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Education Major Requirements

The teacher-education discipline prepares future teachers who are majoring in elementary education as well as students seeking certification across a broad range of developmental levels.
  • Early Childhood-Middle Childhood (ages birth-10)
  • Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (ages 6-13)
  • Early Adolescence-Adolescence (ages 10-21)
  • Early Childhood-Adolescence (ages birth-21)

View the appropriate tab below to see specific major and certification requirements.

EC-MC

Education Major With Early Childhood-Middle Childhood Certification (Ages Birth-10)
The certification requires completion of the education major and the minor in early childhood.

Education major
  • EDUC 125 Foundations of U.S. Education
  • EDUC 130 Educational Psychology (Core Curriculum)
  • EDUC 226 Elementary/Middle School Social Studies Methods
  • EDUC 249 Pre-Student-Teaching Experience, Elementary School
  • EDUC 262 Children’s Literature  
  • EDUC 281 Teaching Children with Exceptionalities
  • EDUC 287 Integrated STEM Methods
  • EDUC 350 Developmental Reading and the Language Arts
  • EDUC 373 The Writing Process: Socio/Psycholinguistic Elements
  • EDUC 386 Reading Improvement in the Elementary/Middle School
  • MATH 120 Numbers and Operations
  • MATH 212 Principles of Algebra and Data or MATH 220 Principles of Geometry
  • SSCI 301 Environment and Society or ENVS 300 Environmental Science, or GEOL 105 Geology or PHYS 111 Fundamentals of Physics 1
  • SSCI 408 Social Inequalities: Race and Minority Relations
Required early childhood certification minor
  • EDUC 269 Fine Arts in the Growth and Development of Young Children 
  • EDUC 275 Play and Health in Early Childhood Education
  • EDUC 278 Positive Behavioral Support and Assessment 
  • EDUC 292 History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Education Programs
  • EDUC 372 A Multicultural Approach to Early Education Curricular Issues and Instructional Methods 
  • EDUC 394 Curriculum and Instructional Planning for Young Children
Certifications beyond the major
An early childhood-middle childhood candidate may also be licensed to teach in English as a Second Language, French, German or Spanish by completing a minor and passing the associated subject area test. Students minoring in modern foreign languages must complete an approved immersion experience in order to be licensed. For more information on a minor in French, German or Spanish, see modern languages. The requirements for English as a Second Language are below.

English as a Second Language (certification minor)
  • ENGL 290 The English Language
  • ENGL 305 Advanced Critical Writing or EDUC 373 The Writing Process
  • IDIS 310 Language Analysis and Applied Linguistics
  • COME 330 Intercultural Communication
  • EDUC 310 Methods in teaching English as a Second Language
  • Two semesters of foreign language study (i.e. advanced, intermediate or beginning) excluding retroactively-awarded credit
Required Student-Teaching
A student must successfully complete a full-day, full-semester student-teaching experience.

Early childhood-middle childhood
  • EDUC 440 Student-Teaching: Early Childhood
  • EDUC 445 Student-Teaching: Middle Childhood
Student-teaching abroad (optional)
  • EDUC 477 Student-Teaching Abroad
Additional Requirements
Students must complete education program requirements beyond the major and certification course requirements, including DPI required testing, Human-Relations program and a portfolio based performance assessment. See the Education Program Requirements web page for details about these requirements and the timeframe for completion.

MC-EA

Education Major With Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (Ages 6-13)
The certification requires completion of the education major and an academic, teaching or certification minor.

