Welcome to the College of Education and Professional Studies at UW-Whitewater! We are thrilled that you are interested in one of our many programs. Our College offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, including Master's degrees and graduate-level certificates. We also offer options for post-baccalaureate students to earn teacher licensure.
Students in our programs prepare for careers in teaching, communication sciences and disorders, health, physical education, recreation and coaching, and leadership, military science and aerospace studies.
Many of our programs include requirements for state licensure through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for:
|Program||Type||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Art Education||Major||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Athletic Coaching Education||Minor||Factsheet||Learning Outcomes|
|Biology Education||Major / Minor||Factsheet|
|Biology Education - Cell/Physiology||Emphasis||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Biology Education - Ecology/Field||Emphasis||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Business Education||Major||Factsheet||Four Year Plan|
|Business Education||Emphasis||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Business Education - Business & Marketing Education Comprehensive||Emphasis||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Business Education - Marketing Education||Emphasis||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Chemistry Education||Major||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Communication Education (Elementary, Secondary)||Minor||Factsheet|
|Communication Sciences and Disorders||Major / Minor||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Dance Secondary Education||Minor||Learning Outcomes|
|Early Childhood Education||Major||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Economics Education||Major / Minor||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Elementary Education||Major||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|English Education||Major / Minor||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|ESL for Adults||Minor||Factsheet|
|French Education||Major / Minor||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|General Science Elementary Education||Minor||Factsheet|
|Geography (Education - Elementary)||Minor||Factsheet|
|Geography Education||Major / Minor||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|German Education||Major / Minor||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Health Education||Minor||Learning Outcomes|
|Health Promotion||Minor||Learning Outcomes|
|History Education||Major / Minor||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Leadership and Military Science||Minor|
|Library Media K-12||Minor|
|Mathematics Education||Major / Minor||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Mathematics Education - Elementary||Minor||Factsheet||Learning Outcomes|
|Mathematics Education - Secondary||Minor||Factsheet||Learning Outcomes|
|Music - Music Education General||Emphasis||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Physical Education - Health, Human Performance and Recreation||Emphasis||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Physical Education - K-12||Emphasis||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Physics Education||Major / Minor||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Political Science Education||Major / Minor||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Psychology Education||Major / Minor||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Recreation Leisure Studies||Minor||Factsheet||Learning Outcomes|
|Social Studies - Elementary Ed.||Minor||Factsheet|
|Social Studies Broadfield||Major||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Social Studies Broadfield - Economics||Emphasis||Factsheet||Learning Outcomes|
|Social Studies Broadfield - Geography||Emphasis||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Social Studies Broadfield - History||Emphasis||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Social Studies Broadfield - Political Science||Emphasis||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Social Studies Broadfield - Psychology||Emphasis||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Social Studies Broadfield - Sociology||Emphasis||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Sociology Education||Major / Minor||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Spanish Education||Major / Minor||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
|Special Education||Major / Minor||Factsheet||Four Year Plan|
|Special Education - Adaptive Education Licensure||Minor||Factsheet|
|Special Education - Cross Categorical with CD Emphasis||Emphasis||Factsheet||Learning Outcomes|
|Special Education - Cross Categorical with LD/EBD Emphasis||Emphasis||Factsheet||Learning Outcomes|
|Special Education for Non-Education Majors||Minor||Factsheet|
|Sport Management||Minor||Learning Outcomes|
|Strength and Conditioning||Minor||Learning Outcomes|
|Theatre Education||Major / Minor||Factsheet||Four Year Plan||Learning Outcomes|
The College of Education and Professional Studies' goal is to assist you in obtaining your initial Wisconsin teacher's license. The licensure information provided here lists the requirements for an initial teacher's license that the State of Wisconsin and UW-Whitewater have established for your program. In addition to these requirements, you must also satisfy UW-Whitewater requirements for proficiency and general studies, academic majors, minors, and other degree requirements if you do not possess a baccalaureate degree. These requirements are published in the UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Catalog.Students seeking initial licensure must also complete requirements for Admission to Professional Education. (Students seeking licensure as a School Business Manager, School Psychologist, Speech and Language Pathologist, or in Counselor Education must follow separate admission policies).
The following licensure programs are available at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. For available licensure programs at the graduate level, consult the Graduate Catalog.
DPI Developmental Level
|Dual Licensure: Regular & Special Education|
(Approximate Ages: Birth-8 years old)
|Regular and Special Education in community childcare facilities, birth-to-three programs, Head Start, Preschool, Four and Five-Year-Old Kindergarten, Grades 1-3|
|Regular Education Licensure|
(Approximate Ages: 6-12 or 13 years old)
*Completion of a minor is required for this program*
(Approximate Ages: 10-21 years old)
Content area courses in departmentalized middle and senior high schools (grades 6-12) in the following areas:
Biology, Broadfield Social Studies, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Dance, Earth Science, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Journalism, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
(Appoximate Ages: Birth-21 years old)
Content area courses in public schools (all ages) in the following areas:
Athletic Coaching, Art, Bilingual/Bicultural, Business, English as a Second Language, French, German, Library Media, Marketing, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, Theatre Licensure is also available in Reading, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Counseling, and School Psychology at the graduate level.
|Special Education Licensure|
Special Education in elementary, middle, and high schools (approximately grades 1-12).
