College of Education & Professional Studies

ADVISING AND ADMISSIONS


Welcome to Advising in the College of Education and Professional Studies!

We are excited to help you navigate the College of Education and Professional Studies at UW-Whitewater. Our offices are located on the main floor of Winther Hall.  Visit the Information Desk window Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm (appointments are encouraged).

The College of Education and Professional Studies provides Academic Advising focused on encouraging and assisting students to explore, define, and achieve academic goals that are consistent with their personal and professional interests. Our role is to ensure students are eligible to apply to Professional Education and achieve their Licensure goals. We deliver high quality, student-centered advising that supports whole student development, helps students persist to graduation, and support students experiencing academic difficulty.

Every student with an Education Major that has completed at least 24 credits is assigned an Advisor in our College.  Students in Communication Science and Disorders, Elementary Education, Early Chilhood Education, Human Performance and Physical Education will be assigned a COEPS Advisor. Secondary Education and Special Education majors will have a Faculty Advisor assigned once they exceed 24 credits.  Each student has a list of Advisor(s) listed on their WINS Student Center.

We will be asking students to download the Navigate app to schedule appointments with their COEPS advisors. If you are unable to download the app, or have questions or need assistnace in scheduling an appointment please email education@uww.edu or call 262-472-1101. 

Resources

We encourage students to look into building a graduation plan by using "Planner" in WINS

Kelli Danielski

Advising Coordinator
Advises for: all education majors

danielsk@uww.edu

Steven Fischer

Advisor
Advises for: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Physical Education (EC-A)

fischers@uww.edu

Nicole Weber Nicole Weber

Advisor

Advises for: Communication Science and Disorders, Human Performance, Special Education Online

webernm@uww.edu

Students

We are thrilled that you are considering, or have already chosen, UW-Whitewater to pursue your college aspirations! The information below is tailored for prospective and incoming first-year students. There are many ways that you can explore our campus further and prepare for your college experience with us. As you consider attending UW-Whitewater, we also encourage you to learn more about our academic programs


Prospective Students


Enrolled First-Year Students

All first-year students in our College are advised by academic advisors in the Academic Advising and Exploration Center (AAEC).  If you are unsure of who your academic advisor is, use the How-To's for students found on our Registrar's webpage.  It is imperative that students meet with their assigned advisor every semester to develop an academic program plan and learn how to monitor and complete requirements for graduation. Ultimately, it is the student's responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for graduation and licensure, to monitor their course of study, and to take the initiative to seek advising. 

We are excited that you are interested in transferring to UW-Whitewater for a program in the College of Education and Professional Studies! We understand that transferring is a big decision, and we want to make that decision easier by assisting you with any questions you may have about our programs. We encourage prospective transfer students for our programs to contact the Advising Coordinator in the College of Education and Professional Studies prior to transferring.

All transfer students must attend Warhawks SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration). At this program, you will meet with representatives from the College of Education and Professional Studies, including an academic advisor. You will also select and register in courses for your upcoming semester. This is an important and informative program to start your success at UW-Whitewater.

We offer several graduate programs in the College of Education and Professional Studies, whether you are interested in achieving a Master's degree or a graduate-level certificate. Some programs may also include initial or advanced Wisconsin teacher licensing options. For more information, please reference our  graduate program information. Our programs provide advanced academic preparation enabling students to think critically, create and disseminate research, and engage in a global society. Graduate students in our programs gain the knowledge, expertise, and confidence necessary to take their career to the next level and to be leaders in their profession and community.

We also encourage you to visit the  School of Graduate Studies for additional information on graduate programs across UW-W, admission, application procedures, financial assistance, and so on. 

Graduate Advising

Graduate students should consult their Program Coordinator or assigned faculty advisor with questions regarding orientation, degree or certificate requirements, course registration, and graduation.Please note that some of our graduate programs require the completion of a professional development plan (PDP), portfolio, and/or capstone project. Be sure to consult your graduate advisor to learn more details if your program requires such. Students should begin planning very early for their capstone project; the first semester of the program is recommended, particularly in the Master of Science in Education in Professional Development (MSE-PD) which offers multiple emphases. 

Capstone Project Proposal Form

MSE-PD students in most emphasis areas develop detailed capstone project proposals in either READING 773 (for Reading and ESL emphases) or EDUINDP 724 (for all other emphasis areas except Health, Human Performance, and Recreation). Students enroll in these courses after completing EDFOUND 780 Reading, Analyzing, and Evaluating Educational Research and at least nine additional units of program course work. To comply with Institutional Review Board regulations and to facilitate planning of the Capstone Project Seminar, each student must submit a brief (two-page) summary of the proposal, approved by the advisor, to the MSE-PD Program Coordinator at least one full semester before they intend to enroll in the Capstone Project Seminar. The two-page summary should be accompanied by a signed Capstone Project Proposal form.

