Advising / Registration Information

Use this form if you are changing majors/minors within the SoE or changing to a SoE major from another college or school at UWL. This form allows you to declare your major and be assigned an advisor aligned with your major.  You will still need to apply to your School of Education program (see Admission to SOE Programs below).

Please note: You must apply for admission to your new School of Education program even if you were already admitted to your previous SoE program.  

Faculty advisors are assigned by departments/programs based on a student’s declared major and/or minor, thus completing the “Change of Program/Plan” form may also change the student’s faculty advisor assignment. Students are not allowed to change their major during the published registration period each semester.

To change your major to another college or school at UWL you should go to the Dean’s Office of that college or school. You can check here to find out how/where to change your major to another college.

Last modified: 12/20/2019

Students who have declared a School of Education major must apply for and be admitted to their program in order to participate in professional coursework and complete program requirements.  Specific admission policies and procedures can be found by following the links below:

Last modified: 09/26/2018

In the case of an extenuating circumstance, students may request an extension to a benchmark or application window. Examples of situations where this might occur include:

  • Applying for admission to SOE
  • Applying for Field or Student Teaching
  • Meeting Student Teaching benchmark dates

Requests for an extension should be made prior to the deadline whenever possible. To make a request, the student should make a request by completing this linked survey. The survey will ask you to provide the following information:

  • Indicate the request
  • Provide an explanation of the extenuating circumstance
  • Provide an explanation of why the application was not able to be submitted within the submission window
  • Identify a UWL faculty member who can speak to the extenuating circumstance

Last modified: 05/03/2023

Academic standing is determined twice each year, once at the end of the fall semester and once at the end of the spring semester. An academic semester refers to the fall or spring semester, not to winter or summer sessions.

The policies linked below outline progressive university response to situations when students’ GPAs fall below the minimum standard.

UWL policies on academic standing

Last modified: 09/26/2018

Students can find this information by logging into the Self Service Center in WINGS.  There will be a blue box to the right of the screen that is labeled “Enrollment Dates” and students should locate the subheading “Enrollment Appointment” and click on the “Details” hyperlink in that section.

Last modified: 05/30/2019

This information can be found on the Cashier’s Office website 

Last modified: 02/21/2020

An override is when an instructor provides a student with permission to enroll in an already full course section.  If a student receives a notice that he/she has been approved for an override, he/she will simply log into Schedule Planner in WINGS and add the course as he/she would during registration.  The override would have already been set in WINGS by the instructor to allow the student to add the course without receiving an error message.  If the student still receives an error message, then he/she should contact the course instructor for further guidance.

Last modified: 05/30/2019

The UWL Records Office provides detailed instructions on how to be added to a course’s waitlist: https://www.uwlax.edu/wings/#wait-lists.  If students are unable to get into a waitlisted course, they are encouraged to contact the course instructor to request an override or the student should select an alternative course.

Last modified: 12/21/2020

Please complete this Off Campus Course Evaluation Form prior to taking a course at another institution. This is especially important if taking a course that is not listed in Transferology.

 

Last modified: 02/16/2023

  • When you submit your student teaching application, you should apply to graduate in your WINGS student center. It is located in the same drop-down menu as your Academic Requirements (AR) report. 
  • Upon receipt of student teaching applications, the Academic Services Director/Teacher Certification officer in the SOE Dean's office will complete a credit check of all students who have applied to student teach.  You will be contacted via email If you are found to be missing required courses, missing required benchmark assessments, or needing to appeal GPA(s).
  • At any time in your career at UWL if you have any questions regarding degree completing contact the Dean's Office (260 Morris Hall, 785-8706). While your faculty advisor can also check your status, the Academic Service Director/Teacher Certification Officer in the Dean's office is the person who will complete your official degree verification when you are all done with your student teaching experience.  

Last modified: 03/24/2021

  • Yes.  If you are a Winter Intercession degree candidate, you may participate in the December commencement ceremony and if you are a Summer degree candidate, you may participate in the May commencement ceremony. 
  • General information about commencement can be found here. 

Last modified: 03/24/2021

Academic Standards and Suspension Appeals

Students must maintain a minimum academic standard in order to continue at UWL. Based on grades earned at UW-La Crosse, a student will be assigned a Good Standing, Warning, Probation, or Suspension status. These standards are defined in the  UWL Catalog in the Academic Regulations and Student Conduct section under the subsection of Retention, Probation, and Suspension . It is possible for a first semester student or for a student never before on Probation to be declared Suspended!

