2016-17 Catalog

Publication date June 2016

Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Education Program (ages 6 - 12 or 13) - Bachelor of Science (BS)

The primary purpose of the Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Education Program is to advance teaching and learning while preparing teacher leaders for a global society. Our teacher preparation program, in collaboration with our public school partners, contributes to the teaching profession by producing teachers who believe that all students have the ability to achieve high standards, who adapt their teaching to reach all students, and who respect the diversity of all students. We prepare teacher candidates to become teachers who ground curriculum in the lives of students; who embrace multicultural perspectives and uphold just teaching practices; value academically rigorous curriculum; and are culturally sensitive. Our graduates are reflective practitioners who continuously improve their abilities and are responsive to best practices.

Admission requirements

Candidates completing this program earn a regular classroom teaching certification at the Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (MC-EA) developmental range (ages 6-12 or 13). Candidates must fulfill the major requirements below and the requirements for a certifiable 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, English, general science, geography, history, mathematics, physics, political science, 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 (TESOL) 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 (29 credits)
GEO 200Conservation of Global Environments3
MTH 135Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I4
MTH 136Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II4
Choose one POL course:3
American National Government
State and Local Government
EDS 203School, Society, and Teachers3
EDS 206Multicultural Education3
ART 302Visual Language in the Global Classroom3
MUS 317Musical Classroom3
HED 207Youth Health Issues3
Recommended general education course
PHY 106Physical Science for Educators4
Requirements in professional education (42 credits)
Courses not requiring admission to teacher education:
EDS 308Foundations of Literacy3
EDS 309Education in a Global Society2
EDS 311Curriculum and Pedagogy for Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence3
EDS 319Teaching with Integrated Technology I2
PSY 212Lifespan Development3
PSY 370Educational Psychology3
Courses requiring admission to teacher education:
EDS 402Field Experience I: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence 12
EDS 412Teaching Reading and Literacy: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence 15
EDS 413Teaching Social Studies: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence 13
EDS 421Teaching General Science Methods:Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence 23
EDS 422Teaching Mathematics Methods: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence 22
EDS 445Field Experience II: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence 22
EDS 452Teaching in Schools3
EDS 463Designing Instruction and Ongoing Assessment for Diverse Learners3
SPE 401Introduction to Exceptional Individuals3
Student Teaching (12 credits)
EDS 492Student Teaching Seminar1
EDS 493Student Teaching: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence11
or EDS 495 Teaching Internship

taken concurrently


taken concurrently

All students must complete the general education, college core (waived for teacher certification programs), major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.  


Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the assistant to the dean of their college for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
MTH 135 (Gen Ed Math)4EDS 206 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)3
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
POL 101 or 102 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3MTH 136 (Gen Ed Math/Logical Systems)4
EDS 203 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3HED 207 (Gen Ed Health & Well Being)3
HIS 101 or 102 (Gen Ed World History)3Minor Course3
 16 16
Year 2
EDS 3092EDS 3083
Apply to the School of Education1 EDS 3113
GEO 200 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3Minor Course3
Minor Course23PHY 106 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science - Physical)4
PSY 2123EDS 3192
MIC 100 (or BIO 100 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science - Life))4PSY 3703
Gen Ed Hum-Lit3 
 18 18
Year 3
Minor Course3Minor Course 3
ART 302 (Gen Ed Arts)3EDS 4125
MUS 317 (Gen Ed Arts)3SPE 4013
Minor Course3EDS 4022
Minor Course3EDS 4133
 15 16
Year 4
EDS 4213EDS 4921
EDS 4222EDS 493311
EDS 4633 
EDS 4523 
Minor Course3 
EDS 4452 
 16 12
Total Credits: 127

Admission to teacher education requires a 2.85 GPA and passing basic skills test scores. See the MC-EA Admissions website for details.


Each candidate must also complete a minor (19-28 credits). The list of certifiable minors is online.


See the Office of Field Experience for details about applying to student teaching.

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