Students in Amy Zientek’s biology and ecology class work on a project at Brookfield Academy

Prepare for a rewarding career teaching science in grades 4 through 12 (Early Adolescence through Adolescence – EAA) with UWM’s Milwaukee Area Collaborative Science Teacher Education Program 2.0.

Program Type

Major

Program Format

On Campus
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Why Science Education?

  • World class, cutting-edge and research-based teacher education curriculum taught by expert and experienced science educators.
  • Become fully equipped to teach in Wisconsin and beyond with a focus on Next Generation Science Standards and high-cognitive demand tasks that engage all learners.
  • Quality field experience supervisors and exceptional cooperating teachers.
  • Earn your certification in three semesters (summer, fall, spring) with flexible and convenient evening and summer course offerings with cohorts of students and instructors.
  • Rigorous preparation for future employment in a variety of settings working with diverse groups of students.
  • Perfect for a diverse array of students, including traditional undergraduates or transfer students, career changers who already hold a bachelor’s degree, and master’s degree candidates seeking a license to teach.
A diverse group of students working together during science lab while their teacher (african american woman) looks on

Science education degree students experience and participate in hands-on, classroom-based fieldwork and student teaching in middle and high schools. By successfully completing the program, you will meet the Wisconsin teacher certification requirements for grades 4 through 12.

For post-baccalaureates and contracted but unlicensed teachers: If you have a science, mathematics or engineering degree and wish to obtain a science or mathematics teaching license, or if you are unlicensed and teaching on-the-job, you can join our certification program from any location within Wisconsin and complete the certification program within one year, while working full time. Our highly acclaimed science education degree program, Milwaukee Area Collaborative Science Teacher Education Program 2.0, is now using videoconferencing technology so future mathematics and science teachers can participate in real-time classes from home or their school, using a camera on their computer and a reliable Wi-Fi connection in order to Zoom into class.

You will be interacting with a cohort of certification students and the instructors, while working through modules and assignments in order to complete course credits and fieldwork experiences. You can complete fieldwork and student teaching close to where you live, or at your on-the-job school while functioning as an unlicensed contracted teacher.

This Program Is Designed For

  • Undergraduates who are completing a degree at UWM or another institution.
  • Post-baccalaureates (who already have a degree in science, mathematics or engineering) who want to become certified to teach through video conferencing technology or attending on-campus courses, or a combination of both.
  • Post-baccalaureates who want certification, but also wish to complete many of their credits for a master’s degree, and finish the M.S. shortly after beginning their first teaching job.
  • Post-baccalaureate from anywhere in Wisconsin or northern Illinois.
  • Veterans, active military, Guards and Reserve — this program complements the Department of Defense Troops to Teachers.
  • Teachers on an emergency or substitute license, teaching at a public or private school, who wish to obtain a science or mathematics teaching license.

Program Requirements

Post-Baccalaureate Program

Please contact Dr. Ray Scolavino for information about the science three semester sequence requirements.

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 coursework can be used to fulfill certification requirements.

Request for Transcript Evaluation Form (for post-baccalaureate students only)

Graduate Program

Can complete certification and most of a master’s degree in three semesters. Please contact Dr. Ray Scolavino for more information about the Graduate Program requirements. See C&I Master’s degree program.

Admission Criteria

Undergraduate Students

  • 2.5 cumulative grade point average
  • 2.75 grade point average in all science content courses
  • Pass a criminal background check as required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for all applicants to an educator preparation program
  • Additional undergraduate requirements for admission, see your academic advisor
  • Add-on requirements, see your science program director
  • Applications must be received by May 1

Post-Baccalaureate Students

  • 2.5 cumulative grade point average
  • 2.75 grade point average in all science content courses
  • Additional undergraduate requirements for admission, see academic advisor
  • Add-on requirements, see science program director
  • Applications must be received by May 1

Graduate Students

Application Process

Undergraduate Program

Please complete the admission review form linked below if you wish to begin your Milwaukee Area Collaborative Science Teacher Education Program Professional Sequence in the Summer 2024 semester. Applications must be received by May 1.

Undergraduate Admission Review Form

Post-Baccalaureate Program

Please complete the admission review form linked below if you wish to begin your Milwaukee Area Collaborative Science Teacher Education Program Professional Sequence in the Summer 2024 semester. Applications must be received by May 1.

Post-Baccalaureate Admission Application

Graduate Program

Can complete certification and most of a master’s degree in three semesters. Please contact Dr. Ray Scolavino for more information about the Graduate Program requirements. See C&I Master’s degree program.

Faculty

Ray Scolavino, Distinguished Lecturer and Teaching Faculty in Teaching and Learning
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Teaching and Learning
  • Program Director, Science Education, Grades 4-12
  • Program Director, Mathematics Education, Grades 4-12

Advising

  • (Last names A – L) – Andrea Azarian
  • (Last names M – Z) – Tamara Wallhausser
Andrea Azarian, Senior Academic Advisor in Office of Student Services.
  • Senior Academic Advisor, Office of Student Services
Tammy Badura, Senior Academic Advisor in Office of Student Services.
  • Senior Academic Advisor, Office of Student Services
Important Dates
Program Information Session
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
More Information and Registration

Application Deadline Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate
May 1
Contact
Dr. Ray Scolavino
Distinguished Lecturer and Program Director
ni3@uwm.edu
414-460-0746

For information or questions about admissions, contact:

Maggie Kaczmarek
Undergraduate Admissions Manager
kaczmarm@uwm.edu

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

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

Academic Advising
(Last names A – L) – Andrea Azarian
(Last names M – Z) – Tamara Wallhausser