School of Education

Department website:

Director: Dr. Jennifer Collins
Office: 139 Doudna
Phone: 608.342.1131

Teacher Licensure 

  • Licensure Requirements
  • Approved Licensure Programs
  • Statutory and Administrative Code Requirements

Teacher Education 

  • Early Childhood through Middle Childhood (birth - age 11)
  • STEM Education Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (ages 6-12/13)
  • Early Adolescence through Adolescence (ages 10 - 21)
  • Early Childhood through Adolescence (birth - age 21)
  • Special Education/Inclusion minor

Mission of the School of Education

The mission of the School of Education is to provide the highest quality education to prepare professionals who think critically, teach and counsel using best practices and research from a broad knowledge base, and use effective skills strengthened by professional disposition.


The undergraduate curriculum prepares candidates for initial licensure as professional educators.

Post Baccalaureate/Graduate Programs 

A variety of programs (e.g., cross-categorical, educational administration, reading, and ESL licensure) are provided to assist teachers in deepening their content knowledge and broadening their understanding of specific content areas.


The School of Education is committed to the UW-Platteville mission. To help meet that mission, many formal and informal partnerships have been developed and are maintained within the university community, local school districts, and other agencies and industries.

Knowledge, Skill and Disposition Statements

Domain 1: Planning and Preparation

Candidates will:

  • demonstrate knowledge of content and pedagogy
  • demonstrate knowledge of students
  • select instructional goals
  • demonstrate knowledge of resources
  • design coherent instruction
  • assess student learning

Domain 2: The Classroom Environment

Candidates will:

  • create an environment of respect and rapport
  • establish a culture for learning
  • manage classroom procedures
  • manage student behavior
  • organize physical space

Domain 3: Instruction

Candidates will:

  • communicate clearly and accurately
  • use questioning and discussion techniques
  • engage students in learning
  • provide feedback to students
  • demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness

Domain 4: Professional Responsibilities

Candidates will:

  • reflect on teaching
  • maintain accurate records
  • communicate with families
  • contribute to the school and district
  • grow and develop professionally
  • show professionalism

Please contact the School of Education for further details regarding the assessment plan.

About the School and Majors

The School of Education includes all teacher education licensure areas. The school also includes graduate programs.

Programs include:

Teacher Education

Contact: Dr. Jennifer Collins
Phone: 608.342.1131

The School of Education has a rich history at UW-Platteville. The university has been preparing teachers since the first Normal School was established in 1866. The school takes great pride in this tradition and is committed to the continuation of quality in its educational offerings and programs.

The degree programs build on the School of Education theme, "Best Practices Make the Difference." Best practices follow a developmental, reflective model. Best practices teachers are defined as professionals who are aware of the developmental stages of their students as well as their own professional developmental needs. Best practices teachers are growing in their skills of providing developmentally appropriate instruction and effective teacher strategies to assist students in becoming reflective thinkers. Best practices teachers are themselves reflective thinkers.

The School of Education administers professional education programs at UW-Platteville and is responsible for the preparation of teachers. The School of Education is responsible for all professional and clinical programs; serves as a resource center for students, faculty, program directors, and administrators; maintains appropriate student records; and maintains appropriate records for accreditation and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction program approval.

Education Office of Special Programs

(Graduate Programs)

The Education Office of Special Programs provides administrative support to graduate programs and, in particular, the cross-categorical special education, educational administration, reading, reading specialist, English as a second language (ESL), and bilingual education programs that lead to licensure by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).   Other programs supported by the Education Office of Special Programs include the Adult Education and Human Services (Counseling) programs. More information can be obtained by calling 608.342.1276 or 1.800.208.7041.

Teacher Licensure Requirements

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 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:

  1. Admission to the School of Education
  2. Admission to student teaching
  3. Completion of licensure requirements


  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Level 1 Benchmark: Admission to the School of Education

All students intending to become teachers in elementary, middle, or secondary school must meet the School of Education admission requirements.  All students should file an 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 other requirements that semester.

