College of Education and Professional Studies - COEPS (Undergraduate)

Robin Fox, Interim Dean
Lana Collet-Klingenberg, Interim Associate Dean
Katy Casey, Assistant Dean
Fred Trotter, Director of the Office of Field Experiences
Kelli Danielski, Advising Coordinator
Kyle Supianoski, Advisor
Jillian Smith, Student Status Examiner

Mission Statement

The College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to the development of professionals who are lifelong learners, creators of knowledge, and leaders of character and integrity. Responding to the changing needs within our global society, our programs prepare professionals to actively engage in an open democratic society inclusive of diverse populations. As a premier center for global learning, the College's focus on depth of learning and academic excellence provides our students with the requisites to be leaders dedicated to change in their communities.


The College of Education and Professional Studies prepares the largest number of first-licensed teachers in Wisconsin among 33 institutions. More than 2,200 students are enrolled in seven departments: Communication Sciences & DisordersCounselor EducationCurriculum and InstructionEducational FoundationsHealth, Physical Education, Recreation and CoachingLeadership, Military Science and Aerospace Studies; and Special Education.


Within the College, there are close to 100 faculty and academic staff members of which more than 90% have earned doctorates. In addition to teaching and research obligations, faculty and staff are actively involved in professional and specialty organizations. Many hold regional, state, national and international offices and serve on professional committees and advisory boards.

Department/Program Chairs

Communication Sciences and Disorders
Roxanne DePaul

Counselor Education
Brenda O'Beirne

Curriculum and Instruction
Matthew Vick

Educational Foundations
Mark Schroeder

Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching
Kelly Witte

Leadership, Military Science and Aerospace Studies
Major Bartholomew Droessler (Army)
LTC Gregory Goar (Air Force)

Special Education
Lana Collet-Klingenberg

General Education for Licensure Requirements

The State of Wisconsin through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has implemented a set of teacher education program rules that are referred to as PI34. The rules describe general education requirements that must be met by all teachers seeking their first teaching license, regardless of previous degrees.

To meet the general education requirements for teacher licensure, students at UW-Whitewater must complete one third of the units for a bachelor's degree or a minimum of 40 units of course work in general education and the course requirements in each of the categories listed below. All courses taken to satisfy UW-Whitewater's general education requirements may be used to meet the General Education requirements for licensure.

Students completing the 45 unit general education requirements will also have met the following PI34 General Education requirements: Composition and Literature, Oral Communication, Fine Arts, Western History or Contemporary Culture, and Non-Western History or Non-Contemporary Culture. The sections not covered by the core and proficiency requirements are Biological Science and Physical Science and must be met with additional course work.

All students including transfer students and those who hold a baccalaureate/master's degree must meet the following areas:

  1. Written and Oral Communication: ENGLISH 101 and COMM 110
  2. The Humanities including literature: ENGLISH 102
  3. Mathematics: select one course from Math (developmental courses excluded)
  4. Fine Arts: GENED 110, GA.
  5. Social Studies: GENED 130 or GS
  6. Biological and Physical Sciences:
    1. Biological Science: Select one course from Biology
    2. Physical Science: Select one course from Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, or Laboratory Physical Geography course (GEOGRPY 210).
  7. Western and Non-Western History or Contemporary Culture: Select two courses from GENED 120, GENED 130 or GENED 390. (this requirement cannot double count with #5 Social Studies)
  8. Any General Education courses to equal a total of 40 units; no course may be used to fulfill more than one PI-34 requirement.

Students who transfer to UW-Whitewater or hold a baccalaureate degree should contact their advisor for possible course equivalencies.

Specific information on the general education requirements and the approved list of courses are also available at the Winther Hall Information Desk.

Endorsement Requirements: Upon completion of an approved Professional Education program and a bachelor's degree, students will be eligible for endorsement for initial teacher licensure when they meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of an approved major (and minor if required).
  2. Successful completion of a Directed Teaching experience at UW-Whitewater.
  3. Prior to August 31, 2004, a licensure GPA of 2.75 (based on major, minor and Professional Education course work). After August 31, 2004 students must have a combined cumulative 2.75 GPA.
  4. A passing score on a standardized examination in each licensure major and minor (if applicable) required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The examination will be administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the passing score will be determined by the State Superintendent. UW-W enters scores on the database, but will not archive the scores.

Exceptions to the GPA endorsement requirements for initial teacher licensure may be granted by the Licensure Officer in the College of Education and Professional Studies. No more than 10% of all students completing licensure programs in each graduation period may be granted an exception.

Honorary Societies

Alpha Beta Alpha is a national fraternity for students in library science. Any student taking courses in library science who has earned an overall C average in classwork is eligible to become a member.

