The Middle Childhood–Early Adolescence/Content Focused Minor option prepares teachers to work in intermediate and middle school settings (approximately ages 6 through 12–13). Admitted students begin the four-semester professional sequence in the fall after admission. Students complete a content area minor that may lead to licensing in that subject.

The option coursework listed here is one component of the Elementary Education, BSE degree requirements.

Environmental Education Requirement

Select one Environmental Studies course or from the following list. If appropriate, this course may also be applied toward the liberal studies requirements.

Environmental Education courses

ATM OCN/​ENVIR ST/​GEOG  121 Atmospheric Environment and Society2
ATM OCN/​SOIL SCI  132 Earth's Water: Natural Science and Human Use3
BOTANY 100 Survey of Botany3
BOTANY/​BIOLOGY/​ZOOLOGY  152 Introductory Biology5
BOTANY 240 Plants and Humans3
BOTANY/​ENVIR ST/​ZOOLOGY  260 Introductory Ecology3
ECON/​A A E/​ENVIR ST  343 Environmental Economics3-4
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  120 Introduction to the Earth System3
GEOG/​ATM OCN/​ENVIR ST  121 Atmospheric Environment and Society2
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  127 Physical Systems of the Environment5
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  139 Living in the Global Environment: An Introduction to People-Environment Geography3-4
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  309 People, Land and Food: Comparative Study of Agriculture Systems3
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  339 Environmental Conservation4
LAND ARC/​ENVIR ST  361 Wetlands Ecology3
MED HIST/​ENVIR ST/​HIST SCI  513 Environment and Health in Global Perspective3
PHYSICS 115 Energy3
POP HLTH/​ENVIR ST  502 Air Pollution and Human Health3
SOC/​C&E SOC  140 Introduction to Community and Environmental Sociology3
SOC/​C&E SOC/​F&W ECOL  248 Environment, Natural Resources, and Society3
SOIL SCI 301 General Soil Science4
SOIL SCI/​ENVIR ST  324 Soils and Environmental Quality3

Fine Arts

Select 6 credits of fine arts coursework. These credits may also be applied toward the liberal studies requirement. See a list of fine arts courses under liberal studies.

Mathematics for Elementary Teachers

MATH 130 Mathematics for Teaching: Numbers and Operations3
MATH 131 Mathematics for Teaching: Geometry and Measurement3
MATH 132 Problem Solving in Algebra, Probability and Statistics3

Students with college-level calculus coursework or advanced placement credit should see the exemption rules for this coursework. More detailed information about these courses is available on the math department website.

Education Coursework

Child and Adolescent Development3-6
Select one option:
Human Development From Childhood Through Adolescence
Human Development in Infancy and Childhood
and Human Development in Adolescence 1
Foundations of the Profession6
Select 6 credits of coursework numbered below 600 from the Educational Policy Studies department.
Recommended courses include:
School and Society
History of American Education
Topics on Social Issues and Education

Minor Requirement: Elementary Education

Elementary Education majors choosing the Content Focus option are required to complete a minor area of study that will lead to Wisconsin licensing in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies. Students can select from the minors listed below or complete the equivalent Letters & Science major in the subject area. For more details about the requirements of each minor, choose from the links below.

Professional Sequence

Admitted students complete a four-semester sequence of professional courses. Effective fall, 2018, admitted students will begin the four-semester professional sequence in the fall after admission instead of the spring semester. Professional sequence coursework listed here may be reordered slightly as part of this transition. Each semester of the sequence must be followed sequentially and taken in consecutive semesters.

Semester 1
CURRIC 364 Introduction to Education3
CURRIC 309 Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas3
Semester 2
CURRIC 311 Language Acquisition and Use In and Out of Schools, Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence3
CURRIC 367 Elementary Teaching Practicum II3
CURRIC 368 The Teaching of Reading3
CURRIC 370 Teaching Mathematics3
CURRIC 372 Teaching Science3
Semester 3
CURRIC 369 The Teaching of Language Arts3
CURRIC 371 Teaching Social Studies3
CURRIC 373 Elementary Teaching Practicum III3
CURRIC/​RP & SE  506 Strategies for Inclusive Schooling3
Semester 4
CURRIC 463 Seminar in Pre-Kindergarten Through Middle School Teaching2
CURRIC 464 Student Teaching in the Elementary School10
or CURRIC 454 Student Teaching in the Middle School