Specific Requirement Information

PPST
Pre-Block
Speech
GPA
Number of Credits

PPST Tests (Pre-Professional Skills Test)

The PPST is required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and is part of the Praxis I Series published by Educational Testing Service (ETS). It is an academic skills (reading, writing, mathematical) assessment designed to be taken early in your college career to measure the basic academic skills vital to all teacher candidates.

Copies of the test manuals and a previous test are on reserve in the lower level of the library. Books of sample tests are available for purchase at the University Bookstore (262/472-1280). Academic Support Services (262/472-1114) and the Minority Teacher Preparation Program (262/472-3216) administer practice tests at the beginning of each semester and offer test preparation services.

The reading, writing, and mathematical assessments are available in two formats:

The paper-based tests in reading and mathematics are one-hour multiple-choice tests. The writing test includes both a 30-minute multiple-choice and a 30-minute essay section. These paper-based test are administered on selected Saturday mornings from 8:00 AM to 12:15 PM by the UWW Testing Center (262/472-5613) at least four times each year (requires one month advance reservation). Students are required to pay "ETS-Praxis I Series" for the tests (this is done online during the registration process). Information about registering for the paper-based test is available in the Testing Center, which is located in Roseman 2042 or in the College of Education and Professional Studies Advising Assistance Center (Winther Hall, Room 2003). You can also go to http://www.ets.org for complete details.

The computer-based tests in reading, mathematics, and writing contain computer-delivered questions that require selecting single responses, highlighting or providing a constructed response. Computer-based PPST is offered on a daily basis at specific testing sites. Each testing session is two hours to allow sufficient time for tutorials on computer use, the test itself and the collection of background information for score reporting

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) determines passing scores on each of the three tests.

PASSING SCORES:

Mathematics 173
Writing 174
Reading 175

Official scores are received in approximately eight weeks from the UW-Whitewater test sites and in approximately four weeks from the individual testing sites. Students who fail one or more of the tests may make additional attempts to achieve a satisfactory score. However, the student must wait a minimum of 60 days before retaking any of the tests that were not passed. Even though the College of Education and Professional Studies should receive verification of the scores, it is the student's responsibility to keep original scores. UW-Whitewater does not archive PPST scores.

Pre-Professional Foundation Courses (Commonly Referred to as Pre-Block)

Note."not required for Early Childhood Dual Licensure majors *"

To register for the Pre-Professional Foundation Courses, you must go to the Ed Foundation Office at Winther Hall room 6035 or contact the Ed Foundation office at (262)-472-1380.

Waivers or substitutions of the Pre-Professional Foundation Courses must be on official forms and signed by your advisor. If the Foundation Block is waived or substitued, a copy of the official form must be attached to your Professional Education application before being considered for admission.

Pass each course (with "C"/"S" or better) or concurrent enrollment in each course of the Foundation Block.

EDFOUND 212 Educational Psychology OR
EDFOUND 222 Child Development

AND

EDFOUND 243 Foundations of Education in a Pluralistic Society

AND

EDFNDPRC 210 Introduction to Education and Teaching

(NOTE: Students accepted into Professional Education while enrolled in the Pre-Professional Foundation Courses must successfully complete the Pre-Professional Foundation Courses with a "C"/"S" or better. Failure to do so will result in removal from Professional Education and pre-registered courses requiring Professional Education admission will be dropped.)Concurrent enrollments mean that you are currently taking the course - not pre-registered!

Prerequisites to register for Pre-Professional Foundation Courses:

  • COMBINED Cumulative grade point average of 2.75
  • Completed a minimum of 12 credits that would be accepted by UWW as degree credits or hold a baccalaureate degree
  • Attendance at a Phase I College of Education and Professional Studies Program Requirements meeting
  • Passed 2 of the 3 sections of PPST

Procedures to register for Pre-Professional Foundation Courses:

  • Verify that PPST scores appear on your Advising Report (AR). If they do not, contact 262/472-1184 or take verification of your PPST scores to the College of Education and Professional Studies Winther Hall Information Desk (lobby of Winther Hall)
  • Verify that the Phase I meeting appears on your Advising Report (AR).  If it does not, contact 262/472-1585 or visit Phase Meetings to view the meeting.
  • Contact Educational Foundations Department (262/472-1380) to receive entry approval for the course(s)
  • If you are not enrolling in all three courses of the Pre-Professional Foundation Courses, you must wait until priority registration ends before obtaining clearance to register.

Additional information regarding the Pre-Professional Foundation Courses is available at Foundations Block.

Communication

To be eligible for admission to Professional Education, students must pass COMM 110 (with "C"/"S" or better) or be concurrently enrolled in Communication/speech or its equivalent. Waivers or substitutions for  COMM 110 must be on official  forms and signed by the Communication Department for typical undergraduates. Students who hold a bachelor's degree can obtain official approval from their licensure advisor.

NOTE: Communication/Speech is not an admission eligibility requirements for Dual Licensure- Early Childhood

Concurrent enrollment means that you are currently taking the course - not pre-registered!(NOTE: Students accepted into Professional Education while enrolled in  Communication (or Speech) must successfully complete Communication with a "C"/"S" or better. Failure to do so will result in removal from Professional Education and pre-registered courses requiring Professional Education admission will be dropped.)

See the University Catalog/Schedule of Classes for information about waivers, if applicable.

GPA

Students are required to maintain a 2.75 GPA based on a minimum of 40 credits or a 2.75 GPA on all credits furnished for those who hold a baccalaureate degree. (2.75 GPA on 30 credits for Early Childhood majors.)  This is the COMBINED Cumulative GPA found toward the middle of the Advising Report (AR). Combined cumulative GPA refers to all credits earned undergraduate and graduate from a four year institution.

Number of Credits

All initial licensure programs except Early Childhood: A minimum of 40 credits must be completed prior to applying to Professional Education.

Early Childhood majors:  A minimum of 30 credits must be completed prior to applying to Professional Education.