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Major in Educational Studies

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      Educational Studies. A noncertification bachelor's degree as well as a second undergraduate degree program to prepare educators in nonschool settings. For admission and program information, contact the Educational Studies program advisor, second floor of Enderis Hall 209, 414-229-4721.

      The Educational Studies major is an individualized professional education program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree or a Second Undergraduate Degree in Education. It is an interdisciplinary degree option for students who wish to examine education as a discipline or to pursue careers as educators in non-school settings. The major also provides opportunities for study for individuals engaged in community-based or alternative education programs.

      It is recommended that students declare Educational Studies as their intended major prior to admission to ensure meeting program requirements. Contact the Office of Academic Services for more information, 414-229-4721.


      1. Completion of a minimum of 58 degree credits with a minimum GPA of 2.50.
      2. Completion of the UWM English Composition Requirement.
      3. Completion of the UWM Mathematics Requirement.
      4. Submission of an Educational Studies Program Plan developed with an academic advisor, listing courses to be taken.

      Course of Study

      The major is interdepartmentally based, and students, with their advisors, develop a course of study which emphasizes course work appropriate to the academic/professional goals of the student. Currently the focus areas are adult education, early care, and youth leadership.

      Degree Requirements

      A minimum of 128 credits is needed for graduation. Students must satisfy all UWM, School of Education and Educational Studies program requirements, and have satisfactorily completed the following minimum requirements:

      Educational Studies Core Curriculum Requirements. A total of 36 credits is required in liberal arts course work with 9 credits in each of the following areas: the humanities, fine arts, natural siences, and social sciences. For courses that satisfy the distribution requirements in these areas, see the current Schedule of Classes.

      Students not enrolled in a degree program in an accredited institution prior to September, 1986, must also meet the General Education Requirements (GER).

      Educational Studies Major. The Educational Studies Major is a means of developing professional skills. It requires completing at least 42 credits, 34 of them in the School of Education, with a 2.75 grade point average overall. The major contains three components:

      Focus Area. A minimum of 18 credits in the chosen area of concentration (i.e., adult education, early care, and youth leadership.

      Field Work. 3-6 credits. Practical experience applying the professional field work skills of the student in an appropriate work setting.

      Common Learning Component.  Each student must earn 24 credits in course work which develops knowledge of social cultural perspectives, human development and learning, program development, and communication skills/group processes. Contact the Office of Academic Services for a list of acceptable course titles.

      Advanced Level Course Work Outside the School of Education. Students enrolled as Educational Studies majors must complete a minimum of 12 credits of advanced level course work offered through departments outside the School of Education. Courses must be numbered 300 or above.

      General University Electives. The program allows for a significant number of general University electives. For example, an Educational Studies major interested in adult education may elect supportive course work in psychology, while the student interested in early care may choose to study in communication, social work, or other appropriate departments.

      Educational Studies Second Degree Requirements

      1. Complete 42 credits.

      A. At least 30 of the program credits must be earned in residence at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and following admission to the Educational Studies Program. The remaining 12 credits may be transferred from previous institutions/programs or earned inclusively within the Educational Studies program.

      B. At least 20 of the 42 credits must be earned in upper division courses (300 level or above). The common learning components allow for accommodation of this requirement.

      C. Earn at last 18 credits in selected focus areas. Select from: adult education, early care, and youth leadership.

      D. Earn 3 credits in field work within the selected focus area. The field work placement wil be determined by the focus area faculty advisor and academic advisor.

      E. Earn 24 credits in the common learning components. These credits will be selected in consultation with the focus area faculty advisor: social cultural perspectives, human development and learning, program development, and communication skills and group processes.

      2. Achieve a 2.75 GPA on all focus area and common learning components credits.


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