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To save the form down to your computer, on a PC right-click on the link; on a Mac, control-click on the link.  Capstone Project Proposal Form  Fill in, print, obtain your advisor's signature, and submit to John Zbikowski (3037 Winther Hall).Deadline: Signed, approved Capstone Proposals should be received by the coordinator by the Friday before the start of the last full term prior to the semester of enrollment in EDUINDP 789 Capstone Seminar.Examples:

To complete EDUINDP 789 Capstone Seminar in: Submit approved proposal before the start of:
Spring 2016 Fall 2015
Summer 2016 Spring 2016
Spring 2017 Fall 2016

Note: Effective with the 2015-16 academic year, Capstone Project Seminar will be offered in spring and summer only.
You or your advisor may forward the signed proposal to 
John Zbikowski, 
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, 
via campus mail. Confirmation will be sent to you.Electronic signatures are also acceptable. Advisors can indicate their approval of proposals in email messages sent directly to  zbikowsj@uww.edu by the deadline, preferably with electronic copies of the proposals attached.Contact your advisor or the instructor of your section of EDUINDP 724, Planning for Change (if applicable), if you have questions about which box to check to indicate whether your project is subject to full board review. For an overview of information about Institutional Review Board (human subjects) procedures, visit the UW-Whitewater compliance website.Note that submitting the proposal does not constitute registration for the seminar. You may register for the  Capstone Project Seminar (EDUINDP 789) in the earliest semester for which you are eligible  OR in any later semester without updating your proposal. You will need your advisor's approval for your proposal, and you should notify your advisor when you register for the  Capstone Project Seminar (EDUINDP 789). When your approved proposal is on file, contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at 262-472-1122 or msepd@uww.edu when you are ready to enroll so that you will be able to register for the seminar on WINS.At the start of the  Capstone Project Seminar, you should have ready in draft form an introduction to your project (purpose and nature of the project), a review of related literature, and a description of how you implemented the project. Students who have completed EDUINDP 724, Planning for Change, and EDUINDP 727,  Capstone Advising II, should also have drafted chapters with results and conclusions.When you register for the  Capstone Project Seminar, it would be a good idea to submit an application for graduation if you have not already done so. You need to notify the School of Graduate Studies of your intention to graduate using this form  even if you do not plan to participate in commencement ceremonies. Your notification alerts the Graduate School to conduct a final review of your transcript and to post your degree when you finish.

Have you already completed a Bachelor's degree, and are interested in earning an initial teaching license? If so, we have options to help you achieve this. Most students pursue additional coursework at the undergraduate level in order to complete a second Bachelor's degree in education and/or teacher licensure. Please understand that you may not earn multiple Bachelor's degrees with the same major. For example, if you previously earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Spanish, then you may not earn a second Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) in Spanish. However, you may complete the necessary requirements in order to be endorsed for a teaching license in Spanish.

Next Steps:

In order to best serve your needs, please complete the survey linked here.  This will help us understand which license you are seeking, and will help our office research your case before scheduling a time to meet with you to discuss the initial license process.  Please understand that this survey is the first step in your continued education, and we will not be able to help answer any questions until this is completed.  You will be required to attach your unofficial transcripts, so please be sure to have those on hand when completing this survey.

If you are a fully licensed teacher holding a valid Wisconsin teaching license through the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), such as an Initial, Professional, or Master Educator license, you may be interested in returning to UW-W for an additional teaching license or to renew your current license. Steps are provided below to get you started in this process. Please note an emergency/provisional license, substitute, aide, and/or intern licenses are not considered to be fully licensed teachers.

Financial aid may also be available if you are pursuing an additional teaching license or teacher licensure renewal.  For more information, please contact our Financial Aid Office directly. 


Licensed Teacher Seeking an Additional Teaching License

To add a license, our Licensure Program Coordinators review students' previous completed coursework, field study and student teaching, teaching license(s) and experience, and so on to design a plan for them to gain additional licensure at UW-W for their desired licensure area. 

  • Contact the designated Licensure Program Coordinator for the additional licensure which you are interested. Be sure to provide transcripts of ALL previously completed coursework.
  • Once you are admitted to the University and a plan is developed with your Licensure Program Coordinator, you must submit an Application Form for Licensed Teachers (formerly referred to as a the "green" form) with appropriate signatures and materials, including proof of your previous Bachelor's degree and teaching license, to the Winther Hall Information Desk window. This will grant you Admission to Professional Education in order to enroll in education courses. 


Licensed Teacher Renewal

Depending on when you were originally licensed, you will have certain criteria in order to renew your Wisconsin teaching license. This is determined by DPI. 

