Are you interested in teaching children from birth to third grade? The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program will prepare you to work in a variety of early care and education settings, such as public and private schools, local Head Start agencies, child care centers, and preschools.
Why Early Childhood Education?
- Courses focused on preparation for work with culturally and linguistically diverse children and families.
- Degree attainment with or without Wisconsin teacher licensing, and easy access to add-ons such as English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual certification (Spanish, Hmong, and Lao).
- Classroom-based field experiences in a variety of settings in Milwaukee and the surrounding metropolitan area.
- Flexible scheduling options that include day and evening courses, summer and winter break offerings, and full and part-time options.
- Innovative teacher education curriculum taught by highly-qualified faculty.
Who Should Consider the Program?
- Undergraduates or transfer students.
- Career changers who already hold a bachelor’s degree.
- Those who hold an associate’s degree in ECE and would like to complete a degree and a Wisconsin teacher license.
- Those who would like to attain Master’s level credits with certification, or a Master’s degree.
Admission Criteria – With or Without Certification
Teacher candidates are admitted to the ECE major upon declaring the major or transferring from another institution. Candidates can be admitted to the certification track(s) of the major upon:
- Successful completion of 30 credits.
- Completion of UWM competency requirements in English and Mathematics.
- Completion of Currins 501 and Currins 240 with a grade of “C” or better.
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.
Admission Review Form
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on all coursework completed for undergraduate credit.
- Submit application materials by April 30th for summer admission, by July 15th for fall admission and by December 15th for spring admission.
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.
Please contact Dr. Nancy File, Program Chair and Kellner Professor for more information at email@example.com. This is a focus area in the Curriculum and Instruction MS Degree program. See C&I Master’s degree program.
Questions about the program and/or admissions?
Contact an Early Childhood Education Program Academic Advisor
(Last names A – L) – Andrea Azarian
(Last names M – Z) – Nikki Claas
Dr. Leanne Evans
Dr. Nancy File
Program Chair & Kellner Professor
Program Director & Senior Lecturer
Our graduates are employed in a number of professional settings—for example, Milwaukee Public Schools, Racine Unified School District, Kenosha Unified School District, Oak Creek-Franklin School District, West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, Waukesha School District, UW-Milwaukee Children’s Learning Center, local Head Start Agencies, Next Door, community-based child care centers, and more.