Students with a Degree for Special Students (FAQ)

FAQ's for Special and Transfer Students Interested in Secondary Social Studies Licensure

This informational document is designed to assist students in understanding the Secondary Social Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. This document is not legally binding. Students should consult the course catalog, and other formal University-sponsored resources.


How long will it take me to complete the necessary coursework to be licensed to teach social studies?

This depends on how much previous college or university coursework you have taken that satisfies various program requirements and whether you will enroll part-time or full-time as you are pursuing your licensure.

In general, course requirements fall into three areas:

  1. General Education Requirements (Called PI-34 Requirements) - These are courses that all licensed teachers in Wisconsin must complete.
  2. Content Course Requirements - These are courses in the social studies areas that you will be licensed to teach.
  3. Professional Education Licensure Requirements - These are the courses that you will take as part of the UW-Whitewater's teacher education program.

If you have completed all of your general education and content area courses, the professional education program can be completed in three full time semesters (Spring or Summer, Fall, Spring).

Similar coursework from another college or university maybe substituted for equivalent UW-Whitewater courses. Please consult the University of Wisconsin System Web site for course equivalencies, tis.uwsa.edu. In addition, please refer to the UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Catalog for course descriptions to assist you in determining whether your previous coursework is likely to be equivalent. If a one-to-one match between previous coursework and a UW-Whitewater requirement is not obvious from the course number and title listed on your transcripts, please try to obtain a course catalog description, syllabus, or other evidence of equivalency and bring this to your advising appointment.

You may download worksheets entitled Discipline/Content Coursework Self-Evaluation for some of the content areas--Economics, Geography, Political Science, and Sociology--to help you determine what courses you will need to take in that content area in order to be licensed .Please complete the appropriate Discipline/Content Coursework Self-Evaluation worksheets to the best of your ability by identifying coursework that you believe will satisfy UWW major requirements BEFORE making an advising appointment with a content area advisor,because this will significantly expedite the process of evaluating your transcripts. Bring the worksheets and your transcripts to your advising appointment for review.

Similarly, if you believe that you have satisfied any of the education licensure requirements, please complete the Professional Education Coursework Self-Evaluation to the best of your ability by identifying coursework that you believe will satisfy UWW licensure requirements. Please complete this coursework self-evaluation BEFORE making an advising appointment with the Secondary Social Studies Program Coordinator. This will significantly expedite the process of evaluating your transcripts. Bring the worksheets and your transcripts to all of your advising appointments for review. In addition, please download and carefully read the Secondary Social Studies Licensure Program information sheets..


May I enroll part-time?

Yes, but you need to be aware that this is not a night program. Although some courses may be offered evenings, some of the required courses are offered only during the day and all required field placements occur during the day.


If I already have a bachelor's degree, may I take the professional education courses as a graduate student and get a Master's degree?

No, initial teacher licensure is not offered at the graduate level at UW-Whitewater; however, the following courses have both undergraduate and graduate listings and may be used in a graduate program.

The following is a current list of all the required social studies education courses that have graduate equivalents.

Special Education - Undergraduate Course

Program Course Number Units
SPECED 205 3

Special Education - Graduate Course Equivalent

Program Course Number Units
SPECED 700 3

*Note: The special education requirement can be satisfied at any time in the program.

Foundations Block (Pre-Block) - Undergraduate Courses

Program Course Number Units
EDFOUND 243 3
EDFOUND 212 3

Foundations Block (Pre-Block) - Graduate Course Equivalents

Program Course Number Units
EDFOUND 710 3
EDFOUND 681 3

Measurement and Evaluation - Undergraduate Course

Program Course Number Units
SECNDED 425 3

Methods Block - Graduate Course Equivalents

Program Course Number Units
SECNDED 625 3

*Note: The measurement and evaluation requirement can be satisfied at any time after admission to professional education.

Methods Block - Undergraduate Courses

Program Course Number Units
SECNDED 430 3
SECNDED 466 3

Methods Block - Graduate Course Equivalents

Program Course Number Units
SECNDED 630 3
READING 772 3

Course Fee Information
If you take both undergraduate and graduate courses in any one semester, you will pay graduate fees for all courses that semester.

For example, the typical undergraduate enrollment for the methods block semester is:

Program Course Number Units
SECNDED 430 3
SECNDED 466 3
SECNDED 425 3
GEOGRPY 252 3
CIFLD 492 2
CIFLD 412/414 3
  Total Units: 17

In this case, all fees (17 units) would be charged according to the current undergraduate fee schedule.

If two courses were selected for graduate credit, then the enrollment would be:

Program Course Number Units
SECNDED 630 3
READING 722 3
SECNDED 625 3
GEOGRPY 252 3
CIFLD 492 2
CIFLD 412/414 3
  Total Units: 17

In this case, all fees (17 units) would be charged according to the current graduate fee schedule.

To calculate the fees for your courses, go to: http://uwwcost.uww.edu.


How do I get started?

Your first step is to apply for admission to UW-Whitewater. Applications are available online at the UW-Whitewater web site: www.uww.edu. If you have some college or university coursework, but have not yet earned a bachelor's degree, then you should apply as a transfer student. If you already hold baccalaureate degree, you should apply as a Special Student.

If you have general questions or need assistance during the application process, you may contact the College of Education & Professional Studies Advising Assistance Center (Room 2003 Winther Hall; 262.472.1585).


What should I do once I am admitted?

Once you are admitted to UW-Whitewater*, you should do the following three things.
1) Visit the College of Education & Professional Studies Advising Assistance Center and have your General Education Requirements (called PI-34Requirements) evaluated. Be sure to keep a written copy of this evaluation for your records and bring a copy of this evaluation to your appointment with the Secondary Social Studies Program Coordinator.

2) Make an appointment with your content area advisor to have your content courses evaluated. Be sure to keep a signed copy of your content course requirements for your records and bring a copy of the Progress Toward Degree - Discipline/Content Coursework form signed by your advisor to your appointment with the Secondary Social Studies Program Coordinator, i.e., licensure advisor.

3) Make an advising appointment with the Social Studies Program Coordinator, James Hartwick (Room 4045 Winther Hall; 262.472.5815; hartwicj@uww.edu) to make a program plan to and to lock in dates for Methods Block and Student Teaching Semesters. Bring a printed copy of a current Academic Advisement Report (AR),PI-34 evaluation, Progress Toward Degree - Discipline/Content Coursework form, transcripts, waivers, and other relevant documents to this meeting. (ARs can be found at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's home page under the drop down menu Popular Sites. Select WINS - Student Admin.)

If you have questions, you are welcome to contact the College of Education & Professional Studies Advising Assistance Center (Room 2003, Winther Hall; 262.472.1585).

*Being admitted to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is a prerequisite for being admitted to the professional education program.