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To become licensed to teach in Wisconsin, students must complete the following steps before an application form is submitted to the Wisconsin DPI or other state.
- Complete the teacher education program with the minimum required grade point average in the major, minor and professional education courses
- Meet the minimum overall G.P.A. of 2.75 required to complete the program
- Be judged as meeting all required performance standards reflected in the Wisconsin Teacher Standards and the knowledge, skills and dispositions of the UW-Platteville School of Education program. Initial teacher candidates must have evidence of successful review of a portfolio of artifacts reflecting their teaching performance and passing of the appropriate Praxis II content test(s) and other state mandated tests
- Obtain a license application from the certification officer of the School of Education
- Pay the required fee and submit the completed application to the certification officer of the School of Education
After transcripts and other measures of program completion have been reviewed, the certification officer may recommend licensure to the DPI.
Teacher education programs at UW-Platteville satisfy the requirements for licensure through the Wisconsin DPI. Wisconsin teaching licenses are highly regarded in other states; however, each state establishes its own set of rules for licensing teachers. While the School of Education assists with all aspects of the licensure process, it is ultimately the responsibility of those individuals planning to seek licensure in states other than Wisconsin to verify that they will qualify for licenses in those states.
The Wisconsin DPI makes periodic changes in teacher licensure requirements that may affect teacher education programs. It is the responsibility of all students to contact the Office of the Director of the School of Education to make certain that they have the most current information to ensure proper planning. All students enrolled in teacher preparation programs must proceed through three steps:
- Admission to the School of Education
- Admission to student teaching
- Completion of licensure requirements
- Any student seeking teaching licensure who has been convicted of a criminal offense must contact the Wisconsin DPI to discuss eligibility for a teaching license.
- The DPI regularly changes licensure requirements. Any requirement changed after publication of this catalog will still be required of the student to be licensed. Students should check with their advisors regularly to determine needed changes in their programs due to changes in licensure rules.
All students intending to become teachers in elementary, middle, or secondary school should take the Pre-Professional Skills Test in their freshman year. All students should file application for admission to the School of Education by their sophomore year at UW-Platteville.
Note: Only students who have been admitted to the School of Education may enroll in restricted education courses.
Transfer students must earn a minimum of 15 credits at UW- Platteville before admission to the School of Education. Transfer students may apply for admission during their first semester on campus and complete interview(s) and other requirements that semester.
To be eligible for admission, teacher candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Successfully complete the PPST. Passing scores for PPST are reading 175, writing 174 and mathematics 173. Teacher candidates should take the PPST during their first year at UW-Platteville
- Earn grades of “C” or better in the following courses: Freshman Composition (ENGLISH 1130 and ENGLISH 1230), SPEECH (2010 is strongly recommended though 1010 will satisfy the speech requirement), TEACHING 1230 Introduction to Education or PHYSED 2320 Introduction to Physical Education and Health Promotion and 2010 Computer Applications in Education
- Have earned 40 semester credits in an accredited college of which at least 15 credits have been earned at UW- Platteville
- Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.65 or better
- Prepare an admission portfolio, present it to an interview committee during Pre-Professional Days and be recommended for admission by the committee
- Satisfy tutoring requirement: applies only to students in early childhood-middle childhood (birth-age 11) program
A student may be denied admission to the School of Education on the basis of either a low grade point average or unsatisfactory scores on any subsection of the PPST. In addition, a student might be denied admission based on faculty assessment of the applicant’s capacity to complete successfully the requirements of a professional teacher education program and to carry out the responsibilities of beginning teachers.
A student who has been denied admission on the basis of any of the established criteria may file an appeal with the chair of the Teacher Education Committee.
After admission to the School of Education, students complete coursework, including methods courses and pre-student teaching field assignments, which give students the opportunity to demonstrate content knowledge, teaching skills and professional dispositions. Students must submit a student teaching portfolio as evidence of their competencies.
Requirements: To be eligible for admission to student teaching, a candidate must:
- Meet or exceed the minimum required grade point average of 2.75 overall and in major(s), teaching minor(s) and professional education courses (Note: 3.00 is required in major, minor and professional education for elementary education, B-11, students.)
- Have completed appropriate methods course(s) for the major and minor, as well as TEACHING 2130 and TEACHING 3320 or equivalent courses
- Have grades of “C” or better in required methods courses, content courses, and in all required professional education courses completed
- Have documentation of an approved student teaching/level II portfolio on file
- Have passed the appropriate Praxis II content test(s) – no waivers allowed
- Have been admitted to the School of Education for one full semester prior to student teaching
Student teaching is the final component of the teacher education program and is scheduled for a full semester based on the local school calendar. Normally, student teaching is completed in a school district within a 100-mile radius of Platteville. Upon completion of student teaching, students must submit a licensure portfolio demonstrating their competencies.
- Early childhood through middle childhood (birth-age 11)
- Early adolescence (ages 10-14)
- Early adolescence through adolescence (ages 10-21)
- Early childhood through adolescence (birth-age 21), which applies to special wide-range fields such as art, music, foreign languages, physical education/health, agriculture, technology education, and theatre
All licensure programs require the completion of a major and a professional education component.
Approved comprehensive majors, academic majors, and minors are listed below. More detailed information on individual majors and minors (and the course descriptions) can be found by looking under the department or school that houses the major or minor. The listing will also include the college in which the department is housed.
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