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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


School of Education


Educational Policy and Community Studies


The Department of Educational Policy and Community Studies at UWM provides students with a deeper understanding about education and community contexts in urban areas, with a focus on the historical, political, economic, and sociocultural contexts of schools and society.

Students often choose to focus their coursework in one of the following areas:

  • Alternative Education/At-Risk Students
  • Child Care (Educator or Administrator Track)
  • Community Organizing for Social Change
  • Policy and Leadership in Community-Based Organizations
  • Urban Education
  • Youth Work

The Department offers transcript-designated submajors in the areas of Child Care and Policy and Leadership in Community-Based Organizations. Students may seek certificates in Youth Work and Community Organizing. Licensed teachers may seek an add-on state DPI certification in Alternative Education.

Students, past and present, are employed by charities, hospitals, schools, community-based organizations, and local government units in metropolitan Milwaukee. The Department does not offer licensure for teaching in K-12 public schools, but many graduates either seek post-baccalaureate certification or teach in private schools.

The Department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Engagement and Education. The purpose of the degree program is to assist those involved in community change activities and improve their ability to function in educational roles. Students can also select one of two optional submajors, Child Care or Community-Based Organizations Policy and Leadership, within the Bachelor of Science degree in Community Engagement and Education.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Community Engagement and Education is available as a second degree option.  Candidates for a second degree must satisfy all current requirements for an undergraduate degree for the degree program.  Some of the requirements may be met by transfer credits. Students must complete at least 30 credits in residence at UWM after the date on which the first degree is awarded. If more than 30 credits are needed to complete all degree requirements, the last 30 credits must be completed in residence.

The Department works with individuals and groups that provide leadership in educational and community contexts and institutions. Students include state and local elected officials; community organizers and developers; personnel in human resource institutions, such as program developers, outreach workers and administrators; teachers and directors of community day care programs; youth workers in community and group home care; teachers and directors of alternative schools; and citizen volunteers in community-based organizations.

The Department also offers a master’s degree program in Cultural Foundations of Education with areas of concentration in educational foundations and multicultural education as addressed through sociological, historical, philosophical, and comparative frames of reference. Additional information about the master’s degree program is available at www.cultfnds.soe.uwm.edu.

Community Engagement and Education

Admission. Community Engagement and Education majors must meet regular University requirements for admission and are admitted through the Department.

Prior Professional Educational Experience. A student who has been accepted as a major in Community Engagement and Education may earn Prior Professional Educational Experience (PPEE) credit that will be counted toward the Community Engagement and Education degree. Students must demonstrate competence by completing examinations. Credit is awarded in 3-credit blocks, if the student earns a grade of C or better, on each of the 14 essay examinations that s/he takes. The specific competencies are listed below:

Competency Areas

Cr.

Community Perspectives on Human Resource Programs

3

Resource Development

3

Local Community Systems

3

Political/Economic Analysis

3

Personal Growth Competency

3

Philosophies of Change

3

Group Process Skills

3

Leadership Issues

3

Research Skills

3

Change Strategies

3

Educational Advocacy

3

Administrative Skills

3

Social Problem Analysis

3

Conflict Resolution

3

Community Engagement and Education majors wishing to demonstrate their competencies for these credits are required to enroll in the competency examination course (Ed Pol 100, Community Education I) during their first or second semester of study. Students will be apprised of deadlines and procedures once they are enrolled in the course. The student may earn a maximum of 42 PPEE credits. These credits may be applied only to a Community Engagement and Education degree and only as lower division electives.

Course of Study: Major. Students take a common core of required introductory courses to help them learn how to evaluate the educational needs inherent in community social problems, devise appropriate change strategies, and improve their skills as advocates and educators. Students will have the opportunity to relate their programs of study to their community work.

A minimum of 120 credits distributed within specific categories is required for graduation.

The Department requires its students to meet the University’s General Education Requirements. Community Engagement and Education majors have until the beginning of their junior year (58 credits) to meet this requirement. Students admitted to the University for Semester I, 1986-87 or later must meet UWM’s General Education Requirements.

CURRICULUM FOR THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND EDUCATION PROGRAM

LOWER DIVISION COURSES

Required Lower Division Departmental: 12 cr.

Ed Pol 111

Organizing for Social Action in Urban Communities

3

Ed Pol 112

Introduction to Community Education

3

Ed Pol 113

The Milwaukee Community

3

Ed Pol 114

Community Problems

3

Students must meet the University’s General Education Requirements

Lower Division Advanced Expository Writing Course: 3 cr. (Any advanced expository writing course in the English Department.)

