PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS LEADING TO TEACHER LICENSURE
The University offers more than seventy different licensure programs including dual Early Childhood Education (EC), Elementary/Middle Education (MC-EA), Middle/Secondary Education (EA-A), Early Childhood/Secondary (EC-A) and Special Education (MC-EA and EA/A). See the index for majors in Secondary Education (including broadfield majors), programs in Elementary Education, and programs in Special Education. Satisfactory completion of these programs entitles the graduate to be licensed to teach in Wisconsin public schools as well as in schools in most other states. The Wisconsin teacher’s license is issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) only after receiving the endorsement of the Licensure Officer of the College of Education and Professional Studies. During the semester before graduation, students print off a Wisconsin teaching license application from the DPI website at http://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/applications.html. Those students desiring a license from other states can also obtain addresses and phone numbers from the College of Education and Professional Studies Licensure website.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL CAREER PROGRAMS
The College of Education and Professional Studies offers a program in Occupational Safety for students who intend to become industrial safety specialists (see Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health), in Special Education for students who want to work with adults who are developmentally disabled (see Department of Special Education), in Health, Human Performance and Recreation for students who want to pursue careers in health promotion, human performance, exercise science, recreation and leisure services (see Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching), and in Communication Sciences and Disorders for students who plan to pursue a Masters degree in speech-language pathology and audiology and work in the public schools (see Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders).
LEADERSHIP, MILITARY SCIENCE AND AEROSPACE STUDIES DEPARTMENT
The Department of Leadership, Military Science and Aerospace Studies offers three programs which may be pursued by any student desiring instruction, practical experience, and credentials in leadership.
1. Leadership Minor. Provides the specialized knowledge and training required to be a successful supervisor, manager, or administrator in the student’s chosen profession.
2. U.S. Army Commission. Completion of the commission program and a baccalaureate degree provides the opportunity for service to the Nation as a Second Lieutenant in either the US Army, National Guard, or Army Reserve.
3. U.S. Air Force Commission. Completion of the commission program and a baccalaureate degree provides the opportunity for service to the Nation as a Second Lieutenant in either the U.S. Air Force or Air Force Reserve.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS
Organizations now require a criminal background check prior to allowing university students to volunteer or to complete experiences required in their programs (e.g., field work, student teaching, practicum, internship, or ROTC). A criminal background check is required to enter ROTC.
A record may preclude you from participating in our mandatory field experiences, disqualify you for a license, or service/employment in your chosen field.
If you have concerns about what might show up in your criminal background check, we suggest you seek legal counsel prior to declaring a major, or committing to a program of study within the College of Education & Professional Studies.
ADMISSION TO PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION
Admission to Professional Education is based on 1) Completing all eligibility requirements and 2) Placement in a rank ordering of applicants according to the most recent combined (UW-W and transfer or UWW and degree) cumulative GPA. There are several steps in the process of applying for admission to Professional Education. First, students must meet the Basic Eligibility Requirements. (See below) Also, they must complete an application form and attach letterhead stationary documenting 300 of the 350 hours of experiences with learners in an educational facility/facilities.
BASIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
• View Phase 1 Meeting: College of Education Program Requirements
• Pass all three portions of the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)
• View Phase 2 Meeting: Professional Education Orientation
• Pass each course of the Pre-Professional Foundations Courses
° with C/S or better
° Not required for admission eligibility for Dual Licensure in Early Childhood* majors.
° Possible waivers or substitutions must be on official forms and signed by your advisor and department chairperson.
• Complete the Phase 2 portfolio evaluation by taking
° All three courses within the Pre-Professional Foundations Courses at UW-Whitewater OR
° If the INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION AND TEACHING course of the Pre-Professional Foundations block is transferred in from another institution, you MUST take the Portfolio Development I (EDFOUND 214 for 1 credit)
(Phase 2 portfolio not required for admission eligibility for Dual Licensure in Early Childhood* majors)
Note: Passing the course Introduction to Education and Teaching does not mean you have passed the Portfolio requirement. Talk to your instructor to determine if you have passed the Portfolio requirement. The “non-academic milestones” on your AR must be updated to show if you passed the portfolio requirement.
• Pass COMM 110
° with C/S or better
° Not required for admission eligibility for Dual Licensure in Early Childhood* majors.
° Possible waivers or substitutions must be on official forms and signed by the Speech Department for typical undergraduates and licensure advisor for those who hold a bachelor’s degree.
Complete a minimum of 40 credits
° Early Childhood* majors must complete a minimum of 30 credits.
MUSED 111 Fundamental of Music
° For Early Childhood* majors only.
° To be eligible for admission to Professional Education in early childhood, students must pass MUSED 111 (with C/S or better) or be concurrently enrolled. Waivers or substitutions for MUSED 111 must be on official forms and signed by the Music Department or Early Childhood Coordinator for typical undergraduates.