To be eligible for admission, teacher candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.750 or higher.  If the grade point average is lower than a 2.750 but greater than 2.650, then successful completion of a basic skills tests can be taken to satisfy this requirement.  The Praxis Core tests can be completed and the passing scores for Praxis Core: Reading 156, Writing 162, and Mathematics 150. Wisconsin Educator Preparation Programs (EPP) may use one of the following three college entrance tests in lieu of passing Praxis Core scores;  ACT: composite score of 23 with minimum sub-scores of 20 on English, math, and reading;  ACT plus Writing: composite score of 22 and combined English/writing score of 20;  SAT (9/1/2016): minimum sub-scores of 145 on quantitative reasoning, 150 on verbal reasoning, 3 on analytical writing;  SAT (prior to 9/1/2015): minimum score of 520 on mathematics, 510 on critical reading, and 480 on writing; GRE (revised after 8/1/2011): minimum sub-scores of 145 on quantitative reasoning, 150 on verbal, and 3 on analytical writing;
  2. Earn grades of “C” or better in the following courses: ENGLISH 1130 and ENGLISH 1230, SPEECH 1010 or 2010 (SPEECH 2010 is strongly recommended, though SPEECH 1010 will satisfy the speech requirement), TEACHING 1230 or HHP 2320 and TEACHING 2010 or MUSIC 3290 for music majors.  Technology Education majors are not required to complete TCHG 2010;
  3. Have earned 40 semester credits in an accredited college of which at least 15 credits have been earned at UW-Platteville;
  4. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.65 or better; and
  5. Prepare an admission portfolio using Taskstream during TEACHING 1230 or HHP 2320

A student may 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 School of Education Director.

Level 2 Benchmark: Admission to Student Teaching

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 mini edTPA portfolio as evidence of their competencies.


To be eligible for admission to student teaching, a candidate must:

  1. Meet or exceed the minimum required grade point average of 2.75 overall, including major coursework, teaching minor(s) and professional education courses (Note: A GPA of 3.00 is required in major, minor and professional education for EC-MC & 3.00 is required in major and professional education for MC-EA students.);
  2. Have completed appropriate methods course(s) for the major and minor, as well as TEACHING 2130 and TEACHING 3320 or equivalent courses;
  3. Have grades of “C-” or better in required methods courses, content courses, and in all required professional education courses completed;
  4. Have documentation of an approved mini edTPA/level two portfolio on file;
  5. Have passed the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessments (Praxis II) content test(s) or a major/minor GPA of 3.00.  EC-MC and MC-EA students will be required to pass the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading test (FoRT) in order to obtain a teaching license.  The FoRT test must be attempted a minimum of twice and be recommended by a faculty member in order to student teach;
  6. Have been admitted to the School of Education for one full semester prior to student teaching;
  7. Provide proof of a negative TB skin test; and
  8. Have a current satisfactory criminal background check verified before placement into student teaching.

Level 3 Benchmark: Student Teaching/Internship Experience and Licensure

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. During student teaching, students must submit an edTPA, a performance-based assessment, and have a passing score to demonstrate their competencies in order to complete the education program.

Intern Teaching

A limited number of students are permitted to complete an internship in lieu of regular student teaching. Intern candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.00. Intern candidates are carefully screened by faculty and are interviewed by school districts as part of the selection process. The intern works in a team relationship with one or more teachers in the school system, spends a full semester under contract with the school district, is licensed by the DPI and receives compensation for duties performed. Contact the coordinator of Clinical Experiences for more information.


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:

  1. Complete the teacher education program with the minimum required grade point average in the major, minor and professional education courses;
  2. Meet the minimum overall G.P.A. of 2.75 required to complete the program;
  3. Be assessed 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, passing of the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessments (Praxis II) content test(s) or a 3.00 content area GPA, FoRT (if applicable) and edTPA, and other state mandated tests; and
  4. Complete the license application on the DPI Educator Licensing Online (ELO) website once the certification officer has notified you of your program completion.

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.

Approved Licensure Programs

  • Early Childhood through Middle Childhood (birth-age 11)
  • Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (ages 6-12/13)
  • 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, and technology education

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.