  • If you are required to complete refresher coursework for license renewal and are interested in taking courses at UW-W, you may apply for admission to the University as a "special student." If your desired course(s) does not have prerequisites, the online registration system (WINS) will allow you to enroll automatically. In order to enroll in courses with prerequisites, you must consult the appropriate department or instructor for permission to enroll. This may require providing proof of your previous Bachelor's degree, completed coursework, and/or teaching license.
  • If you are required to complete a Professional Development Plan (PDP) for license renewal and need assistance, you may consult our Licensure Support Renewal Center

Out-of-State Licensed Teacher

If you hold a valid teaching license in another state and are looking to earn licensure in Wisconsin, you must contact DPI for instructions and outstanding requirements. For more information, we encourage you to review DPI's out-of-state pathway for licensure. 

Statutory Requirements FAQ

Requirement

Majors Affected

Specific Curriculum that Addresses Requirement

Notes

Cooperative marketing and consumer cooperatives for licenses in agriculture, economics, and social studies

Broadfield Social Studies (and all current Social Studies majors including Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology); School Psychology

ECON 213 OR ECON201 and ECON 498 for Social Studies; Psych 792, 793 or 795 for School Psychology

 

Requirement

Majors Affected

Specific Curriculum that Addresses Requirement

Notes

Environmental education, including the conservation of natural resources, for licenses in early childhood regular education, elementary and middle school regular education, science, and social studies.

Early Childhood Education (regular ed license)

Elementary Middle Education

Broadfield Science (and all current Science majors including Biology, Chemistry, and Physics)

 

 

BIO 191, 214, 250, CIGENRL 410  or GEOGRAPHY 130, 170, 252, or GEOLOGY 170 for Early Childhood; BIO 214, GEOGRAPHY 252, BIO 240, or GEOLOGY 240 (requires personalization) for Elementary-Middle; BIO 214, 257 or GEOGRAPHY 252 or BIO 250 (requires personalization), BIO 451/651 (requires personalization), or GEOLOGY 250 or 451 (requires personalization) for Science majors

 

Requirement

Majors Affected

Specific Curriculum that Addresses Requirement

Notes

Minority group relations, including all of the following:

All initial licensure programs/majors in COEPS, including Pupil Services (i.e., School Counseling and School Psychology) and Speech & Language Pathology licensure programs

See below

Supplemental licensure candidates meet this requirement through their initial license program; Administrative licensure program candidates meet this requirement through their initial license, which is required in order to obtain an administrative license; also SCHBUSMG 781 for School Business Management for all equity categories

(a) The history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of American Indian tribes and bands located in Wisconsin.

 

EDFOUND 243 or EDFOUND 710 for School Psychology (and graduate programs for initial licensure); EDUINDP 323 and 332 for Early Childhood Education; COUNSED 741 for School Counseling; COMDIS 660, 701 and EDFOUND 243 for Speech & Language Pathology

 

(b) The history, culture, and contributions of women and various racial, cultural, language, and economic groups in the United States.

 

EDFOUND 243 for all undergraduate initial licensure programs; COUNSED 741 for School Counseling; EDFOUND 243 or EDFOUND 710 for School Psychology (and graduate programs for initial licensure); EDUINDP 211, 212, 323 and 332 for Early Childhood Education; SPECED 766 for Special Education; COMDIS 660, 713 and 764 for Speech & Language Pathology

 

(c) The philosophical and psychological bases of attitude development and change.

 

EDFOUND 243 for all undergraduate initial licensure programs; COUNSED 741 and 793 for School Counseling; EDFOUND 243 or EDFOUND 710 and PSYCH 724 for School Psychology; 710 for Graduate programs for initial licensure; EDUINDP 213 for Early Childhood Education; COMDIS 713 for Speech & Language Pathology

 

(d) The psychological and social implications of discrimination, especially racism and sexism in the United States.

 

EDFOUND 243 for all undergraduate initial licensure programs; COUNSED 741 for School Counseling; EDFOUND 243 or EDFOUND 710 for School Psychology (and graduate programs for initial licensure); EDUINDP 212, 323 and 332 for Early Childhood Education; COMDIS 660, 710, 713 and 764 for Speech & Language Pathology

 

(e) Evaluation and assessment of the forces of discrimination, especially racism and sexism on administrators, teachers, pupils, assessment, curriculum, and instruction in schools.

 

EDFOUND 243 for all undergraduate initial licensure programs; EDUINDP 212, 323, 332, 333 and SPECED 461 for Early Childhood Education; COUNSED 743 for School Counseling; EDFOUND 243 or EDFOUND 710 for School Psychology (and graduate programs for initial licensure); COMDIS 660, 710 and 713 for Speech & Language Pathology

 

(f) Minority group relations through direct involvement with various racial, cultural, language, and economic groups in the United States.