° Concurrent enrollment means that you are currently taking the course - not pre-registered! (NOTE: Students accepted into Professional Education while enrolled in MUSED 111 must successfully complete MUSED 111 with a “C”/”S” or better. Failure to do so will result in removal from Professional Education and pre-registered courses requiring Professional Education admission will be dropped.)
• Achieve a combined cumulative 2.75 GPA
• Verify Experiences with Learners
° Minimum of 350 hours beginning with Freshman year in high school.
• 300 hours of verified experiences
• At least 300 hours of verified experiences from educational facility/facilities such as schools, agencies, institutions, centers, or organizations. Use letterhead stationery (sample option listed below) from the educational agency to provide verification. Verification statements should include experience descriptions, dates of involvement, total number of hours (for example, camp counselor is a maximum of 12 hours and full time work week is forty hours), and be signed by the senior member of the agency.
• Some possible examples include instructional aide, substitute teaching, daycare teacher, classroom volunteer, coaching, camp counselor, after-school tutoring, Sunday School teacher, etc.
• 50 hours of unverified experiences
• Up to 50 hours of experiences that may be related to the role of teacher not associated or attached to an educational facility (description or verification should be provided)
• Some possible examples include: Childcare, job related training, parenting, tour group leader, etc.
• The goal of the experience requirement is to engage students in supervised, focused experiences that will provide a backdrop for future learning. Students are encouraged to seek out opportunities to work with diverse learners. Diverse populations are defined broadly to indicate differences from the group with which one identifies. These differences may be in terms of race, ethnicity, ability and socioeconomic status. For example, the applicant may have had experiences that involved exceptional educational needs, community services, etc. Experiences with individuals from different cultures provide the kind of background that will enhance students’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions as they progress through their educational program.
* This is the dual licensure program that enables the accepted cohort group to obtain regular and special education licensure.
Admission Deadlines: There will be three admission cycle deadlines in Fall, Spring, and Summer for all students except those applying for Dual Licensure in Early Childhood. The Dual Licensure in Early Childhood program will accept applications only during the Fall admission cycle. Students who meet all eligibility requirements and who turn in application forms before the deadline to turn in applications will be part of the admissions pool.
Continuous Admission: Admissions outside the regular admission schedule (i.e., separate from the normal Fall, Spring, and Summer admission cycles) to students who have met all the basic eligibility requirements who are applying for programs with space available. Admission outside the regular schedule (continuous admission) may be granted to students who apply up to four days before the last day to register/add a term class. Continuous admission may not be granted if the applicant is seeking an exception to the GPA or PPST requirements.
TEACHER LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS
The College of Education requires all students seeking endorsement by the Licensure Officer of the College of Education for Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction licensure to complete the following licensure requirements:
Pre-Student Teaching Clinical Experiences
Each student, under the supervision of professional school personnel, shall complete a prestudent teaching clinical program consisting of a minimum of 100 clock hours of experience working directly with children and youth within a school or other instructional setting.
During the Pre-Professional (Foundations) Block, students are assigned for a minimum of 50 hours in a school setting that serves a diverse population. In some programs, the Office of Field Experiences provides transportation to the school sites and students are assessed a transportation fee.
During the Professional Block, students are assigned to one or more experiences completed in schools located within the service area of the College of Education. See the Office of Field Experiences website for a list of these school districts. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the school sites.
• Educational Foundations: EDFOUND 243 Foundations of Teaching in a Pluralistic Society
• Reading and Language Arts: Course work appropriate to the licensure program in the teaching of reading and language arts. This requirement has been integrated into the curricula of all licensure programs.
Measurement and Evaluation Course: Appropriate to the licensure program, EDFOUND 424 Measurement and Evaluation in Elementary Schools; EDFOUND 425 Measurement and Evaluation in the Secondary School; or EDFOUND 423 Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education.
Directed Teaching (“Student Teaching”)
1. All students seeking initial endorsement for licensure by UW-Whitewater must earn units from UW-Whitewater in conjunction with experiences in schools. Additional information about these experiences is available from the Office of Field Experiences or the appropriate department in the College of Education and Professional Studies.
2. All students seeking initial endorsement for licensure must complete a full day, full term experience following the daily schedule and term of the cooperating school (not the university term). The procedures for determining if a student has met the requirements for Directed Teaching occur during the semester prior to the student’s assigned semester for Directed Teaching. Students who seek endorsement from UW-Whitewater must complete at least 14 units of academic work at UW-Whitewater prior to Directed Teaching. Students are placed in schools located within the service area of the College of Education and Professional Studies. See the Office of Field Experiences website for a list of these school districts. Placements are made by the university on the basis of quality and other programmatic considerations. Students are responsible for their own transportation and housing arrangements during Directed Teaching.
