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.


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Undergraduate Program


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

Academic Catalog Requirements Sheet

  • Visit the Academic Catalog webpage linked above, then click on the Print Options link in the lower right hand column
  • Click the Download Page (PDF) link
  • Print or save the condensed program requirements document

Post-Baccalaureate Program

Have you considered returning to school to become a teacher? Consider the new UWM teacher education program to earn your teaching license for Grades K-9? Please contact an academic advisor to discuss the program.

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 (for post-baccalaureate students only)

Graduate Program

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

At UWM, you can do both! Please contact us if you would like to discuss how to move toward your professional aspirations.


Program Admission Process

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

Program Admission Process (PDF)

Program Admission Process Video

Program Admission Criteria

Undergraduate Students
  • 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 Students
  • 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).
  • Advisor approval to proceed into the professional education semesters.

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 coursework required 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. We recommend you meet with a School of Education advisor to determine the best time to apply.

  • Fall 2022 Program Admission: Due March 7, 2022
  • Spring 2023 Program Admission: Due November 1, 2022

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

Application Process

All applicants to the Elementary and Middle Education, K-9, Professional Program must prepare and submit a video and written statement as part of their application. The program admission committee will review the statements in terms of professionalism, content, ability to construct well-written and well-spoken responses, and commitment to urban teaching.

In responding to these prompts, draw on your lived experiences, your knowledge of education, and your previous coursework, such as Currins 300.

Part 1, Video Statement: Create a video of yourself responding to the following prompt.

Prompt: What are three key qualities of an effective teacher? Which one of these qualities do you look forward to developing further during your teacher preparation program and why?
Format: The video should be 2-3 minutes in length. The video may be created with your phone or other recording device.
Directions: Upload your video to a sharing platform (e.g., YouTube) and submit a viewable link.

Part 2, Written Statement: Prepare a written statement in response to the following prompt.

Prompt: How do you, as an aspiring teacher, envision creating classroom learning environments in which every student is successful? What barriers might you face?
Format: You will enter your written statement into a textbox as part of your application.
Directions: Prepare your statement (maximum of 4000 characters) in a word processing program, save the file, and then cut and paste your statement into the online form.

Part 3, Application: Complete the appropriate admission application listed below.

Undergraduate Program Admission Application
Post-Baccalaureate Program 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


profile photoJennifer BrownsonSenior LecturerTeaching and Learningjbrowns2@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 313
profile photoDeAnn HuinkerProfessor; DirectorTeaching and Learning; Center for Math & Science Education Research(414) 229-6646huinker@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 363
profile photoTara SerebinLecturer & Program DirectorTeaching and Learningserebin@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 333


Program Information

For general information or questions about the program, contact:

Tara Serebin 
Elementary and Middle Education, K-9, Program Director

Admissions Information

For information or questions about admissions, contact:

Maggie Kaczmarek
Undergraduate Admissions Manager


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

Office of Student Services Advising
(414) 229-4721

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