The School of Education offers several courses each semester that are perfect for UWM Freshman and Undergraduate students looking to make the most of their time in college.

These courses are open to all UWM undergraduate students, and many courses can be taken for GER credits!

Freshman Courses

Ed Psych 104: Pathways to Success

Are you new to UWM and want to make the most of your college experience? Need help choosing a major and setting your career path?

This course will provide you with the knowledge you need to get the most out of your time at UWM and beyond. Get acquainted with key campus resources, learn essential study skills, and explore creative ways to manage your time more effectively.

Ed Psych 105: Motivation Strategies NEW!
2 credits

Students will learn proven strategies for achieving academic, professional and personal success. This course is designed to help students learn more about who they are, how to apply that to being a college student, and teach them how to keep balanced and on-track in their life and studies.

Ed Psych 110: Planning your Major, Career

Haven’t decided on a major? This class can help!

Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. This class will make it easier. Gain deeper insight into the career planning process. Discover your “work personality.” Learn how to set and meet goals. Tap into campus resources and organizations. Connect with individuals working in your field of interest. Make the most of internships and volunteer opportunities. Learn how to craft to perfect resume. Graduate from UWM with the experience and skills you need to build a rewarding and successful career.

For More Information about Freshman Courses

Dr. Nadya Fouad

Additional Undergraduate Courses

Ed Psych 212: Career Planning and Development NEW!
3 credits

In this course you will be invited to engage in a self-reflective process, through course readings and activities, written assignments, and in-class and on-line discussions, in order to develop your individual career goals and professional skills. The goals of the course are to 1) help you develop an understanding of the importance of professional competencies in communication and writing, develop workplace skills and common workplace documents 2) provide you with the tools and space to grow and explore career goals and vocational options, and 3) to explore and understand the societal and cultural expectations and assumptions about work.

Ed Psych 220: Positive Psychology in Context: Applications to Culture, Learning, and Development
3 credits
Satisfies GER-B (oral and written competencies)

The growing field of positive psychology is taking the world by storm, from marketing to chronic pain management to education. More than just self-help and happiness, this course will dive into the science and application of positive psychology and all its dimensions: resilience, optimal learning, motivation, character, and overall psychological well-being. In addition to developing a deeper scientific understanding of positive psychology, you’ll learn how to apply its principles to enhance your own life and career.

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Dr. Jackie Nguyen

Ed Psych 279: Cross Cultural Conversations
3 credits

This course seeks to create a respectful environment for students to engage in conversations about the impact of race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religion, and other defining aspects of identity on their personal lives, on their communities, and in society as a whole.

Students will learn about the process of engaging in multicultural dialogue and are expected to share their own personal experiences and feelings regarding these aspects of identity in order to learn from each other and to learn about themselves.

We will also use readings, videos, reflective writing, experiential activities, and group dialogue to further students’ learning and understanding. This course offers introductory content on social identity group membership, privilege, power, oppression, discrimination, what it means to be an ally, and communication across differences.

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Shannon Chavez-Korell, PhD, NCC

Ed Psych 301: Successful Career Transitions – Ideas, Exploration, and Strategies

Planning to graduate in the next couple of years? This class was created especially for Juniors and Seniors to begin transitioning from finishing their Bachelor’s Degree to entering the job market. This 2-credit, online course supports successful planning of life after graduation. Students will learn how to define a position of interest, create a resume, and research companies and employment opportunities. Other topics include exploring personal interests and values, standing out in the job market, and interviewing strategies.

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Teresa DePratt

Couns 403: Overview of Counseling Skills
3 credits

A good listener is always in demand. This course will teach you the vital interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in the counseling field or other helping professions, including health sciences, nursing, social work, sociology, and teaching. But the skill of active listening — at the heart of counseling — is valuable for students of any major, whether you’re looking to simply improve conversations in the workplace or deepen your relationships with friends and family.

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Dr. Anthony Hains