Steps to Licensure

Lists the steps needed to obtain a teaching license through UW Oshkosh in the state of Wisconsin.

  1. Apply for entry into UW Oshkosh

  2. Begin general education and content coursework specific to your degree and major
  3. Take and pass the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)
  4. Apply for entry into the College of Education and Human Services
  5. Develop initial portfolio
  6. Take and pass the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test
  7. Take and pass the Praxis II: Subject Assessments
  8. Develop admission to student teaching portfolio

    Teaching License

  9. Apply for graduation
  10. Begin student teaching
  11. Develop edTPA portfolio
  12. Complete all required licensure program coursework
  13. Contact Information


Entry into UW Oshkosh

The Undergraduate Advising Resource Center is a great place to learn about UW Oshkosh admission guidelines, tuition cost, admission requirements, class schedules, and much more information. This site will answer questions about transfer, international, and return students. You can access, download, and print University maps and driving directions.

Contact the Advising Office to schedule a meeting with an adviser. 

Undergraduate Advising Resource Center
Dempsey 130
Phone: (920) 424-1268
Email: advising@uwosh.edu

NOTE: Admission to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not guarantee admission to the College of Education and Human Services.

Admission to the College of Education and Human Services is determined by criteria established by the Curriculum and Instruction Department and the Special Education Department.


General Education and Content Coursework

Students enrolled at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh spend their first three semesters working on general education and content coursework specific to their degree and major. Returning or transfer students who began their college career prior to Fall 2013, will follow the requirements listed here.


Take and Pass the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST)


Entry into the College of Education and Human Services

Students apply for program entry into the College of Education and Human Services after meeting the following prerequisites

  • Pass the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) with the minimum score of:
      • Reading - Score 175
      • Writing - Score 174
      • Math - Score 173
  • Earn a grade of "C" or better in Fundamentals of Speech (96-111)
  • Successfully completed a minimum of 40 credits
  • Earned Combined Grade Point Average of 2.75
  • Application and eligibility requirements are due September 15 or February 15
  • Application materials and supporting evidence reviewed by faculty in candidate's major or licensure area, i.e. Art Majors reviewed by Art faculty.
  • A clear Criminal Background Check and a negative tuberculosis test are required for application.


Initial Portfolio

Students admitted to the college develop a portfolio aligned with the Ten Wisconsin Teacher Standards and the COEHS Educator as a Caring Intellectual Conceptual Model.
  •  Graded assignment from a general education course that demonstrates subject matter knowledge
  • Artifacts chosen from professional course work and field experiences


Take and Pass the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

Prior to applying for student teaching, all Elementary, Dual, and Special Education majors must take the Foundations of Reading Test.

For information regarding passing score information, cost, and preparation materials, click here.


Take and Pass the Praxis II: Subject Assessments


Admission to Student Teaching Portfolio

Students must demonstrate readiness for student teaching.

  • Student teaching application due Oct 1 or Mar 1 the semester before student teaching
  • Passing scores on Praxis II: Subject Assessments www.ets.org/praxis by date of application for student teaching
  • Successful completion of all undergraduate course work
  • 3.00 grade point average in combined, professional, major and minor
  • Satisfactory completion of human relations requirement
  • Successful completion of clinical field placement
  • Portfolio artifacts provide evidence of student's reflection on and assessment of progress toward the Ten Wisconsin Teacher Standards.


Graduation

Students apply for graduation the semester before they plan to graduate. Information and applications are available online here.

 

Student Teaching- Capstone Experience

Teacher candidates are provided placements that correlate with their intended teacher license.

  • Students are not allowed to enroll in a January interim if student teaching in spring semester.
  • Students must attend a student teaching informational meeting the semester prior to student teaching.
  • Students will be enrolled in 12 credits of student teaching courses (10 credits of pass/fail teaching experience and 2 credits of graded seminar).


edTPA Portfolio 

  • Sample of student work across time and curriculum that demonstrates growth and understanding of the Ten Wisconsin Teacher Standards.
  • Reflects student's progress, goals, and capabilities.
  • Students are eligible to apply for a teaching license upon successful completion of at least a full semester of student teaching and submission of the edTPA Portfolio.

 

Complete all required licensure program coursework


Contact Information

Click here for a list of phone numbers, e-mail addresses and office numbers for the Dean's Office, Professional Education Office (PEP), Field Placement Office and helpful department contacts.

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