Do you want to teach children ages 6-12 (grades 1-8)? Then the Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence Program (MCEA) is for you.

What sets our program apart?

  • Real world, urban classroom-based field experiences in a variety of grades with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Cutting-edge teacher preparation curriculum taught by highly-qualified faculty.
  • Flexible and accessible scheduling that includes day and evening courses, summer and winterim options; with full and part-time scheduling.
  • Strong preparation in two content areas: English language arts or social studies; and science or mathematics.
  • Completion of Cultures and Communities Certificate is included in completion of the general education requirements.
  • Undergraduate students may complete program of study in 8 full-time semesters plus one summer session.

Who should consider the program?

  • Traditional undergraduate students or transfer students.
  • Career changers who have already completed a bachelor’s degree.
  • Students interested in earning a master’s degree and teacher certification in grades 1-8.
  • Teachers wishing to add certification in 7th and 8th to an existing teaching license in 1st-6th grade.

Undergraduate Program

Program Sheet

Undergraduate Program Sheet (PDF)

Admission Criteria

  • Mandatory meeting with academic advisor in the semester following 40 credit semester.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
  • Earn a C or better in all courses.
  • Successful completion of dispositions and field evaluation from CURRINS 333.
  • Successful completion of MATH 175 and ENGLISH 102 (or placement of 4 or higher on English placement test).
  • Successful completion of Pre-Professional Skills Requirement (Praxis I, CORE, ACT, SAT, or GRE exam).

Currently enrolled MC-EA students ready to begin Professional Semester 1 should complete the admission review form found below. This form should only be completed one semester prior to the semester in which you intend to begin the professional program.

Admission Review Form

Application Criteria

  • For undergraduate students, the following requirements must be met prior to being admitted to the professional sequence of the MCEA Program: cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a C or better in all required courses; successful completion of CURRINS 333, MATH 175, and English 102; successful completion of passing scores on CORE Exam or sanctioned alternative (formally the Praxis 1).

Post-Baccalaureate Program

Program Sheet

Post-Baccalaureate Program Sheet (PDF)

Admission Criteria

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 on all coursework completed for undergraduate credit.
  • Department of Public Instruction communications requirement: passing scores on CORE Exam or sanctioned alternative.
  • Course Requirements: Completion of CURRINS 233 and EDPSY 330 with a C or better.

Application Criteria

  • For students with a completed bachelor’s degree (post bacc students), complete the application. The MCEA Program currently accepts applications from post-baccalaureate students throughout the year. Applications must be received by December 15 for the Post-Baccalaureate program.

Post-Baccalaureate Program Application (PDF)

Explore the Program Further!

Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree can earn their teaching certification by successfully completing our post-baccalaureate teaching certification program. It’s possible that coursework completed as part of your bachelor’s degree could be applied towards our program. Please complete the web form below to find out if any of your previous course work can be used to fulfill certification requirements.

Request for Transcript Evaluation Form

Graduate Program

This is a focus area in the Curriculum and Instruction MS degree program. See C&I Master’s degree program.

Contact Us

Questions about the program and/or admissions?

Maggie Kaczmarek

Contact a Middle Childhood – Early Adolescence Program Academic Advisor

Office of Student Services Advising
(414) 229-4721

(Last names A – L) – Kristin Roosevelt

(Last names M – Z) – Tammy Badura

Program Faculty & Staff

Angel Hessel
Senior Lecturer

Christie Peters
MCEA Program Director & Senior Lecturer

Dr. Tracy Posnanski
Associate Professor