Early Childhood Education Program

The Early Childhood Education program is available for those interested in teaching young children from birth to age 8 (through third grade) in a variety of early care/education and school programs.

Students are admitted to the major immediately in the first year or upon transfer to UWM, and it is possible to complete the program in four years. Students who satisfactorily complete the program requirements will be highly-qualified to teach in early childhood settings. Those who wish to acquire a State of Wisconsin ECE teaching license can complete the state-mandated assessments through the program.

Additionally, program students can elect to attain add-on certification in ECE and English as a Second Language (ESL) or Bilingual Education. All program students will be prepared to teach culturally and linguistically diverse children. The program provides real-world experiences in a cross-section of sites where future employment opportunities exist, including public, charter, and Milwaukee Choice schools; Head Start; and preschools and other community-based educational settings.

Undergraduate Degree in Early Childhood Education


Bachelor's degree leading to licensure in Early Childhood Education

Admission Criteria for the Undergraduate Early Childhood Program

Beginning September 1, 2013, students no longer need to complete an application for admission to the program. A student is automatically admitted to the program once he or she declares "Early Childhood Education" as his or her major.

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education


Students who already have a bachelor's degree and are interested in becoming licensed teachers in the state of Wisconsin may earn post-baccalaureate teacher certification in early childhood.

Admission Criteria for the Post Baccalaureate Early Childhood Program

Bachelor's Degree

You must have a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university.

Praxis I Requirement

The Praxis I is required for admission to the School of Education. You must pass all three sections of the Praxis I with minimum scores of 175 on the Reading portion, 174 on the Writing portion, and 173 on the Math portion prior to application to the program.

Download Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Early Childhood Program Application (PDF)

The Electa Quinney American Indian Teacher Certification Program


The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee is seeking qualified American Indian and Alaska Native applicants for the Early Childhood Education teacher certification programs. Completion of the undergraduate or post baccalaureate program will lead to a bachelor's degree and/or certification in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade3).

Partners in this full-time, year-round program are the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Indian Community School of Milwaukee Inc., the Ho-Chunk Nation, the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, and the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians.

Download Electa Quinney American Indian Teacher Certification Program Application (PDF)

Curriculum and Instruction Advising


Visit the Curriculum and Instruction Advising webpage for more advising information.

Early Childhood Downloadable Program Sheets


Early Childhood Program Sheet - Undergraduate (PDF)

Early Childhood Program Sheet - Post Baccalaureate (PDF)

Faculty and Staff


Program Director

Jennifer Mueller

Faculty and Faculty Advisors

Andrea Bender

Leanne Evans

Chris Gwiazdowski

Nancy File

Vicki Herman

Lynn Sedivy

Academic Advisors

Andrea Azarian (Last Name A - L)

Nikki Krubsack (Last Name M - Z)

Questions About the Program?

Please contact Maggie Kaczmarek by phone at (414) 229-4814, or email at kaczmarm@uwm.edu