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Application Process and Requirements

Professional Program in Education admission criteria are designed to encourage a holistic view of each student’s file. They include elements of preparedness for rigorous academic work, evidence of ability to work with children in educational settings, and a predisposition to the reflective practice of a teacher’s life. In compliance with federal and state regulations, the Professional Program in Education of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is committed to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action in its admissions procedures.

Admission decisions are made twice annually in early October and late February. The Admissions Committee, comprised of Education faculty and staff, reviews applicant files, basing admission decisions upon the criteria listed below. Approximately 70 students are admitted each admission period. Admission to the Education Program is competitive and selective.

Application to the Professional Program in Education is a two-step process. All applicants must first apply and be accepted as Candidates. Students are considered for full admission to the Program upon successful completion of the Candidate semester.

If you have questions regarding the program or application requirements, we recommend that you schedule an advising appointment for more information and to learn about the great opportunities available to all! Contact us at 920-465-2137 or education@uwgb.edu to set up an appointment today!

Candidate Status Application Process*

Obtaining Candidate status is a highly competitive process. Meeting the minimum requirements listed below does not automatically qualify a student as a Candidate.

*If you are a returning student which has already obtained a Bachelor's degree, the admission requirements may vary. Please contact the Education department at Education@uwgb.edu to meet with an advisor & discuss program requirements.

To be considered for acceptance as a Professional Program in Education Candidate students must:
  1. Apply and be admitted to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Contact the University Admissions office at (920) 465-2111.

  2. Have completed at least twenty-eight (28) semester credits of university coursework with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher. The cumulative grade point average will be based on all courses completed for graded credit at UW-Green Bay and other institutions recognized for transfer credit to UW-Green Bay. In addition, admitted students seeking certification are required to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and maintain a 2.75 GPA or higher in all major/minor coursework.

    Important Note for Transfer or Re-Entry Students: Students who have not been enrolled in college for at least two years may choose to use the cumulative GPA from all college course work ever attempted or the GPA earned, after the two-year break, if that recent course work includes at least one full-time semester (a minimum of 12 credits). Students seeking certification must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

  3. Complete EDUC 208. It is strongly recommended that EDUC 206 is also completed prior to admission.

  4. Applicants must meet ONE of the following test requirement/course competency options:

    Option 1: ACT

    A composite ACT score of 23 or higher with a minimum score of 20 in English, Math and Reading. Test scores cannot be more than 10 years old.

    Option 2: ACT Plus Writing

    A composite ACT Plus Writing score of 22 or higher with a combined English/Writing score of at least 20. Test scores cannot be more than 10 years old.

    Option 3: SAT

    A composite SAT score of 1070 or higher with a minimum score of 450 in Math and Verbal sections. Test scores cannot be more than 5 years old.

    Option 4: PRAXIS Core

    Pass all three sections of the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE), with a minimum score of 156 in Reading, 162 in Writing and 150 in Mathematics.

    Option 5: Course Competencies (NEW!)

    A grade of “C” or better in:
      -  ​ENG COMP 100: College Writing (3 cr) or a qualifying higher lever course in English Composition, AND
      -  ​MATH 099: Intermediate Algebra or above, or MATH 100: Math Appreciation, or COMM SCI 205: Social Science Statistics, or EDUC 281 Conceptual Foundations of Elementary Mathematics, AND
      -  ENGLISH 104: Introduction to Literature (3 cr) or one of the following: ENGLISH 206: Women in Literature, ENGLISH 214: Introduction to English Literature I, ENGLISH 215: Introduction to English Literature II, ENGLISH 216: Introduction to American Literature I, ENGLISH 217: Introduction to American Literature II, ENGLISH 218: World Literatures I, ENGLISH 219: World Literatures II, ENGLISH 264: Topics in Literature.  Transfer students: English Literature courses from other institutions may satisfy this requirement with approval from the Education department.

    Option 6: Combination of CORE and Courses (NEW!)

    A sufficient combination of Option 4 and Option 5. For example, a student would meet competency levels by passing the CORE Reading test, receiving a math placement of MATH 101, and earning an "A" in ENGLISH 217.

    Photocopies of test scores cannot be accepted. For a full list of test score options, visit the DPI website.

  5. Complete and submit the Application for Candidate Status Form. Click here for the application form. An education advising file will be created for you upon receipt of your application. This file will contain all documents required for admission, continuation, and completion of the program.

  6. Interview with the Admissions Committee.

It is the students responsibility to make certain the Candidate Application File is complete. Incomplete application files will not be reviewed for admission.

The Department of Public Instruction can and may change program requirements at any time. Any changes or new certification requirements must be met prior to licensure.

Application Deadlines

Individuals applying for Candidate Status must have application files complete by the third Friday in February for Fall Semester Admission or the first Friday in October for Spring Semester Admission. These deadline dates will allow students to be notified of admission decisions before they must register for classes.


Please be aware that upon acceptance as a Candidate to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Professional Program in Education, you will be required to undergo a Caregiver Background Check and TB Skin Testing. Information is provided upon acceptance as a Candidate.

Questions? Contact our office today!

Phone: 920-465-2137
Email: education@uwgb.edu
Office: Wood Hall 430

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