Education: Early Adolescence (Ages 10-14)

"Best Practices Make the Difference"

A Proud Tradition

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville has been preparing teachers since 1866 and was Wisconsin's first normal school. The school takes pride in this tradition and is committed to the continuation of quality in its educational programs, offering comprehensive licensure alternatives for students pursuing a career in teaching.

Early Adolescence

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville has long been known as a leader in middle level education. Acknowledging UWP’s leadership in middle level education, the Department of Public Instruction granted a unique licensure level to UWP that focuses on the development and education of early adolescents (ages 10 - 14) specifically in middle level schools. The Early Adolescence licensure level requires academic preparation in two content areas.

Content Areas

The 24-credit Interdisciplinary Studies Minor is an innovative way to address preparation in the two content areas for the Early Adolescence licensure level. Students select two areas of concentration from the following six areas: Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Language Arts/English, Mathematics, Sciences and Social Sciences. Or, two other 24-credit minors may be selected from biology, computer science, English/language arts, a foreign language, history, math, natural science, social science, special education/inclusion, and speech communication.

Professional Preparation

The School of Education prepares teachers who can demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be effective, reflective practitioners. Programs develop communication skills including technology/media, knowledge of content and how to teach that content, and human relations. These competencies are addressed through innovative practices such as service learning, early practicum experiences in middle level schools and direct experiences with middle level administrators, in-service teachers and students. To complete the program, candidates must demonstrate that they have these competencies.

Title II Reporting Requirements

Amendments to the Higher Education Act signed into law October 1998 require that institutions of higher education and state departments of education supply data to the United States Secretary of Education to be used in an annual report card on teacher preparation. In compliance with reporting requirements, UW-Platteville provides the following information:

UW-Platteville offers teacher education programs leading to certification in early childhood, elementary, middle, and middle/secondary education, and in wide range special fields. During the 2006-2007 academic year, 375 students who had been admitted to the School of Education were enrolled in education programs at the university. Of these 375 teacher candidates, 146 participated in supervised practice teaching, which required an average of 700 hours to complete. The 146 teacher candidates were supervised by 23 faculty, which resulted in a student to faculty ratio of 6.35 to 1.

Employment Opportunities

Faculty advisors track current opportunities and employment trends in all teaching areas. Graduating students with good credentials who are willing to relocate should find a number of suitable teaching positions. Supply, demand, and salary vary by region and state. Past graduates are employed throughout Wisconsin, in other states and around the world.

For More Information

For more information, write to the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, 1 University Plaza, Platteville, WI 53818-3099, call 608.342.1131 or see the School website at

For general information on the university and its programs, consult our website at or contact the UWP Visitor Center, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, 1 University Plaza, Platteville, WI 53818-3099, or call toll-free 1.877.897.5288 or locally 608.342.1068.

Early Adolescence (Ages 10-14) Check List

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.