Admission to SOE

Admission to School of Education: Undergraduate Teacher Education (Initial License) Programs

Please see the Graduate and Add-on program information page for graduate admission/completion info.

Wisconsin educator licensing code (PI 34.018(2)) requires that candidates for an educator license must apply for admission to the educator preparation program. have an admissions process. All education majors must apply for and be admitted to the School of Education and their teacher education program in order to enroll in professional education courses. Each program has specific criteria to be eligible to apply for admission (see below). Meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee admission into the School of Education/Teacher Education Programs. Limited availability of resources may impact the number of students admitted. 

Criminal Background Check (CBC)

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). 

SOE iPad program

Teacher candidates who are admitted to the School of Education are required to have an iPad that meets SOE specifications (follow this link for a detailed description of the iPad program). The fee for the iPad is financial aid eligible and will appear on the student bill in the semester following admission to the candidate's teacher education program. If the acquisition of an iPad is a financial hardship, please contact SOE to discuss options. Students who are admitted to SOE are provided information on how to purchase the appropriate iPad through the SOE iPad order survey.  Teacher candidates who purchase their own device outside of the SOE process and without pre-approval do so at their own risk. 

Admission Guidelines and Electronic Application Links

Spring 2022 applications open January 24, 2022 and close at 4:00 pm on February 11, 2022

Apply to DES programs (ECMC, EME, and EME dual certification) expanding section

Admission to Programs in the Department of Educational Studies (DES)

Follow this link to learn more about applying to the programs listed below:

  • Early Childhood-Middle Childhood (birth-grade 5)
  • Elementary/Middle Education (grades K-9)
  • Elementary/Middle Education (grades K-9) & Special Education (grades K-12)
  • Elementary/Middle Education (grades K-9) & TESOL (grades K-12)
  • Elementary/Middle Education (grades K-9) & French Education (grades K-12)
  • Elementary/Middle Education (grades K-9) & Spanish Education (grades K-12)

Follow this link to apply for admission to a DES program

Apply to STEP programs (English, Math, Science, Social Studies) expanding section

Apply for admission to Secondary Teacher Education Preparation (STEP) programs

Follow this link to learn more about applying to the STEP programs listed below:

  • Biology - Science Education Emphasis (grades 4-12)
  • Broadfield Social Studies Education (grades 4-12)
  • Broadfield Social Studies Education (grades 4-12) - History Emphasis
  • Broadfield Social Studies Education (grades 4-12) - Political Science Emphasis
  • Broadfield Social Studies Education (grades 4-12) - Sociology Emphasis
  • Chemistry - Science Education Emphasis (grades 4-12)
  • English Education (grades 4-12)
  • Mathematics Education (grades 4-12)
  • Physics - Science Education Emphasis (grades 4-12)

Follow this link to complete Phase 1 of the application to STEP programs

Follow this link to complete Phase 2 of the application to STEP programs

Apply to AWLME programs (Art, Music, World Languages) expanding section

Apply for admission to Art, Music, and World Language Education Programs

Follow this link to learn more about applying to the programs listed below:

  • Art Education (grades K-12)
  • French Education (grades K-12)
  • French Education (grades K-12) & TESOL (grades K-12)
  • Music Education (grades K-12) - Choral & General Emphasis
  • Music Education (grades K-12) - Instrumental & General Emphasis
  • Spanish Education (grades K-12)
  • Spanish Education (grades K-12) & TESOL (grades K-12)

Follow this link to apply for admission to AWLME programs

Apply to the PASHE program expanding section

Apply for admission to the Physical, Adapted and School Health Education (PASHE) program

Follow this link to learn more about applying to the triple licensure PASHE program:

  • Physical Education (grades K-12), Adapted Physical Education (grades K-12), and School Health Education (grades K-12)

Follow this link to apply to the PASHE program

Follow this link for the PASHE reference request form

Teacher Education Program Requirements

Teacher candidates (education majors) must meet SOE Core requirements and  other benchmarks required by the WI Department of Public Instruction and the School of Education in order to be endorsed for a teaching license. Complete information on program requirements is available in the UWL undergraduate catalog. Some links to education program requirements are provided below.

Benchmark Assessments (testing) requirements

Program completion requirements