Students choose an emphasis in either Cognitive Disabilities orLearning Disabilities/Emotional Behavioral Disorders.
The Advising Licensure Coordinators listed below are for students who are formally admitted to Professional Education and/or for students who already hold a bachelor's degree.
Freshmen or sophomores not yet admitted to Professional Education should contact the Winther Hall Information Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-472-1101) to be referred to the appropriate advisor.
Advising Assistance and Admission to Professional Education
Winther Hall Information Desk
Phone: (262) 472-1101
Graduation and Teacher Licensure Information
Jillian Smith, Certifying Officer
Winther Hall, Room 2036
Phone: (262) 472-1059
|Early Childhood: Regular & Special Education (Dual Licensure)|
|Early Childhood (Birth-8 years old)||(262) 472-5809||WH 4038|
|ECE4U - Online program for ECE
Associate's Degree Transfer students
|Anne Tillett||(262) 472-1833||WH 4034|
|For licensed teachers:
Add-on Early Childhood Special Education (1809)
Add-on Early Childhood Regular Education (1777)
Dept of Special Ed
|Elementary/Middle||Yao Fu||(262) 472-5213
|Undeclared Education||Academic Advising & Exploration Center (AAEC)||(262) 472-5220||RS 2054|
|Art||Kristen Monday||(262) 472-1830||WH 4050|
|Bilingual Education||Julie Minikel-Lacocque||(262) 472-5800||WH 3039|
|Business Education||Karla Saeger||(262) 472-5475||WH 4047|
|Computer Science||Karla Saeger||(262) 472-5475||WH 4047|
|Driver Education||Robin Fox||(262) 472-5821||WH 2039|
|English||John Zbikowski||(262) 472-4860||WH 3037|
|English as a Second Language||Melanie Schneider||(262) 472-5439||WH 3042|
|Marketing Education||John C. Smith||(262) 472-5704||WH 4044|
|Math||Wade Tillett||(262) 472-1078||WH 3050|
|Music||Alena Holmes||(262) 472-1217||CA 2006|
|Physical Education||Jay Cameron||(262) 472-1649||WC 138|
|- Health (minor/licensure only)||Logan Edwards||(262) 472-1374||WC 123|
|- Adaptive PE (licensure only)||Kathleen Happel||(262) 472-1390||WC 127M|
|- Coaching||Kelly Witte||(262) 472-5650||WC 126W|
|Science||Liesl Gapinski||(262) 472-1190||WH 4046|
|Social Studies||James Hartwick||(262) 472-5815||Winther Hall|
|World (Foreign) Language||Jenna Cushing-Leubner||(262) 472-2198||WH 3039|
|Undergraduate CC-ID||Nomsa Gwalla-Ogisi||(262) 472-5807||WH 5033|
|Undergraduate CC-EBD/LD||Nomsa Gwalla-Ogisi||(262) 472-5807||WH 5033|
|Graduate MSE CC & LD||Shannon Stuart||(262) 472-4877||WH 5042|
|Early Childhood: EEN (Master's Program Only)||Naomi Rahn||(262) 472-1106||Winther Hall|
|Minor in Special Education||Sharon Kolb||(262) 472-4831||WH 5041|
|Alternative Education (graduate only)||Anne Stinson||(262) 472-1973||WH 3049|
|Communication Sciences & Disorders (MS)||Lynn Gilbertson||(262) 472-5202||RS 1014|
|Counselor Education (graduate only)||Jennifer Betters-Bubon||(262) 472-1886||WH 6039|
|Educational Administration Program
(graduate only-in cooperation with UW-Madison)
|Gifted and Talented Program Coordinator (graduate only)||Pamela Clinkenbeard||(262) 472-5432||WH 6045|
|Library Media||Eileen Schroeder||(262) 472-2837||WH 1005|
|Reading||May Vang||(262) 472-5816||WH 3041|
|School Business Management (graduate only)||John C. Smith||(262) 472-4704||WH 4044|
|School Psychology (graduate only)||Christine Neddenriep||(262) 472-1850||LT 1229|
|Standards and Assessment Program Coordinator (graduate only)||Scott Peters||(262) 472-5407||WH 6052|
For more information about education, please visit Admission to Professional Education
The State of Wisconsin through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has implemented a set of teacher education program rules that are referred to as PI 34. The rules describe a general education requirement that must be met by all teachers seeking their first teaching license, regardless of previous degrees.