Education major
  • EDUC 125 Foundations of U.S. Education
  • EDUC 130 Educational Psychology (Core Curriculum)
  • EDUC 226 Elementary/Middle School Social Studies Methods
  • EDUC 235 Teaching Methods in the Arts
  • EDUC 249 Pre-Student-Teaching Experience, Elementary School
  • EDUC 262 Children’s Literature
  • EDUC 281 Teaching Children with Exceptionalities 
  • EDUC 287 Integrated STEM Methods
  • EDUC 330 Non-Academic Needs of the Adolescent
  • EDUC 332 The Adolescent: Psychology and Methods in the Middle School
  • EDUC 334 Early Adolescent Field Experience
  • EDUC 350 Developmental Reading and the Language Arts
  • EDUC 373 The Writing Process: Socio/Psycholinguistic Elements
  • EDUC 386 Reading Improvement in the Elementary/Middle School
  • MATH 120 Numbers and Operations
  • MATH 212 Principles of Algebra and Data or MATH 220 Principles of Geometry
  • SSCI 301 Environment and Society or ENVS 300 Environmental Science, or GEOL 105 Geology or PHYS 111 Fundamentals of Physics 1
  • SSCI 408 Social Inequalities: Race and Minority Relations
Academic and teaching minors
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • French*
  • German*
  • History
  • Physics
  • Spanish*
  • Speech Communications 
  • Theatre
*Students minoring in modern foreign languages must complete an approved immersion experience in their target language in order to be licensed.

Certification minors

Language Arts
  • ENGL 150 Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENGL 290 The English Language
  • ENGL 307 Fiction Writing or ENGL 308 Poetry Writing
  • EDUC 373 The Writing Process: Socio/Psycho-linguistic Elements
  • COME 122 Principles of Interpersonal Communication
  • One additional course from ENGL or COME
Broadfield Science
  • One course from each of the natural sciences (BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or PHYS)
  • ENVS 300 Environmental Science or SSCI 301 Environmental Studies
  • A second course in BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or PHYS to complete the introductory sequence (e.g. BIOL 121, CHEM 107, PHYS 122)
Broadfield Social Studies
  • HIST 112 Western Civilization 1
  • HIST 113 Western Civilization 2 or HIST 350 Modern European History
  • AMER/HIST 114 History of the United States 1 or AMER/HIST 115 History of the United States 2
  • AMER/POLI 130 American Politics and Government
  • GEOG 140 World Regional Geography or GEOG 225 Social Geography
  • Two additional courses from ECON, GEOG, POLI, SOCI or PSYC
Mathematics
  • MATH 120 Numbers and Operations
  • MATH 124 A Survey of Calculus or MATH 131 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1
  • MATH 212 Principles of Algebra and Data
  • MATH 220 Principles of Geometry
  • MATH 221 Statistics in the Sciences* or SSCI 224 Basic Statistics
  • CSCI 110 Introduction to Computer Programming or CSCI 150 Applications of Discrete Structures
*Recommended course  
English as a Second Language
  • ENGL 290 The English Language
  • ENGL 305 Advanced Critical Writing or EDUC 373 The Writing Process
  • IDIS 310 Language Analysis and Applied Linguistics
  • COME 330 Intercultural Communication
  • EDUC 310 Methods in teaching English as a Second Language
  • Two semesters of foreign language study (i.e. advanced, intermediate or beginning) excluding retroactively-awarded credit

Special Education
Courses are taken at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh through a collaborative certification option. For information on certification requirements for the special education certification, contact Tynisha Meidl.

Depending on the student’s choice of minor, the Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence program may require more than 128 credits. A student may still complete all requirements for graduation and licensure within four years by enrolling in interim-session(s) or overloading.

Required Student-Teaching
A student must successfully complete a full-day, full-semester student-teaching experience.

Early childhood-middle childhood

  • EDUC 445 Student Teaching: Middle Childhood
  • EDUC 450 Student Teaching: Early Adolescence
Student teaching abroad (optional)
  • EDUC 477 Student Teaching Abroad
Additional Requirements
Students must complete education program requirements beyond the major and certification course requirements, including DPI-required testingHuman Relations program and a portfolio-based performance assessment. See the Education Program Requirements web page for details about these requirements and the timeframe for completion.

EA-A

Early Adolescence-Adolescence Certification (Ages 10-21) With Academic Major
This certification requires the student to complete an academic major and certification coursework.

Academic major – variable credits
Majors that are available include those in humanities: English, speech/communication, history; in social sciences: economics, political science, psychology, sociology; and in natural sciences: biology, chemistry, computer science, physics and mathematics.

