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 two miles from downtown Madison, offers a bachelor's degree in elementary education.
- Located about 37 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 five 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.
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 (2017)||42,977*||12,434*||2,221*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city*||Distant town*||Midsize city*|
|Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$10,533 for in-state and $34,783 for out-of-state students*||$7,662 for in-state and $16,235 for out-of-state students*||$28,500*|
|Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||62%*||77%*||99%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||54%*||70%*||71%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||95% for full-time students*||78% for full-time students*||78% of full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (students began in Fall 2011)||87%*||62%*||61%*|
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 Education - 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. An ESL concentration is also available for early childhood.
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 an Emphasis in Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence
Graduates of this program are prepared to teach grades 1-6 or grades 7-8 in a specific field of study in which they completed a minor. Approximately 30 minor areas of study are available, including athletic coaching, English as a Second Language, library media, sociology, and geography.
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 Arts in Elementary Education, Middle School to Early Adolescence: Regular 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 literacy. The curriculum also includes a student teaching experience.
Advanced Certification Elementary
This program prepares graduates to obtain teacher certification in elementary regular education and middle childhood-early adolescence education. Classes cover topics like science methods, integrative classroom environments, social studies methods, and child development. Optional add-ons in ESL and bilingual education are offered.
Other School Options
Maranatha Baptist Bible College, which is located about 34 miles from downtown Madison in Watertown, offers a bachelor's degree program in elementary teacher education.