Do you want to teach children ages 6-12 (grades 1-8)? Then the Elementary Education Program is for you.

What Sets Our Program Apart?

  • Real world, urban classroom-based field experiences in a variety of grades with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Cutting-edge teacher preparation curriculum taught by highly-qualified faculty.
  • Flexible and accessible scheduling that includes evening courses, and full and part-time scheduling.
  • Content concentrations in English, Social Studies, Science, Math or ESL.
  • Undergraduate students may complete program of study in 8 full-time semesters plus one summer session.

Who Should Consider the Program?

  • Traditional undergraduate students or transfer students.
  • Career changers who have already completed a bachelor’s degree.
  • Students interested in earning a master’s degree and teacher certification in grades 1-8.
  • Teachers wishing to add certification in 7th and 8th to an existing teaching license in 1st-6th grade.

How to Apply

Undergraduate Program

Refer to the Curriculum tab for more information regarding the program, admission criteria and to fill out the Admission Review Form.

Post-Baccalaureate Program

Follow the steps listed in the Elementary Education Post-Baccalaureate Program Application (PDF). Applications must be received by April 30th for Summer admission, July 15th for Fall admission and December 15th for Spring admission. Refer to the Curriculum tab for more information regarding the program and admission criteria.

Graduate Program

This is a focus area in the Curriculum and Instruction MS degree program. See C&I Master’s degree program.

Contact Us

Questions about the program and/or admissions?

Maggie Kaczmarek

Contact an Elementary Education Program Academic Advisor

Office of Student Services Advising
(414) 229-4721

(Last names A – L) – Kristin Roosevelt

(Last names M – Z) – Tammy Badura

Elementary Education Program Director

Tara Serebin


Undergraduate Program

Program Sheet

Undergraduate Program Sheet (PDF)

Admission Criteria

  • Mandatory meeting with academic advisor in the semester following 40 credit semester.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
  • Earn a C or better in all courses.
  • Successful completion of dispositions and field evaluation from CURRINS 300.
  • Successful completion of MATH 175 and ENGLISH 102 (or placement of 4 or higher on English placement test).

Currently enrolled Elementary Education students ready to begin Professional Semester 1 should complete the admission review form found below. This form should only be completed one semester prior to the semester in which you intend to begin the professional program.

Admission Review Form

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Post-Baccalaureate Program

Program Sheet

Post-Baccalaureate Program Sheet (PDF)

Admission Criteria

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 on all coursework completed for undergraduate credit.
  • Course Requirements: Completion of CURRINS 233 and EDPSY 330 with a C or better.

Application Criteria

  • For students with a completed bachelor’s degree (post bacc students), complete the application. The Elementary Education Program currently accepts applications from post-baccalaureate students throughout the year. Applications must be received by December 15 for the Post-Baccalaureate program.

Post-Baccalaureate Program Application (PDF)

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.

Request for Transcript Evaluation Form

Graduate Program

This is a focus area in the Curriculum and Instruction MS degree program. See C&I Master’s degree program.


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The faculty teaching within the Elementary Education program in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee engage in research that explores questions of educational practice and policy and their contexts while aligning with the social justice mission of the SOE.

Office of Research
SOE Elementary Education faculty collaborate with UWM’s Office of Research to support the development of research agendas addressing issues in education.

Office of Undergraduate Research
Further collaborations with UWM’s Office of Undergraduate Research support not only the next generation of educators but also the next generation of education researchers.


Career Planning and Resource Center
The Career Planning and Resource Center is available to UWM students and alumni, offering assistance with job exploration, preparation, and managing the complex process of applying for jobs.