About

The Elementary and Middle Education program prepares individuals to teach in grades K-9. A hallmark of the program is its focus on providing real-world experiences in schools guided by dedicated mentor teachers and university supervisors and aligned with academic coursework.

What Sets Our Program Apart?

  • Real world 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.
  • Choice of a content concentration in English, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies
  • Cohort Model ensures support throughout the program.

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.

Career

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.

Curriculum

Undergraduate Program

Are you interested in becoming a teacher?

Consider the UWM teacher education program to teach Grades K-9.

Elementary and Middle Education, K-9 Academic Catalog Undergraduate Requirements

Post-Baccalaureate Program

Have you considered returning to school to become a teacher for Grades K-9? 

Individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree can earn their teaching certification by successfully completing our post-baccalaureate teaching certification program for the Elementary and Middle School, K-9, teaching license (2088).

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 (for post-baccalaureate program students)

Graduate Program

Would you like to earn your master’s degree along with your teaching license for grades K-9? 

Individuals can pursue a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction while completing the post-baccalaureate teaching certification program for the Elementary and Middle School, K-9, teaching license (2088). Several of the program courses can be applied toward the graduate degree. Work with your academic and faculty advisors to coordinate your coursework.

Curriculum and Instruction, MS Academic Catalog Requirements

Add-On License Program

Are you interested in extending your current teaching license to Grades K-9?

The add-on license is most appropriate for individuals that currently hold a regular education license to teach Grades 1-8, 1-6, K-6, or K-8 or similar developmental levels.

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 (for add-on license program students)

Advising

Please contact an academic advisor to discuss any of the programs listed above and how to move toward your professional aspirations.

(Last names A – L) – Kristin Roosevelt, kroosev@uwm.edu
(Last names M – Z) – Tammy Badura, tlbadura@uwm.edu

Admission

Program Admission Session

Join us to learn more about the admission process for the Elementary and Middle Education (EME) program and to gain tips for a successful application.

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2023
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Enderis Hall, Room 384

Program Admission Process

Learn more about the program admission process for the Elementary and Middle Education, K-9, program.

Program Admission Process (PowerPoint)

Program Admission Criteria

Undergraduate Program
  • Mandatory meeting with your advisor before applying for admission to the professional program sequence.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all UWM and transfer courses.
  • Grade of B or better in CURRINS 300.
  • Grade of C or better in MATH 175.
  • Satisfied Oral and Written Communication (OWC) Part A requirement.
  • Pass a Criminal Background Check (CBC) as required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for all applicants to a teacher education program.
  • Successful application (see below for details).
  • Advisor approval to proceed into the professional education semesters.
Post-Baccalaureate Program
  • Mandatory meeting with an advisor before applying to the program.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on all coursework completed for undergraduate credit.
  • Pass a Criminal Background Check (CBC) as required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for all applicants to a teacher education program.
  • Successful application (see below for details).
Add-On License Program
  • Mandatory meeting with an advisor before applying to the program.
  • Completion of a Wisconsin state-approved educator preparation program.
  • Currently licensed to teach in Wisconsin.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on all coursework completed for undergraduate credit.
  • Pass a Criminal Background Check (CBC) as required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for all applicants to a teacher education program.
  • Successful application (see below for details).

Application Deadline

Application to the professional program sequence does not guarantee admission. Final candidate selection is based on a review of all application materials by the program admission committee and is contingent upon available space in the program.

If you have not officially completed all requirements to apply at the time of application but will do so before the beginning of the admission semester, we encourage you to submit a program application. Meet with a School of Education academic advisor to determine the best time to apply.

  • Program Application for Fall 2023: Due March 8, 2023

Late applications will be considered but are contingent upon available space in the program and review of application materials by the program admission committee. Meet with an academic advisor to discuss your options.

Application Process

All applicants to the Elementary and Middle Education, K-9, program must submit an application. Please complete the appropriate admission application listed below.

Undergraduate Program Admission Application

Elementary and Middle Education, K-9 Undergraduate Admission Application

Post-Baccalaureate Program Admission Application

Elementary and Middle Education, K-9 Post-Baccalaureate Admission Application

Add-On License Program Admission Application

Elementary and Middle Education, K-9 Add-On License Admission Application

Assistance with Your Program Admission Application

Admissions Manager
For questions about the admission process or your application, please contact the Admissions Manager Maggie Kaczmarek, kaczmarm@uwm.edu.

Academic Advising
For questions about the program requirements, please contact an academic advisor.

(Last names A – L) – Kristin Roosevelt, kroosev@uwm.edu
(Last names M – Z) – Tammy Badura, tlbadura@uwm.edu

Faculty

profile photoJennifer BrownsonTeaching FacultyTeaching and Learningjbrowns2@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 313
profile photoElizabeth DanielTeaching FacultyTeaching and Learningdanielem@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 319
profile photoDeAnn HuinkerProfessor; DirectorTeaching and Learning; Center for Math & Science Education Research(414) 229-6646huinker@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 363

Contact

Program Information

For general information or questions about the program, contact:

Tara Serebin 
Elementary and Middle Education, K-9, Program Director
serebin@uwm.edu

Admissions Information

For information or questions about admissions, contact:

Maggie Kaczmarek
Undergraduate Admissions Manager
kaczmarm@uwm.edu

Advising

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

Office of Student Services Advising
(414) 229-4721
soeinfo@uwm.edu

Academic Advising
(Last names A – L) – Kristin Roosevelt (kroosev@uwm.edu)
(Last names M – Z) – Tammy Badura (tlbadura@uwm.edu)