Educator Development Licensure Areas

Students earn a degree in a certifiable major while preparing for educator licensure in UW-Parkside's Educator Preparation Program. A major in an academic content area, combined with a professional license, provides new educators with a depth and breadth of content knowledge and a wide-range of pedagogical skills. As a result, they are better equipped to create powerful teaching and learning experiences in diverse classrooms using 21st century skills.

The Educator Preparation licensure programs are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). These programs meet the requirements of Wisconsin's PI34 rules for Teacher Education Program Approval and Licenses.   

The following undergraduate programs are available through the Institute: 

Early Childhood (EC)
Early Childhood major for teaching children birth-age 8. This major requires a completed A.A.S. degree in Early Childhood from the Wisconsin Technical College System prior to admission. No minor is required.

Elementary Education
Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (MC-EA)

Elementary Education major for teaching grades 1-8. Must complete one of the following non-licensable minors: 

  • Biological Sciences
  • English/Language Arts for Elementary Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Mathematics for Elementary Education
  • Political Science for Elementary Education
  • Social Studies
  • Sociology for Elementary Education

Secondary Education
Early Adolescence-Adolescence (EA-A)

Secondary major for teaching grades 6-12. Must complete one of the following content majors:

  • Biological Science
  • Chemistry
  • English/Language Arts 
  • Geography
  • Geosciences
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science
  • Sociology   

Elementary Special Education, Cross-Categorical
Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (MC-EA)

Special Education major for teaching grades 1-8. Students will select one of the following concentrations: 

  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Emotional and/or Behavioral Disabilities
  • Intellectual Disabilities

Secondary Special Education, Cross-Categorical
Early Adolescence-Adolescence (EA-A)

Special Education major for teaching grades 6-12. Students will select one of the following concentrations: 

  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Emotional and/or Behavioral Disabilities
  • Intellectual Disabilities

Music Education
Early Childhood-Adolescence (EC-A)

Major for teaching birth-grade 12.

  • Music, General/Choral
  • Music, General/Instrumental

English as a Second Language (Minor or Add-On License Only)
Early Childhood-Adolescence (EC-A)

English as a Second Language (ESL) minor leading to licensure in Wisconsin. Teacher candidates wishing to earn an ESL license must already have a provisional license or be in the process of obtaining one. The ESL minor can satisfy the minor requirement for the Elementary Education major (MC-EA) OR can be added on to any other licensable area.

If you are interested in learning more about the Educator Preparation Programs or how a major in one of the above content areas will apply to licensure, contact the Educator Preparation Program at (262) 595-2180 or visit the Institute of Professional Educator Development in Molinaro D111.

900 Wood Road · P.O. Box 2000 · Kenosha, WI 53141-2000 P 262-595-2345