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The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

1. Elementary Education

Early Childhood through Middle Childhood (birth to age 11)
The Early Childhood through Middle Childhood Major leads to licensure to teach from birth to age 11. Students interested in teaching at pre-school developmental levels should choose this major. Students are not required to complete a content minor, but may choose to do so.

  • Required Units (crs): 46 
  • Required courses, in addition to the College of Education and Human Services Curriculum Core Courses:
    • Elementary Education 304, 311, 312, 313, 314, 316, 317, 318, 322, 323, 360, 384

    • Educational Leadership 302

    • Reading 305, 420 or 440

    • Art 355

    • Music 319

    • Health Education 401

    • Physical Education 27

    The Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence Major

    The Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence Major leads to licensure to teach from the approximate ages of 6-13. Students interested in teaching at the middle school developmental levels should choose this major. Students are required to complete a licensable or non-licensable content minor.

    • Required Units (crs): 34
    • Required Courses, in addition to the College of Education and Human Services Curriculum Core Courses:
      • Elementary Education 311, 316, 317, 360, 384

      • Reading 305, 420 or 440

      • Secondary Education 432

      • Art 355

      • Music 319

      • Health Education 401

      • Physical Education 270

      2. Special Education (Cross Categorical – CD, ED, LD)

      • Required Units (crs):  39 
      • Required courses, in addition to the College of Education and Human Services Curriculum Core Courses:
          • Elementary Education 311, 384

          • Reading 305Special Education 401, 406, 414, 431, 463, 470, 471, 480, 481

          • Health Education 401

          • Choose One: Elem Ed 316, 317,  Ed Ldrsp 302, 303 or Music 319

      3. Dual Early Childhood through Middle Childhood (Birth-age 11) Regular Education with Early

      Childhood Special Education (Birth-age 8)
      Recommended for students who wish to be licensed to teach both in the regular education classroom and Special Education Cross Categorical. 

      • Required Units (crs):  62 
      • Required courses, in addition to the College of Education and Human Services Curriculum Core Courses:
          • Elementary Education 311, 312, 313, 314, 316, 317, 322, 323, 360, 384

          • Educational Leadership 302

          • Reading 305, 420

          • Art 355

          • Music 319

          • Health Education 401

          • Physical Education 270

          • Spec Ed 401, 406, 412, 413, 414, 463, 470

      4. Dual Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (age 6-13) Regular Education with Middle 

      Childhood through Early Adolescence (age 6-13) Special Education
      Recommended for students who wish to be licensed to teach both in the regular education classroom and Special Education Cross Categorical. 

      • Required Units (crs): 57 
      • Required courses, in addition to the College of Education and Human Services Curriculum Core Courses:
          • Elementary Education 311, 316, 317, 360, 384

          • Educational Leadership 302

          • Reading 305, 410

          • Art 355

          • Music 319

          • Secondary Education 432

          • Health Education 401

          • Physical Education 270

          • Spec Ed 401, 406, 414, 463, 470, 471, 480, 481

      All Special Education and Dual Majors complete a Practicum Semester of the following courses:  

      Special Education 353, 370, 380, 381

      5. Broadfield Natural Science

      Recommended for students who wish Broadfield Natural Science licensure to teach at the Early Adolescence to Adolescence Level (age 10-21).

      • Required Units (crs.): 60 minimum
      • Required Courses: 54 units (crs.) in science to include:
          • A minor in one of the following areas of science: Biology (25 cr.), Chemistry (23 cr.), Earth Science (32 cr.) or Physics (25 cr.).

          • A minimum of 14 units (crs.) in one of the above science areas which has not been selected for the minor and a minimum of eight nits (crs.) in each of the two remaining science areas.

          • A minimum of six units (crs.) of Mathematics at the level of Mathematics 103 and Mathematics 104 or above (not included in the 54 units (crs.)).

          • Environmental education requirement (completion of one of the following courses): Biology 104 or 349, Chemistry 103, Environmental Studies 101, Geography 314 or Geology 150.

          • Electives: Sufficient to meet the Minimum Requirement. All electives must be science courses.

      6. Broadfield Social Science

      Recommended for students who wish Broadfield Social Science licensure to teach at the Early Adolescence to Adolescence Level (age 10 to 21).