Certification coursework
  • EDUC 125 Foundations of U.S. Education
  • EDUC 130 Educational Psychology (Core Curriculum)
  • EDUC 232 Teaching Adolescents with Exceptionalities
  • EDUC 250 Pre-Student-Teaching Experience, Secondary School
  • EDUC 251 Literacy Across Content Areas
  • EDUC 254 Instructional Methodologies for Adolescents
  • EDUC 330 Non-Academic Needs of the Adolescent
  • EDUC 332 Early Adolescent Field Experience
  • EDUC 334 Middle School Field Experience
  • EDUC 352 Advanced Reading in the Content Areas
  • SSCI 301 Environment and Society or ENVS 300 Environmental Science 
    (SSCI 301 or ENVS 300 not required for students majoring in art, theatre, math, modern languages, English and music)
  • SSCI 408 Social Inequalities: Race and Minority Relations

Certification may require more than 128 credits.

Certifications beyond the major
An early adolescence-adolescence candidate may also be licensed to teach in a subject for which the student has completed a minor.

Academic/teaching minors

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • French*
  • German*
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish*
  • Speech Communication
  • Theatre

*Students minoring in modern foreign languages must complete an approved immersion experience in their target language in order to be licensed.

Certification minors

English as a Second Language

  • ENGL 290 The English Language
  • ENGL 305 Advanced Critical Writing or EDUC 373 The Writing Process
  • IDIS 310 Language Analysis and Applied Linguistics
  • COME 330 Intercultural Communication
  • EDUC 310 Methods in teaching English as a Second Language
  • Two semesters of foreign language study (i.e. advanced, intermediate or beginning) excluding retroactively-awarded credit

Broadfield Science Certification
Broadfield Science certification allows students to teach fusion (i.e. interdisciplinary) courses in the sciences in addition to courses in the area defined by their major. Students complete at least one academic major in physics, chemistry, geology or biology, plus the introductory sequence (BIOL 120 and BIOL 121, CHEM 105 and CHEM 107, PHYS 121 and PHYS 122, or GEOL 105 and a GEOL 200 or higher level course) in the three other areas.

Broadfield Social Studies
Broadfield Social Studies certification allows students to teach fusion (i.e. interdisciplinary) courses in the social sciences in addition to courses in the area defined by their major. Students complete at least one academic major in history, economics, sociology, psychology or political science, plus sequences in two social studies areas outside the major and a single course in an additional social studies subject area. 

Sequences in broadfield social studies:

History

  • An academic minor is required.

Sociology

  • SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • SSCI 408 Social Inequalities
  • Two SOCI courses at the 200 or higher level

Political Science

  • POLI / AMER 130 U.S. Politics and Government
  • POLI / INTL 150 Intro to International Studies or POLI / INTL 160 Intro to Comparative Politics
  • One POLI course at the 200 or higher level

Economics

  • ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics or ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics
  • Two ECON courses at the 200 level or higher

Psychology

  • PSYC 100 General Psychology
  • PSYC 220 Lifespan Human Development
  • Two PSYC courses at the 200 level or higher

Required Student-Teaching
A student must successfully complete a full-day, full-semester student-teaching experience.

Early adolescence-adolescence and early childhood-adolescence

  • EDUC 450 Student Teaching: Early Adolescence
  • EDUC 455 Student Teaching: Adolescence
Student teaching abroad (optional)
  • EDUC 477 Student Teaching Abroad
Additional Requirements
Students must complete education program requirements beyond the major and certification course requirements, including DPI required testingHuman-Relations program and a portfolio based performance assessment. See the Education Program Requirements web page for details about these requirements and the timeframe for completion.

EC-A

Early Childhood-Adolescence Certifications (ages birth-21) With Academic Major

Certification in Music Education
The certification requires the student to complete the music education major and certification coursework. Please refer to the music section of the website for a complete description of the music education major.

Certification in Art Education
The certification requires the student to complete the art education major and certification coursework. Please refer to the art section of the website for a complete description of the art education major.

Certification in Theatre Education
The certification requires the student to complete the theatre major and certification coursework.

