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 ten years
  • View online Phase 1 Meeting: College of Education and Professional Studies Program Requirements and Phase 2 Meeting: Professional Education Orientation
  • 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 ten years
  • View online Phase 1 Meeting: College of Education and Professional Studies Program Requirements and Phase 2 Meeting: Professional Education Orientation
  • Pass COMM 110
    • with a "C"/"S" or better or be **concurrently enrolled
    • Possible waivers or substitutions must be on official forms and signed by the Communication Department Chair for typical undergraduates or by the Licensure Coordinator for those who hold a bachelor's degree.
  • Pass each course of the Foundations Block (EDFNDPRC 210, and EDFOUND 243/EDFOUND 710, andEDFOUND 222 or EDFOUND 212)
    • with a "C"/"S" or better or be **concurrently enrolled
    • Possible waivers or substitutions must be on official forms and signed by the Educational Foundations Department Chair for typical undergraduates or by the Licensure Coordinator for those who hold a bachelor's degree.
  • Complete the Phase 2 portfolio evaluation by taking
    • All three courses within the Foundations Block at UW-Whitewater, OR
    • If the “Introduction to Education and Teaching” (EDFNDPRC 210) course of the Foundations Block is transferred in from another institution, students MUST take and pass the 1-credit “Portfolio Development I” (EDFOUND 214) course 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. 

For more information, please visit Admission to Professional Education.