 

EDFOUND 243 for all undergraduate initial licensure programs;  COUNSED 793 and 795 for School Counseling; EDUINDP 214, 323 and 332 for Early Childhood Education; PSYCH 793 and 795 for School Psychology; SPECED 766 for Special Education; COMDIS 660, 713 and 764 for Speech & Language Pathology

 

Requirement

Majors Affected

Specific Curriculum that Addresses Requirement

Notes

Conflict resolution, including all of the following:

All initial licensure programs/majors in COEPS, including Pupil Services (i.e., School Counseling and School Psychology) and Speech & Language Pathology licensure programs

 

Supplemental licensure candidates meet this requirement through their initial license program; Administrative licensure program candidates meet this requirement through their initial license, which is required in order to obtain an administrative license; SCHBUSMG 781 for School Business Management

(a) Resolving conflicts between pupils and between pupils and school staff.

 

SECNDED 423 for Art Education; SECNDED 442 or 444 for Business & Marketing Education;; EDUINDP 212, 321 and 319 for Early Childhood Education; ELEMMID 363 or 364 for Elementary-Middle; SECNDED 426 for English Education; SECNDED 421 or 428 for Math Education; ELEMMID 434 or 437 or MUSED 452 for Music Education; PEPROF 447 for Physical Education; COUNSED 795 for School Counseling; PSYCH 620, 766 or 793 for School Psychology; SECNDED 429 for Science Education; SECNDED 430 for Social Studies; SPECED 360/560 and 458/658 or SPECED 766 for Special Education; COMDIS 460/660 for Speech & Language Pathology; SECNDED 434 for Theatre Education; SECNDED 427 for World Language Education

 

(b) Assisting pupils in learning methods of resolving conflicts between pupils, including training in the use of peer mediation, and between pupils and school staff.

 

SECNDED 423 for Art Education; SECNDED 442 or 444 for Business & Marketing Education; EDUINDP 212, 319, 321 and 452 for Early Childhood Education; ELEMMID 363 or 364  for Elementary-Middle; SECNDED 426 for English Education; SECNDED 421 or 428 for Math Education; ELEMMID 434 or 437 or CIGENERL 452 or SECNDED 438 for Music Education; PEPROF 447 for Physical Education; COUNSED 743 for School Counseling; PSYCH 620, 766 or 793 for School Psychology; SECNDED 429 for Science Education; SECNDED 430 for Social Studies; SPECED 360/560 and 458/658 or SPECED 766 for Special Education; COMDIS 460/660 for Speech & Language Pathology; SECNDED 434 for Theatre Education; SECNDED 427 for World Language Education

 

(c) Addressing crises, including violent, disruptive, potentially violent, or potentially disruptive situations that may arise in a school or during activities supervised by school staff.

 

SECNDED 423 for Art Education; SECNDED 442 or 444 for Business & Marketing Education; EDUINDP 319, 321 and 452 for Early Childhood Education; ELEMMID 363 or 364 for Elementary-Middle; SECNDED 426 for English Education; SECNDED 421 or 428 for Math Education; ELEMMID 434 or 437 or CIGENERL 452 or SECNDED 438 for Music Education; PEPROF 447 for Physical Education; COUNSED 716 for School Counseling; PSYCH 620, 680, 766 or 793 for School Psychology; SECNDED 429 for Science Education; SECNDED 430 for Social Studies; SPECED 640/640 for Special Education; COMDIS 460/660 for Speech & Language Pathology; SECNDED 434 for Theatre Education; SECNDED 427 for World Language Education

 

Requirement

Majors Affected

Specific Curriculum that Addresses Requirement

Notes

For classroom teacher licenses, the role and responsibility of a teacher through a student teaching experience that meets all of the requirements under s. PI 34.023.

All initial or supplemental teacher licensure programs; Speech & Language Pathology

CIFLD 411 or 414 for Art Education; CIFLD 412 or 414 for Business & Marketing Education; EDUINDP 331, 441, 461, and 462 for Early Childhood Education; CIFLD 411 or 412 for Elementary-Middle; CIFLD 412 or 414 for English Education; CIFLD 412 or 414 for Math Education; CIFLD 411 or 414 for Music Education; PEFIELD 411 or 414 for Physical Education; CIFLD 412 or 414 for Science Education; CIFLD 412 or 414 for Social Studies; SPECFLD 489 A or B or C and D for Special Education; COMDIS 660 for Speech & Language Pathology; CIFLD 412 or 414 for Theatre Education; CIFLD 412 or 414 for World Language Education

 

Requirement

Majors Affected

Specific Curriculum that Addresses Requirement

Notes

Appropriate instruction methods for teaching reading and language arts, including phonics for licenses to teach reading and language arts at the early childhood and elementary and middle school levels. In this paragraph, “phonics” means a method of teaching beginners to read and pronounce words by learning the phonetic values of letters, letter groups, and syllables.

Initial Licensure programs in Early Childhood Education; Elementary-Middle Education, Special Education; Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist

READING 361,461 EDUINDP 334, for Early Childhood; ELEMMID 362, READING 360, 461, and 462 for Elementary-Middle; SPECED 486 and 487 for Special Education; READING 765, 766, 767, 768, 771, 772 and 774 or 775 or EARLYCHD 561 for Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist

Reading is not a currently active program – courses may change

Requirement

Majors Affected

Specific Curriculum that Addresses Requirement

Notes

Procedures used for identifying, assessing, and providing education for children with disabilities, including the roles and responsibilities of regular and special education providers and curriculum modifications.