Certification coursework:
  • EDUC 125 Foundations of U.S. Education
  • EDUC 130 Educational Psychology (Core Curriculum)
  • EDUC 232 Teaching Adolescents with Exceptionalities
  • EDUC 250 Pre-Student-Teaching Experience, Secondary School
  • EDUC 251 Literacy Across Content Areas
  • EDUC 254 Instructional Methodologies for Adolescents
  • EDUC 330 Non-Academic Needs of the Adolescent
  • EDUC 332 Early Adolescent Field Experience
  • EDUC 334 Middle School Field Experience
  • EDUC 352 Advanced Reading in the Content Areas
  • SSCI 408 Social Inequalities: Race and Minority Relations
Certification may require more than 128 credits.

Certification in French, German or Spanish Education
The certification requires the student to complete a French, German or Spanish major and certification coursework. Students majoring in French, German or Spanish must complete an approved immersion experience in the target language in order to be licensed.

Certification coursework:
  • EDUC 125 Foundations of U.S. Education
  • EDUC 130 Educational Psychology (Core Curriculum)
  • EDUC 232 Teaching Adolescents with Exceptionalities
  • EDUC 250 Pre-Student Teaching Experience, Secondary School
  • EDUC 251 Literacy Across Content Areas
  • EDUC 254 Instructional Methodologies for Adolescents
  • EDUC 330 Non-Academic Needs of the Adolescent
  • EDUC 332 Early Adolescent Field Experience
  • EDUC 334 Middle School Field Experience
  • EDUC 352 Advanced Reading in the Content Areas
  • SSCI 408 Social Inequalities: Race and Minority Relations
Certification may require more than 128 credits.

Required Student-Teaching
A student must successfully complete a full-day, full-semester student-teaching experience.

Music Education
  • EDUC 469 Student-Teaching: General Music
  • EDUC 470 Student-Teaching: Choral Music (for choral music educ majors only)
  • EDUC 475 Student-Teaching: Instrumental Music 1 (for instrumental music educ majors only)
  • EDUC 476 Student-Teaching: Instrumental Music 2 (for instrumental music educ majors only)
Art, Theatre, French, German or Spanish Education
  • EDUC 450 Student-Teaching: Early Adolescence
  • EDUC 455 Student-Teaching: Adolescence
Student-Teaching abroad (optional)
  • EDUC 477 Student-Teaching Abroad
Additional Requirements
Students must complete education program requirements beyond the major and certification course requirements, including DPI-required testingHuman Relations program and a portfolio-based performance assessment. See the Education Program Requirements web page for details about these requirements and the timeframe for completion.

EC-MC

Education Major With Early Childhood-Middle Childhood Certification (Ages Birth-10)
The certification requires completion of the education major and the minor in early childhood.

Education major
  • EDUC 125 Foundations of U.S. Education
  • EDUC 130 Educational Psychology (Core Curriculum)
  • EDUC 226 Elementary/Middle School Social Studies Methods
  • EDUC 249 Pre-Student-Teaching Experience, Elementary School
  • EDUC 262 Children’s Literature  
  • EDUC 281 Teaching Children with Exceptionalities
  • EDUC 287 Integrated STEM Methods
  • EDUC 350 Developmental Reading and the Language Arts
  • EDUC 373 The Writing Process: Socio/Psycholinguistic Elements
  • EDUC 386 Reading Improvement in the Elementary/Middle School
  • MATH 120 Numbers and Operations
  • MATH 212 Principles of Algebra and Data or MATH 220 Principles of Geometry
  • SSCI 301 Environment and Society or ENVS 300 Environmental Science, or GEOL 105 Geology or PHYS 111 Fundamentals of Physics 1
  • SSCI 408 Social Inequalities: Race and Minority Relations
Required early childhood certification minor
  • EDUC 269 Fine Arts in the Growth and Development of Young Children 
  • EDUC 275 Play and Health in Early Childhood Education
  • EDUC 278 Positive Behavioral Support and Assessment 
  • EDUC 292 History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Education Programs
  • EDUC 372 A Multicultural Approach to Early Education Curricular Issues and Instructional Methods 
  • EDUC 394 Curriculum and Instructional Planning for Young Children
Certifications beyond the major
An early childhood-middle childhood candidate may also be licensed to teach in English as a Second Language, French, German or Spanish by completing a minor and passing the associated subject area test. Students minoring in modern foreign languages must complete an approved immersion experience in order to be licensed. For more information on a minor in French, German or Spanish, see modern languages. The requirements for English as a Second Language are below.

