Our students explore the causes of social inequality in urban communities, and learn strategies for management, leadership and entrepreneurship.

  • Degree may be completed fully online, face to face, or in combination
  • Credit given for Prior Professional Experience, Military Education, AAS Professional Courses, and more
  • Many students do not pursue a defined focus area but design their own focus area

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 Community-Based Organization BS focus in the State, 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, and more. Many students develop their own focus areas out of our rich course offerings.

Courses Offered

  • Daytime
  • Online
  • Weekends

The degree can be taken fully online, fully face to face, or by combining courses in both formats.

Credit Given for Educational Experience, Military Education, AAS Professional Courses, and More

  • Prior Professional Educational Experience—up to 42 credits may be earned, and all credits after the first three are free.
  • Transcripted military education credits.
  • Many credits taken in other universities and years before transfer into the CEED BS.
  • Articulation agreements with MATC in Human Services and from the entire Technical College System in Early Childhood allow a large number of credits to transfer into our major.
  • UWM credit given for courses taken for completed technical college AAS degrees that would normally not transfer

Distinguished Students and Alumni

  • Reggie Moore, Founder of Urban Underground
  • Spencer Coggs, Treasurer of Milwaukee

Mailing Address

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Department of Educational Policy & Community Studies
School of Education
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201


CEED BS Requirements

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

Most Community Engagement & Education students are adults who have been working, reading and acquiring skills equivalent to those provided in a conventional classroom setting. Therefore, CEED majors are eligible to demonstrate competency and earn credit for prior professional educational experience in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the CEED BS degree program. This unique benefit allows you to possibly complete your degree more quickly than you would otherwise.

Areas of Focus

  • Alternative Education (DPI 952 Add-on Licence)*
  • Child Care (Submajor)
  • Child and Family Services (Submajor)
  • Community Based Organizations: Policy and Leadership (Submajor)
  • Community Leadership (Submajor and Certificate)
  • Youth Work (Certificate)

The only difference between submajors and certificates, is that submajors can only be taken by students in the BS CEED major, while certificates may be taken by students across the university.

*Alternative Education does not appear on the university transcript. Students in the BS program may focus in the area and licensed teachers also can get a supplemental license.

Submajors and Minor


Note: You can explore a broad range of community engagement and education opportunities; choosing a submajor is not required. No additional credits are required for the submajor, but there are fewer upper-division options. The upper-division coursework is more prescribed, focusing on coursework in the chosen submajor.

For students interested in more in-depth study of a particular area of community education, four optional submajors are available:

Child Care: CEED Child Care Requirements

Child & Family Services: CEED Child & Family Services Requirements

Community-Based Organizations Policy & Leadership: CEED Community-Based Organizations Policy & Leadership Requirements

Community Leadership: CEED Community Leadership Requirements


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 Minor Requirements


Community-Based Organizations: Community-Based Organizations: Policy and Leadership Certificate Requirements

Community Engagement: To learn more, please visit the Community Engagement webpage.

Community Leadership: Community Leadership Certificate Requirements

Youth Work: Youth Work Certificate 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


Raquel Farmer-Hinton
Associate Professor

Florence Johnson
Senior Lecturer

Julie Kailin
Associate Professor

Kalyani Rai
Associate Professor

Marie Sandy
Associate Professor

Aaron Schutz

Rajeswari Swaminathan
Associate Professor

Javier Tapia
Associate Professor

Aaria Troiano
Senior Lecturer

Gary L. Williams
Associate Professor

Agnes Williams