All initial licensure programs/majors in COEPS, as well as the Speech & Language Pathology licensure program

EDUINDP 333, 442 and SPECED 461, 476, and COMDIS 355 for Early Childhood Education; ELEMMID 432, MUSED 452 for Music Education; COUNSED 738 for School Counseling; COMDIS 660, 710, and 713 for Speech & Language Pathology; SPECED 205 for all other teacher licensure programs

Supplemental licensure candidates meet this requirement through their initial license program; Administrative licensure program candidates meet this requirement through their initial license, which is required in order to obtain an administrative license

Requirement

Majors Affected

Specific Curriculum that Addresses Requirement

Notes

Professional ethics and responsibilities, including mandatory reporting requirements under s. 48.981, Stats.

All initial licensure programs/majors in COEPS, including Pupil Services (i.e., School Counseling and School Psychology) and Speech & Language Pathology licensure programs

for all initial teacher licensure programs, this is addressed in the curriculum and focused on during the student teaching experience, with specifics included in the Student Teaching Handbook; EDUINDP 211, 453 and EARLYCHID 340 for Early Childhood Education; COUNSED 751 and the Program Handbook for School Counseling; Curriculum and the Program Handbook for School Psychology; COMDIS 710 and the Clinical Handbook for Speech and Language Pathology

Supplemental licensure candidates meet this requirement through their initial license program; Administrative licensure program candidates meet this requirement through their initial license, which is required in order to obtain an administrative license

FAQs

Check your WINS account in your student center.  If your assigned advisor is Kyle Supianoski or Kelli Danielski, make an appointment through our front office.  Email education@uww.edu to request an appointment, or stop by the Information Desk on the second floor of Winther Hall to set up an appointment.  If you are currently assigned an advisor through the Academic Advising and Exploration Center (AAEC) but have additional questions, please feel free to set up an appointment in the same manner.

Students who wish to change majors that require admission to Professional Education must meet the following requirements:

Additional majors that do not require admission to Professional Education:

  • Health, Human Performance- Less than 24 credits- 2.00 combined GPA, 24+ credits- 2.25 combined GPA required
  • Communication Science and Disorders- Less than 24 credits- 2.00 combined GPA required, 27-71 credits- 2.25 combined GPA required, 72+ credits- 2.50 combined GPA require

The Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators is a set of three tests in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. 

The CORE is a computer based test which you may take at an ETS testing site near you. Find a test center near you at: http://www.ets.org/praxis There are also online guides and registration information available at the ETS website.

Yes, in order to change to a major requiring admission to the College of Education and Professional Studies, you must meet the following requirements:

-Less than 24 credits: 2.0 combined GPA or qualifying test scores

-24-71.5 credits- 2.5 combined GPA or qualifying test scores

-72+ credits- 2.75 combined GPA or qualifying test scores

Additional majors that do not require admission to Professional Education:

Health and Human Performance (Physical Education BSE, non-licensure)

-Less than 24 credits- 2.00 combined GPA required

-More than 24.5 credits- 2.25 combined GPA required

Communication Sciences and Disorders

-Less than 24 credits- 2.00 combined GPA required

-24-71.5 credits- 2.25 combined GPA required

-72+ credits- 2.50 combined GPA required

For all students pursuing teacher licensure programs and Communication Sciences and Disorders, there are two points of admission. The first is admission to UW-Whitewater and the second is admission to Professional Studies. Students must be admitted to Professional Education in order to take upper-level courses for licensure required for their degree programs. In order to apply for admission to Professional Education, students must meet all of the Basic Eligibility Requirements and submit their application materials during one of the designated admission cycles for their program. There are admission cycles during the fall, spring and summer terms. While most programs admit during all three terms, the Early Childhood Dual Licensure program accepts applications during the fall only, Communication Sciences and Disorders accepts applications during the spring only, and the Elementary/Middle Education program admits in fall and spring, but not summer 

Please see the table below for all application dates.   Click on the "Application Open Date" or "Application Close Date" in the table below when applications are live and you will be taken directly to the application. Contact education@uww.edu with any questions. 

Semester Application Open Date Application Close Date
Fall 2021 Admission closed Admission closed
Spring 2022 January 24th, 2022 at 8:00am February 11th, 2022 at 4:30pm
Summer 2022 May 16th, 2022 at 8:00am June 3rd, 2022 at 4:30pm

☐ Achieve the Minimum Combined Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)

Students must achieve a combined GPA of at least 2.75 to apply for admission to Professional Education. Combined GPA is calculated from all graded UW-Whitewater coursework and all transferable credits earned from regionally accredited post-secondary institutions at the undergraduate and graduate level.

