
Choose courses from any UWM school or college. Prior Professional Experience Credits can be used to fulfill this requirement and many transfer credits from earlier college work are accepted. 
II. 3 Credits of Advanced Expository Writing
Choose one of the following 3 credit courses: ENG 201, 202, 205, 206, 207, 208, 214, 215, 230, 240.
III. 12 Credits of Required Lower Division Courses
  • 3 credits ED POL 111 Organizing for Social Action in Urban Communities
  • 3 credits ED POL 112 Introduction to Community Education
  • 3 credits ED POL 113 The Milwaukee Community or ED POL 203 Communities & Neighborhoods in America
  • 3 credits ED POL 114 Community Problems
IV. 12 Credits of Required Upper Division Courses
  • 3 credits ED POL 375 Cultural Foundations of Education (F/14)
  • 3 credits ED POL 506 Research Techniques for Community Organizers and Community Educators
  • 3 Credits Ed Pol 601 Foundations of Community-Based Organizations
V. 3 Credits ED POL Cultural Diversity
  • ED POL 460 The Chicano Experience
  • ED POL 533 Educating Black Males-Theories, Methods, and Strategies
  • ED POL 560 Education and Hispanics
  • ED POL 561 Education Issues in American Indian Communities
  • ED POL 610 Reproduction of Minority Communities
  • ED POL 611 Community Policies and Minority Youths
  • ED POL 620 History of Education of African Americans
  • ED POL 621 History of Native Education and Policy Development
  • ED POL 624 Gender and Education
  • ED POL 625 Race Relations in Education
  • ED POL 626 Antiracist Education
  • ED POL 630 Race & Public Policy in Urban America
  • ED POL 633 Community Development for Low-Income and Minority Communities
  • ED POL 636 Issues in African American Education
  • ED POL 639 Milwaukee Black Community
  • ED POL 640 The Rise & Fall of America’s Southern Civil Rights Movement
  • ED POL 650 The Civil Rights Movement in Northern Cities
VI. 15 Elective Credits in the Department
ED POL courses, 300 level or higher. Maximum 6 units fieldwork (Ed Pol 409, 688, 698). Independent Reading may not be used.
VII. 15 Upper Division Electives
Courses chosen from any UWM school or college department, 300 level or higher. Independent Reading courses may be used. Many credits from earlier college work accepted.
Bachelor of Science Degree Full Requirements

Students who entered the program earlier may have somewhat different requirements.

Areas of Focus

  • Alternative Education (DPI 952 Add-on Licence)*
  • Child Care (Submajor)
  • Child and Family Services (Submajor)
  • Community Based Organizations: Policy and Leadership (Submajor)
  • Community Leadership (Submajor and Certificate)
  • Youth Work (Certificate)

The only difference between submajors and certificates, is that submajors can only be taken by students in the BS CEED major, while certificates may be taken by students across the university.

*Alternative Education does not appear on the university transcript. Students in the BS program may focus in the area and licensed teachers also can get a supplemental license.

Our Students Work In

  • Community-Based Organizations, as
    • Program directors
    • Youth workers
    • Community leadership facilitators,
    • Adult community educators,
    • Youth leadership facilitators,
    • Community program entrepreneurs
  • Foster care agencies
  • Government
  • Child care centers
  • Private schools as teachers and leaders
  • A wide range of community-based change efforts,
  • And many other community-based and community-related settings.

Our department offers the only Community-Based Organization BS focus in the State, as well as unique offerings in Child and Family Services (in collaboration with the Department of Social Work), Child Care (programs which satisfy Registry requirements), Community Leadership, and more. Many students develop their own focus areas out of our rich course offerings.

Program Information

Courses Offered

  • Daytime
  • Online
  • Weekends

The degree can be taken fully online, fully face to face, or by combining courses in both formats.

Credit Given for Educational Experience, Military Education, AAS Professional Courses, and More

  • Prior Professional Educational Experience—up to 42 credits may be earned, and all credits after the first three are free.
  • Transcripted military education credits.
  • Many credits taken in other universities and years before transfer into the CEED BS.
  • Articulation agreements with MATC in Human Services and from the entire Technical College System in Early Childhood allow a large number of credits to transfer into our major.
  • UWM credit given for courses taken for completed technical college AAS degrees that would normally not transfer

Distinguished Students and Alumni

  • Reggie Moore, Founder of Urban Underground
  • Spencer Coggs, Treasurer of Milwaukee

Degree Requirements

Download Degree Requirements (PDF)

Most Community Engagement & Education students are adults who have been working, reading and acquiring skills equivalent to those provided in a conventional classroom setting. Therefore, CEED majors are eligible to demonstrate competency and earn credit for prior professional educational experience in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the CEED BS degree program. This unique benefit allows you to possibly complete your degree more quickly than you would otherwise.

Submajors and Minor


Note: You can explore a broad range of community engagement and education opportunities; choosing a submajor is not required. No additional credits are required for the submajor, but there are fewer upper-division options. The upper-division coursework is more prescribed, focusing on coursework in the chosen submajor.

For students interested in more in-depth study of a particular area of community education, four optional submajors are available:

Child Care

Download CEED Child Care Requirements (PDF)

Child & Family Services

Download CEED Child & Family Services Requirements (PDF)

Community-Based Organizations Policy & Leadership

Download CEED CBO Requirements (PDF)

Community Leadership

Download CEED Community Leadership Requirements (PDF)


The minor in Community Engagement and Education is open to all undergraduate students. With this minor students can learn about local urban communities and how to improve them. This practical knowledge can provide a foundation for building a career in human services.

Download CEED Minor Requirements (PDF)


Youth Work

Download Youth Work Requirements (PDF)

Community Engagement

To learn more, please visit the Community Engagement webpage.

Community-Based Organizations

Download CBO Requirements (PDF)

Contact the Department

Enderis Hall, Room 557
2400 E. Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Mailing Address

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Department of Educational Policy & Community Studies
School of Education
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Office Hours

Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(414) 229-4323