Application process

Going further, doing more

Physical Education Teaching (MS)

*For applicants to the Exercise & Sport Science-Physical Education Teaching-Adapted [SAH] optionSince we are preparing graduate level APE teachers, applicants for Fellowships and assistantships must be certified to teach physical education upon acceptance into the program. Non-certified students can be admitted, but their program of study will be longer in order to complete teacher certification prerequisites. In addition, non-certified applicants are not eligible for APE Fellowship funding.

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How to apply

Contact the graduate program director expanding section

We encourage you to make contact with our program director to introduce yourself and ask any questions you might have about the program.  This contact also helps to alert us to your interest in the program.  Complete the form below to get the process started!

Physical Education Teaching

Zack Beddoes  Profile of Zack Beddoes  Office hours

Assistant Professor
152 Mitchell Hall

Specialty areas:

-Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and physical education

-Collective Teacher Efficacy and group curricular decision making

-Collective data collection and assessment

-Secondary physical education

Submit a UW System application expanding section
  • Follow the link to the UW System application. Register as a new user, unless you already have an account.
  • The email you enter on this application will be used to send you important information related to completing your graduate school application. You should use an email address that you monitor on a regular basis. 
  • There is a $56 UW System application fee, which you can pay online at the time of application. Alternatively, you can send a check to the address below.  *Application fee assistance is available to McNair Scholars. 

Graduate Admissions Office
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

* Students wishing to pursue the graduate level APE program should apply to admission to the Exercise & Sport Science-Physical Education Teaching-Adapted (SAH) option.

Watch your email

Following UW System Application submission, you will receive two emails.

The first email is an invitation to your WINGS Student Center and includes information about your NETID/WINGS Username.  Access your WINGS Student Center to check the status of your application fee and transcripts.

The second email provides login information for your Applicant Dashboard. This email will be sent within 3 business days of submission of your UW system application; you may need to check your junk/spam email folders.  You will use your Applicant Dashboard to submit the supplemental application materials described below for this program. If you have problems with the Applicant Dashboard, please contact

WINGS (example)

Applicant Dashboard (example)

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Submit transcripts expanding section

Request that ALL previously attended institutions of higher education send official transcripts to the UWL Admissions Office.  This includes transcripts for courses taken for college credit during high school. UWL accepts transcripts mailed directly from the issuing institution(s) or through an electronic secure document sending service.  Transcripts should be sent to:

UWL Admissions Office
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

  • Applicants can check transcript status via their WINGS account.
  • Applicants who are current UWL undergraduate students/alumni do not need to request formal transcripts for UWL coursework. Admissions can access your UWL transcript.
Log in to Applicant Dashboard to submit supplemental application materials expanding section

All supplemental application materials listed below will be submitted via your Applicant Dashboard. You will receive an email invitation to login to your Applicant Dashboard within 3 business days of UW System Application submission. Contact with questions.

Resume expanding section

You will be asked to submit a current professional resume.

Additional requirements for international applicants expanding section

In addition to the application requirements listed above, international applicants will need to submit the following items:

  • Transcript information - As noted above, official, certified or attested transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must be submitted. Additionally, documents issued in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • Proof of English language proficiency: Non-native English speakers must submit evidence of one the following language proficiency requirements for admission:
    • TOEFL score (within last 2 years) of at least 79 iBT or 550 pBT - Institution Code: 1914
    • IELTS score (within last 2 years) of at least 6.0
    • 60 PTE score
    • A bachelor’s or higher degree from UWL or another approved institution where English is the sole language of instruction.
      • Degree must be earned within two years of expected enrollment in this UWL graduate program.
      • Applicant must have attended the institution for a minimum of two years.
  • Proof of funding: Submit a bank statement and completed Affidavit of Support form.
    • Applicants who require F-2 visas for dependents (spouse and/or children) must submit additional proof of funding and passport copies for each dependent.

  • Passport information: Submit a photocopy of the photo page of your passport. 

Please contact International Admissions at if you have questions.  Each of the items listed in this section "Additional requirements for international applicants" can be sent directly to the UWL Admissions Office.

UWL Admissions Office
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601


We have a variety of flexible deadlines based on the semester in which you intend to start enrollment in the program.  As a guideline, we start reviewing applications on February 1st, but recruitment continues. It generally takes at least 4-5 weeks to process a complete application once it is received at the university. It is VERY IMPORTANT to request transcripts from all colleges/universities you attended, not just those from your final degree granting school. Admission decisions can’t be made until all transcripts are received. 

The final application deadline is May 1 of each year for fall semester and November 1 for spring semester.  However, the deadline for consideration for a Graduate Assistantship (starting the following fall) is February 1.