English as a Second Language (certification minor)
  • ENGL 290 The English Language
  • ENGL 305 Advanced Critical Writing or EDUC 373 The Writing Process
  • IDIS 310 Language Analysis and Applied Linguistics
  • COME 330 Intercultural Communication
  • EDUC 310 Methods in teaching English as a Second Language
  • Two semesters of foreign language study (i.e. advanced, intermediate or beginning) excluding retroactively-awarded credit
Required Student-Teaching
A student must successfully complete a full-day, full-semester student-teaching experience.

Early childhood-middle childhood
  • EDUC 440 Student-Teaching: Early Childhood
  • EDUC 445 Student-Teaching: Middle Childhood
Student-teaching abroad (optional)
  • EDUC 477 Student-Teaching Abroad
Additional Requirements
Students must complete education program requirements beyond the major and certification course requirements, including DPI required testing, Human-Relations program and a portfolio based performance assessment. See the Education Program Requirements web page for details about these requirements and the timeframe for completion.

MC-EA

Education Major With Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (Ages 6-13)
The certification requires completion of the education major and an academic, teaching or certification minor.

Education major
  • EDUC 125 Foundations of U.S. Education
  • EDUC 130 Educational Psychology (Core Curriculum)
  • EDUC 226 Elementary/Middle School Social Studies Methods
  • EDUC 235 Teaching Methods in the Arts
  • EDUC 249 Pre-Student-Teaching Experience, Elementary School
  • EDUC 262 Children’s Literature
  • EDUC 281 Teaching Children with Exceptionalities 
  • EDUC 287 Integrated STEM Methods
  • EDUC 330 Non-Academic Needs of the Adolescent
  • EDUC 332 The Adolescent: Psychology and Methods in the Middle School
  • EDUC 334 Early Adolescent Field Experience
  • EDUC 350 Developmental Reading and the Language Arts
  • EDUC 373 The Writing Process: Socio/Psycholinguistic Elements
  • EDUC 386 Reading Improvement in the Elementary/Middle School
  • MATH 120 Numbers and Operations
  • MATH 212 Principles of Algebra and Data or MATH 220 Principles of Geometry
  • SSCI 301 Environment and Society or ENVS 300 Environmental Science, or GEOL 105 Geology or PHYS 111 Fundamentals of Physics 1
  • SSCI 408 Social Inequalities: Race and Minority Relations
Academic and teaching minors
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • French*
  • German*
  • History
  • Physics
  • Spanish*
  • Speech Communications 
  • Theatre
*Students minoring in modern foreign languages must complete an approved immersion experience in their target language in order to be licensed.

Certification minors

Language Arts
  • ENGL 150 Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENGL 290 The English Language
  • ENGL 307 Fiction Writing or ENGL 308 Poetry Writing
  • EDUC 373 The Writing Process: Socio/Psycho-linguistic Elements
  • COME 122 Principles of Interpersonal Communication
  • One additional course from ENGL or COME
Broadfield Science
  • One course from each of the natural sciences (BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or PHYS)
  • ENVS 300 Environmental Science or SSCI 301 Environmental Studies
  • A second course in BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or PHYS to complete the introductory sequence (e.g. BIOL 121, CHEM 107, PHYS 122)
Broadfield Social Studies
  • HIST 112 Western Civilization 1
  • HIST 113 Western Civilization 2 or HIST 350 Modern European History
  • AMER/HIST 114 History of the United States 1 or AMER/HIST 115 History of the United States 2
  • AMER/POLI 130 American Politics and Government
  • GEOG 140 World Regional Geography or GEOG 225 Social Geography
  • Two additional courses from ECON, GEOG, POLI, SOCI or PSYC
Mathematics
  • MATH 120 Numbers and Operations
  • MATH 124 A Survey of Calculus or MATH 131 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1
  • MATH 212 Principles of Algebra and Data
  • MATH 220 Principles of Geometry
  • MATH 221 Statistics in the Sciences* or SSCI 224 Basic Statistics
  • CSCI 110 Introduction to Computer Programming or CSCI 150 Applications of Discrete Structures
*Recommended course  
English as a Second Language
  • ENGL 290 The English Language
  • ENGL 305 Advanced Critical Writing or EDUC 373 The Writing Process
  • IDIS 310 Language Analysis and Applied Linguistics
  • COME 330 Intercultural Communication
  • EDUC 310 Methods in teaching English as a Second Language
  • Two semesters of foreign language study (i.e. advanced, intermediate or beginning) excluding retroactively-awarded credit

Special Education
Courses are taken at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh through a collaborative certification option. For information on certification requirements for the special education certification, contact Tynisha Meidl.