To meet the General Education requirements for teacher licensure, students at UW-Whitewater must complete one third of the credits for a bachelor's degree or a minimum of 40 semester hours of course work in general education and the course requirements in each of the categories listed. All courses taken to satisfy UW-Whitewater's proficiency, general studies, major, and minor requirements may be used to meet the General Education requirements for teacher licensure.
As of Fall 2017, students can apply for admission to the College of Education and Professional Studies by obtaining a combined GPA of 2.75 OR using passing scores from all components of ONE of the tests listed below:
The Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators is part of the Praxis Series administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). The Praxis CORE is used to measure teacher candidates’ knowledge in reading, writing and mathematics. Note: If you wish to take all three Praxis CORE tests at the same time, select CORE Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test (5751) when registering with ETS. Scores, however, will be reported by individual test (5712, 5722, 5732).
Wisconsin Passing Score
CORE Reading (5712)
CORE Writing (5722)
CORE Mathematics (5732)
Note: The PPST is no longer offered. However, passing scores earned before September 1, 2014 may be used for Admission to Professional Education and will not expire. PPST subtest passing scores may be combined with CORE passing scores to meet testing requirement.
Wisconsin Passing Score
PPST Reading (0710/5710)
PPST Writing (0720/5720)
PPST Math (0730/5730)
Note: Effective September 1, 2015, only passing scores from within the past 10 years (from the date of submission of application for Admission to Professional Education) will be accepted. Passing scores must all be from the same test session.
Wisconsin Passing Scores
September 17, 2017 to present
Composite score of 22
with minimum score of 20 on
Prior to September 2017
Composite score of 23 with a minimum score of 20 on English, Mathematics, and Reading
Composite score of 22 with a minimum score of 20 on English/Writing, Mathematics, and Reading
March 1, 2016 to Present
Composite score of 1100
Prior to March 1, 2016
Minimum score of
510 on Critical Reading, 480 on Writing, and 520 on Math
GRE Revised General Test
August 1, 2011 to Present
Minimum score of 150 on Verbal Reasoning, 3 on Analytical Writing, and 145 on Quantitative Reasoning
Prior to August 1, 2011
Minimum score of 450 on Verbal Reasoning, 3 on Analytical Writing, and 540 on Quantitative Reasoning
All candidates in Wisconsin applying for a teaching license in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Special Education, Reading Teacher license, and Reading Specialist will be required to take the Foundations of Reading Test (WI-FOR). Passing scores on the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test (WI-FOR) will be required to be endorsed for a Wisconsin Teaching License.
For detailed information about the test, visit Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin.
State Minimum Score: 240
Praxis II and Content Area Assessments
As of September 18, 2017, in order to qualify for student teaching and licensure, students must either:
1. Pass the appropriate Praxis subject assessment test
2. Have a 3.00 or greater GPA in their major and licensure courses.
Students must complete these requirements by March 1st for Fall student teaching or October 1st for Spring student teaching in order to be placed by the Office of Field Experience (OFE).
Students admitted to the College of Education and Professional Studies will be provided the required Praxis subject assessment test numbers and/or content area exam names in their acceptance packet. Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to know which test they will required to take. Students must consult with their COEPS faculty advisor for clarification of which Praxis subject assessment test(s) and/or content area exam(s) they will be required to pass for licensable minors and/or non-declared programs.
Wisconsin Foundations of Reading
Test outline, practice tests, study guides, videos, and tutorials provided by Pearson Education, the test publisher, can be found here.
UW-Madison hosts an online self-paced test review course for FREE. Become familiarized with the objectives and content of the test through a series of modules, each of which represents a different subarea of the test. Each module contains readings and activities designed to help, in conjunction with methods courses, to become comfortable with the material that will be tested on the Foundations of Reading Test. Register for this course here.
Instructions for September 1, 2004 - February 1, 2020 Program Completers
Step 1: Please submit the Educator Licensing Online (ELO) UWW Application Form to the Winther Hall Information Desk window (email@example.com).
Step 2: Check here to see if you are required to submit fingerprints to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
Step 3: Check your email approximately one to four weeks after you complete your program (or complete Step 1 - whichever comes later), looking for an email from Jillian Smith, UWW Certifying Officer. The email will confirm that your endorsement for licensure has been submitted to the DPI.
Step 4: After you receive the confirmation email from the UWW Certifying Officer you may begin the DPI ELO application process. Please note: Step 1 and Step 3 MUST occur before the DPI ELO system will be ready for you.
To find out your licensure codes for the State of Wisconsin, use the DPI website. Find the appropriate major and/or minor and choose the content code.
A license may be issued in Wisconsin to an applicant who has received institutional endorsement. Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible for UW-Whitewater institutional endorsement for licensure:
UW-Whitewater students seeking licensure in the State of Wisconsin must meet the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's human relations requirement. In formation about how the human relations requirement will be met by UW-Whitewater students can be found on the Office of Field Experiences website. Human Relations requirements must be met to receive a bachelor's degree and/or teaching license.
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