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Professional Program inEducation

Application Process & 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 conformance 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 a year in early October and late February. A committee of Education faculty reviews applicant files, basing admission decisions upon the criteria listed below. Each admission period approximately 35 students are selected into Early/Middle Childhood license levels and another 35 are selected into Early Adolescence/Adolescence license levels for a total of approximately 70 students.

Admission to the Education Program is selective.

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 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 at the end of the Candidate semester. The admission committee may consider up to 10% of applicants who do not meet GPA and/or PPST criteria.


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

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 course work 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. For students seeking “10-21” or “All Ages”, course work in the major should be 75% complete.

  3. 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.

  4. Complete Educ 206 and Educ 208
  5. Applicants must meet ONE of the following test requirements:

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

    Photocopies of test scores cannot be accepted.

  6. complete and submit the Application for Candidate Status 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.
  7. 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.


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 Criminal Background Check and TB Skin Testing. Information is provided upon acceptance as a Candidate.