Depending on the student’s choice of minor, the Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence program may require more than 128 credits. A student may still complete all requirements for graduation and licensure within four years by enrolling in interim-session(s) or overloading.

Required Student-Teaching
A student must successfully complete a full-day, full-semester student-teaching experience.

Early childhood-middle childhood

  • EDUC 445 Student Teaching: Middle Childhood
  • EDUC 450 Student Teaching: Early Adolescence
Student teaching abroad (optional)
  • EDUC 477 Student Teaching Abroad
Additional Requirements
Students must complete education program requirements beyond the major and certification course requirements, including DPI-required testingHuman Relations program and a portfolio-based performance assessment. See the Education Program Requirements web page for details about these requirements and the timeframe for completion.

EA-A

Early Adolescence-Adolescence Certification (Ages 10-21) With Academic Major
This certification requires the student to complete an academic major and certification coursework.

Academic major – variable credits
Majors that are available include those in humanities: English, speech/communication, history; in social sciences: economics, political science, psychology, sociology; and in natural sciences: biology, chemistry, computer science, physics and mathematics.

Certification coursework
  • EDUC 125 Foundations of U.S. Education
  • EDUC 130 Educational Psychology (Core Curriculum)
  • EDUC 232 Teaching Adolescents with Exceptionalities
  • EDUC 250 Pre-Student-Teaching Experience, Secondary School
  • EDUC 251 Literacy Across Content Areas
  • EDUC 254 Instructional Methodologies for Adolescents
  • EDUC 330 Non-Academic Needs of the Adolescent
  • EDUC 332 Early Adolescent Field Experience
  • EDUC 334 Middle School Field Experience
  • EDUC 352 Advanced Reading in the Content Areas
  • SSCI 301 Environment and Society or ENVS 300 Environmental Science 
    (SSCI 301 or ENVS 300 not required for students majoring in art, theatre, math, modern languages, English and music)
  • SSCI 408 Social Inequalities: Race and Minority Relations

Certification may require more than 128 credits.

Certifications beyond the major
An early adolescence-adolescence candidate may also be licensed to teach in a subject for which the student has completed a minor.

Academic/teaching minors

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • French*
  • German*
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish*
  • Speech Communication
  • Theatre

*Students minoring in modern foreign languages must complete an approved immersion experience in their target language in order to be licensed.

Certification minors

English as a Second Language

  • ENGL 290 The English Language
  • ENGL 305 Advanced Critical Writing or EDUC 373 The Writing Process
  • IDIS 310 Language Analysis and Applied Linguistics
  • COME 330 Intercultural Communication
  • EDUC 310 Methods in teaching English as a Second Language
  • Two semesters of foreign language study (i.e. advanced, intermediate or beginning) excluding retroactively-awarded credit

Broadfield Science Certification
Broadfield Science certification allows students to teach fusion (i.e. interdisciplinary) courses in the sciences in addition to courses in the area defined by their major. Students complete at least one academic major in physics, chemistry, geology or biology, plus the introductory sequence (BIOL 120 and BIOL 121, CHEM 105 and CHEM 107, PHYS 121 and PHYS 122, or GEOL 105 and a GEOL 200 or higher level course) in the three other areas.

Broadfield Social Studies
Broadfield Social Studies certification allows students to teach fusion (i.e. interdisciplinary) courses in the social sciences in addition to courses in the area defined by their major. Students complete at least one academic major in history, economics, sociology, psychology or political science, plus sequences in two social studies areas outside the major and a single course in an additional social studies subject area. 

Sequences in broadfield social studies:

History

  • An academic minor is required.

