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As a teacher, you'll prepare people to lead extraordinary lives. You'll profoundly influence young people by fostering their intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth. You'll experience joy when a student looks you in the eye and tells you, "I can do this." You'll feel the happiness of your students' successes, and you'll help students discover and use gifts they never realized they had.

Teach children and their family to read.

Through Marquette's Family Literacy Project, you can have a direct impact on the quality of life of many people in the Milwaukee area.

Diversity.

As a Marquette education major, you'll observe, assist and teach in a variety of school settings throughout the Milwaukee area: urban, suburban, bilingual, public and parochial.

Flexibility leads to marketability.

As an education student, you’ll automatically graduate with a double major in education and another academic major (your primary teaching area). But you’ll also have the option to earn certification in more than one subject, which makes you more appealing on the job market.

Complete the program on time.

Education majors planning to teach elementary/middle or middle/secondary usually complete the program in four years; students finish their course work in three and a half years and complete their student teaching in their eighth semester.

Milwaukee.

With major developments in charter schools and school choice, Milwaukee is one of the nation's most progressive educational environments — and as a Marquette education major, it's your laboratory.

How the education major works.

Through Marquette's College of Education, you will prepare yourself for Wisconsin teacher certification at one of the following levels:

  • Elementary/Middle School
    (grades 1 through 8)
  • Middle School/Secondary
    (grades 6 through 12)

To earn Wisconsin certification through Marquette, you will complete three things: University Core of Common Studies and state-mandated general education requirements; an academic major in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences or the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication; and the professional education sequence, which includes a semester of student teaching.

Wisconsin has reciprocal certification with a number of states, but the agreements may change from year to year. If you wish to teach in a state other than Wisconsin, you should contact its education department to determine the requirements.

We encourage you to start the professional education sequence in your first year, even if you aren't sure about the level — or even the subject — you'd like to teach. The first several courses of the education major are the same for the elementary and secondary levels, so you can take some time to make a good decision.

Teaching majors include

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Latin
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre arts
  • (Broad field social science teaching license extension)

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.

Freshman

  • Introduction to Schooling in a Diverse Society
  • Psychology of Human Development in Children and Adolescents
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • Major Concepts in Modern Science I & II
  • Foreign Language I & II

Elementary/Middle

  • Introduction to American History

Middle/Secondary

  • Non-western History

Sophomore

  • Using Technology for Learning and Assessment
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Two Major Electives

Elementary/Middle

  • Integrating the Arts Across the Curriculum
  • American Politics
  • Literature Elective

Middle/Secondary

  • Individual and Social Behavior Elective
  • Mathematical Reasoning Elective 

Junior

  • Theology Elective
  • Children and Youth with Exceptional Needs
    Theory of Ethics
  • Three Major Electives

Elementary/Middle

  • Critical Inquiry into Contemporary Issues
  • Teaching Elementary Reading, Language Arts and Children's Literature I & II
  • Teaching Elementary/Middle Level Science
  • American Politics
  • Early Arithmetic
  • Elementary School Mathematics
  • Theology Elective

Middle/Secondary

  • Literacy in the Content Areas
  • Teaching in the Middle School
  • Literature Elective
  • Major Course

Senior

  • Philosophy of Education
  • Two Major Courses

Elementary/Middle

  • Practicum: Teaching Elementary Level Reading
  • Student Teaching (in ninth semester)
  • Teaching in the Middle School
  • Pre-algebra and Geometry
  • Two Major Courses

Middle/Secondary

  • Advanced Methods
  • Student Teaching

Education

You might like the Education major if you

✓ Like a variety of subjects

✓ Are an excellent communicator

✓ Have a creative mind

✓ Are patient and have a strong character

What can you do with a major in Education?

EducationMost of our graduates go straight to work in the classroom, although some pursue graduate studies or go to work in education-related fields and nonprofit organizations.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in education.

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