Licensure Program Information

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Admission

Requirements to Being Admitted to UW-Whitewater College of Education & Professional Studies-(COEPS)

  1. Acceptance to UW-Whitewater
  2. Admission to Professional Education

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Once Admitted to MC/EA Licensure Program

  1. Meet with the Program Coordinatorto complete a Program Plan, which is a list of courses to complete for licensure.
  2. Declare a minor. The form is available through the C&I Department Office, or the College of Education Information Desk. Make an appointment with the department of the minor to develop a plan to complete minor area requirements. This is very important as some courses have limited offerings or are only offered on a rotating basis, which may increase the number of semesters needed to complete your program and degree.
  3. Consult with your C&I Department assigned advisor and with the department of your minor area on a regular basis. While departments make every effort to understand the intricacies of each other's programs, neither are experts in each other's areas. It is your responsibility to make sure you have received the best advising possible.
  4. WI Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has established a PRAXIS II Content Knowledge Exam requirement that must be successfully completed to obtain a Wisconsin teaching license. Students must meet this requirement for their major and for any minors that will lead to additional teaching licenses. The correct PRAXIS II test is MIDDLE SCHOOL: Content Knowledge 0146 (paper) or 5146 (computer).
    1. Information specific to dates, requirements, costs, and study guides available for the PRAXIS II are availble at the ETS.org website.
    2. Students desiring to student teach in a Fall Semester should take and achieve a qualifying score by January of the same year. Passing scores must be reported to the COEPS Office of Field Experiences before a student teaching placement will be arranged. No one will receive a student teaching placement without passing scores.
    3. Students desiring to student teach in a Spring Semester should take and achieve a qualifying score by March of the preceding year. Passing scores must be reported to the COEPS Office of Field Experiences before a student teaching placement will be arranged. No one will receive a student teaching placement without passing scores.

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Course Guide Sheet for Elementary Education: Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence

The Course Guide Sheet (pdf) for Elementary Education: Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence is a listing of courses to be completed for MC/EA licensure. This guide does not include PI 34 General Education for Licensure Requirements or UWW general education coursework, deficiency coursework or minor coursework to be completed. The guide sheet is only intended to assist in program planning and is not legally binding.

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Professional (Methods) Block

The Professional (Methods) Block is a group of methods courses and a field experience that is to be taken together in the same semester and is completed the semester prior to Directed (Student) Teaching.

ELEMMID 425 and READING 462 meet for six to seven consecutive weeks at the beginning of the Professional (Methods) Block semester. Then, you are placed in an elementary or middle level field placement for six to seven weeks. Your placement is determined by the alternate (opposite) grade level (elementary or middle level) in which you plan to student teach. An Elementary Placement Coordinator determines the location of the field placement. The remainder of the semester time is completed by returning to the methods classes for one to two weeks. In selecting coursework and work schedules be certain not to schedule any other courses during the Professional (Methods) Block semester before 12:30 pm. To complete full-time Directed (Student) Teaching at the middle grade level, enroll in CIFLD 401 Alternate Directed Teaching: Elementary. To complete full-time Directed (Student) Teaching at the elementary school level, enroll in CIFLD 402 Alternate Directed Teaching: Middle Grades.

Some school districts require a criminal background check for individuals completing field placements in their schools. Students are required to pay the cost of such background checks.

A Phase III Portfolio must be successfully completed during the Professional (Methods) Block to be eligible for the Directed (Student) Teaching semester.

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Student Teaching

Directed (Student) Teaching

Directed (Student) Teaching is an approximately 18 week all day every day placement in a school setting determined by the Elementary Placement Coordinator. The grade level must be at the alternate level of the Alternate Directed Teaching placement. The school's semester calendar is followed, not the UWW semester calendar during this placement. Please see the Student Teaching Handbook for specific information.

International Student Teaching

International Student Teaching opportunities are available. The program involves a placement in a school in Wisconsin for part of the semester of Directed (Student) Teaching and a placement in a school overseas for a part of the semester of Directed (Student) Teaching. Students who are interested in learning more about
International Student Teaching opportunities should contact the Office of Field Experiences.

Teacher Internships

Teacher Internship opportunities are available for those who, in lieu of Directed (Student) Teaching, desire more than a traditional student teaching experience. Teacher Interns receive a financial stipend for participating in the program. A student interested in a Teacher Internship must apply and be accepted into the Teacher Internship Program prior to their anticipated semester of Directed (Student) Teaching. Not all students who apply to the Teacher Internship Program are accepted and not all accepted into the Teacher Internship Program receive an internship placement. Information may be obtained by contacting the Teacher Internship Program through the Office of Field Exeperiences.

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Licensure Application

The process of applying for a teaching license is explained during the Phase IV meeting. Applications for a Wisconsin teaching certificate/license can be found at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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Non-Traditional Students

The following information is for those who have earned at least an Associates Degree, hold a Wisconsin or out-of-state teacher's license, desire an add-on license or are transferring from another institution.

  • Baccalaureate Degree
    1. All transcripts should be forwarded to the Program Coordinator for review.
    2. Apply to UWW at Application to UWW
    3. Satisfy requirements for admission to COEPS.
    4. Questions can be referred to the Program coordinator.
  • Associates Degree
    1. Apply to UWW at Application to UWW
    2. Satisfy requirements for admission to COEPS.
    3. Questions can be referred to the COEPS Advising and Assistance Center.
  • Holds Wisconsin teacher's license
    1. Apply to UWW at Application to UWW
    2. Those who already hold a Wisconsin teacher's license have automatic admission to the College of Education and Professional Studies.
    3. All transcripts should be forwarded to the Program Coordinator for review.
    4. Questions can be referred to the Program Coordinator.
  • Holds out-of-state teacher's license
    1. Contact Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for equivalent licensure questions.
    2. Apply to UWW at Application to UWW
    3. All transcripts should be forwarded to the Program Coordinator for review.
    4. Questions can be referred to the Program Coordinator.
  • Add-on licensure
    1. Apply to UWW at Application to UWW
    2. All transcripts should be forwarded to the Program Coordinator for review.
    3. Those who already hold a Wisconsin teacher's license have automatic admission to the College of Education and Professional Studies.
    4. Questions can be referred to the Program Coordinator.
  • Transfers
    1. Apply to UWW at Application to UWW
    2. Satisfy requirements for admission to COEPS. Questions can be referred to the COEPS Advising Assistance Center
    3. All other questions should be referred to the Academic Advising and Exploration Center.

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The information presented is designed to assist a student in understanding the Elementary Education: Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence Licensure Program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The information presented is not legally binding. Students should consult the UWW Undergraduate Catalogue, their Academic Advisement Report (AAR), advisors, faculty, and other formal University-sponsored resources for further information.