ADMISSION TO DIRECTED TEACHING
Admission to Directed Teaching occurs at Decision Point 4 in the College of Education’s Unit Assessment System. Admission to Directed Teaching is restricted to students who have been admitted to Professional Education and who have met the ten criteria listed below. Passing the Phase 3 portfolio (#1) and conducting the record check (#7) could occur during the placement process prior to assuming duties at the placement site.
1.) passing score on Phase 3 portfolio (except for Early Childhood Directed Teaching A and B)
2.) passing score in the major(s) on Praxis II subject assessment test(s) by the announced deadline date * (except for Early Childhood Directed Teaching A and B)
3.) 2.75 combined cumulative grade point average
4.) submission of Personal Information Sheet to Office of Field Experience by the announced deadline date * (except for Early Childhood Directed Teaching A and B)
5.) attendance at required Phase 3 meeting (except for Early Childhood Directed Teaching A and B)
6.) submission of a negative Tuberculosis test result to Office of Field Experience (skin test or x-ray) by the announced deadline date *
7.) completion of a record check (if required by placement site)
8.) meeting minimum or better grades in courses as required by department of major (see individual catalog statements in each department.)
9.) meeting additional requirements as identified by the specific program
10.) transfer students must complete at least 14 undergraduate credits or 9 graduate credits of work at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater before admittance to the student teaching semester.
* See Office of Field Experiences for deadline information
Environmental Education: Students whose programs lead to Wisconsin licensure in elementary education, science, or social studies must fulfill the statutory requirement in environmental education. In addition to appropriate work in their methods classes, students must elect one of the following courses: GEOGRPY 252 Human Environmental Problems; or BIOLOGY 214 Ecology and Society. (BIOLOGY 214 will also meet the PI34 General Education for licensure Biological Science requirements.)
Cooperatives: Students whose programs lead to Wisconsin licensure in social studies must fulfill the statutory requirements in cooperatives by electing the following course: ECON 213 Economic Principles, Problems and Policies.
Exceptional Education: All persons who receive an initial Wisconsin license must complete an exceptional education requirement. This requirement has been integrated into the curricula of all licensure programs. Students who successfully complete an initial license program at UW-Whitewater will have fulfilled this state requirement.
Human Relations Requirements: All Professional Education programs leading to initial licensure require study and experiences in human relations. Specific information on the course and experience requirements is available in the Office of Field Experience, Winther 2038.
GENERAL EDUCATION FOR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS:
The State of Wisconsin through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has implemented a set of teacher education program rules that are referred to as PI34. The rules describe general education requirements 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 units for a bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 40 units of course work in general education and the course requirements in each of the categories listed below. All courses taken to satisfy UW-Whitewater’s general education requirements may be used to meet the General Education requirements for licensure.
Students completing the 45 unit general education requirements will also have met the following PI34 General Education requirements: Composition and Literature, Oral Communication, Fine Arts, Western History or Contemporary Culture, and Non-Western History or Non-Contemporary Culture. The sections not covered by the core and proficiency requirements are Biological Science and Physical Science and must be met with additional course work.
All students including transfer students and those who hold a baccalaureate/master’s degree must meet the following areas:
1. Written and Oral Communication: ENGLISH 101 and COMM 110
2. The Humanities including literature: ENGLISH 102
3. Mathematics: select one course from Math (developmental courses excluded)
4. Fine Arts: GENED 110, GA.
5. Social Studies: GENED 130 or GS
6. Biological and Physical Sciences:
A. Biological Science: Select one course from Biology
B. Physical Science: Select one course from Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, or Laboratory Physical Geography course (GEOGRPY 210).
7. Western and Non-Western History or Contemporary Culture: Select two courses from GENED 120, GENED 130 or GENED 390. (this requirement cannot double count with #5 Social Studies)
8. Any General Education courses to equal a total of 40 units; no course may be used to fulfill more than one PI-34 requirement.
Students who transfer to UW-Whitewater or hold a baccalaureate degree should contact their advisor for possible course equivalencies.
Specific information on the general education requirements and the approved list of courses are also available at the Winther Hall Information Desk.
Endorsement Requirements: Upon completion of an approved Professional Education program and a bachelor's degree, students will be eligible for endorsement for initial teacher licensure when they meet the following requirements:
1. Completion of an approved major (and minor if required).
2. Successful completion of a Directed Teaching experience at UW-Whitewater.
3. Prior to August 31, 2004, a licensure GPA of 2.75 (based on major, minor and Professional Education course work). After August 31, 2004 students must have a combined cumulative 2.75 GPA.
4. A passing score on a standardized examination in each licensure major and minor (if applicable) required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The examination will be administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the passing score will be determined by the State Superintendent. UW-W enters scores on the database, but will not archive the scores.
Exceptions to the GPA endorsement requirements for initial teacher licensure may be granted by the Licensure Officer in the College of Education and Professional Studies. No more than 10% of all students completing licensure programs in each graduation period may be granted an exception.