A BS program for challenging inequality and enhancing strengths in schools and urban communities.

  • Gain skills in
    • Leadership and collaboration
    • Education
    • Program development
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Social analysis
  • Discover the rich complexities of community and school contexts in collaboration with local leaders
  • Thrive in a supportive learning environment with one of the most diverse student bodies and faculties in Wisconsin
  • Complete program fully online (all classes not offered online every semester) and/or through hybrid (face-to-face and online) coursework
  • Pursue careers in
    • Community-based organizations and government
    • K-12 schools**
    • Colleges and universities

**CEED does not license k-12 teachers for public schools.

Why Choose the CEED BS at UWM?

Flexibility: Full online (all classes not offered online every semester) and hybrid options
Affordability: Up to 42 credits for prior experience
Individual Support: Responsive faculty who understand students have lives beyond the classroom
Diversity: Over 50% students of color
Success: High graduation rates for students from all backgrounds

 Information for Transfer Students

Interested? Click the “Apply Now” button in the right-hand column. Applications are free! Advisors can help you plan your pathway to graduation.

Graduate Experiences

CEED Graduates Talk About Their Experience in the Program

Graduates Hold Jobs in a Range of Areas

Community-Based Organizations and Public Agencies

  • Program directors
  • Youth workers
  • Community organizers
  • Adult community educators
  • Caseworkers in foster-care, domestic violence, and other areas

K-12 Schools

  • Teachers and leaders in private and charter schools
  • Public school teachers after completing k-12 licensure
  • Non-teaching roles, including parent support and community engagement specialists

Child Care

  • Owners and directors of child care centers
  • Educators

Higher Education

  • Academic advisors
  • Program coordinators

Click on the “Career” tab, above, to learn more!

Alumni Profiles

Explore brief interviews with graduates by visiting the Community Engagement & Education (CEED) Alumni Profiles webpage.

Online Learning Support

Having challenges with your online class or with Canvas? Always reach out to your instructor first!  Also find help by contacting Canvas Help, visiting the Educational Policy Online Course Support webpage, and the Educational Policy Support Site on Canvas.

Accelerated Masters Programs

Interested students can pursue MS degrees in Cultural Foundations of Community Engagement and Education or Cognitive & Developmental Sciences in conjunction with the CEED BS program, completing the combined degrees with fewer total credits.


CEED BS Requirements

Community Engagement & Education (CEED) Academic Catalog Requirements

Academic Catalog Requirements Sheet

  • Visit the Academic Catalog webpage linked above, then click on the Print Options link in the lower right hand column
  • Click the Download Page (PDF) link
  • Print or save the condensed program requirements document

Note: All classes are not available online every semester. View the CEED Required Course Offering Pattern (PDF) to see online and face-to-face/hybrid offering patterns for CEED required courses each semester. Few required classes are offered in Summer.

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

Honors Requirements

Community Engagement & Education (CEED) Honors Requirements


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Fast-Growing Employment Prospects in CEED-Related Employment

  • 8 times faster than average job growth: Social and Community Service Program Managers
  • 4 times faster than average job growth: Community and Social Service Occupations
  • 16 times faster than average job growth: Administrators of Preschool & Childcare Centers
  • ~20 times faster than average job growth: K-12 Teachers (public schools require post-grad licensure)

Fieldwork for Experience

Get credit for fieldwork internships in the CEED program to strengthen your resume, network to make connections for jobs, and get recommendations from people in the field.

A Sample of Actual Jobs Found by Community Engagement and Education (CEED) Graduates

Nonprofit Sector
After School Programs

  • After-School Site Director: Milwaukee Public Schools & many other organizations
  • Lead Program Specialist: YMCA
  • Program Coordinator & Club Manager: Boys and Girls Clubs

Youth Work

  • Youth Organizer: Pathfinders & Voces
  • Coordinator: Boys & Girls Clubs & Racine Youth Coalition
  • Foster Care Educator: Children’s Hospital
  • Career Counselor: Milwaukee Public Schools

Community Engagement

  • Family Engagement Coordinator: Head Start
  • Community Outreach Specialist: Girl Scouts
  • Community Development Advisor: Peace Corps

Other Nonprofit Positions

  • Supervisor of Life Skills: Sojourner House
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Walkers Point Center
  • Program Manager: City Year
  • Branch Director: Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Recruitment Manager: Girl Scouts
  • Founder and Director: ASHA Project
Government Sector
  • Housing Program Officer: City of Milwaukee
  • Supervisor for Family Services
  • Employment and Training Specialist: WI Division of Workforce Development
  • Social Work Supervisor, Rock County
K-12 Education: Teaching

CEED graduates teach, often after pursuing post-graduate licensure, in:

  • Public School Districts: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Stevens Point, Shelby County….
  • Charter Schools: La Causa, Hmong American Peace Academy, Highland Community….
  • Private Schools: Salam, Milwaukee Excellence Charter….
University Sector (often after completing MS degree)
  • Student Advisor: UWM, Carthage College, UW-Whitewater & Boston College
  • Admissions Counselor: MATC & Concordia
  • Student Support Specialist: Gateway Technical
Child Care Sector

CEED graduates direct, own, or teach in child care organizations across Milwaukee.

Non-School Educators
  • Parent Educator: Next Door Foundation
  • Nutrition Education Coordinator: UW-Extension
  • Early Childhood Trainer: West Allis Association
Case Management
  • Case Manager: Southwest Key, Legal Aid Society, Community Care, & more
Political Service
  • WI State Representative & State Senator
  • Milwaukee Alderperson & County Supervisor
  • Wauwatosa Alderperson
Graduate School Post Graduation
CEED graduates often go on to complete graduate degrees including the MS in Cultural Foundations of Community Engagement and Education in the same department as CEED; MBAs; MSs in Counseling, Higher Education, Educational Administration, a range of social sciences; and more.

Some complete PhD’s and are university faculty.


Program Information

For general information or questions about the program, contact:

Dr. Aaron Schutz
Professor & Department Chair


To discuss your academic plan and coursework, contact an academic advisor:

Office of Student Services Advising
(414) 229-4721

Academic Advising
(Last names A – L) – Tyree Bolden
(Last names M – Z) – Andrea Azarian