Education is a topic of widespread interest to UW–Madison students and is one of the hotly contested subjects in today's politics and society. The Education and Educational Services (EES) Certificate Program provides a cohesive set of courses for undergraduate students interested in the many aspects of education, but who choose not to major in education during their undergraduate degree.
Students interested in child development, neuroscience and the process of learning, or education-related policies, for example, may wish to complement their current major with this substantive program in education. The certificate also provides grounding and learning experiences that will increase access to careers in education. Students completing the certificate may be considering future plans to:
- Enter a post-baccalaureate teacher education program.
- Pursue a graduate program focused on educational services, including programs such as counseling psychology, school psychology, and rehabilitation psychology.
- Complete advanced work in educational psychology or educational administration.
- Begin a career in teaching and learning settings and practices outside the K–12 education system.
This 15-credit certificate program offers a variety of course options that can be customized to each student's area of interest. It is also available to individuals who have already completed a bachelor’s degree; see the Nondegree/Visiting Student Guide.
Students intending to pursue the Education and Educational Services Certificate should visit the School of Education's Certificate Programs page to complete the declaration form. The declaration for this certificate program can be submitted at any time during the calendar year.
Please note: Students completing a course of study designed to lead to teacher certification are not eligible to complete the EES certificate. This also includes School of Education degree students pursuing the education studies or communication sciences and disorders majors. Other students completing a major within the School of Education are limited to 6 credits of overlap between their major and the certificate; that is, no more than 6 credits of coursework used to satisfy requirements for a major within the School of Education may also be counted toward completion of the EES certificate.
Requirements of this 15-credit certificate program include both Foundation and Focus coursework. All coursework must be taken for a letter grade (not credit/no-credit or pass/fail) and students must earn at least a C grade in each course of the certificate. At least 12 credits of the certificate must be earned in residence at UW–Madison.
There is no formal prerequisite structure to the certificate, although students will generally be expected to take CURRIC 240 Critical Aspects of Teaching, Schooling, and Education first, followed by the two remaining Foundation courses and then the two Focus courses.
Foundation Courses, 9 credits
|Required Foundation Course||3|
|Critical Aspects of Teaching, Schooling, and Education|
|Social Context of Education||3|
|Select one of the following:|
ED POL 145
|Introduction to Education Policy|
ED POL 300
|School and Society|
ED POL/INTL ST 335
|Globalization and Education|
ED POL/HISTORY 412
|History of American Education|
ED POL 210
|Youth, Education, and Society|
|Legal Rights and Responsibilities for Teachers|
|Individual Processes in Teaching and Learning||3|
|Select one of the following:|
ED PSYCH 320
|Human Development in Infancy and Childhood|
ED PSYCH 321
|Human Development in Adolescence|
ED PSYCH 331
|Human Development From Childhood Through Adolescence|
ED PSYCH 301
|How People Learn|
ED PSYCH 326
|Mind, Brain and Education|
RP & SE 300
|Individuals with Disabilities|
Focus Course Work, 6 credits
|Select from the following and any other Foundation courses: 1||6|
COUN PSY 110
|Human Resources Development: Career Strategies|
COUN PSY 115
|Human Resources Development: Educational Effectiveness|
COUN PSY 225
|Intersectionalities, Self Awareness, and Social Actions for Social Change|
COUN PSY 230
|Race and the Developing Child|
COUN PSY 300
|Special Topics: Counseling and Counseling Psychology|
COUN PSY 325
|Seminar: Students Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED)|
COUN PSY 650
|Theory and Practice in Interviewing|
COUN PSY 665
|Career Development Throughout the Life Span|
|Integrating the Teaching of Reading with Other Language Arts|
|Videogames & Learning|
|Chicano/Latino Educational Justice|
|Internationalizing Educational Knowledge|
ELPA/COUN PSY 350
|Peer Leadership and Mentorship with Transitioning Students|
|Workshop in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis|
|Foundations of Education for Work|
|Organization and Operation of Education for Work Programs|
ED POL/HISTORY 107
|The History of the University in the West|
ED POL 140
|Introduction to Education|
ED POL 150
|Education and Public Policy|
ED POL 200
|Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality in American Education|
ED POL 220
|Human Rights and Education|
ED POL 450
|Rethinking "After-School" Education|
ED POL 500
|Topics on Social Issues and Education|
ED POL 505
|Issues in Urban Education in the U.S.|
ED POL 510
|Urban School Policy|
ED POL/CURRIC/RELIG ST 516
|Religion and Public Education|
ED POL 518
|Introduction to Debates in Higher Education Policy|
ED POL/AFROAMER 567
|History of African American Education|
ED POL/ANTHRO 570
|Anthropology and Education|
ED POL 575
|Education Policy and Practice|
ED POL/SOC 648
|Sociology of Education|
ED PSYCH 506
|Contemporary Issues in Educational Psychology|
ED PSYCH 540
|Introduction to Professional School Psychology|
ED PSYCH 541
|Applied Behavior Analysis in Classrooms|
ED PSYCH 542
|The Biological Basis of Behavior|
ED PSYCH 551
ED PSYCH 563
|Design of Educational Games and Simulations|
ED PSYCH 570
|Foundations of Educational Measurement|
RP & SE 500
|Rehabilitation-Counseling Psychology: Foundations|
Students may also substitute up to 3 credits of independent study with faculty from the departments of Coun Psy, Curric, ELPA, Ed Pol, Ed Psych or RP&SE. Independent study work with faculty from other School of Education departments may be considered; contact an advisor in the School of Education Student Services office.
Undergraduate/Special Student Certificates
This certificate may be completed within the context of an undergraduate degree or as a Special student after an undergraduate degree has been awarded from any institution. The certificate may be completed in its entirety while enrolled as a Special student. Candidates are encouraged to contact the certificate coordinator to discuss course enrollment and the sequencing of certificate requirements.
- Understand how learning environments and pedagogical practices for students are grounded in concepts and interpretive frameworks provided by disciplines that study human development and learning. Understand both typical and atypical development in relation to education.
- Understand basic cognitive, social, emotional, and biological bases of teaching and learning.
- Understand how issues of race, class, gender, cultural, sexual orientation, immigrant status, language background, and disability status interact with various educational contexts to affect learning and its outcomes.
- Understand how local, state, national, and global social and political contexts differentially affect schooling and its outcomes for students both typical and atypical development in relation to education.
- Understand the multiple contexts in which education occurs.
- Understand historical, political, and cultural influences on education and educational institutions.
- Understand supportive services available to learners in educational contexts and institutions.
- Be familiar with some of the issues and controversies surrounding the selection of concepts taught, the assumptions associated with content choices, tools of inquiry, and ways of reasoning.
- Be an informed consumer of educational research and policy prescriptions.