Lower Division Electives: 42 cr.
Students may earn elective units through Educational Policy and Community Studies courses, including prior professional educational experience, transfer units, or other UWM courses.

Child care students who have met State of Wisconsin primary care requirements should register for Ed POL 383, Child Care Programming; those who have not should register for Ed Pol 381, Introduction to Child Care.

UPPER DIVISION COURSES

Required Upper Division Departmental: 24 cr.
(Students must complete 24 credits in upper division courses in the Department of Educational Policy and Community Studies. Students can take only 6 credits of fieldwork toward this requirement.)

Required Courses: 6 cr.

Ed Pol 601 Foundations of Community-Based Organizations 3

Ed Pol 506

Research Techniques for Community Organizers and Educators
(may be replaced by equivalent research course taken prior to enrollment in Department with agreement of advisor)

3

Diversity Course: 3 cr.
(Choose one course from the following):

Ed Pol 314

The School in African American Life

3

Ed Pol 460

The Chicano Experience

3

Ed Pol 532

Male Identity: Education and Development

3

Ed Pol 533

Educating Black Males - Theories, Methods, and Strategies

3

Ed Pol 560

Education and Hispanics

3

Ed Pol 561

Education Issues in American Indian Communities

3

Ed Pol 610 Reproduction of Minority Communities 3
Ed Pol 621 History of Native Education and Policy Development 3

Ed Pol 625

Race Relations in Education

3

Ed Pol Foundations Courses: 15 cr.
Choose from any Ed Pol course, 300 level or above; a maximum of 6 cr of fieldwork (Ed Pol 409, 688, or 698) may be used toward meeting this requirement; Ed Pol 499 cannot be used for this requirement.

Upper Division Electives: 15 cr.
These courses should be 300-level or higher, including Upper Division transfer units. These courses should be chosen by the student in consultation with an Educational Policy and Community Studies advisor.

Major in Community Engagement and Education, Submajor in Community-Based Organizations Policy and Leadership

The total number of credits a student needs for the degree with this submajor is the same as the base CEE requirements (includes GER and electives). Requirements for the submajor are listed below.

Community Engagement and Education Lower Level Coursework: 12 credits (Ed Pol 111, 112, 113, and 114).

CEE Upper Level Major Coursework: 30 Credits Total

I. Community Engagement and Education Core: 9 credits

6 Credits Required Courses:

Ed Pol 601

Foundations of Community-Based Organizations

3

Ed Pol 506

Research Techniques for Community Organizers and Community Educators

6

3 Credits in Cultural Diversity from the following courses:

Ed Pol 314

The School in African American Life

3

Ed Pol 460

The Chicano Experience

3

Ed Pol 532

Male Identity: Education and Development

3

Ed Pol 533

Educating Black Males - Theories, Methods, and Strategies

3

Ed Pol 560

Education and Hispanics

3

Ed Pol 561 Education Issues in American Indian Communities 3

Ed Pol 610

Reproduction of Minority Communities

3

Ed Pol 620 History of the Education of African Americans 3
Ed Pol 621 History of Native Education and Policy Development 3
Ed Pol 625 Race Relations in Education 3
Ed Pol 630 Race and Public Policy in Urban America 3

II Community-Based Organizations Policy and Leadership: 18 credits

6 Credits Required Courses

Ed Pol 602

Proposal Writing and Other Fundraising Skills

3

Ed Pol 605

Foundations of Fiscal Policy in Community-Based Organizations

6

6 Credits in Community-Based Organizations Electives

Ed Pol 501 Concepts in Community Organizing: Conflict and Change 3

Ed Pol 510

Foundations of Human Relations in Community-Based Organizations

3

Ed Pol 603

Policy Analysis for Community-Based Organizations

3

Ed Pol 604

Marketing for Community-Based Oranizations

3

Ed Pol 605 Foundations of Fiscal Policy in Community-Based Organizations 3
Ed Pol 609 Community Partnerships 3
Ed Pol 610 Reproduction of Minority Communities 3
Ed Pol 612 Community Participation and Power 3
Ed Pol 630 Race and Public Policy in Urban America 3
Ed Pol 633 Community Development for Low-Income and Minority Communities 3

6 Credits in Management and Leadership from the following:

Ad Ldsp 507

Introduction to Group Leadership

3

Ad Ldsp 537

Leadership and Management of Volunteer Programs

3

Ad Ldsp 581

Administration and Supervision in Early Childhood Programs

3

Ad Ldsp 582 Operations Management in Early Childhood Programs 3
Ad Ldsp 607 Coordination of Staff Development and Training Program 3

Ad Ldsp 617

Leadership in Youth-Serving Organizations

3

Ad Ldsp 647

Evaluation of Adult and Continuing Education Programs

3

Ad Ldsp 667 Program Planning in Adult Education (consent of instructor) 3

III. Upper Division Electives: 12 Credits

300-level courses or higher from any UWM department or transfer credit equivalent.