OR

☐  Meet the Testing Requirement

Other Program Requirements

☐  Complete a minimum of 40 credits by time of application

☐ Pass COMM 110 with a "C"/"S" or better

  • If you meet all other admission criteria, you can apply for admission while enrolled in this course.
  • Possible waivers or substitutions must be on official forms and signed by the Communication Department Chair for typical undergraduates or by the Licensure Coordinator for those who hold a bachelor's degree.

Pass each course of the  Foundations Block with a "C"/"S" or better

  • If you meet all other admission criteria, you can apply for admission while enrolled in these courses.
  • Possible waivers or substitutions must be on official forms and signed by the Educational Foundations Department Chair for typical undergraduates or by the Licensure Coordinator for those who hold a bachelor's degree.

☐  Pass ENGLISH 102 with a "C"/"S" or better

  • If you meet all other admission criteria, you can apply for admission while enrolled in these courses.
  • Possible waivers or substitutions must be on official forms and signed by the Educational Foundations Department Chair for typical undergraduates or by the Licensure Coordinator for those who hold a bachelor's degree.

☐ Complete the Phase 2 Portfolio by taking

  • All three Foundations Block courses at UW-Whitewater OR
  • If the EDFNDPRC 210 "Introduction to Education and Teaching" is transferred in from another institution, students must successfully complete the one-credit "Portfolio Development I" (EDFOUND 214) course 
  • Passing EDFNDPRC 210 "Introduction to Education and Teaching" course does not mean you have passed the Portfolio requirement. Talk to your instructor to determine if you have passed the Portfolio requirement. The "Non-Course Milestones" on your UW-Whitewater unofficial transcript must be updated to show if you passed the portfolio requirement.

All undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students entering licensure programs, including initial, supplemental, administrative and pupil service programs will be required to complete a Criminal Background Check and will be responsible to pay the fee associated with this process.

☐ Achieve the Minimum Combined Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)

Students must achieve a combined GPA of at least 2.75 to apply for admission to Professional Education. Combined GPA is calculated from all graded UW-Whitewater coursework and all transferable credits earned from regionally accredited post-secondary institutions at the undergraduate and graduate level.

OR

☐ Meet the Testing Requirement

OR

☐ AAS in Early Childhood Education

AND


Complete a minimum of 30 credits by time of application   

Earn a "C" or better or concurrent enrollment in EDUINDP 211, EDUINDP 213, and EARLYCHD 212 (formerly EARLYCHD 340)

***Early Childhood Education (dual license) admits based on a competitive application process.  This program admits a maximum of 30 students during the Fall semester. Students pursuing this program must meet the minimum requirements listed above in order to apply.  Meeting the minimum requirements does NOT guarantee admission.  The top 30 candidates for this program are selected based on Combined Cumulative GPA.  Licensure and Major coursework begins in the Spring semester following admission.***

**EDUINDP 211, EDUINDP 213, and EARLYCHD 212 are offered in Fall semesters only**

Students will be required to complete a Criminal Background Check and will be responsible to pay the fee associated with this process.

Students take the Foundations Block courses prior to applying for formal Admission to Professional Education in the College of Education and Professional Studies. Students are part of a cohort group experience that includes three courses in the social and psychological foundations of education and a fieldwork placement in a diverse school. For more information about the fieldwork placement, see below.

Foundations Block Courses


All students entering the Foundations Block courses, including undergraduates, transfer students, and baccalaureate degree holding students, must meet the following criteria:

1. Passing scores on the Praxis CORE/ACT/SAT or GRE (students need passing scores in all components of the selected test within the last ten years).

OR

2. A 2.75 combined cumulative GPA (grade point average); On a minimum of 12 completed credits


Introduction to Education and Teaching

Observation and Participation Fieldwork Component

A central component of the Introduction course is the fieldwork requirement. Students spend 50 hours in a diverse educational setting. These hours partially fulfill the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requirement for pre-clinical experiences and human relations.Most fieldwork placements are in Milwaukee schools, where students spend eight full days in the classrooms. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the assigned site and should make arrangements as soon as possible. The Introduction course instructors serve as university supervisors for this fieldwork experience, and cooperating teachers complete evaluations of the students. 

Portfolio Component
The College of Education and Professional Studies has a multi-phase portfolio process demonstrating student proficiency on the inTASC Standards. The Foundations Block is where students complete the Phase 2 portfolio for Admission to Professional Education. This is the second component of the Introduction course, in addition to the fieldwork component above. For more information on this portfolio, please see the portfolio guide.

Application for Licensed Teacher Form (Green Form)

To be used by fully licensed teachers (one-year license with stipulations, substitute, aide, and/or intern licenses are not considered to be fully licensed teachers).

Special Application (pdf) (Red Form)
To be used by students who are not seeking licensure from UW-Whitewater but still need to take upper level education courses.

