UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

School of Education

Administrative Leadership

The Department of Administrative Leadership offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Studies. The degree 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. Students work with an advisor to develop a course of study appropriate to the academic and professional goals of the student. In particular, the major provides opportunities for study in the areas of adult education, youth leadership, and training and workforce development.

For admission and program information, contact the Educational Studies program advisor, within the Office of Student Services, located in Enderis Hall 209, (414) 229-4721. 

Admission Requirements

1. Completion of a minimum of 58 degree credits with a minimum GPA of 2.5;

2. Completion of the UWM Oral and Written Communication Competency Part A;

3. Completion of the UWM Quantitative Literacy Competency Part A; and

4. Submission of an Educational Studies Program Plan developed with an academic advisor, listing courses to be taken.

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:

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

2. 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, youth leadership, or training and workforce development).
  • Fieldwork. 3-6 credits. Practical experience applying the student’s professional skills in an appropriate work setting.
  • Common Learning Component. Each student must earn 24 credits in coursework that develops knowledge of social/cultural perspectives, human development and learning, program development, and communication skills/group processes. Contact the Office of Student Services for a list of acceptable course titles.

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

4. General University Electives. The program allows for a significant number of general University electives. For example, Educational Studies majors may elect supportive coursework in psychology, business, information studies, and/or other appropriate schools and departments.

Educational Studies Second Degree Requirements

1. Complete 42 credits.

  • 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.
  • 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.

2. Earn at least 18 credits in selected focus areas. Select from: adult education, youth leadership, and training and workforce development.

  • Earn 3 credits in fieldwork within the selected focus area. The fieldwork placement will be determined by the faculty advisor and academic advisor.
  • Earn 24 credits in the common learning components. These credits will be selected in consultation with the faculty advisor: social cultural perspectives, human development and learning, program development, and communication skills and group processes.

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

Other Programs

The Department of Administrative Leadership also offers master's degree programs and specializations within the Urban Education Doctoral Program in Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education Leadership, and Educational Administration.

The Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education Leadership specialization prepares students for positions of leadership in a wide range of post-secondary programs, including vocational and technical education, university extension, continuing education, training and human resource development, instructional design, instructional technology, adult basic education, adult literacy, and community education.

The Educational Administration specialization prepares teachers for administrative positions in elementary and secondary schools as a principal, supervisor/director of instruction, director of special education and pupil services, and school business manager. A post-master's Specialist Certificate program for the school superintendent license also is offered through the Educational Administration specialization.

Consult the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Graduate School Bulletin for admission criteria and procedures for graduate degree or certificate programs.


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