Contact: Professor Michael Bonds

Major in Community Engagement and Education, Submajor in Child Care

Students choose either the Child Care Educator Track, or the Child Care Administrator Track.*

The total number of credits a student needs for the degree with this submajor is the same as the base CEE requirements (includes GER and electives). Requirements for the submajor are listed below. Also listed below are course substitutions for students who matriculate into the department with an associate of applied science (AAS) degree in Early Childhood Education under the department's articulation agreement with the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS).

*NOTE: Students completing the Administrator Track also receive a Certificate in Child Care Administration from the UWM Center for Early Childhood Professional Development & Leadership, and earn the Wisconsin Professional Credential for Child Care Administrators from The Registry.

Community Engagement and Education Lower Level Coursework: 12 credits (Ed Pol 111, 112, 113, and 114).

CEE Upper Level Submajor Coursework: 30 Credits Total

I. Community Engagement and Education Core: 9 credits

6 Credits Required Courses:

Ed Pol 601

Foundations of Community-Based Organizations

3

Ed Pol 506

Research Techniques for Community Organizers and Community Educators

6

3 Credits in Cultural Diversity from the following*:

Ed Pol 625 Race Relations in Education 3

*May substitute another approved diversity course with permission of advisor.

II. Child Care: 24 Credits Educator Track, 30 Credits Administrator Track

6 Credits Educational Policy Foundations:

Ed Pol 375

Cultural Foundations of Education

3

or

Ed Pol 530 Urban Foundations of Education  
and    
Ed Pol 534 The Student At Risk (Causes) 3
or    
Ed Pol 535 Educating At-Risk Students  

6 Credits Child Care Foundations:

Ed Pol 381

Introduction to Child Care

3

(Ed Pol 416)

(WTCS AAS Substitute: Analysis of Child Care Environments)

(3)

and    
Ed Pol 383 Child Care Programming 3
(CurrIns 312) (WTCS AAS Substitute: Developing Early Childhood Programs) (3)

3 Credits Program Focus:

CurrIns 585

Best Program Practices for Children and Families

3

(Ed Pol 417)

(WTCS AAS Substitute: Regulation of Child Care)

(3)

Child Care Focus (9 Credits Educator Track or 15 Credits Administrator Track):

Educator Track

Ed Pol 302

Approaches to Adult-Child Relationships in the Child Care Setting

3

Ed Pol 340

Organizing and Operating a Child Care Center

3

Ed Pol 416 Analysis of Child Care Environments 3

or
Administrator Track

Ad Ldsp 581

Leadership in Early Chldhood Programs

3

Ed Pol 582

Operations Management in Early Childhood Programs (cross-listed as Ad Ldsp 582)

3

Ad Ldsp 583 Financial Management in Early Childhood Programs 3
Ed Pol 584 Early Childhood Programs and the External Environment 3
Ad Ldsp 586 Leadership in Early Childhood Programs 3

III. Upper Division Electives (6 Credits Educator Track, 0 Credits Administrator Track)

Educator Track (6 Credits):

300-level courses or higher, from any UWM department or transfer credit equivalent.

(WTCS AAS Substitute: CurrIns 301, Infants and Toddlers Care, 3 cr.; and CurrIns 302, Curriculum at the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Levels, 3 cr.)

Administrator Track (No electives):

Course of Study: Minor. The minor in Community Engagement and Education is open to all undergraduate students, but should be of particular interest to majors in Africology, anthropology, business, communication, curriculum and instruction, philosophy, political science, psychology, social welfare and sociology.

With this minor, students can learn about local urban communities and how to improve them. This practical knowledge can provide a foundation for building a career in human services.

Students may declare the minor after completing at least 45 credits, but prior to completing 75 credits.

The minor consists of 18 credits distributed in the following manner:

Requirements for Minor

Ed Pol 112

Introduction to Community Education

3

Ed Pol 114

Community Problems

3

12 credits in Upper Division Ed Pol courses

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