Director of Teacher Education: Joan Whipp, Ph.D.

The middle childhood/early adolescence teacher education program leads to a teaching license for grades 1 through 8. Students who select this program must meet the College of Education’s admission and retention requirements and must complete the following components:

  1. The University Core of Common Studies (UCCS)
  2. An Elementary/Middle Education major, which includes specific state-mandated general education requirements
  3. An academic major from the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences or the Diederich College of Communication

Students who intend to complete the teacher education program through the Marquette University College of Education are strongly encouraged to meet with the assistant dean of undergraduate advising and student services in the Office of Teacher Education as early as possible to avoid delays in their program.

Academic Majors

Klingler College of Arts and Sciences

  • Science
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • Latin
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

Diederich College of Communication

  • Communication Studies
  • Journalism
  • Theatre Arts

University Core of Common Studies / Education Core Requirements

Rhetoric (R)6
Rhetoric and Composition 1
Rhetoric and Composition 2
Contemporary Presentation
Mathematical Reasoning (MR)7
Problem Solving and Reasoning for Teachers
Number Systems and Operations for Elementary Teachers
Algebra and Geometry for Teachers
Individual and Social Behavior (ISB)3
American Politics
Diverse Cultures (DC)3
Introduction to Schooling in a Diverse Society
Literature and Performing Arts (LPA)3
Any approved UCCS LPA course
Histories of Cultures and Societies (HCS)6
Introduction to American History
Survey of Latin America
East Asia
Science and Nature (SN)6-8
Major Concepts in Modern Science 1
Major Concepts in Modern Science 2
Biology for Non-Science Majors
Earth and Environmental Physics
Human Nature and Ethics (HNE)6
Philosophy of Human Nature
Theory of Ethics
Theology (T)6
Introduction to Theology
One additional approved second-level UCCS T course
Foreign Language0-8
Competence through the elementary college level (1001 and 1002)
Total Credit Hours46-56

Elementary/Middle Education Major

To be eligible for the middle childhood/early adolescence teaching license, students must complete the following courses offered by the College of Education:

EDUC 1210Introduction to Schooling in a Diverse Society3
EDUC 1964Teaching Elementary Mathematics1
EDUC 2964Teaching Middle School Mathematics1
EDUC 1220Psychology of Human Development in Children and Adolescents in a Diverse Society3
EDUC 2227Introduction to Learning and Assessment3
EDUC 4347Teaching Elementary Reading, Language Arts, and Children's Literature 14
EDUC 4217Children and Youth with Exceptional Needs3
EDUC 2330Integrating the Arts Across the Curriculum3
EDUC 4357Teaching Elementary Reading, Language Arts, and Children's Literature 24
EDUC 4297Teaching in the Middle School4
EDUC 4317Teaching Elementary Level Science3
EDUC 3240Critical Inquiry into Contemporary Issues3
EDUC 4337Teaching Elementary Social Studies3
EDUC 4540Philosophy of Education3
EDUC 4964Practicum: Teaching Elementary Level Reading4
EDUC 4966Student Teaching: Elementary/Middle15
Students must also complete:
MATH 2030Problem Solving and Reasoning for Teachers3
MATH 2031Number Systems and Operations for Elementary Teachers2
MATH 2032Algebra and Geometry for Teachers2
Total Credit Hours67

Students must check with their advisers in the College of Education with regard to sequence and admission requirements. EDUC 4966 Student Teaching: Elementary/Middle, is the last course to be completed in the program. Students must apply and be approved by the Office of Teacher Education to student teach.

Typical Program for Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence Majors

First TermHoursSecond TermHours
ARSC 1020 or BIOL 1009 (UCCS (SN))4ARSC 1021 or PHYS 10094
ENGL 1001 (UCCS (R))3ENGL 1002 or COMM 1100 (UCCS (R))3
FOLA 1 - Foreign Language 14FOLA 2 - Foreign Language 24
THEO 1001 (UCCS (T))3HIST 1101 (UCCS (HCS))3
EDUC 1210 (UCCS (DC) requires fieldwork)3EDUC 12203
 17 17
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
HIST 1301, 1401, or 15013PHIL 23103
PHIL 1001 (UCCS (HNE))3POSC 2201 (UCCS (ISB))3
EDUC 2227 (requires fieldwork)3EDUC 23303
Field Experience I  
 18 18
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
MATH 20312MATH 20322
EDUC 19641EDUC 29641
EDUC 4217 (requires fieldwork)3EDUC 4337 (requires fieldwork)3
EDUC 4317 (requires fieldwork)3EDUC 4297 (requires fieldwork)4
EDUC 4347 (requires fieldwork)4EDUC 4357 (requires fieldwork)4
Field Experience II  Field Experience III 
 19 20
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
Major3EDUC 496615
THEO Second-level (UCCS (T))3 
EDUC 32403 
EDUC 4964 (requires fieldwork)4 
EDUC 45403 
Senior Level Practicum   
 19 15
Total credit hours: 143

 Note: Some majors may require more major courses than the number of courses listed.