☐ Achieve the Minimum Combined Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)

Students must achieve a combined GPA of at least 2.75 to apply for admission to Professional Education. Combined GPA is calculated from all graded UW-Whitewater coursework and all transferable credits earned from regionally accredited post-secondary institutions at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Other Program Requirements

☐  Complete a minimum of 45 credits by time of application

☐ Completion of a Physics course (130, 212, or 240) with a minimum grade of C- and completion of a Biology course (120 or 214) with a minimum grade of C-. 

  • If you meet all other admission criteria, you can apply for admission while enrolled in this course.
  • Possible waivers or substitutions must be approved by the department chair or advising coordinator in the College of Education and Professional Studies

 Completion of COMDIS 270

AND

☐ An average GPA of at least 3.0 in the following courses:

  • COMDIS 278: Anatomy and Physiology of Human Communication
  • COMDIS 272: Phoenetics and Its Related Processes 
  • COMDIS 240: Hearing and Speech Science

Admission is limited to 30 students.  Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admittance to upper division courses.  When all admittance criteria are met by the applicant, the combined GPA will serve as the determining factor for admission.

Admission to the Communication Science and Disorders program occurs only in the Spring Term.

Licensure Information

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).  

Licenses

Early Childhood (EC)

(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

Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (MC-EA) 

(Approximate Ages: 6-12 or 13 years old)
"Elementary/Middle Education"

  • Grades 1-8: all subjects in a self-contained elementary school
  • Grades 7-8: language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, health and/or licensable minor subject in a departmentalized middle school
  • Grade 9: Licensable minor subject in a departmentalized middle school

*Completion of a minor is required for this program*


Early Adolescence through Adolescence (EA-A)

(Approximate Ages: 10-21 years old)
"Secondary Education"

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


 

Early Childhood through Adolescence (EC-A)

(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.

 

Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (MC-EA) AND Early Adolescence through Adolescence (EA-A)

(Approximate Ages: 6-21 Years Old)

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.

Advising Licensure Coordinators

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 (education@uww.edu 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
Email: education@uww.edu

Graduation and Teacher Licensure Information
Jillian Smith, Certifying Officer
Winther Hall, Room 2036
Phone: (262) 472-1059
Email: smithjm@uww.edu

Early Childhood: Regular & Special Education (Dual Licensure)
Early Childhood (Birth-8 years old)

Carmen Rivers

262-472-1802 WH 4035
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
Lucy Heimer

(262) 472-1106
(262) 472-5802

WH 5033
WH 4039



 Secondary Education      
Art Kristen Monday (262) 472-1830 WH 4050
Bilingual Education Julie Minikel-Lacocque (262) 472-5800 WH 3039
Business and Marketing Education Denise Roseland (262) 472-1831 WH 4045
Computer Science Denise Roseland (262) 472-1831 WH 4045
Driver Education Robin Fox (262) 472-5821 WH 2039
English Anne Stinson (262) 472-1973 WH 3049
English as a Second Language Melanie Schneider (262) 472-5439 WH 3042
Library Media Sarah Beth Nelson 262-472-1380 WH 6035
Math Wade Tillett (262) 472-1078 WH 3050
Music Alena Holmes (262) 472-1217 CA 2006
Physical Education Nikki Hollett (262) 472-1140 WC 123
   - 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
Theatre Bruce Cohen CA
World (Foreign) Language Jenna Cushing-Leubner (262) 472-2198 WH 3039



 Special Education      
Undergraduate CC-ID Barbara Hilliker (262) 472-5376
Undergraduate CC-EBD/LD Barbara Hilliker (262) 472-5376
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
SPECED4U-online program for Special Education Sharon Kolb (262) 472-4831 WH 5041



 Specialized Areas      
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)
Dennis Pauli

(262) 472-4891

WH 4051

Gifted and Talented Program Coordinator ( graduate only) Scott Peters (262) 472-5407 WH 6052
Library Media Sarah Beth Nelson (262) 472-2837 WH 6035
Reading May Vang (262) 472-1382 WH 3041
School Business Administration  (graduate only) John Smith (262) 472-4704 HH 4518
Business Education (graduate only) Karla Saeger 262-472-5475
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



Elementary Education      
Elementary/Middle Yao Fu (262) 472-5213
WH 3035



Applying for a License

Instructions for September 1, 2004 - August 31, 2022 Program Completers

Step 1:  Please submit the Educator Licensing Online (ELO) UWW Application Form to education@uww.edu no later than May 1, 2022.

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. 

