Licensure and Admission to Professional Education

Licensure

Many degree programs allow students to attain Wisconsin teacher licensure within the degree program. However, licensure requirements may differ from degree requirements. Questions about teacher licensure should be directed to the Licensure Program Coordinator in the area of interest.

Graduate students who seek a teaching license should be certain that their proposed program meets all of UW-Whitewater’s approved program standards before embarking on a program of study. This is true in both the case of initial licensure and add-on licenses. In order to ascertain current licensure requirements, students should direct their questions to their program coordinator. If unsure which program coordinator to contact, please consult the Winther Hall Information Desk at (262) 472-1101 or education@uww.edu for assistance.

Admission to Professional Education

Students with a bachelor’s or master’s degree seeking an initial teaching license must meet the basic eligibility requirements before applying for Admission to Professional Education. Combined cumulative Grade Point Average for admission is based on all credits received in a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree that would be accepted by UW-Whitewater. Students who do not meet the minimum combined cumulative GPA requirement for Admission to Professional Education should investigate the College of Education and Professional Studies’ Academic Forgiveness Policy with the staff in the Advising Assistance Center in Winther Hall 2003 or (262) 472-1585.

It is the student’s responsibility to schedule an appointment with the program coordinator in the licensure area of interest in the College of Education and Professional Studies. Eligibility for Admission to Professional Education and general education for licensure (PI-34) requirements will be verified during this appointment. The student should bring transcripts and photocopies of degree courses to this scheduled meeting.

Students with a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree should contact the appropriate program coordinator to develop an individual licensure plan. Please note: An Academic Advisement Report (AAR) is not used for post-baccalaureate licensure program planning and approval.

Admission to Professional Education is based on 1) completion of all eligibility requirements and 2) placement in a rank ordering of applicants according to combined (accredited baccalaureate degree and other degree courses that meet UW-W Admissions criteria) cumulative GPA.  There are several steps in the process of applying for Admission to Professional Education. First, students must meet the Basic Eligibility Requirements (see below).

Basic Eligibility Requirements

Combined Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)

Combined cumulative GPA refers to all transferable credits earned from a regionally accredited institution, whether undergraduate or graduate.

Effective Fall 2013 Combined Cumulative GPA Requirement
Early Childhood Education (dual license) is a competitive application process with a minimum combined cumulative 2.75 GPA due to the unique cohort model.  This Program does NOT guarantee admission.  Students may apply with the minimum combined cumulative GPA; however, the Program is highly competitive. 

Minimum combined cumulative GPA required for programs with GUARANTEED program admission:

  • Elementary Education: Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence: 3.0
  • Secondary Education Social Studies Programs, which include Broadfield Social Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology: 3.2
  • All other programs: 2.75

Students below the minimum outlined above, but with a 2.75 combined cumulative GPA or higher, will be considered on a competitive space available basis.

Early Childhood Education (dual license) Program

This is the dual licensure program that enables the accepted cohort group to obtain regular and special education licensure.  To be considered for admission to the Early Childhood Education (dual license) program, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 30 credits at time of application
  • Achieve a combined cumulative GPA as outlined above
  • Meet Wisconsin passing scores on all parts of the PPST (Praxis I) and/or Praxis CORE, ACT, SAT, or GRE
    • PPST (Praxis I) scores earned prior to September 1, 2014 do not expire, and a combination of PPST (Praxis I) and Praxis CORE subtests (i.e., Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) with passing scores may be used
    • ACT, SAT, and GRE scores are valid for 10 years
  • View the Phase 1 and 2 online video meeting: Orientation to Professional Education, and pass the accompanying quiz in D2L
  • Effective Fall 2013, MUSED 111 Fundamentals of Music is not required

All other programs, EXCEPT Early Childhood Education (dual license)

To be considered for admission to all other education programs, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 40 credits at time of application
  • Achieve a combined cumulative GPA as outlined above
  • Meet Wisconsin passing scores on all parts of the PPST (Praxis I) and/or Praxis CORE, ACT, SAT, or GRE
    • PPST (Praxis I) scores earned prior to September 1, 2014 do not expire, and a combination of PPST (Praxis I) and Praxis CORE subtests (i.e., Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) with passing scores may be used
    • ACT, SAT, and GRE scores are valid for 10 years
  • View the Phase 1 and 2 online video meeting: Orientation to Professional Education, and pass the accompanying quiz in D2L
  • Pass COMM 110
    • with a "C"/"S" or better or be **concurrently enrolled
    • Possible waivers or substitutions must be approved by the Licensure Program Coordinator.
  • Pass each course of the Foundations Block (EDFNDPRC 210, and EDFOUND 243/710, and EDFOUND 222 or EDFOUND 212 or EDFOUND 481/681 dependent on program and license)
    • with a "C"/"S" or better or be **concurrently enrolled
    • Possible waivers or substitutions must be approved by the Licensure Program Coordinator.
  • Complete the Phase 2 portfolio evaluation by taking
    • EDFNDPRC 210 “Introduction to Education and Teaching” at UW-Whitewater, OR
    • If the EDFNDPRC 210 course of the Foundations Block is waived or a course from another institution is substituted, students MUST take and pass the 1-credit EDFOUND 214 “Portfolio Development I” course at UW-Whitewater with a "C"/"S" or better or be **concurrently enrolled.

