Teacher Education

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Teacher Education

The Teacher Education Department is the home of innovative programs in the fields of early childhood, elementary, middle school and secondary education. Our department, which is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, prepares students to be leaders in education. Through comprehensive programs staffed by experts in their respective fields, the department develops creative, ethical and skillful educators who value diversity, social justice and hard work.


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Student Spotlight

"Students in this program are given immense amounts of hands-on learning time with incredible professors. I would recommend it to anyone looking to become a teacher. It's phenomenal." 

Amara Treunfels, a 2014 Elementary Education program graduate. Read more

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Advantage   

  • Our university's unique location just thirty minutes from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul means students receive hundreds of hours of teaching experience in rural, suburban and urban schools.  
  • Our graduates receive their Wisconsin teacher's license upon completing their bachelor's degree, which means they will not need to return for additional licensure tests and instruction after graduation. 
  • With a student/faculty ratio of 19:1, UWRF students receive hands-on, personal instruction. Expect to be on a first-name basis with your professor.  
  • The Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching, or COST program, provides students with the opportunity to spend half of a semester teaching abroad on one of five continents. Our undergraduates have the opportunity to broaden their teaching skills by working in countries like India, South Africa, France and Australia.

Our Programs

Teacher Education students can be found in nearly every department on campus. Our programs include a diverse selection of majors and minors in areas like chemistry, dance education, art and economics. Students in our early childhood, elementary and secondary education programs receive comprehensive instruction to become mindful and respected practitioners in their field. 

We offer working professionals an early childhood education degree completion and certification program, a graduate reading program, and a principal licensure program with flexible online, night and weekend classes. Our novel STEMteach program allows candidates with science, technology, engineering and math expertise to become teachers in middle and high schools. Meanwhile, we are the only public university in the country with a Montessori graduate program for elementary education, and one of two in the nation to offer a graduate-level Montessori program in early childhood education.

To learn more the Department of Teacher Education, visit Programs. To apply, visit Admission to Teacher Education.

Our Mission 

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls teacher education programs are designed to develop self-reflective practitioners in the areas of early childhood, elementary, middle school, and secondary education. We serve both those seeking initial certification and practicing professionals, with a view towards helping them develop the pedagogical, content, and technological skills necessary to function effectively in and contribute positively to an ever-changing, diverse, and democratic society. Our intention is to work with our neighbors to promote richly satisfying, just, and sustainable relationships with the St. Croix Valley and the planet.