EDUCATIONAL STUDIES (EDS)

College of Liberal Studies
School of Education
Department Chair: Gregory Walsko
220A Morris Hall, 608.785.8131
e-mail: walsko.greg@uwlax.edu 

www.uwlax.edu/des

Professors: Krajewski, R.;
Associate Professors
: Ali, Angell, Richardson, Shanks, Walsko, Willhite, G.;
Assistant Professors
: Chaney, Chen, Love, Willhite, K.;
Lecturers
: Gander, Green

DES Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate Programs EC-MC, MC-EA, and EC-A

Criteria and Procedures for Application and Admission to Department of Educational Studies Teacher Education Programs

Eligibility Criteria for Application

Prior to submitting an application for admission to the EC-MC: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood (ages birth-11), with a minor in ECE; MC-EA: Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (ages 6-13), with a certifiable minor; and EC-A: Early Childhood-Early Adolescence programs (ages birth-21), with a major in Art, Music, French, German, or Spanish, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)-The PPST is to be taken during the first semester on campus. Students must earn passing scores in Reading (175), Mathematics (173), and Writing (174), to be eligible for program application. Passing scores are set by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
  2. Preliminary Course Work-Candidates seeking licensure in EC-MC & MC-EA must have a minimum of 24 earned credits. Candidates seeking licensure in EC-A must have a minimum of 40 earned credits (includes transfer credit).   
  3. Cumulative Grade Point Average-Candidates must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in all academic work taken prior to applying for admission. This includes transfer grade points averaged with residence grade points. 

Application Procedures

Students who meet the criteria described above may obtain additional information on the application from the School of Education website. Students must be accepted into the program prior to registration for certain education courses. One copy of the application must be submitted by 4:00 pm on the Friday of the third week of the semester. Although students apply after 24 course credits are earned, students can only be officially admitted to the School of Education after the completion of 40 credits.

Early Childhood through Middle Childhood (EC-MC) (ages birth - 11) 58 credits

Candidates must fulfill the requirements below and the early childhood education minor to be eligible to apply for certification to teach students from birth to 11 years of age. Both the major and minor requirements are listed below.

Required General Education Courses — GEO 200, EFN 205 or ERS 100 or SOC 225 or WGS 230, POL 101 or 102 (or similar competences)

Recommended General Education Courses — MTH 126, PHY 106.

Requirements in Allied Fields — 10 credits – MTH 125, PSY 212, 370.

Requirements in Professional Education — 42 credits plus student teaching

Courses not requiring Admission to Teacher Education
ART 302d; EDS 305, 308, 310; HED 207d; MUS 317d

Courses requiring Admission to Teacher Education
EDS, 402a, 412a, 413a, 420, 421b, 422b, 445b, 480, SPE 401.

a taken concurrently
b
 taken concurrently
c
 not required for special education minors
d
applicable to General Education
e
requires admission to teacher education

Student Teaching — 16 credits – EDS 493 or 495, EDS 492

Early Childhood Education Minor — 22 credits plus student teaching

Courses not requiring Admission to Teacher Education
ECE 213, 316, 322, 324

Courses requiring Admission to Teacher Education
ECE 326, 327, 430, 440, 490

Early Childhood Education Student Teaching — 12 credits - ECE 400, 401

Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (MC-EA) (ages 6-12 or 13) 64-66 credits

Candidates must fulfill the requirements below and a minor to be eligible to apply for licensure to teach students from 6-13 years of age.

Minors in biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, economics, English, general science, geography, history, mathematics, physics, political science, psychology, social studies, and sociology are core subject areas and do not require the completion of additional requirements for certification.

Minors in French, German studies, school health education, Spanish, special education, and teaching English to speakers of other languages are not core subject areas and require the completion of additional requirements for certification. See the minor program descriptions or contact the College of Liberal Studies Academic Services Office for more information.

Required General Education Courses — GEO 200; EFN 205 or ERS 100 or SOC 225 or WGS 230; POL 101 or 102; (or similar competencies)

Recommended General Education Courses — MTH 126, PHY 106

Requirements in Allied Fields — 10 credits - MTH 125, PSY 212, 370

Requirements in Professional Education —  37-40 credits 

Courses not requiring Admission to Teacher Education
ART 302d, HED 207d, EDS 308, 310, 311, 319; MUS 317d 

Courses requiring Admission to Teacher Education
EDS 402a, 412a, 413a, 420, 421b, 422b, 445b, 480, SPE 401c

Student Teaching — 16 credits - EDS 493 or 495, 492

a taken concurrently
b
 taken concurrently
c
 not required for special education minors
d
applicable to General Education
e
requires admission to Teacher Education

Early Adolescence through Adolescence (EA-A) (ages 10 - 21)  17-26 credits 

Candidates must fulfill the requirements below and one or more certifiable majors to be eligible to apply for licensure to teach students from 10-21 years of age. In addition to a major, students may choose to complete one or more minors for additional certifications.

Certifiable majors include: biology, broadfield science, broadfield social studies, chemistry, computer science, English, mathematics, and physics. Requirements are listed under specific departments. Broadfield science and broadfield social studies are majors within the department of educational studies.

Required General Education Courses — 9 credits - GEO 200 (science and social studies majors only); EFN 205 or ERS 100 or SOC 225 or WGS 230; POL 101 or 102.

Requirements in Allied Fields — 6 credits - PSY 212, 370

Requirements in Professional Education — 27-29 credits

Courses not requiring Admission to Teacher Education
EDS 310, 319

Courses requiring Admission to Teacher Education: EDS 405a, 406a, 420, 450b, 451b, 480, SPE 401c, EFN 200d, CI 381e, CI XXX a or b

See Early Adolescence – Adolescence and Early Childhood – Adolescence Program Methods courses and additional requirements list.