If you are suspended at the end of the semester, you have the right to appeal the decision.  Read instructions below for further information.

Appealing Your “Suspension” Status

A student with a status of "Suspension” may write a letter addressed to the Dean’s Appeals Committee to appeal their status. To write a letter of appeal, please follow the guidelines below.

  • Letters of appeal should be no more than one page in length and address the following questions:
    • What factors beyond your control contributed to your poor academic performance?
    • What specific steps will you take to improve your performance this coming semester?
    • What major and/or academic program do you intend to pursue?
  • Letters should be sent as soon as possible to educatorlicensing@uwlax.edu from your UWL email account (preferred).

If the members of the Dean’s office approve your appeal, you will be readmitted to the University and your academic standing will be changed to “Probation.”

If the members of the Dean’s office deny your appeal, you have the right to bring your original appeal before the Committee for Academic Policies and Standards (CAPS). This faculty committee will hear appeals made in-person by students on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. This is the final level of appeal. If CAPS denies the appeal, you will remain “Suspended” and will be eligible to apply for readmission after your suspension period has ended.

Please be aware of two critical dates regarding letters of appeal:

3pm Thursday, January 12, 2023: Your Spring 2023 class schedule will be saved if you submit an appeal letter and are readmitted by the members of the Dean’s office by 3 pm on this date.

Friday, January 20, 2023: This is the last day to submit a letter of appeal to be considered for readmission for the Spring 2023 semester.

Any questions or concerns regarding academic eligibility and/or the appeals process should be directed to the School of Education Dean’s Office at 608-785-8218 .

Last modified: 12/22/2022

Benchmark Requirement Due Dates:

  • Student Teaching Fall 2023 Benchmarks - due date February 17, 2023
  • Spring 2024 - due date the Monday of the 3rd week of the term (9/18/23)
  • Fall 2024 - due date the Monday of the 3rd week of the term (2/5/24)
  • Spring 2025 - due date the Monday of the 3rd week of the term (9/16/24)
  • Fall 2025 - due date the Monday of the 3rd  week of the term (2/10/25)

*Submission of requirements due by 4:00pm CST on the due date.

Passing test scores, from the testing agency, must be on file in the School of Education Teacher Certification Officer’s office by the dates listed above.

Required Testing by Program

FoRT

FoRT or Portfolio

Praxis or GPA

Praxis required

ACTFL O/W

ECE

X

X

EC-MC

X

X

EME

X

X

MC-EA

X

X

EME/SPECIAL ED

*/**

X

X

EME/SPANISH

*

X

X

EME/FRENCH

*

X

X

EME/TSL

*

X

BFSS no concentration

X

BFSS (HIS, POL, SOC)

X

English Ed

X

Math Ed

X

Science Ed (BIO, CHE, PHY)

X

Art Ed

X

Music Ed

X

PASHE

X

PETE

X

French Ed

X

French Ed/TSL

X(for TSL)

X

Spanish Ed

X

Spanish Ed/TSL

X(for TSL)

X

*Fort exemption is contingent on applying for both licenses.

**UWL’s ACT 44 (alternative pathway for licensure for EME/SPE) is pending approval by DPI - anticipated approval December 2022. We will continue to provide updates to students in EME/SPE as they are available.

Who should I contact about advising and certification?

Academic Services Director/Teacher Certification OfficerJen Pinnow      educatorlicensing@uwlax.edu 608.785.8127Under the supervision of the Dean of SOE, this position is responsible for representing the Dean with regards to student academic issues and serving as a resource on academic policies, procedures, and degree requirements for teacher education students, faculty and staff. This position is responsible for verifying degree completion for undergraduate teacher education students/graduates and students in master’s and certificate programs after each term. This position is also responsible for verifying program completion for graduates applying for licensure in any state requiring institutional verification of program completion, and is the institutional resource on teacher licensing rules for the State of Wisconsin. The certification officer works closely with the Dean to ensure compliance with Wisconsin teacher licensing rules. Additional work includes collection, maintenance, and reporting of program completers and testing for licensure data to state and federal agencies.

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