Reading to students at the C.H.I.L.D Center

College of Education and Professional Studies

Welcome to the College of Education and Professional Studies, or CEPS as we’re known around campus. We’re home to approximately 1,300 students in our undergraduate and graduate programs and we’re committed to preparing each and every one of them for their futures through a hands-on education full of high impact experiences.

We’re a college full of service-oriented majors like teaching and social work and our Falcons leave the nest prepared to serve. Diversity is one of our core values and we strive for inclusivity. Our award-winning faculty teach, guide and mentor you throughout your college career and beyond. As a student, you won’t just learn the ins and outs of your chosen field, but you’ll cultivate transferable skills that will last a lifetime. You’ll learn how to work with others, communicate across mediums and audiences, think critically and get creative.

So how will you gain these skills and get ready for your career? Hands-on experience, that’s how. Our education students spend time student teaching in real classrooms, communication sciences and disorders majors observe and work in our onsite Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic, while exercise and sport science majors use their practicums to gain real-world experience in the field. These opportunities, along with state-of-the-art active classrooms and laboratories, research work, small class sizes and personalized instruction all add up to one incredible education.

Agricultural education student teaching students at New Richmond High School in a Wildlife Management class

We're committed to helping you succeed. As a CEPS major, you’re eligible for a variety of dedicated scholarships including study abroad awards.

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Children at The C.H.I.L.D Center were treated to a magic show by a University of Wisconsin-River Falls psychology student

CEPS is committed to cultivating a diverse, inclusive community. Diversity is one of our core values and our faculty, students, programming and coursework carry out that commitment.

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Education major helping a child with a project at  The C.H.I.L.D. Center on the campus of UW-River Falls

Many of our departments are fully accredited, meaning your education is top-notch and meets the standards of the accrediting bodies.

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Educator Preparation Program

A cornerstone of our university since our founding in 1874, our teacher education programs have received national recognition and are fully approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Our Education Preparation Programs support the development of teachers, school psychologists, school counselors, speech-language pathologists and health and human performance professionals. We aim to prepare professionals through both rigorous coursework and field-based practices, so you are proficient in your field and ready to educate the next generation. Learn more about your options at

Majors and Minors

*Minors only

Teaching Programs

  • Agricultural Education
  • Art Education
  • Biology, with Broad Field Science
  • Broad Field Social Studies, History Emphasis
  • Chemistry Education
  • Chemistry, with Broad Field Science
  • Elementary & Early Childhood Education
  • English Education
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Music Education
  • Physics, with Broad Field Science
  • Spanish Education
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Graduate Programs

We’re more than just undergraduate degrees! Our graduate programs provide flexible affordable options in a wide variety of interest areas, all tailored to help you succeed. Learn more here

Let's Chat!

We know you may have questions, let us connect you to the answers! Whether you're looking for more information about one of our academic programs or you simply want details about things like internship requirements or what classes you might take, we're happy to help. Give us a call at 715-425-3774 or email to find out more information about our college.