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    Important Steps to the Teaching Profession:

    Pass your Praxis Exams
    These tests are required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. In order to enter the teacher education program, you must have successfully passed the Praxis I(PPST) and have documentation received in the Office of Certification. 
    In order to in order to receive a student teaching placement, you must have successfully passed the Praxis II and have documentation received in the Office of Certification. Register online at Be sure to register early because testing locations can fill quickly. 
    Complete your application for admission to the Teacher Education program
    For information about the admission application process, visit the SOE admissions process page.


    Complete your Criminal Background Check
    You will need to complete a criminal background check prior to participating in a field experience.  Instructions on how to complete the criminal background check will be sent to registered students by the Office of Field Experience. More information available on the Teacher Candidate webpage.
    Complete your application for Student Teaching
    Information on announcements and important dates as well as application forms can be found on the Teacher Candidate webpage.

    Who should I contact about advising and certification?

    Guy Herling
    Assistant to the Dean, College of Science and Health
    228 Graff Main Hall
    Telephone: 608.785.8156
    Guy works with students enrolled in physical education and school health education programs.

    Peter Stovall
    Academic Advisor, College of Liberal Studies
    300D Morris Hall
    Telephone: 608.785.8446

    Sandy Keller
    Assistant to the Dean and Certification Officer, College of Liberal Studies
    Suite 260, Room 275 Morris Hall
    Telephone: 608.785.8123
    Sandy works with students admitted to Department of Educational Studies programs, second undergraduate degree candidates and students enrolled in graduate programs in the Department of Educational Studies. As the certification officer, Sandy endorses program completers for licensure in states requiring this documentation.