College of Education & Professional Studies

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Office: Winther Hall Information Desk window (main floor lobby)
Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday
Phone: (262) 472-1101


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 Admssion 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
Licensure Areas
Dual Licensure: Regular & Special Education

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
Regular Education Licensure

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.

Special Education Licensure

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.

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 ( 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) Lucy Heimer (262) 472-5802 WH 4039
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
Elementary Education      
Elementary/Middle Yao Fu (262) 472-5213
WH 3035
Undeclared Education Academic Advising & Exploration Center (AAEC) (262) 472-5220 RS 2054
 Secondary Education      
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
Theatre Bruce Cohen CA
World (Foreign) Language Jenna Cushing-Leubner (262) 472-2198 WH 3039
 Special Education      
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) Simone DeVore (262) 472-5808 WH 4036
Minor in 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) Pamela Clinkenbeard (262) 472-5432 WH 6045
Library Media Eileen Schroeder (262) 472-2837 WH 1005
Reading Nancy Stevens (262) 472-1479 WH 3045
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.

  • No course shall be used to satisfy more than one area of the PI-34 general education requirements for licensure; and
  • For transfer, non-traditional, and post baccalaureate students, the decision about the suitability of any given course to be accepted in partial fulfillment of PI-34 general education requirements for licensure shall be made by the College of Education & Professional Studies faculty or Licensure Program Coordinator evaluating the student's transcript. These decisions are matters of professional judgment that shall be made in the best interests of the student and the intent of the general education for licensure requirement established by the PI-34 legislation.

Tests for Admission to Professional Education


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 (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)



  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.


Wisconsin Passing Score

PPST Reading (0710/5710)


PPST Writing (0720/5720)


PPST Math (0730/5730)



  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.


Wisconsin Passing Scores


September 17, 2017 to present

Composite score of 22

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

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




Licensure Tests

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. 

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

State Minimum Score:  240 

The WI-FOR test is being administered through the UW-W Testing Office Thursday evenings during the academic year.   Students can also electronically enroll to take the WI-FOR at: 

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


  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).  

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. 

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

How to apply for a Teacher, Pupil Services, or Administration License

Instructions for September 1, 2004 - August 31, 2020 Program Completers

Step 1:  Please submit the Educator Licensing Online (ELO) UWW Application Form to the Winther Hall Information Desk window (

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 have need to have completed Step 1 (see above), have your final grades in, your degree posted (if applicable), your edTPA completed, your human relations requirement completed, and passed any required content exams.
  • You may view your unofficial transcript in WINS if you would like to track when your grades have been posted, your Bachelor's degree posted, and to see if your Human Relations Requirement milestone 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 at:
  • 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.

DPI Licensure Codes

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:
      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.


US Department of Education
Career Services

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.