Students interested in completing a teacher education program at UW-La Crosse may declare a teacher education major and be assigned an advisor in their program at any point in their career at UW-La Crosse.  However, students must apply for and be accepted into the program in order to register for certain education courses, progress to a degree, and complete licensure requirements.

  • Applications are accepted to DES and SPE programs via an online survey during the first 3 weeks of the Fall and Spring semesters. 
  • Late/incomplete applications are not considered. 
  • A confirmation email will be sent to applicants when they successfully complete their application survey.  
  • An admissions committee will meet to review applications and determine who will be accepted to the program.
  • Admission decisions will be sent to the applicants via e-mail by Friday of the eighth week of the semester. 
  • Admission decisions by programs are contingent upon criminal background check (CBC) clearance by the UWL Office of Field Experience.*
  • Any applicant who changes major or licensure track must reapply for admission. Readmission will be based on current admission criteria.

* The WI Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requires that candidates for admission to a teacher education, administration, or pupil services program successfully pass a criminal background check (CBC) as one criterion for admission. By applying for admission to one of these programs, candidates agree to provide the necessary personal information to UWL in order to initiate their CBC, and to complete their portion of the process prior to the deadline specified in their admission letter.  Teacher candidates are responsible for all costs associated with their criminal background check(s). 

Admissions Criteria

  1. Applicants must meet minimum criteria in order to apply – please follow this link to the catalog to view these criteria
  2. Additional factors may be considered in admissions decisions.   EC-MC and MC-EA applicants will also be asked to submit a writing statement based on a prompt, "What do you want to accomplish as a teacher? (no more than 200 words)."
  3. Request for an admission waiver:  Applicants who have significant extenuating circumstances that prevent them from meeting the GPA admission criterion may apply for an admission waiver (follow the link for more detailed information).  Candidates requesting a waiver must write a letter supporting their likely success in the program.  Candidates are encouraged to address the following points as part of their letter:
    1. What factors contributed to your current cumulative GPA?
    2. What supports did you seek out to help you improve your coursework?
    3. Why do you desire to become a teacher?
    4. What are some personal qualities or experiences you would bring to the classroom that we might not find with other applicants?

Questions about admission requirements?

Heidi Masters  Profile of Heidi Masters

Assistant Professor
300E Morris Hall

Specialty areas:

Science Education