Exploring the causes of social inequality in urban communities. Learning strategies for fostering social change. Improving student achievement.

If those topics intrigue you, then consider the BS in Community Engagement and Education. This major is designed for students who are interested in changing their community, working in non-school educational roles, or teaching in private or alternative schools. Some students also pursue licensure for teaching in public schools after graduation.

We offer courses during the day as well as online, in the evening, and on weekends for working students. We also give academic credit for prior professional experience.

  • Please note that our online courses can sometimes be taken by out-of-state students for in-state tuition.

About the Degree

Areas of Study:

  • Child Care
  • Youth Work
  • Urban Education
  • Alternative Education/At-Risk Students
  • Policy and Leadership in Community-Based Organizations
  • Community Engagement and Social Action

Graduates work as:

Youth leaders and educators, administrators in community-based organizations, teachers and directors of child care and head start centers, community organizers and developers, teachers in private and alternative schools, public school teachers after pursuing licensure, and state and local elected officials.

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


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