College of Education & Professional Studies

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Phone: (262) 472-1101
E-mail: education@uww.edu

Admission to Professional Education

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 acecpts 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 2019 APPLICATION CLOSED APPLICATION CLOSED
Spring 2020 January 27th, 2020 at 8am February 14th, 2020 at 4:30pm
Summer 2020 May 18th, 2020 at 8am June 5th, 2020 at 4:30pm
Fall 2020 TBD TBD


☐ 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.

BEGINNING FALL 2019, 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 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 340 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

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.

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.

☐ 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.