Are you interested in teaching English in grades 6 through 12? Then UWM’s Early Adolescence through Adolescence (EAA) Program in English is for you.

This award-winning program addresses 21st Century educational needs, standards, and policies; assessment practices; the integration of digital technologies into instruction and classroom practice; and literary study and composition, as well as other literacy skills that middle and high school students need to succeed.  Completing this program meets the Wisconsin requirements for certification to teach English in grades 6 through 12, allowing you to teach English in Wisconsin and in many other states.

Why EAA English Education?

  • Our program is recognized as a top English Education Program in Wisconsin: Since 2002, 12 of our students have received awards for “Student Teacher of the Year” or “First-Year Teacher of the Year” presented by the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English.
  • Our program, unlike many, offers a full year placement in real world classrooms, including one semester in middle and one in high school.
  • Our program offers opportunities to tutor area students online in their writing, working cooperatively with their classroom teachers.
  • Our program prepares teachers to work in a variety of settings with a culturally diverse student population.
  • Our program is taught by highly experienced and professionally-involved educators. Two of our faculty have served as presidents of the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English and are currently serving on the national boards of the Modern Language Association’s Division on the Teaching of Literature and of the Conference on English Leadership.  Our field supervisors come with advanced degrees and have completed many years of successful classroom teaching.

Undergraduate Program

Program Sheet

Undergraduate Program Sheet (PDF)

Admission Criteria

  • 58 credits with a 2.5 Grade Point Average
  • 2.75 Grade Point Average in all English Content Courses
  • Additional undergraduate requirements of admission—see academic advisor

Undergraduate Program Application (PDF)

Post-Baccalaureate Program

Program Sheet

Post-Baccalaureate Program Sheet (PDF)

Admission Criteria

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 on all coursework
  • 2.75 Grade Point Average in all English Content Courses
  • For additional information—see academic advisor
  • Applications must be received by September 30 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

Please contact Dr. Donna Pasternak, Professor for more information. See C&I Master’s degree program.

Contact Us

Questions about the Undergraduate or Post-Baccalaureate programs and/or admissions

Maggie Kaczmarek

Contact an English Education Program Academic Advisor

Office of Student Services Advising
(414) 229-4721

(Last names A – L) – Tammy Badura

(Last names M – Z) – Nikki Claas

Program Faculty

Dr. Donna Pasternak

Barbara Sonnenberg
Program Director & Associate Lecturer