elementary Education 

Become an effective elementary school educator who understands the challenges of today's classrooms. You will be prepared to teach all content subjects in grades 1 through 8, leading to a license in Elementary Education.





Parkside offers coursework leading to a license in Elementary Education (Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence, grades 1-8). An Elementary Education license enables future teachers to teach all content subjects in grades 1 through 8. 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.



From your very first clinical experience, you will be part of the co-teaching model. You are paired with a professional teacher from your very first education course through your final experience as a student teacher.  Parkside has strong partnerships with area schools who open their doors so that you can experience first-hand what it is like to be a teacher in the real world.


Career Opportunities

Coursework in this program can lead to a license in Elementary Education. Teachers with an elementary license are qualified to work as classroom teachers in grades 1-8. Further education at the graduate level can lead to such careers as school principal, counselor, educational specialist, or instructional program coordinator.

How do the clinical hours work? 
Teacher candidates (you) work alongside a professional educator (a teacher) to support student learning at area schools.  Depending upon your major, you will serve clinical hours at different developmental or grade levels. Initial EDU courses for all majors require 20 clinical hours per course, which comes out to about two hours a week that you’ll be spending time in a classroom. 

How will I fit clinical hours into my semester schedule? 
By learning and utilizing time management skills, you will be able to work these hours into your semester schedule. On average, 20 hours a semester works out to be about two hours per week in the classroom; upper level classes have more required clinical hours, which equates to more hours per week in the classroom. This doesn’t include your travel time to and from your clinical placement. We recommend keeping one or two mornings a week open so you have this time to go to your school placement to help you complete the required clinical hours. The teacher edcuation advisor is available to work with you to learn time management skills. 

What if I don’t end up liking teaching? 
Don’t worry! Exploring is very important to help you learn what you like or dislike about any degree program. EDU 100 is a good class to introduce you to the teaching profession. If you decide that teaching isn’t for you, you can work with the teacher education advisor to change your major or continue exploring your options. 

Education Programs

Secondary Education Major
Special Education Major
English as a Second Language Minor
Bilingual Education Certification

Licensure Opportunities

Elementary Education
Secondary Education
Technology + Pre-engineering
English as a Second Language Minor
Bilingual Education Certification

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

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