Certification & licensures

All teacher education programs offered at UWL have been approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Graduates who have successfully completed an approved program and have been recommended by UWL are eligible for a Wisconsin certificate to teach.

Age Ranges Typical Corresponding Grades
Early Childhood through Middle Childhood (EC-MC) Birth - 11 PK - 6
Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (MC-EA) 6 - 12/13 1 - 8
Early Adolescence through Adolescence (EA-A) 10 - 21 5 - 12
Early Childhood through Adolescence (EC-A) Birth - 21 PK - 12
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Wisconsin certification codes

Following is a list of PI 34 certification codes for Wisconsin only. The codes listed represent certification programs offered by UW-La Crosse. For more information, please visit the 

Early Childhood-Middle Childhood, 71 777

Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence, 72 777

  • Earth Science (MC-EA majors), 72 635
  • English (MC-EA majors), 72 300
  • ESL (MC-EA majors), 72 395
  • French (MC-EA majors), 72 355
  • General Science (MC-EA majors), 72 634
  • Geography (MC-EA majors), 72 715
  • German Studies (MC-EA majors), 72 370
  • History (MC-EA majors), 72 725
  • Mathematics (MC-EA majors), 72 400
  • School Health (MC-EA majors), 72 910
  • Social Studies (MC-EA majors), 72 734
  • Spanish (MC-EA majors), 72 365
  • Special Education (MC-EA majors), 72 801
NOTE: "777" denotes all subjects for early childhood-middle childhood and middle childhood-early adolescence majors

Early Adolescence-Adolescence

  • Biology (EA-A) 73 605
  • Broadfield Science (EA-A), 73 601
  • Broadfield Social Studies (EA-A), 73 701
  • Chemistry (EA-A), 73 610
  • Computer Science (EA-A), 73 405
  • Earth Science (EA-A), 73 635
  • Economics (EA-A), 73 710
  • English (EA-A), 73 300
  • ESL (EA-A), 73 395
  • French minor (EA-A), 73 355
  • Geography (EA-A), 73 715
  • German Studies minor (EA-A) 73 370
  • History (EA-A), 73 725
  • Mathematics (EA-A), 73 400
  • Physics (EA-A), 73 625
  • Political Science (EA-A), 73 735
  • Psychology (EA-A), 73 740
  • Sociology (EA-A), 73 745
  • Spanish minor (EA-A), 73 365
  • Special Education (EA-A) 73 801

Early Childhood-Adolescence

  • Art (EC-A), 74 550
  • ESL minor (EC-A) if major is French, German, or Spanish only, 74 395
  • French (EC-A), 74 355
  • German Studies (EC-A), 74 370
  • Music-Choral (EC-A), 74 511
  • Music-General (EC-A), 74 515
  • Music-Instrumental (EC-A), 74 506
  • Physical Education (EC-A), 74 530
  • Adaptive PE (EC-A), 74 860
  • School Health (EC-A), 74 910
  • Spanish (EC-A), 74 365
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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, Academic Warning, Probation, or Suspension status. These standards are defined in the  UWL Catalog in the Academic Policies section under the subsection of Academic Eligibility. It is possible for a first semester student or for a student never before on Probation to be declared Suspended!

Suspended student appeals

Students declared academically Suspended may appeal their status by writing a 1-2 page, detailed letter of appeal addressed to the Dean's Appeals Committee. Please follow the directions provided below:

  1. The Committee appreciates all the information you may supply, and your appeal should address these questions:
    1. What has contributed to your poor academic performance?
    2. How will you improve your performance this coming semester?
    3. What major/academic program do you intend to pursue?
  2. Letters should be no more than one 1-2 page in length and please include a current phone number and email address to facilitate efficient communication.
  3. Appeal process:  direct your appeal to the School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education. To save your next semester schedule your appeal should be sent ASAP (by email or mail as directed below):
    1. Email: acree@uwlax.edu
    2. NOTE: If emailing the letter, send from your UWL email address
    3. Mail: 235 Morris Hall, 1725 State Street, La Crosse, WI 54601.
  4. Please direct all correspondence and questions to:
    1. 235 Morris Hall, 608.785.8218. 

If your appeal is approved by the Dean's Appeals Committee, you will be permitted to return on probation this coming semester.

However, if your appeal is denied by the Dean's Appeals Committee you have the right to bring your original appeal before the Committee for Academic Policies and Standards (CAPS), which meets prior to the beginning of the spring semester. This is the final level of appeal; if CAPS denies the appeal, you must remain out of school for one semester.

Appeals Process

Do not submit an appeal of your suspension status until the deadline to submit grade changes has passed (11:59 p.m., January 18, 2022).


Appeal Format

Priority Date

Outcome of Appeal

1. Dean’s Appeal Committee

Letter of Appeal

Before Before January 18, 2022 to avoid elimination of your Spring 2022 schedule.

Successful—allowed to return on probation

Unsuccessful—suspended status remains, may appeal to CAPS

2. Appeal to CAPS

Appeal In-person before faculty committee

Please contact the Dean’s Office for the date to appeal in person before CAPS

Successful-- allowed to return on probation

Unsuccessful—suspended status remains for one semester

View a sample letter format

Please click here for application directions.

NOTE: This Certification by State page is intended to help find information on states of your choice. We are not responsible for the content beyond this site. For questions regarding certification in states other than Wisconsin, please refer to the contact information contained in the links below. 

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West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming Puerto Rico

Contact Information

Ashley Cree  Profile of Ashley Cree  Office hours

Acad Services & Cert Officer
275 Morris Hall

Specialty areas:

Teacher certification/licensing, academic policies and procedures, monitoring degree progress, probation and suspension, advising, and admission to School of Education programs.