Madison, WI, Schools Offering Elementary Teaching Courses
There are several schools in the Madison, WI, area that offer degree and certification programs in elementary education. This article looks at three schools, two that are very near downtown and the other about an hour away. It also includes a table of information that aspiring teachers can use to see which school best meets their needs. The table covers pertinent topics such as school size, graduation percentages and tuition. At the end of the article is a little information on a Christian college near Madison that also offers an elementary education degree program.
- The University of Wisconsin - Madison, less than a mile from downtown Madison, offers a bachelor's degree in elementary education.
- Located about 46 miles from downtown Madison, the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater offers a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in elementary/middle education that prepares graduates to obtain elementary teacher certification.
- Edgewood College, around two miles from downtown Madison, offers a bachelor's degree program in elementary education, both with or without a minor in early childhood, as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate program in elementary education.
Find schools that offer these popular programs
- Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
- Teaching, Adults
- Teaching, Elementary
- Teaching, High School
- Teaching, Junior High
- Teaching, Kindergarten and Preschool
- Teaching, Waldorf and Steiner Education
- Teaching, Young Children
Comparison of Schools
Individuals who are deciding on a school need to be aware of many facts. This table offers important information about all three of these schools in a format that makes it simple to compare them.
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||University of Wisconsin - Whitewater||Edgewood College|
|School Type||4-year, public*||4-year, public*||4-year, private, not-for-profit*|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||42,598*||12,176*||2,980*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city*||Distant town*||Midsize city*|
|Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)||$10,415 for in-state and $29,665 for out-of-state students*||$7,637 for in-state and $15,710 for out-of-state students*||$26,550*|
|Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||66%*||83%*||100%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||57%*||82%*||76%*|
|Retention Rate (2013-2014)||95% for full-time students*||80% for full-time students*||81% of full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (Began 2008)||84%*||58%*||62%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
University of Wisconsin - Madison
The University of Wisconsin - Madison's education programs are offered through its School of Education. This school operates a total of ten departments, including the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, through which it offers elementary education programs.
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Students in this program can focus their studies in middle childhood-early adolescent English as a second language or special education, or they can complete a specific content-focused minor area of study. Enrollees can choose from 17 minors, including specialized mathematics, psychology, political science, and economics.
Students in any of these programs complete a professional sequence of study with coursework that depends on their area of focus. Topics covered in this sequence include teaching reading and the language arts and managing students with behavioral disabilities, as well as cultural foundations of learning and development, strategies for inclusive schooling, and dimensions of literacy. Students also complete a practicum and student teaching experience.
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
This university's elementary education program is offered through the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, a division of its College of Education and Professional Studies. The college's programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Emphasis in Elementary/Middle
Graduates of this program are prepared to teach grades 1-8 or grades 7-9 in a specific field of study in which they completed a minor. Approximately 39 minor areas of study are available, including coaching, English, library media, sociology, and geology.
Courses in the program not related to a chosen minor cover such topics as individual learning systems in educational media, psychology of the exceptional child, math for the elementary teacher, child development, and foundations of education in a pluralistic society. The curriculum also includes a directed teaching experience and a field study.
Edgewood College's elementary education degree programs are offered through its School of Education. The school is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and its programs are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
This program prepares students for licensure in middle childhood through early adolescence regular education for ages 6-13. Classes in the program cover topics like methods for teaching fine arts and social studies, methods for teaching science and environmental education, wellness in education and curriculum design. The curriculum also includes a student teaching experience.
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with Early Childhood Minor
This program prepares graduates for licensure in early childhood to middle childhood regular education for teaching students from birth through age 11. Classes in the program include methods for teaching mathematics, literature for early childhood through adolescence, education in a pluralistic society and learning environments. A student teaching internship is also included in the program's curriculum.
Advanced Certification Elementary with Optional Master of Arts in Education
This 44-credit hour program prepares graduates to obtain teacher certification in elementary regular education and middle childhood-early adolescence education. It takes approximately 21 months to complete. Classes cover topics like science methods, integrative classroom environments, social studies methods, and child development. Students in the program can elect to earn a Master of Arts in Education by completing an additional three classes.
Other School Options
Maranatha Baptist Bible College, which is located about 40 miles from downtown Madison in Watertown, offers a bachelor's degree program in elementary teacher education. This major is one of the most popular fields of study at Maranatha.