PI 34 General Education for Licensure

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. The rules describe a general education requirement 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 credits for a bachelor's degree or a minimum of 40 semester hours of course work in general education and the course requirements in each of the categories listed. All courses taken to satisfy UW-Whitewater's proficiency, general studies, major, and minor requirements may be used to meet the General Education requirements for teacher licensure.

  • No course shall be used to satisfy more than one area of the PI-34 general education requirements for licensure; and
  • For transfer, non-traditional, and post baccalaureate students, the decision about the suitability of any given course to be accepted in partial fulfillment of PI-34 general education requirements for licensure shall be made by the College of Education & Professional Studies faculty or Licensure Program Coordinator evaluating the student's transcript. These decisions are matters of professional judgment that shall be made in the best interests of the student and the intent of the general education for licensure requirement established by the PI-34 legislation.

New Freshmen who start their program at UW-W

Completion of the following courses meets the PI-34 general education for licensure requirements

  • Written and oral communication
    • ENGLISH 101 or waiver
    • COMMUNICATION 110 or waiver
  • Mathematics
    • MATH 140 (3 credits) or MATH 141 (4 credits) or waiver
  • Fine arts
    • GENED 110
  • Social studies
    • GENED 130
  • Biological and physical sciences
    • One college level course* from a prefix of Biology
    • One college level course* from the following disciplines with prefix of:   Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Physical Geography, Meteorology, Physics
  • The humanities, including literature
    • ENGLISH 102
  • Western history or contemporary culture
    • GENED 390
  • Non-western history or contemporary culture
    • GENED 120 or
    • GENED 140

Transfer students

Completion of the following courses meets the PI-34 General Education for licensure requirements.

  • Written and oral communication
    • ENGLISH 101 or waiver or other college level writing course
    • COMMUNICATION 110 or waiver or other related college level oral communications course (public speaking)
  • Mathematics
    • MATH 140 (3 credits) or MATH 141 (4 credits) or waiver or any college level mathematics course at or above this level
  • Fine arts
    • GENED 110 or GA for transfer students or any history, appreciation, or performance/studio course relating to the arts for post-baccalaureate students.   The fine arts include theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts
  • Social studies
    • GENED 130 or GS for transfer students or any college level course in any one of the following disciplines for post-baccalaureate students:   Anthropology; Economics; Geography; History; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology; or Race, Ethnicity & Gender Studies
  • Biological and physical sciences
    • One college level course* from a prefix Biology
    • One college level course* from the following disciplines with a prefix:   Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Physical Geography, Meteorology (if a physical science), Physics
  • The humanities including literature
    • ENGLISH 102 or other college level literature course
  • Western history or contemporary culture
    • GENED 120, 140, or 390 or any college level course in any one of the following areas of study: United States, European, Russian, Northern Mediterranean, African-American, Latino-American, or Native American Indian history in the following departments:   literature, cultural studies, visual art, music, philosophy, religious studies, government, or political science
  • Non-western history or contemporary culture
    • GENED 120, 140, or 390 or any college level course in any one of the following areas of study:   Middle Eastern, African, Asian, Latin American, Central American, Mexican, Caribbean, Native American Indian, Far Eastern, or Pacific Island in the following departments:   history, literature, cultural studies, visual art, music, philosophy, religious studies, government, or political science

*For students who do not have a baccalaureate degree, one of the two science courses must be a laboratory course.

Post-baccalaureate students

Completion of the following courses meets the PI-34 General Education for licensure requirements.

  • Written and oral communication (public speaking)
  • Mathematics
    • Any college level mathematics course at or above the Math 140/141 level
  • Fine arts
    • Any history, appreciation, or performance/studio course relating to the arts for post-baccalaureate students.   The fine arts include theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts
  • Social studies
    • Any college level course in any one of the following disciplines:   Anthropology; Economics; Geography; History; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology; or Race, Ethnicity & Gender Studies
  • Biological and physical sciences (lab is not required for post-bacs)
    • One college level course from a prefix of Biology
    • One college level course from the following disciplines with a prefix of:   Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Physical Geography, Meteorology (if a physical science), Physics
  • The humanities including literature
    • Any college level literature course
  • Western history or contemporary culture
    • Any college level course in any one of the following areas of study: United States, European, Russian, Northern Mediterranean, African-American, Latino-American, or Native American Indian history in the following departments:   literature, cultural studies, visual art, music, philosophy, religious studies, government, or political science
  • Non-western history or contemporary culture
    • Any college level course in any one of the following areas of study:   Middle Eastern, African, Asian, Latin American, Central American, Mexican, Caribbean, Native American Indian, Far Eastern, or Pacific Island in the following departments:   history, literature, cultural studies, visual art, music, philosophy, religious studies, government, or political science

University requierments: General Education

Transfer students entering Fall 96 and thereafter are responsible for the core as follows:

Credits TransferredGen Ed Core Requirements
0 - fewer than 21 All Gen Ed Core Courses
21 - fewer than 40 World of Ideas + one Core Course (determined by College of Letters & Sciences)
40 or more World of Ideas only
Accepted Associate Degree Proficiency and Gen Ed completed (may include diversity)