Basic Eligibility and Guaranteed Requirements

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. 

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.

All other programs, EXCEPT Early Childhood Education (dual license)

  • 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 CORE, ACT, SAT, or GRE
  • 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 243/710, and EDFOUND 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, you MUST take Portfolio Development I (EDFOUND 214) for 1 credit

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 at the time of application, not pre-registered.

The 350 hours of experiences with learners is optional (not required) effective September 7, 2011.



Alternate Guaranteed Admission Requirements:

This Admission path is designed only for students with 120 completed credits OR who have previously completed a Bachelor's degree.  For this GUARANTEED ADMISSION, students must meet all BASIC ELIGIBILITY and all GUARANTEED ADMISSION requirements below.

  1. For GUARANTEED ADMISSION to the Elementary Education; Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (MC-EA) Program:
    Students must have:
    1. at least 120 credits with a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher in the most recent 40 credits, and
    2. meet Wisconsin passing scores on all parts of the PPST (Praxis I) and/or CORE, ACT, SAT, or GRE, and
    3. passed the 5146 (computer-based) Praxis II exam.

  2. For GUARANTEED ADMISSION to the Secondary Education Social Studies Programs, which include Broadfield Social Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology:
    Students must have:
    1. at least 120 credits and a combined GPA of 3.25 or higher in the most recent 40 credits, and
    2. meet Wisconsin passing scores on all parts of the PPST (Praxis I) and/or CORE, ACT, SAT, or GRE, and
    3. passed the 5081 (computer-based) Praxis II exam.