Student Teaching — 16 credits - EDS 494 or 495, 492

a taken concurrently
b
 taken concurrently
c
 not required for special education minors
d
applicable to General Education
e
requires admission to teacher education

Early Childhood through Adolescence (EC-A) (ages birth - 21) 17-22 credits

Candidates must fulfill the requirements below and one or more certifiable majors to be eligible to apply for licensure to teach students from birth to 21 years of age. In addition to a major, students may choose to complete one or more minors for additional certifications.

Certifiable majors include: art, French*, German studies*, music-general, music-choral, music-instrumental, and Spanish*.

Required General Education Courses — 9 credits - GEO 200 (science and social studies majors only); EFN 205 or ERS 100 or SOC 225 or WGS 230; POL 101 or 102.

Requirements in Allied Fields — 6 credits - PSY 212, 370

* Minors in French, German studies, and Spanish are certifiable at the early adolescence – adolescence developmental range only, unless another language is completed as a major. If a language major and language minor are completed, both languages may be certifiable at the early childhood – adolescence range.

*Music Education and Art Education majors may substitute RDG 330 unless completing an academic second major or minor.

Requirements in Professional Education — 17-23 credits 

Courses not requiring Admission to Teacher Education
EDS 310, 319

Courses requiring Admission to Teacher Education
EDS 405a, 406a, 420, 450b, 451b*, 480, SPE 401c, CI XXXa or b

See Early Adolescence – Adolescence and Early Childhood – Adolescence Program Methods courses and additional requirements list. 

Student Teaching — 16 credits – EDS 494 or 495, 492

a taken concurrently
b
 taken concurrently
c
 not required for special education minors
d
required for all social studies majors and minors
e
required for all social studies and science majors and minors
* Music education and art education majors may substitute RDG 330 unless completing an academic second major or minor.

Early Adolescence-Adolescence and Early Childhood-Adolescence Program Methods Courses and Additional Requirements

Major/Minor                    Methods Course                  Prescribed Additional Requirement

Art Education                   ART 302
(major only, EC-A)            ART 401
                                     ART 403
Biology                            CI 469                             GEO 200
                                                                           CI 381
Broadfield Social Studies     CI 408                             GEO 200
                                                                           EFN 200
                                                                           CI 381
Chemistry                         CI 469                            GEO 200
                                                                           CI 381
Computer Science              CI 364
Earth Science (minor only)  CI 469                             GEO 200
                                                                           
CI 381
Economics (minor only)       CI 408                             GEO 200
                                                                           
EFN 200
                                                                            CI 381
English                              CI 405
French (EC-A)                    CI 467
Spanish (EC-A)                   CI 467
Geography                         CI 408                            GEO 200
                                                                            EFN 200
                                                                            CI 381
General Science                  CI 469                            GEO 200
                                                                            CI 381
German Studies (EC-A)        CI 467
History                              CI 408                            GEO 200
                                                                            EFN 200
                                                                            CI 381
Mathematics                      CI 364
Choral Music (major only)(EC-A)
                                       CI 306
General Music (major only) (EC-A) 
                                      
CI 307
                                       CI 371   
Instrumental Music (major only) (EC-A)
             
                          CI 308
Physics                              CI 469                           GEO 200
                                                                            CI 381
Political Science                  CI 408                            GEO 200
                                                                            EFN 200   
                                                                            CI 381   
Psychology (minor only)       CI 408                            EFN 200
                                                                            GEO200
                                                                            CI 381
School Health Education (minor only)
                                       SHE 410
Sociology                           CI 408                             GEO 200
                                                                              EFN 200
               
                                                              CI 381
Teaching English to Speakers
of Other Languages              CI 463
(minor only)

Minors in Department of Education Studies

Early Childhood Minor — See requirements under Early Childhood-Middle Childhood major.  

Special Education Minor  

34 credits 

          I. Core Courses (19 credits - all core courses are required for each certification option): SPE 416, 424, 429, 431,
             440, 452, 461

        II.  Cross-Categorical Special Education Certification Options:

Option 1: Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence (three credits): SPE 446
Professional Practice: SPE 483 (11 credits) and SPE 430 (1 credit)

Option 2: Early Adolescence/Adolescence (three credits): SPE 447
Professional Practice: SPE 484 (11 credits) and SPE 430 (1 credit)

All certification course work must be completed prior to the Professional Practice semester.

General Science Minor (Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence)

22-23 credits - CHM 100 or CHM 103, CI 461, PHY 106 or PHY 103, PHY/AST 155 plus electives in science to reach a minimum of 22 credits. BIO 103 or 105 and ESC 101 do not count toward the 22 credits required for the minor.

Recommended Electives:

• PHY/AST 156: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe (4 cr.)
• BIO 203: Organismal Biology (4 cr.)
• BIO 204: Plant Biology (3 cr.)
• BIO 210: Animal Biology (3 cr.)
• CHM 103: General Chemistry I (5 cr.)-if not completed as part of core requirements
• CHM 104: General Chemistry II (5 cr.)
• ESC 221: Introduction to Climate Systems (4 cr.)
• ESC 222: Landforms Processes and Regions (4 cr.)
• PHY 103: Fundamental Physics I (4 cr.)-if not completed as part of core requirements
                or
• PHY 104: Fundamental Physics II (4 cr.)

Social Studies Minor (Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence)

25 credits - HIS 210, 321; GEO 110 or 201; ARC 100; SOC 202; POL 101, 102; ECO 110; EFN 200

Note: Students should be aware that the Department of Public Instruction is specific in its requirements about the content of both general education and professional education; therefore, prospective teacher education candidates should work closely with an adviser from the outset of their studies at the university. Completion of Department of Public Instruction requirements for licensure may take longer than four academic years.