If you're ready to start the next step in your academic journey, please follow the information below to apply to the ECE4U program at UW-Whitewater.
Because the program uses a cohort model, only 30 students may enroll in the program at a time. Once that limit has been reached, registration will be closed-but students are welcome to apply the following year.
Apply to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Use this link to apply to the UW-Whitewater. When you complete the application, you will chose, "Early Childhood." Then, in your personal statement/essay, please include the sentence, "I have been in contact with Anne Tillett and wish to pursue the ECE4U program." The application process costs $44.
The ECE4U program cohort begins in the summer semester, and classes start in mid-May. You can apply as early as January for the summer semester.
There is one opportunity annually to join in the rotation of the early childhood and special education classes. You must apply to UW-Whitewater by May 1st for consideration for summer enrollment. However, remember that earlier submissions will have priority if the cohort reaches the 30 participant limit . The UW-Whitewater Office of Financial Aid recommends applying by February 1st, if you are planning to apply for and use financial aid during your first summer semester.
If you’re interested in starting classes at UW-Whitewater early, before the education cohort classes, you may apply to and register for classes in either the fall or spring semesters. This is an excellent way to get some of your general education course requirements met. Then, once you start the education classes, you can focus on those. You will not have to add the general education classes to your semesters. Students have found this a valuable option. If you are interested, please follow the steps above regarding the application process. Program advisor Anne Tillett is happy to meet with you to help you select general education courses to meet the program requirements.
Once you’ve applied to UW-Whitewater—complete with all of your post-high school transcripts and application fee—the Admissions Office with process all of your paperwork. They will then create your Academic Advising Report, which outlines all of the program requirements and the work you’ve already done to complete them.
Next, your program advisor will set up a time to meet with you, either in person or via Webex. Together, you will review your career goals, completed coursework, and your Academic Advising Report to develop a program plan that meets your needs.
In early May, the ECE4U program holds its annual orientation day. On that day, you’ll meet your cohort members, tour the campus, become familiar with the program and UW-Whitewater resources, and get your Student ID—the Hawk Card.
Classes will begin mid-May. You will continue to have contact with your program advisor and meet as needed.
As a student in the ECE4U program, you will have two options: You will either apply to the College of Education and Professional Services, COEPS, as “seeking your license” or “not seeking your license.” This will depend upon whether or not your ultimate career goals include earning the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) dual teaching licenses.
Either way, the cohort students will all apply to COEPS together during their first summer in the program. Please refer to the Admissions website for additional information regarding dates and requirements: http://www.uww.edu/coeps/advising-admissions/admissions/prof-ed-admin
If you are planning to seek your license, you must meet several requirements. One is to take and pass all three parts of the Praxis Core exam . Please refer to the instructions on registering for the text and passing scores: http://www.uww.edu/coeps/academics/licensure/tests
Additionally, if you are planning to seek your license, you will need to have a GPA of 2.75 at the time of application to COEPS, before student teaching, and upon graduation. Please refer to eligibility requirement information: http://www.uww.edu/coeps/advising-admissions/admissions/requirements