Admissions to the Elementary Education: Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence/Content-Focused Minor have been suspended as of summer 2023 and will be discontinued as of fall 2024. If you have any questions, please contact the department.

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/​SOIL SCI  132 Earth's Water: Natural Science and Human Use3
BOTANY 100 Survey of Botany3
BOTANY/​PL PATH  123 Plants, Parasites, and People3
BOTANY/​BIOLOGY/​ZOOLOGY  152 Introductory Biology5
BOTANY 240 Plants and Humans3
BOTANY/​ENVIR ST/​ZOOLOGY  260 Introductory Ecology3
CURRIC/​C&E SOC/​ENVIR ST  405 Education for Sustainable Communities3
ECON/​A A E/​ENVIR ST  343 Environmental Economics3-4
F&W ECOL 110 Living with Wildlife - Animals, Habitats, and Human Interactions3
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  120 Introduction to the Earth System3
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  127 Physical Systems of the Environment5
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  139 Global Environmental Issues3
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
PHYSICS 115 Energy and Climate3
POP HLTH/​ENVIR ST  502 Air Pollution and Human Health3
SOC/​C&E SOC  140 Introduction to Community and Environmental Sociology4
SOC/​C&E SOC/​F&W ECOL  248 Environment, Natural Resources, and Society3
SOIL SCI 301 General Soil Science3
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

CURRIC 319 Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teaching Elementary Mathematics 13
CURRIC 320 Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teaching Elementary Mathematics 23

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

 With permission, PSYCH 460 Child Development (formerly 560) may be substituted for ED PSYCH 320 Human Development in Infancy and Childhood. Students are strongly encouraged to complete this requirement before program admission.

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 Schools3
CURRIC 367 Elementary Education 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 Elementary Education2
CURRIC 464 Student Teaching in the Elementary School10
or CURRIC 454 Student Teaching in the Middle School

Elementary Education: Sample Four-Year Plan

Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence/Content Focused Minor Option

This four-year sample graduation plan is designed to guide your course selection throughout your academic career; it does not establish a contractual agreement. Use it along with your DARS report and the Course Guide to create a four-year plan reflecting your placement scores, incoming credits, and individual interests. Consult with an academic advisor to develop a personalized plan of study and refer to the Guide for a complete list of requirements. You will likely revise your plan several times during your academic career here, based on your activities and changing academic interests.

Note: Courses selected taken to meet liberal studies, Environmental Education and minor requirements may overlap and be applied to more than one requirement. Most minors require 24 credits; the plan reflects this number.

Communication A (fall or spring semester)3Communication A (fall or spring semester)3
Liberal Studies course work12-15Ethnic Studies3
 Fine Arts course3
 Course required for minor3
 Liberal Studies course work3-6
 15 15
Environmental Education3-5ED POL/​HISTORY  412 (also meets Liberal Studies U.S.or European History)3
Course required for minor3ED PSYCH 3313
Liberal Studies course work4-6Fine Arts course3
 Course required for minor3
 15 15
Ed Pol course3CURRIC 3703
Courses required for minor6CURRIC 3723
 CURRIC 3673
 15 15
CURRIC 369 (also meets Communication B)3CURRIC 4632
CURRIC 3713CURRIC 464 or 45410
CURRIC/​RP & SE  5063 
CURRIC 3733 
Course required for minor3 
 15 12
Total Credits 117