This minor may only be completed by students admitted to Elementary Education options leading to certification in K-9 or Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence. A minor is not required to complete the K-9 certification program, but students may elect to complete one.
Minors provide a depth of study in a particular area of interest and also inform classroom instruction. The completion of a minor is required to teach middle school in some states and may benefit students particularly interested in teaching at this level.
Students may wish to consult with an advisor in the School of Education Student Services office, 139 Education Building, to discuss course selection and other issues related to this field of study. Current students can schedule a Student Services appointment online through the Starfish app in MyUW. Appointments can also be made through email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 608-262-1651, or in person.
Upon completion, the subject area of the minor will be posted on the UW-Madison transcript. Students will not receive an additional certification or license in the subject area as was possible prior to fall 2022 program admission. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction does not offer content licenses in association with the K-9 educator license.
This minor may only be declared by students completing Elementary Education certification in either K-9 or Middle-Childhood-through-Early-Adolescence. The declaration form is located on the School of Education's Undergraduate Admissions page and can be submitted at any time after admission into the program.
Complete a minimum of 22 credits selected from one or more of the following areas. Courses must be taken from the departments indicated. A minimum 2.75 grade point average is required, based on all UW–Madison coursework included in this minor.
- Biology: Departments of Botany, Zoology, and Bacteriology (Microbiology course listings)
- Chemistry: Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Physics: Department of Physics
- Earth Science: Departments of Astronomy, Geography (Physical Geography courses designated as Physical Science only), Geoscience, and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
At least 10 of the 22 credits must be numbered 200 and above.