      • Required Units (crs.): 54 minimum
      • Required Course of Study: Students complete a minor in one of the six social sciences:
          • Economics (21 units)

          • Geography (22 units)

          • History (24 units)

          • Political Science (24 units)

          • Psychology (21 units)

          • Sociology (24 units)

      In addition to the minor, students are to complete coursework from the remaining social science areas to total a minimum of 33 units (crs.)

      • Requirement for the 33 credit minimum include:
          • A minimum of three units (crs.) of coursework in each of the remaining social sciences.

          • A minimum of nine units (crs.) of coursework in each of the two social science areas other than the minor.

            • English As A Second Language (ESL) 
                The English as a Second Language Major leads to licensure at the Early Childhood-Adolescence (birth-age 21) level. The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh strongly recommends that ESL majors have minors in the natural sciences, the social sciences or math. This content area licensure has been strongly recommended by area school districts for teachers who wish to be hired, as it will increase their effectiveness in meeting the academic needs of second language learners. Some school districts require licensure in math, social studies or science, to be hired as an ESL teacher.

        In addition, English as a Second Language majors are recommended to consider the following in making the decision to pursue a minor:

        • Examine which courses are currently offered in elementary, middle and high school, then choose a minor on the basis of what is actually taught.

        • Many districts also look favorably on a minor, which honors cultural diversity.

        • A second minor in Bilingual Education/Hmong or Bilingual Education/Spanish is recommended for students who are fluent in Hmong or Spanish.

        • Recommended Minors with ESL Major:
            • Natural Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics

            • Social Sciences: Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

            • Math

        • Required Units (crs.): 33 minimum
            • Education Elem Ed/Sec Ed 348, 349, 351, 352, 353, 377

            • Elementary Education 311

            • English 383

        • One of the following:
            • English 301, 341, 384, 452

            • Spanish 307

        • Two of the following:
            • Elementary Education 316, 317, 384

            • Secondary Education 341

            Note: Elem Ed/Sec Ed 346 and Sec Ed 374 do not count in 33 units (crs.) required.

            7. Human Services Leadership

            Recommended for students who are preparing for, or currently hold, positions in human service agencies and institutions.

            • Required Units (crs.): 40 minimum
            • Required Courses:
                • Human Services: Human Services 203, 310, 320, 325, 335, 340, 360, 385, 415, 420, 421, 422, 440

                • In addition to the regular day classes, most major coursework is offered periodically during the evening.

                • Other Requirements: 3 units (crs.) taken from the following approved list of courses:

                  • Human Services 111

                  • Human Services/Women's Studies 353

                  • Any upper level (300 or 400) Human Services courses not previously used

                  • Educational Foundations 377

                  • Health Education 310

                  • Political Science 321

                  • Psychology 331

                  • Sociology 321

                  • Sociology/Women's Studies 339

            8. Physical Education

            Physical Education PreK-12 Teacher Preparation Emphasis
            Recommended for students who are interested in teaching Physical Education in grades PreK-12.

            • Core Courses:
                  • Biology 211 Human Anatomy 3 cr.

                  • Biology 212 Human Physiology 4 cr.

                  • Kinesiology 280 Biomechanics 3 cr.

                  • Kinesiology 350 Physiology of Exercise 3 cr.

                  • Physical Education 395 Resistance Training and Functional Training for PE Majors  3 cr.

            • Prerequisites: For all students in the Physical Education PreK-12 Teacher Preparation Emphasis: Biology 211 must be taken prior to Kinesiology 280; Biology 212 must be taken prior to Kinesiology 350.

            • Kinesiology 280 and Physical Education 375 are to be taken in the same semester in the Physical Education PreK-12 Teacher Preparation Emphasis.

            • Required Units (crs.): 55 minimum
            • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:
                • Physical Education 192, 193, 224, 266, 290, 324, 373, 375, 392, 393, 394, 421, 422, 424, 441, 460, 472, 482

                • Health 106, 211, 240, 308, 420

            Comment:

            The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will license students to teach physical education, health education and adapted physical education in pre-kindergarten through grade-12 and to coach athletics upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Education curriculum of the College of Education and Human Services.

              Note: First Aid and Professional CPR/AED are required certifications prior to student teaching.

              Note: The Department of Kinesiology-Kinesiology (abbreviated Kineslgy). The Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education-Physical Education (abbreviated Phy Ed) and Health Education (abbreviated Hlth Edu).

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