Early Childhood/Middle Childhood Education
The programs in the School of Education build on the theme “Best Practices Make the Difference.” The University of Wisconsin-Platteville offers a comprehensive licensure for those wishing to pursue a career in early childhood/middle childhood (Birth to Age Eleven). This license prepares candidates to teach in infant toddler and preschool programs, kindergartens and elementary grades up through Grade Six. The coursework also includes preparation for students who might choose administrative jobs in the private sector such as directors of children’s centers, Head Start programs, and family education programs. The School of Education also offers a minor in Inclusion Education (children with disabilities) that early childhood students often complete concurrently with the course of study for early childhood licensure.
- Onsite Family Literacy Center
- Focus on Emergent Curriculum
- Study in the Reggio Emilia Approach
- Study in the Project Approach
- Professional Development School - a partnership with local school district
- State-of-the-Art Children’s Center
- Active Student Association
- Regional Early Childhood Conference
All faculty members teaching the professional education component have had experience teaching in public schools. All faculty members teaching the early childhood/middle childhood components of the program have had experience teaching in preschools, family programs, and public schools. The University Children’s Center, the Even Start Family Education Center, Head Start, area preschools and elementary/middle schools are used for practicum experiences.
Graduates find employment in public schools, child care administration, and the private sector. Advisers keep abreast of current professional positions. An annual report documenting job market supply and demand as well as actual placement information is published annually.
A survey of student teachers yielded the following comments about strengths of the program:
The size of the classes was nice for the professor to get to know me.
I liked how much time I got to spend in real classroom settings teaching lessons.
Good classroom management ideas in all classes.
I feel that I am ready to teach in the field I have chosen.
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, handicap, sex, sexual orientation, developmental disability, national origin, ancestry, marital status, arrest record or conviction record.