Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood (EC): Birth-Age 8
Prepare to shape future generations and become one of the most important caregivers in the life of a child. With a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, you will work towards a Wisconsin teaching license to teach children from birth to age 8. Early childhood educators guide children through the beginning of their path to becoming lifelong learners through play, authentic learning experiences, and social encounters with peers and adults alike. If you've always dreamed of working with young children, a degree in Early Childhood Education may be for you!
Through an articulation agreement, the Early Childhood program begins at a Wisconsin Technical College, where students must complete the Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education before transferring to UW-Parkside to complete the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education program at UW-Parkside is a face-to-face program, with classes held on weekdays at the Parkside campus. Some classes require off-campus clinical experience hours that are completed at local schools. Please contact the teacher education advisor at UW-Parkside for more information on program requirements.
At a Wisconsin Technical College, you must
- Complete the Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all classes
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all WTCS Early Childhood courses
- Receive a grade of C+ or better in all WTCS Early Childhood courses
To apply for admission to the Early Childhood Education program at UW-Parkside, you must
- Be admitted to UW-Parkside
- Document completion of University Skills Requirements (ENGL 101 and MATH 102 or 111 with a grade of C or better in these classes)
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all classes, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all Early Childhood courses
- Meet one of the Communication Skills requirements (see below)
- Complete the A.A.S. in Early Childhood from a WTCS school with a grade of C+ or better in all Early Childhood courses.
- Successfully complete (grade of C+ or better) or be currently enrolled in EDU 210 and 212 at time of application.
- Complete the Application for Admission to the Educator Preparation Program and Education Program Disclosure Form prior to deadline listed on application
- Complete and pass a criminal background check
Communication Skills Requirements (select one)
- Praxis CORE: passing scores in reading (156), writing (162), and math (150). When registering for the test, indicate UW-Parkside as a score recipient (1860). You may apply for admission if you have registered to take the Praxis CORE and provide documentation of registration; admission will be conditional on a passing score.
- ACT: composite score of 23 with minimum score of 20 on English, Math, and Reading, and the score is within the previous 10 years.
- SAT: composite score of 1070 with a minimum score of 450 on Math and Verbal sections, and the score is within the previous 10 years.
- Alternative Option: grade of C+ or better in both ENGL 101 and MATH 102 or 111, and the grades are within the previous 10 years.
APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR ADMISSION TO EDUCATOR PREPARATION PROGRAM
For Spring semester admission: November 15
For Fall semester admission: April 15
Educator preparation advising is a collaborative process. The advisor and student work as a team to develop a successful advisor/advisee relationship. Both the advisor and the student have important responsibilities in developing and maintaining this teamwork. The educator preparation advisor is responsible for meeting with the student as soon as possible. The advisor will determine what other team members should be assigned to the advising team based on the teacher candidates’ chosen major and/or pathway. All admitted UW‐Parkside teacher candidates, in good standing, can indicate their intent to enter the educator preparation program by filling out a plan declaration form with the educator preparation advisor. Advising each semester is mandatory in this program.
IMPORTANT: All students must meet with the educator preparation advisor for curricular and program requirement. Advising from anyone but the educator preparation advisor will not be deemed official for the EDU program. Rules and regulations for the EDU program change often by the State of Wisconsin and any other source of advising cannot be guaranteed to be correct.
Please visit the Testing and Assessment page for complete information about testing requirements for this major.
Prior to Application for Admission to the Program:
Students applying for admission to the Institute of Professional Educator Development must satisfy the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requirement for Communication Skills as defined in PI 34.01 (9) by meeting one of the following requirements:
1. Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators - Teacher candidates applying for admission may use their Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators scores if all three sections (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) are passed prior to applying for admission to the program. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has set the pass rate scores for the Praxis Core as follows:
- Core Reading (5712) Passing Score: 156
- Core Writing (5722) Passing Score: 162
- Core Math (5732) Passing Score: 150
NOTE: The Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators assessment is NOT the same as the Praxis I exam. Praxis I is no longer accepted by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction after August 31, 2014.
2. ACT - Teacher candidates applying for admission may use their ACT test scores if they received a composite score of 23 with a minimum score of 20 on English, Math and Reading AND the score is within the previous 10 years.
3. SAT - Teacher candidates applying for admission may use their SAT test scores if they received a minimum score of 510 on Critical Reading, 480 on Writing, and 520 on Math AND the score is within the previous 10 years.
4. GRE Revised General Test - Teacher candidates applying for admission may use their GRE Revised General Test scores if they received a minimum score of 450 on Verbal Reasoning, 3 on Analytical Writing, and 540 on Quantitative Reasoning (prior to August 1, 2011) or a minimum score of 150 on Verbal Reasoning, 3 on Analytical Writing, and 145 on Quantitative Reasoning (after August 1, 2011) AND the score is within the previous 10 years.
5. Alternative Option - Successful completion of ENGL 101 and MATH 102 or MATH 111 with a grade of C+ or better.
Once Admitted to the Program, Required for Program Completion:
The Praxis Subject Assessment exam must be passed in order to qualify for a Wisconsin provisional educator license. The Praxis Subject Assessment required for your license must be taken and passed prior to progression to Residency. For Elementary Education (MC-EA), the required Praxis II exam is as follows:
|License||Test Code||Test Name||Qualifying Score|
|Early Childhood Regular Education||5018||Elementary Education: Content Knowledge||
Foundations of Reading Test (FORT)
Candidates submitting a provisional license application for the Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence are required to pass the Foundations of Reading Test, a test of reading instruction knowledge and skills administered by Pearson. The Foundations of Reading Test must be taken and passed prior to progression to Residency. This is a computer based test with 100 multiple choice questions and 2 written assignments. Practice test materials, registration information and policies to better understand the Foundations of Reading Test can be found at www.wi.nesinc.com. We recommend that you complete the Foundations of Reading Test immediately after taking EDU 332.
The edTPA is a subject area-specific, performance-based assessment for pre-service teacher candidates, which is centered on student learning. Evidence of a candidate's ability to teach is drawn from a subject-specific learning segment of 3-5 lessons from a unit of instruction taught to one class of students. The edTPA includes a review of a teacher candidate's authentic teaching materials as the culmination of a teaching and learning process that documents and demonstrates each candidate's ability to effectively teach subject matter to all students. Materials assessed as part of the edTPA process include video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning, and reflective commentaries. Submitted evidence will be taken together and scored by trained evaluators using the standardized set of edTPA rubrics. Candidates are required to complete and pass the edTPA before they can be endorsed for licensure.