Approved Comprehensive Majors

  • Agricultural Education (B-21): School of Agriculture (BILSA)
  • Agricultural Education/Technology Education dual certification (B-21): School of Agriculture and Department of Industrial Studies (BILSA)
  • Comprehensive Social Sciences (10-21): Department of Social Sciences (LAE)
  • Broad Field Science (10-21): Department of Engineering Physics (EMS)
  • Music-Choral (B-21): Department of Performing and Visual Arts (LAE)
  • Music-General (B-21): Department of Performing and Visual Arts (LAE)
  • Music-Instrumental (B-21): Department of Performing and Visual Arts (LAE)
  • Technology Education (B-21): Department of Industrial Studies (BILSA)

Approved Majors

  • Biology: Department of Biology (BILSA)
  • Chemistry: Department of Chemistry (EMS)
  • Elementary Education (B-11): School of Education (LAE)
    English: Department of Humanities (LAE)
  • German: Department of Humanities (LAE)
  • History: Department of History (LAE)
  • Mathematics: Department of Mathematics (EMS)
  • Health and Human Performance: Department of Health and Human Performance (LAE)
  • Spanish: Department of Humanities (LAE)
  • STEM Education Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (ages 6-12/13):  School of Education (LAE)

Approved Minors

  • Biology: Department of Biology (BILSA)
  • Chemistry: Department of Chemistry (EMS)
  • Early Childhood (EC-MC only): School of Education (LAE)
  • English: Department of Humanities (LAE)
  • Environmental Science: Department of Geography (LAE)
  • French: Department of Humanities (LAE)
  • German: Department of Humanities (LAE)
  • Health: Department of Health and Human Performance (LAE)
  • History: Department of Social Sciences (LAE)
  • Mathematics: Department of Mathematics (EMS)
  • Natural Science (MC-EA program): Department of Engineering Physics (EMS)
  • Physics: Department of Engineering Physics (EMS)
  • Social Sciences: Department of Social Sciences (LAE)
  • Spanish: Department of Humanities (LAE)
  • Special Education/Inclusion: School of Education (LAE)

Approved Concentrations

  • Adapted Physical Education (B-21): Department of Health and Human Performance (LAE)
  • Economics: UW-Platteville Department of Social Sciences (LAE)
  • Geography: UW-Platteville Department of Geography (LAE)
  • Political Science and Citizenship: UW-Platteville Department of Social Sciences (LAE)
  • Psychology: UW-Platteville Department of Social Sciences (LAE)
  • Sociology: UW-Platteville Department of Social Sciences (LAE)

Statutory and Administrative Code Requirements


Teachers of science, social studies, agriculture, early childhood, elementary and middle-level education programs are required to complete coursework in environmental education. GEOGRPHY 3330 partially fulfills this requirement. A specified field experience completes this requirement.


Wisconsin statutes specify that “in granting certificates for the teaching of courses in economics, social studies, and agriculture, adequate instruction in cooperatives shall be required.” AGBUS 2500 fulfills this requirement. Also, HISTORY 2430 includes a unit on cooperatives that satisfies this requirement for social studies teachers.


For teachers in EC-MC and MC-EA programs. Wisconsin requires coursework in the teaching of reading and language arts using appropriate instructional methods, including phonics.

Minority Relations

Wisconsin requires that all students completing teacher preparation programs demonstrate knowledge and understanding of minority group relations including:

  1. The history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of American Indian tribes and bands located in Wisconsin.
  2. The history, culture, and contributions of women and various racial, cultural, language. and economic groups in the United States.
  3. The philosophical and psychological bases of attitude development and change.
  4. The psychological and social implications of discrimination, especially racism and sexism, in American society.
  5. Evaluating and assessing the forces of discrimination, especially racism and sexism on faculty, students, curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the school program.
  6. Minority group relations through direct involvement with various racial, cultural, language, and economic groups in the United States. To satisfy this requirement, students need to complete an approved service learning experience prior to graduation.

In addition, students must demonstrate knowledge of conflict resolution including:

  1. Resolving conflicts between pupils, and between pupils and school staff.
  2. Assisting pupils in learning methods of resolving conflicts between pupils, and between pupils and school staff, including training in the use of peer mediation to resolve conflicts between pupils.
  3. Dealing with crises, including violent, disruptive, potentially violent or potentially disruptive situations that may arise in school or activities supervised by school staff as a result of conflicts between pupils, or between pupils and other persons.

Children with Disabilities

All applicants for teaching licenses must meet the code requirements with regard to Children with Disabilities. TEACHING 3320 meets this requirement.

School Setting Field Experiences

Effective teacher preparation demands that pre-service teachers have laboratory experiences with children/adolescents during their preparation. These experiences are designed to acquaint teacher candidates with a variety of schools and settings, and to encourage them to connect educational theories with practice. Experiences are developmental, structured and supervised by university and school faculty. Teacher candidates will spend more than 150 hours in school settings prior to student teaching. Many professional education courses include service learning hours and laboratory experiences.