Teacher Licensure Requirements

The College of Education requires all students seeking endorsement by the Licensure Officer of the College of Education for Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction licensure to complete the following licensure requirements:

Pre-Student Teaching Clinical Experiences

Each student, under the supervision of professional school personnel, shall complete a prestudent 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.

During the Pre-Professional (Foundations) Block, students are assigned for a minimum of 50 hours in a school setting that serves a diverse population. In some programs, the Office of Field Experiences provides transportation to the school sites and students are assessed a transportation fee.

During the Professional Block, students are assigned to one or more experiences completed in schools located within the service area of the College of Education. See the Office of Field Experiences website for a list of these school districts. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the school sites.

  • Educational Foundations: EDFOUND 243
  • Reading and Language Arts: Course work appropriate to the licensure program in the teaching of 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, EDFOUND 424EDFOUND 425; or EDFOUND 423.

Directed Teaching ("Student Teaching")

  1. All students seeking initial endorsement for licensure by UW-Whitewater must earn units from UW-Whitewater in conjunction with experiences in schools. Additional information about these experiences is available from the Office of Field Experiences or the appropriate department in the College of Education and Professional Studies.
  2. All students seeking initial endorsement for licensure must complete a full day, full term experience following the daily schedule and term of the cooperating school (not the university term). The procedures for determining if a student has met the requirements for Directed Teaching occur during the semester prior to the student's assigned semester for Directed Teaching. Students who seek endorsement from UW-Whitewater must complete at least 14 units of academic work at UW-Whitewater prior to Directed Teaching. Students are placed in schools located within the service area of the College of Education and Professional Studies. See the Office of Field Experiences website for a list of these school districts. 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.

Admission to Directed Teaching

Admission to Directed Teaching occurs at Decision Point 4 in the College of Education's Unit Assessment System. Admission to Directed Teaching is restricted to students who have been admitted to Professional Education and who have met the ten criteria listed below. Passing the Phase 3 portfolio (#1) and conducting the record check (#7) could occur during the placement process prior to assuming duties at the placement site.

  1. passing score on Phase 3 portfolio (except for Early Childhood Directed Teaching A and B)
  2. (a) passing score in the major(s) on Praxis II subject assessment test(s) by the announced deadline date1 (except for Early Childhood Directed Teaching A and B) and (b) passing score on the Foundations of Reading Test for the Early Childhood, MC-EA, and Special Education Programs by the announced deadline date1
  3. 2.75 combined cumulative grade point average
  4. submission of Personal Information Sheet to Office of Field Experience by the announced deadline date1 (except for Early Childhood Directed Teaching A and B)
  5. attendance at required Phase 3 meeting (except for Early Childhood Directed Teaching A and B)
  6. submission of a negative Tuberculosis test result to Office of Field Experience (skin test or x-ray) by the announced deadline date1
  7. completion of a record check (if required by placement site)
  8. meeting minimum or better grades in courses as required by department of major (see individual catalog statements in each department.)
  9. meeting additional requirements as identified by the specific program
  10. transfer students must complete at least 14 undergraduate credits or 9 graduate credits of work at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater before admittance to the student teaching semester.

Environmental Education: Students whose programs lead to Wisconsin licensure in elementary 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: GEOGRPY 252; or BIOLOGY 214. (BIOLOGY 214 will also meet the PI34 General Education for licensure Biological Science requirements.)

Cooperatives: Students whose programs lead to Wisconsin licensure in social studies must fulfill the statutory requirements in cooperatives by electing the following course: ECON 213.

Exceptional Education: All persons who receive an initial Wisconsin license must complete an exceptional education requirement. This requirement has been integrated into the curricula of all licensure programs. Students who successfully complete an initial license 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 Experience, Winther 2038.