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School of Education Elementary Education Degree


Teaching elementary school is more than choice–it is a calling

The elementary education major is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that focuses on the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to teach children, grades 4K-9, in the state of Wisconsin. Successful candidates in the program earn a bachelor’s degree and Wisconsin teaching license in K-9 Elementary and Middle, which allows them to teach 4-year-old kindergarten through ninth grade. Our graduates are well prepared to engage students in inquiry, facilitate learning, develop curriculum and use student data to inform instruction.

In addition to a major in elementary education, students are encouraged to minor in early childhood special education (PreK-3rd grade Early Childhood Special Education license), minor in health education (K-12 Health license), minor in teaching English as a second language (ESL K-12 teaching license), minor or double major in special education (K-12 Cross Categorical Special Education license), double major in early childhood education (PreK-3rd grade license) or pursue any one of a number of minors or certificates.

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Why study Elementary Education at UW-Stevens Point?

Our program provides students with frequent opportunities for hands-on learning in PK-12 classrooms and schools. This includes practicum experiences working with school-aged children early and often throughout the program. The Elementary Methods Block (EMB) is a significant practicum experience one semester prior to student teaching in which elementary education majors spend six to eight weeks immersed in the Stevens Point Area Public School District. Student teaching is the culminating experience in the teacher candidate’s academic program of study at UW-Stevens Point. It provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to practice and refine their knowledge and skills under the supervision and guidance of cooperating teachers and our own faculty who have dedicated their careers to education and a lifetime of student learning.
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Field Experiences

The responsibility of the Office of Field Experiences is to provide quality field experiences for students enrolled in the teacher education program at UW-Stevens Point. These experiences, such as student teaching, involve our students and instructors in practical activities with cooperating teachers and administrators in actual schools and educational agencies.
Hired Before Graduation
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Hired Before Graduation

Tanner Schlender ’22

Tanner Schlender was hired before graduation at Think Academy in Wisconsin Rapids as a 4th grade teacher.

Ranked #2 in the U.S.

For the second year in a row, the education program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has been ranked second in the nation according to
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Community and Centers

Through many School of Education centers and programs, our students may observe the development process in young children and then apply principles discussed in teaching method classes to real life situations.
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Where are they now?

UW-Stevens Point School of Education alumni live and work all over the world—so if you’re looking for networking opportunities close to a new home or contact info for fellow Pointer in another city, you’re in luck. Looking for a fellow UWSP teacher near you? Start with our map.
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What to Expect? 

UW-Stevens Point graduates in the School of Education typically have some of the highest placement rates of full-time teaching jobs within their first year after graduation across the UW System.​ For example, more than 85 percent of our recent elementary education graduates have been hired within one year of graduation. 
Our alumni are high-quality educators who experience high career success. They are responsive to the needs of their students and positively impact our diverse world. See where our graduates are working on our  alumni map. 

Get Involved on Campus

Through volunteer opportunities and varied professional development opportunities, you’ll be an active learner closely involved in real-world situations designed to ensure your professional success.

Our students are academically engaged, highly motivated and actively involved at the local, state, national and international levels. Student organizations are vital to your pre-professional experiences. As such, the School of Education sponsors the following organizations: Aspiring Educators, Association for the Education of Young Children, Kappa Delta Pi, Student Council for Exceptional Children, and Students for Health, Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation.

You may be lucky enough to work with one of the Neale Fellows, select teachers whose projects make a difference at their schools and who work jointly with faculty teaching your classes.

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Our School of Education faculty and staff are caring, involved and committed to student success. They are dynamically responsive to the changes happening in education and offer outstanding support to our students’ professional preparation.
Kele Anyanwu

Kele Anyanwu

  • Associate Professor – Educational Technology
  • Director – Technology and Innovation Space for Educators (TISE)
Perry Cook

Perry Cook

  • Professor – Science Education
  • Director – Harju Center for Equity in Education
  • Director – Elementary Methods Block Program
Amber Garbe

Amber Garbe

  • Assistant Professor – Education
  • Reading Director
  • Reading Methods & Elementary Social Studies Methods
Jacquelyn Sernau

Jacquelyn Sernau

  • Associate Lecturer – School of Education
  • Coordinator – Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT)


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DPI Accreditation

UW-Stevens Point’s teacher education programs are accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.