Explore the causes and consequences of inequality in urban communities and discover strategies for addressing urban challenges. Learn leadership, and entrepreneurship skills that support careers in a wide range of community-based nonprofits, government agencies, schools, and other public service areas. Our students thrive in our supportive learning environment.

  •  Program offered:
    • Fully online (*excluding general education requirement courses)
    • Face to face
  • Students can earn college credit up to 42 credits 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, Schools, and Public Agencies as

  • Program directors
  • Youth workers
  • Community leadership facilitators
  • Adult community educators
  • Youth leadership facilitators
  • Community program entrepreneurs
  • Foster care agencies
  • Government officials
  • Child care centers
  • Teachers and leaders in private schools
  • 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
  • Evenings
  • 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


profile photoRaquel Farmer-HintonAssociate ProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studiesrfarhin@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 523
profile photoFlorence JohnsonSenior LecturerEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-6550fljoh@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 541
profile photoJulie KailinAssociate ProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-6623jkailin@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 521
profile photoKalyani RaiAssociate ProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 227-2587kalyanir@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 519
profile photoMarie SandyAssociate Professor; Co-Interim DirectorEducational Policy & Community Studies; Urban Education Doctoral Program(414) 229-1173sandym@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 539
profile photoAaron SchutzProfessor & Educational Policy & Community Studies Department Chair; Co-DirectorEducational Policy & Community Studies; Urban Education Doctoral Program(414) 229-4150schutz@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 555
profile photoRajeswari SwaminathanProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studiesswaminar@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 557
profile photoJavier TapiaAssociate ProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-5261jtapia@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 563
profile photoAaria TroianoSenior LecturerEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-4724atroiano@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 529
profile photoGary L. WilliamsAssociate Professor; DirectorEducational Policy & Community Studies; Institute for Intercultural Research(414) 229-5626glw@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 545
profile photoAgnes WilliamsLecturerEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-7356avw@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 549