​SOE Professional Education Program Application Requirements

APPLICATION DEADLINES: Applications for the Professional Education Program are processed two times a year - February 22 and September 22. Applications are due the Friday prior to the deadline if the deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday. 

Email complete application packet to: SOE.Academic.and.Career.Advising.Center@uwsp.edu

Decision letters are emailed from our Education.Office@uwsp.edu account within 4 weeks of the application deadline. Students who are denied admission are eligible to appeal the decision

The following requirements must be met BEFORE applying to the Professional Education Program. 

  • 24 Credits completed 

    Pass/fail credits, and courses below the 100 level are not included in the 24 credit requirement. Advanced Placement (AP), CLEP, retroactive credits and credits by exam are included in the 24 credit requirement (if approved at UWSP). 

  • 2.60 Cumulative GPA from all accredited institutions attended

    NOTE: 2.75 cumulative GPA is required in order to student teach.

    Students who do not meet this requirement should read the exception policy


  • Freshman English Requirement

    • Receive a B- or better in English 101 or 150 OR

    • Receive a 2.50 in English 101/102 or 101/202 OR

    • Receive a B- or better in English 250 OR

    • Test out of English 101 through department test-out exam or receive credit by examination. This does not include AP credit given for English 101 if English 150 is required. OR

    • Meet with the Tutoring Learning Center Writing Lab tutors for at least five, 1/2 hour sessions SINCE you completed either English 101 or 150. NOTE: If you have already completed the former Professional Competency Program - Writing, you have met this requirement. Contact the Tutoring Learning Center for more information on their Writing Lab. 

    • A completed bachelor's degree

    • Be currently enrolled in ENGL 101 or 150 (if you apply using this criteria, you can only be conditionally admitted to the Program and must receive a B- or better in ENGL 101 or 150 by the end of the semester for full admission to the Program).

  • Criminal Background Check - You must submit either a or b at the time of application:

a) Request, print and attach a Wisconsin Department of Justice (Wisconsin DOJ) background check. We will accept a previous check that is no older than 6 months from the date you turn in your application. There is a small fee associated with this. It may take a few days to get this. Make sure to use the option that you can get the results online immediately and not the option to have them mailed to you as this has taken as long as 3 weeks for some students. Directions


b) If you have worked in a child care center and have had the DCF (Department of Children and Families) background check performed, including electronic fingerprints, you can attach your “letter of eligibility” from DCF if it is dated within the last 6 months from the date you turn in the application.

  • Major/Minor Department Requirements

Each department, outside of the School of Education, has the ability to establish their own, additional admission requirements. It is the student's responsibility to see the department of major(s) and minor(s) for additional requirements. 

  • Conduct Disclosure

Please be aware that you will be asked to self-disclose previous conduct-related matters during the School of Education application process. The existence of on-campus behavioral issues and/or a criminal record do not constitute an automatic bar to admission and will be considered only as it/they substantially relate(s) to the duties and responsibilities of the program and eventual licensure.

It is strongly recommended that students seeking admission to the Professional Education Program practice positive role-modeling behavior early in, and consistently throughout, their student career. It is important to note that students are responsible for their own behavior, as well as the behavior of their guests on campus.

Students with multiple, recent, and/or serious conduct histories may be required to meet with a committee in the Professional Education Program to discuss their behavior in order to determine admission status.

  • Disposition Expectations

Students admitted to the Professional Education Program will be expected to meet disposition expectations throughout the academic program.

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