Elementary Education (UW-Superior)
The Elementary Education major prepares learners for careers as certified teachers in schools, as well as other careers working with children. The major is designed to meet the high standards for teacher certification of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Graduates are eligible for initial licensure to teach either pre-kindergarten through sixth grade or first through eighth grade in Wisconsin schools, and may qualify for licensure in other states depending on the requirements of those states.
The Elementary Education major requires completion of a specific set of courses, including specific general education requirements. A teaching minor is required in addition to major requirements. Current available teaching minors are Adaptive Education/Special Education, Broadfield Language Arts/Reading Teaching, Early Childhood, Geography, Health Education, Library Science, and Social Studies Teaching.
The degree can be completed primarily through online studies. Some courses require observations or work in nearby schools during regular school hours. Two required courses in Health and Human Performance must be completed in Superior and are offered concurrently each summer in a three week block. Students must also travel to Superior for a student teaching interview, a student teaching orientation, and three one-day student teaching seminars. All students are required to complete a semester of fulltime student teaching arranged through the university's Office of Field Experiences.
Total credits required for completion: 120
Distance Learning Center admission follows the same comprehensive process used for other UW-Superior admissions categories. You are required to have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in previous college work. Students who have completed high school within the past five years must meet UW-Superior freshmen or transfer admission requirements, as appropriate.
Students may apply for admission to the Elementary Education Program after completing five core general education courses and achieving a cumulative grade point average of 3.000 on at least 40 credits of collegiate-level coursework. Additional requirements at the time of program admission are described in the current UW-Superior catalog, www.uwsuper.edu/catalog.