Additional Information:

  • DPI will require UWW to upload your name into ELO before you will be able to submit your license application.
  • In order for UWW to submit your name to ELO, you will need to have completed Step 1 (see above), have your final grades in, your degree posted (if applicable), passed the WIFOR test (for applicable majors; i.e. elementary ed, early childhood ed, reading teachers and specialists), passed the WIFOR test or WIFORt Alternative (for applicable special education majors only; this does not include early childhood programs), passed any required content exams, and/or met the minimum 3.0 content GPA for your specific licensure area (if applicable).
  • You may view your unofficial transcript in WINS if you would like to track when your grades have been posted and to see when your Bachelor's degree has been posted.  EVERYTHING must be posted before your name will be submitted to DPI.
  • If all your ducks are in a row, DPI estimates you should be able to complete the online application in approximately 40 minutes.  
  • DPI will require a $125 credit card payment (no PINS are accepted).
  • Once you are applying on DPI's ELO website, if you encounter problems please contact DPI.
  • To check on the status of your application at DPI once your license application has been submitted by you online, use the ELO Public Search at the Department of Public Instruction.

Note:  Temporary or emergency licenses require an entirely different license application process.  Please check with your employer or DPI for additional information regarding alternative pathways to licensure.

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.

  1. Research out-of-state requirements before applying for positions out of Wisconsin. Contact the Department of Education in the state you wish to seek employment.
  2. If the out-of-state application form requires an instituional endorsement, you may email the form to:  education@uww.edu
  3. Once the out-of-state application form has been signed, the application will be emailed or mailed to the person or office the instructions on the form say to return the form to.
  4. If you are applying for both your Wisconsin license and an out-of-state license, submit both applications together.  They will be processed together which will decrease your wait time.

Testing and Requirements

Tests for Admission to Professional Education

 Please see the document below for an important update from ETS regarding Praxis-at-home options.

Praxis at Home Information

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:

  1. Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) Test

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 (5752) when registering with  ETS.  Scores, however, will be reported by individual test (5713, 5723, 5733).

Test

Wisconsin Passing Score

CORE Reading (5713)

156

CORE Writing (5723)

162

CORE Mathematics (5733)

150


 

  1. Praxis I, Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)

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.

PPST

Wisconsin Passing Score

PPST Reading (0710/5710)

175

PPST Writing (0720/5720)

174

PPST Math (0730/5730)

173


 

  1. College Entrance Tests

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.

Test

Wisconsin Passing Scores

ACT
www.act.org

Composite score of 22

with minimum score of 20 on 
English, Math, and Reading

SAT
www.sat.collegeboard.org

Composite score of 1100 

 

GRE Revised General Test
www.ets.org

Minimum score of 150 on Verbal Reasoning, 3 on Analytical Writing, and 145 on Quantitative Reasoning

 

 

 

Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

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.  When registering for the test, make sure to register for test 090.

For detailed information about the test, visit Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin.

State Minimum Score:  240 

Students can electronically enroll to take the WI-FOR at:   www.wi.nesinc.com

Praxis II and Content Area Assessments

Effective January 1, 2020, all students admitted to Professional Education in Secondary English, Science, and Social Studies Programs pursuing initial licensure in Early Adolescence through Adolescence (EA/A) English, Speech, Journalism, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Environmental Studies, Physics, Broad Field Social Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology are required to submit a passing score on the Praxis II Content Knowledge Test by March 1 for a Fall semester student teaching placement, or October 1 for a Spring semester student teaching placement. 

The required Praxis II Content Knowledge Test for initial licensure is:

*Praxis II English Language Arts: Content Knowledge Test for initial license in English (Test Code: 5038; passing score 167),

*Praxis II General Science: Content Knowledge Test for initial license in Science (Test Code: 5435; passing score 154), or

*Praxis II Social Studies: Content Knowledge Test for initial license in Social Studies (Test Code: 5081; passing score 153).

If the first attempt to pass the Praxis II Test results in a failing score, contact your Program Coordinator for additional support.  Register for the test at ets.org

 To qualify for student teaching and licensure in all programs other than those listed above, students must either:

  1. Pass the appropriate Praxis subject assessment test

or

  1. 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).  

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. 

Test Preparation Resources

  • The UW-Whitewater Academic Support Center and Tutorial Center provides free tutoring services for students .  For more information, please visit their website.
  • The UW-Whitewater Andersen Library has a plethora of test preparation materials for students seeking teacher licensure available for checkout and for use in the library.
  • Test preparation books are available for purchase at the  University Bookstore and through your preferred bookseller.  The ETS website provides free study companions and low-cost interative tests.  In order to obtain a copy of the "test at a glance" for your desired subject area, under "for test takers", click on "prepare for a test".
  • We also recommend that students visit their local public libraries to utilize test preparation materials available there.

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

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:

  1. Completion of an approved major, major and minor, or broadfield major, the required professional sequence, and the baccalaureate degree.
  2. Successful completion of the Directed Teaching semester or Graduate Practicum semester at UW-Whitewater.
  3. An combined GPA of 2.75 based on all courses. Exceptions to the 2.75 licensure GPA requirement may be made by the Licensure Officer for no more than 10% of the students completing a licensure program each grading period.
  4. Successful completion of a standardized examination in each licensure area is required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI ). UW-Whitewater requires successful completion of the appropriate standardized examination before a student teaching or practicum placement will be made.

Human Relations

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.