Kappa Delta Pi is a national honorary education fraternity. It limits its membership to juniors and seniors in the College of Education and Professional Studies who have demonstrated unusual scholastic proficiency and professional promise.

Student Organizations

ACTIVE promotes career and professional development opportunities for students interested in health, physical education, human performance, recreation, coaching, sport and related fields.

Best Buddies is a university-sponsored organization that organizes and creates one-to-one relationships with adults with intellectual disabilities in the community. Students participate in activities with their buddy once a month.

Business and Marketing Education Association is an organization open to all students and majors, although directed towards those who plan on teaching business or marketing.

Creative and Resourceful Educators (CARE) is the student branch of the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Membership is open to any student interested in early childhood education. The group’s primary concern is the welfare and education of children.

The Coaching, Health, Athletics, Recreation, and Physical Education (CHARPE) organization is open to all students enrolled in majors or minors in Health, Physical Education, Recreation or Coaching. This club works to promote understanding of career opportunities and responsibilities, professional development outside of the classroom, and networking with professionals and peers. Guest speakers, attendance at professional meetings, and banquets are some of the various activities of this organization.

The Future Teachers Student Organization (FTSO) is committed to the empowerment of future teachers to make a difference in the lives of their future students, their communities, and the world at large through on-going professional development and participation in transformational learning experiences. The organization’s mission is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, aptitudes, and resources to become effective teachers, servant leaders, and advocates for the teaching profession at local, state, and national levels. This organization is open to anyone, of any major.

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is the national organization for Master’s candidates and undergraduate students interested in the study of normal and disordered human communication behavior. NSSLHA is the only official national student association recognized by the American Speech-language-Hearing Association. NSSLHA membership is presently about 13,000 students with chapters in more than 280 colleges and universities.

Student Organization for Urban Teaching (SOfUT) exists to acquire and provide members with resources and opportunities to cultivate the knowledge and skills necessary to become a high performing urban educator.

The Student Wisconsin Education Association (StWEA) is a student organization for improving the quality of education. The purpose of the organization is to guide students who plan to teach and to provide supplemental education programs. This organization is a student chapter of NEA.

Professional Education Programs 

The University offers more than seventy different licensure programs including Early Childhood Education (EC), Elementary/Middle Education (MC-EA), Middle/Secondary Education (EA-A), Early Childhood/Secondary (EC-A) and Special Education (MC-EA and EA-A). In addition, The College of Education and Professional Studies offers the following programs not leading to licensure including Health, Human Performance and Recreation, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Early Childhood Education. For more information on the range of majors and associated minors, please visit the College Advising Center website:

Business and Marketing Education


By completing the Business and/or Marketing Education program, students will be eligible for the Department of Public Instruction License 250 (Business Education), or License 285 (Marketing Education). These licenses enables graduates to teach business and marketing subjects at grades K-12; business and marketing teachers often serve as coordinators of cooperative career and technical education programs and advisors of student organizations (DECA and FBLA) affiliated with business and marketing education.

To obtain DPI License 285, 4,000 hours of marketing-related work experience must be documented. Some of the necessary hours for these licenses can be acquired through CIBME 470.

There are three options for students seeking a business and/or marketing teaching degree.

Other Professional Career Programs

The College of Education and Professional Studies offers a program in Health, Human Performance and Recreation for students who want to pursue careers in health promotion, human performance, exercise science, recreation and leisure services (see Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching), and in Communication Sciences and Disorders for students who plan to pursue a Masters degree in speech-language pathology and audiology and work in the public schools (see Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders).

Leadership, Military Science and Aerospace Studies Department

The Department of Leadership, Military Science and Aerospace Studies offers three programs which may be pursued by any student desiring instruction, practical experience, and credentials in leadership.

  1. Leadership Minor. Provides the specialized knowledge and training required to be a successful supervisor, manager, or administrator in the student’s chosen profession.
  2. U.S. Army Commission. Completion of the commission program and a baccalaureate degree provides the opportunity for service to the Nation as a Second Lieutenant in either the US Army, National Guard, or Army Reserve.
  3. U.S. Air Force Commission. Completion of the commission program and a baccalaureate degree provides the opportunity for service to the Nation as a Second Lieutenant in either the U.S. Air Force or Air Force Reserve.

Criminal Background Checks

Various programs in the College may require Criminal Background Checks. Students will be required to conduct their own Criminal Background Check using an online service. Please check with your program plan and advisor on when to complete the Criminal Background Requirement requirement.

The results of a student’s Criminal Background Check may preclude student participation in mandatory field experiences, disqualify students for a license, prevent service or employment in a student’s chosen field, prevent a student from completing the chosen degree plan, or from other program participation.

In those instances where there are concerns regarding results of Criminal Background Checks, it is the student’s responsibility to seek legal counsel prior to declaring a major or continuing a program of study within the College of Education & Professional Studies.