Elementary Education Information

Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (MC-EA): Grades 1-8
Students pursuing a degree in Elementary Education must complete one of the following non-licensable minors: 

Art Environmental Science         Political Science for ELED
Biological Sciences Geography Psychology
Business Geoscience Sociology
Chemistry History Sociology for ELED
Communications Mathematics Social Studies for ELED
Computer Science Mathematics for ELED Spanish
Economics Music Theater
English/Language Arts Physics English as a Second Language (licensable minor) 
English/Language Arts for ELED         Political Science  


UW-Parkside students in this program will develop a knowledge base in elementary education methods in literacy, math, science, and social studies, participate in co-teaching clinical placements at various developmental levels, conduct action research, become familiar with a variety of educational technology, and gain firsthand teaching experience in elementary classrooms. This program maintains separate GPA and admission requirements and requires a background check. This program culminates in a semester-long, full-time, school-based Residency experience.

Students who plan to complete teacher education requirements for licensure must be admitted to the Educator Preparation Program. Admission to the program is required for students to enroll in EDU 300-level courses or above. It is strongly advised that students work closely with the IPED advisor, Mary Jo Gdovin (gdovin@uwp.edu), during the open enrollment application process and follow the directions for admission closely.

The following are the minimum requirements for the program and must be met to complete the application for admission process.

  • Admission to UW-Parkside
  • Documented Completion of University Skills Requirements (English 101 and Math 102/111 required; C or better in these classes required)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.75 cumulative GPA, including all higher education coursework; requires official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. Teacher candidates must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA after admittance.
  • Communication Skills Requirement (One of the following):
    • 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).
    • 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 - minimum score of 510 on Critical Reading, 480 on Writing, and 520 on Math AND the score is within the previous 10 years.
    • GRE Revised General Test - 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.
    • Alternative Option - Grade of C+ or better in both ENGL 101 and MATH 102 or MATH 111 AND the grades are within the previous 10 years

Note: A student's application for admission to the Program is considered by the Program when the requirements listed above are complete. A student's qualifications for continuance in the Educator Preparation Program is subject to review and change by the Educator Preparation Leadership Team at any time while the student is enrolled. Students should check with their advisor for any additional program specific requirements as they can change without notice due to statute and law change.

DATES OF OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR ADMISSION
Spring application period: May 15 - May 30
Summer application period: August 15 - August 30
Fall application period: December 15 - December 30

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:

Communication Skills

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:

Content Knowledge
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
MC-EA Regular Education 5146 Middle School: Content Knowledge

146

 

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.

edTPA
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.  

Mary Henderson
Program Associate
hendersm@uwp.edu
(262) 595-2180

Mary Jo Gdovin
Academic Advisor
gdovin@uwp.edu
(262) 595-2094

Faculty + Staff Highlights

  • Mary Jo Gdovin
    Advisor  
    gdovin@uwp.edu |  262-595-2094
    Office Hours  8AM-4:30PM | Monday-Friday | Molinaro D111

    The Institute of Professional Educator Development has a dedicated advisor for all educator preparation programs. Students who are interested in an Educator Preparation Program should contact the Institute to schedule an appointment.

PROGRAM CONTACT INFO

Mary Henderson | 262-595-2180 | hendersm@uwp.edu