Note: Passing the EDFNDPRC 210 “Introduction to Education and Teaching” course does not mean you have passed the Portfolio requirement. Talk to your instructor to determine if you have passed the Portfolio requirement. The "Non-Course Milestones" on your UW-Whitewater unofficial transcript must be updated to show if you passed the portfolio requirement.

**Concurrent enrollment means that students are currently taking the course(s) during the semester in which they submit an application for Admission to Professional Education, not pre-registered to take the course(s) in a future semester.

The 350 hours of experiences with learners is optional (not required) effective September 7, 2011.  However, Music Education still requires hours demonstrating “Experience with Learners and Professional Service in a Music Context” (see the Music Department for more information).

To enroll in the Foundations Block courses, students must meet the prerequisites listed below and contact the Educational Foundations Department at (262) 472-1380 for permission to register.

  • A minimum combined cumulative GPA of 2.75,
  • Complete a minimum of 12 credits that would be accepted by UW-W as degree credits or hold a bachelor’s degree,
  • Pass at least two of the three parts of the PPST or CORE; OR meet Wisconsin passing scores on the ACT, SAT or GRE within the last 10 years,
  • Complete the Phase 1 and 2 online video meeting and pass the accompanying quiz in D2L.

Alternate Guaranteed Admission Requirements:

This Admission path is designed only for students with 120 completed credits OR who have previously completed a Bachelor's degree.  For this GUARANTEED ADMISSION, students must meet all BASIC ELIGIBILITY listed above and all GUARANTEED ADMISSION requirements below.

  1. For GUARANTEED ADMISSION to the Elementary Education; Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (MC-EA) Program:
    Students must have:
    1. at least 120 credits with a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher in the most recent 40 credits, and
    2. meet Wisconsin passing scores on all parts of the PPST (Praxis I) and/or CORE, ACT, SAT, or GRE, and
    3. passed the 5146 (computer-based) Praxis II exam.
  2. For GUARANTEED ADMISSION to the Secondary Education Social Studies Programs, which include Broadfield Social Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology:
    Students must have:
    1. at least 120 credits and a combined GPA of 3.25 or higher in the most recent 40 credits, and
    2. meet Wisconsin passing scores on all parts of the PPST (Praxis I) and/or CORE, ACT, SAT, or GRE, and
    3. passed the 5081 (computer-based) Praxis II exam.

Admission

Effective Fall 2013, Admission to Professional Education decisions will be based on the following three (3) tiers of acceptance:

  1. Applicants who meet the minimum combined cumulative GPA requirement for programs with GUARANTEED ADMISSION, and must also meet all BASIC ELIGIBILITY requirements.
  2. Applicants who meet all BASIC ELIGIBILITY requirements will be ranked by combined cumulative GPA based on available space.  Students meeting these criteria with the use of the Academic Forgiveness Policy will be included in this pool.
  3. Applicants who fall under the Exception Policy, regardless of Academic Forgiveness, will be ranked by combined cumulative GPA.  Please note only a limited number of exceptions are granted per admission cycle if room is available in the chosen program.

HOW TO APPLY

In order to apply for Admission to Professional Education, students must meet Basic Eligibility Requirements and complete an application.  Students admitted to Professional Education while concurrently taking any courses satisfying eligibility requirements (i.e., Foundations Block and/or COMM 110) must successfully complete the course(s) that same semester as admission with a “C”/“S” or better.  Failure to do so will result in removal from Professional Education and being administratively dropped from any pre-registered courses that require Admission to Professional Education as a prerequisite.  An incomplete grade is not considered successful completion.

REGULAR ADMISSION

Admission Deadlines: There are three admission cycle deadlines: Fall, Spring, and Summer.  Students who meet Basic Eligibility Requirements and submit an application before the admission deadline will be part of the admissions pool during that particular period.  Most education programs conduct admission every semester, EXCEPT:

  • Early Childhood Education in-person cohort (only admits in the Fall)
  • Early Childhood (ECE4U) Online Cohort (only admits in the Summer, and requires a completed Associate in Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education from a Wisconsin Technical College)
  • Elementary Education Program (only admits in the Fall and Spring, not Summer)

Students may apply as Guaranteed Admission during both Regular and Continuous Admission cycles.

CONTINUOUS ADMISSION

Continuous Admission is conducted after Regular Admission cycles for students who meet Guaranteed Admission OR Basic Eligibility Requirements if space is available in the desired program.  Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis for available spaces.  Continuous Admission is not granted to students seeking an exception to the GPA or test requirements (PPST and/or CORE).

