Students explore the causes of inequality in urban communities and learn about strategies for addressing urban challenges. Our students learn leadership, and entrepreneurship skills that support careers in a wide range of community-based nonprofits, government agencies, schools, and other public service areas.

  •  Program offered:
    • Fully online
    • Face to face
  • Students can earn college credit for prior professional experience
  • Credits also awarded for eligible military education and for AAS degrees that would not normally transfer to UWM

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 undergraduate focus on Community-Based Organizations in Wisconsin, 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, Alternative Education, and more. Many students also develop their own focus areas out of our rich course offerings.

Courses Offered

  • Daytime
  • Online
  • Weekends

Credit Awarded for

  • Prior Professional Educational Experience—up to 42 credits may be earned, and all credits after the first three are free
  • Military education
  • Technical college degrees
    • Articulation agreements increase credit transferred from Human Services and Child Care degrees earned at MATC and other technical colleges
    • The CEED program awards credits for technical college AAS degrees that wouldn’t normally transfer to UWM


CEED BS Requirements

Community Engagement & Education (CEED) Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Credit for Prior Professional Experience (PPEE)

The CEED major values the experience you bring to the program. Students with a range of work and community experience may earn up to 42 lower-division credits by taking exams. Students pay for 3 credits, and any additional credits earned through exam are free. CEED is the only major at UWM that offers PPEE credits.

Certificates and Submajors

Most students in CEED build their own program by choosing classes that fit their interests.

CEED also offers a series of transcript-designated certificate programs and submajors designed for students interested in specific careers.


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.

Community Engagement & Education (CEED) Minor Requirements

Contact Us

For more information or questions about the program

(414) 229- 4721

Contact a Community Engagement & Education (CEED) Program Academic Advisor

Office of Student Services Advising
(414) 229-4721

(Last names A – L) – Tyree Bolden

(Last names M – Z) – Andrea Azarian


Dr. Raquel Farmer-Hinton
Associate Professor

Dr. Florence Johnson
Senior Lecturer

Dr. Julie Kailin
Associate Professor

Dr. Kalyani Rai
Associate Professor

Dr. Marie Sandy
Associate Professor

Dr. Aaron Schutz

Dr. Rajeswari Swaminathan
Associate Professor

Dr. Javier Tapia
Associate Professor

Dr. Aaria Troiano
Senior Lecturer

Dr. Gary L. Williams
Associate Professor

Agnes Williams