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Admission to Professional Education

Please see the table below for all applicaton open and close dates, contact with any questions.  

Semester Application Open Date Application Close Date
Winterim 2019 n/a n/a
Spring 2019 January 28th, 2019 at 8am February 15, 2019 at 4:30pm
Summer 2019 May 20th, 2019 at 8am June 7th 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.


☐ Meet the Testing Requirement

*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.

☐ Complete a minimum of 30 credits by time of application   

☐ View the Online Orientation Video and Pass Quiz

☐ Complete a minimum of 40 credits by time of application

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

  • 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

  • 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

Note: 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.

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

Please note: The Physical Education program requires their majors to take EDFOUND 212 and EDFOUND 222 OR EDFOUND 230: Introduction to Human Development, as well as EDFOUND 243 and EDFNDPRC 210 to complete their Foundations Block.
Eligibility Requirements have changed for Spring 2018!
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 PPST or CORE; OR passing scores as designated by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on the ACT, SAT, or GRE 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.

Orientation to Professional Education

To view the video stream, hover over the video frame below and use the lower navigation bar in the screen to play, pause, rewind, and so on. 

After you finish viewing the video, you must complete the quiz referenced in D2L.  In order to access the quiz, you will need to self-register for our "College of Education & Professional Studies - Advising" D2L course.  This document provides step-by-step instructions on how to find and register into this course and complete the quiz.  Further information and instructions will be available in D2L before you begin the quiz. 

Application Form for Licensed Teachers (pdf) (Green Form)

To be used by fully licensed teachers (provisional license, substitute, aide, and/or intern licenses are notconsidered 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.