EXCEPTION POLICY

Admission to Professional Education by exception is available during Regular Admission only to those students who have either attempted all three sections of the PPST (Praxis I) and/or Praxis CORE but only passed two sections (unpassed section must have been attempted at least two times) OR whose combined cumulative GPA is below 2.75. Please note there are a limited number of exceptions granted per admission cycle. Only up to 10% of the students in each admission cycle may be admitted by exception.  Candidates for admission by exception will be ranked by their combined cumulative GPA. Applicants who turn in their application after the deadline will not be eligible for consideration as an exception until the next Regular Admission cycle and must reapply to Professional Education at that time. Admission by exception is not available during Continuous Admission.

Students seeking teacher licensure must be admitted to Professional Education in order to enroll in selected upper division courses

(300/500-400/600) in Education.

Students admitted to the University with a declared master's degree in education are not automatically guaranteed admission to

Professional Education. Students who meet stated criteria will be admitted on a competitive and space available basis by application.

Specific information on the process for Admission to Professional Education is available at the College of Education and Professional

Studies Advising Assistance Center in Winther Hall 2003, (262) 472-1585, or http://www.uww.edu/coeps/advising-admissions/admissions/prof-ed-admin.

TEACHER LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS

The College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires all students seeking initial endorsement for Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) licensure to complete the following licensure requirements:

Pre-student Teaching Clinical Experience: Each student, under the supervision of professional school personnel, shall complete a pre-student teaching clinical program consisting of a minimum of 100 clock hours of experience working directly with children and youth within a school or other instructional setting. Each student will complete Introduction to Education and Teaching and Field Study.

Educational Foundations: Foundations of Education in a Pluralistic Society.

Reading and Language Arts: This requirement has been integrated into the curricula of all licensure programs.

Measurement and Evaluation Course: Appropriate to the licensure program, Measurement and Evaluation in Elementary

Schools; Measurement and Evaluation in the Secondary Schools; or Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education.

Directed Teaching:

   1. Experiences in schools. All students seeking initial endorsement for licensure by UW-Whitewater must earn credits from UW-Whitewater in conjunction with experiences in schools. Additional information about these experiences is available from the Office of Field Experiences or from the appropriate department in the College of Education and Professional Studies.

2. Pre-Professional Semester. A minimum of 50 hours in a school setting that serves a diverse population in a Wisconsin school district. The Office of Field Experiences arranges transportation for the students; students are assessed a transportation fee.

3. Professional Block, includes Field Study of one or more guided professional experiences in schools. Generally, the majority of students are placed in schools located within a 50-mile radius from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, but may be placed within 75. Students are       responsible for their own transportation during Professional Block experiences

4. Directed Teaching (“student teaching”). All students seeking initial endorsement for licensure must complete a full day, full semester experience following the daily schedule under the guidance of a cooperating teacher following the semester of the host school (not the University semester). Students who seek endorsement from UW-Whitewater must complete at least 14 credits of academic work from UW-Whitewater prior to Directed Teaching. Students are placed in schools located generally within a 50-mile radius service area from UW-Whitewater, but may be placed within 75. Placements are made by the University on the basis of quality and other programmatic considerations. Students are responsible for their own transportation and housing arrangements during Directed Teaching.

Environmental Education.  Students whose programs lead to Wisconsin licensure in early childhood education, elementary/middle education, science, or social studies must fulfill the statutory requirement in environmental education. In addition to appropriate work in their methods classes, students must elect one of the following courses: Global Environmental Challenges, or Ecology and Society.

Cooperatives. Students whose programs lead to Wisconsin licensure in economics or social studies must fulfill the statutory requirements in cooperatives by selecting one of the following courses: Economic Principles for Teachers (offered each spring semester), or Cooperatives (rarely offered).

Special Education. All persons who receive an initial Wisconsin elementary or secondary license must complete a special education requirement. This requirement has been integrated into the curricula of all licensure programs. Students who successfully complete an elementary or secondary program at UW-Whitewater will have fulfilled this state requirement.

Human Relations Requirements. All professional education programs leading to initial licensure require study and experiences in human relations. Specific information on the course and experience requirements is available in the Office of Field Experiences in Winther Hall 2040.

GENERAL EDUCATION FOR LICENSURE (PI-34) REQUIREMENTS

The State of Wisconsin through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has implemented a set of teacher education program rules that are referred to as PI-34. These rules describe general education requirements that must be met by all teachers seeking their first teaching license, regardless of previous degrees.

Students who hold a bachelor’s and/or master's degree must meet the following areas:

1. Written and Oral Communication (public speaking)

2. The Humanities, including Literature

3. Mathematics

4. Fine Arts

5. Social Studies

6. Biological Science

7. Physical Science

8. Western History or Western Contemporary Culture

9. Non-Western History or Contemporary Culture

All students with a baccalaureate or higher degree must have the PI-34 requirements verified and completed before endorsement for licensure. Verification of this requirement is completed by the student’s licensure program coordinator or department chair.

Specific information on requirements for general education for licensure (PI-34) is available at http://www.uww.edu/coeps/academics/licensure/pi34. Coursework previously completed from a prior bachelor’s and/or master’s degree used to satisfy PI-34 requirements must be approved by the student’s licensure program coordinator.