Admission Policies

Regular 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 GPA. Only the top 10% of exceptions will be granted admission if room is available in their chosen program.


Admission to Professional Education by exception is available during Regular Admission to students who meet ONE of the following:

  • those who attempt three sections of the PPST (Praxis I) and/or CORE but only pass two sections  (unpassed section must have been attempted at least two times) OR 
  • those whose combined GPA or bachelor's degree GPA is below 2.75.

Only up to 10% of the students in each admission cycle may be admitted by exception.  Exception candidates will be ranked by their combined GPA.  Applications received after the application deadline will be returned, and the student will not be eligible for consideration until the next admission cycle.Admission by exception is not an option during Continuous Admission.

Continuous Admission

Students applying outside the Regular Admission cycle MUST meet all Basic Eligibility Requirements. Admission is based on program space availability. 

Academic Forgiveness

Students who have not been full time (12-completed credit load per semester) for three consecutive years would be eligible to apply for academic forgiveness one time in their academic career.The Academic Forgiveness Policy does not replace other university policies and is used only in calculating GPA for admission to Professional Education. The admissions GPA would be based on the most recent 40 or more credits after an absence from an accredited institution of higher education for a minimum of three consecutive years.  All credits must meet UWW transfer equivalencies.Post baccalaureate course work from an accredited institution would be considered on an individual basis as needed to meet admission requirements. (Classes taken within a single semester would not be split. In other words if a student had two semester of 18 credits each for a total of 36 credits and the third semester was a course load of 15 credits, all 15 credits would be counted for a total of 51 credits.)


Students who wish to appeal the decision denying them admission to Professional Education may contact the College of Education and Professional Studies Winther Hall Information Desk (262-472-1184).Students who are denied admission to Professional Education may re-apply during any future admission period if program space is available.