Sociology

  • SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • SSCI 408 Social Inequalities
  • Two SOCI courses at the 200 or higher level

Political Science

  • POLI / AMER 130 U.S. Politics and Government
  • POLI / INTL 150 Intro to International Studies or POLI / INTL 160 Intro to Comparative Politics
  • One POLI course at the 200 or higher level

Economics

  • ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics or ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics
  • Two ECON courses at the 200 level or higher

Psychology

  • PSYC 100 General Psychology
  • PSYC 220 Lifespan Human Development
  • Two PSYC courses at the 200 level or higher

Required Student-Teaching
A student must successfully complete a full-day, full-semester student-teaching experience.

Early adolescence-adolescence and early childhood-adolescence

  • EDUC 450 Student Teaching: Early Adolescence
  • EDUC 455 Student Teaching: Adolescence
Student teaching abroad (optional)
  • EDUC 477 Student Teaching Abroad
Additional Requirements
Students must complete education program requirements beyond the major and certification course requirements, including DPI required testingHuman-Relations program and a portfolio based performance assessment. See the Education Program Requirements web page for details about these requirements and the timeframe for completion.

EC-A

Early Childhood-Adolescence Certifications (ages birth-21) With Academic Major

Certification in Music Education
The certification requires the student to complete the music education major and certification coursework. Please refer to the music section of the website for a complete description of the music education major.

Certification in Art Education
The certification requires the student to complete the art education major and certification coursework. Please refer to the art section of the website for a complete description of the art education major.

Certification in Theatre Education
The certification requires the student to complete the theatre major and certification coursework.

Certification coursework:
  • EDUC 125 Foundations of U.S. Education
  • EDUC 130 Educational Psychology (Core Curriculum)
  • EDUC 232 Teaching Adolescents with Exceptionalities
  • EDUC 250 Pre-Student-Teaching Experience, Secondary School
  • EDUC 251 Literacy Across Content Areas
  • EDUC 254 Instructional Methodologies for Adolescents
  • EDUC 330 Non-Academic Needs of the Adolescent
  • EDUC 332 Early Adolescent Field Experience
  • EDUC 334 Middle School Field Experience
  • EDUC 352 Advanced Reading in the Content Areas
  • SSCI 408 Social Inequalities: Race and Minority Relations
Certification may require more than 128 credits.

Certification in French, German or Spanish Education
The certification requires the student to complete a French, German or Spanish major and certification coursework. Students majoring in French, German or Spanish must complete an approved immersion experience in the target language in order to be licensed.

Certification coursework:
  • EDUC 125 Foundations of U.S. Education
  • EDUC 130 Educational Psychology (Core Curriculum)
  • EDUC 232 Teaching Adolescents with Exceptionalities
  • EDUC 250 Pre-Student Teaching Experience, Secondary School
  • EDUC 251 Literacy Across Content Areas
  • EDUC 254 Instructional Methodologies for Adolescents
  • EDUC 330 Non-Academic Needs of the Adolescent
  • EDUC 332 Early Adolescent Field Experience
  • EDUC 334 Middle School Field Experience
  • EDUC 352 Advanced Reading in the Content Areas
  • SSCI 408 Social Inequalities: Race and Minority Relations
Certification may require more than 128 credits.

Required Student-Teaching
A student must successfully complete a full-day, full-semester student-teaching experience.

Music Education
  • EDUC 469 Student-Teaching: General Music
  • EDUC 470 Student-Teaching: Choral Music (for choral music educ majors only)
  • EDUC 475 Student-Teaching: Instrumental Music 1 (for instrumental music educ majors only)
  • EDUC 476 Student-Teaching: Instrumental Music 2 (for instrumental music educ majors only)
Art, Theatre, French, German or Spanish Education
  • EDUC 450 Student-Teaching: Early Adolescence
  • EDUC 455 Student-Teaching: Adolescence
Student-Teaching abroad (optional)
  • EDUC 477 Student-Teaching Abroad
Additional Requirements
Students must complete education program requirements beyond the major and certification course requirements, including DPI-required testingHuman Relations program and a portfolio-based performance assessment. See the Education Program Requirements web page for details about these requirements and the timeframe for completion.
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