Professional Studies in Education

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IPSE students at Fall for Education Conference

Why should you choose one of our graduate programs?

Communities of learning

Our programs work to build a dynamic, connected, and inspired community of learners dedicated to transforming the profession of education to create a world where every child can learn. Our graduates are defined by their desire to inspire those around them to live caring and meaningful lives.

Mission, Vision, and Values

Students working together at conference.

A top-ranked institution

For the 21st consecutive year, UWL has remained the top ranked comprehensive campus in the UW system. We also remain Wisconsin’s top-ranked public university among our peers according to U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges listing. This resource also ranks UWL 7th for Best Regional (public) Universities in the Midwest.

UWL clocktower with fall leaves.

Experience transformation

"I have to admit that when I saw the word “transformative” used for one of the outcomes of the program it was with some curiosity as to how that was measured or even described by the participants. Yet, person after person was able to share with me how each viewed the transformative process so that when educators went back to their buildings, others did see a change in those who had participated and principals indicated that the changes were felt at the building level itself." Diane Rauschenfels, External Reviewer March 2016

Student and faculty participate in the commencement hooding ceremony.

Notable Alumni

Yet another alumnus named Top Notch Teacher!

August Top Notch Teacher:
Longfellow Middle School’s
Julia Vradenburg

This past year of education has been difficult for students and teachers alike. Julia Vradenburg, a sixth grade teacher at Longfellow Middle School, hopes kids forge connections in school that keep them coming back for more.

Vradenburg always had a heart for education. At an early age, her grandma told her she should be a teacher.

“I loved all my teachers. I loved school growing up. I loved my teachers, and school,” Vradenburg said.

Now, as a teacher, she hopes to do the same for her students. But she and her students navigated online and hybrid classes this past year, it was harder for Vradenburg to forge connections.

“It’s hard to sometimes form relationships that way because it’s not natural, and I mean everyone that’s been on a zoom call knows: It can be awkward,” Vradenburg said.

After spending the first half of the school year online, returning to the classroom was beneficial for her and the kids.

“It’s so great having the kids come in every day,” Vradenburg said. “They are doing such a great job of wearing their masks and staying apart and really trying their best because they want to be here, too.”

Vradenburg primarily teaches English and social studies. Her favorite part of teaching is instilling a love of reading in her students. However, she knows those lessons aren’t the only reason kids come to school.

“A lot of kids, unfortunately, they aren’t coming to my class to learn about this awesome lesson that I have planned about Latin America. They’re coming because they want to see their friends, they want to see their teachers. They want that relationship piece.”

She hopes that those relationships will be what gets kids to stay for the lessons.

“They just bring a smile to my face every day,” she said.

Vradenburg has taught at Longfellow for five years.

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