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Admission to the Teacher Education Program 

UW Oshkosh’s Teacher Education Program prides itself on developing future teacher leaders who are committed and caring professional educators. Future teachers are prepared to have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of highly effective educators and to be responsive to changing societal needs. 

Follow the directions carefully to complete the application process. 

Step 1: Apply to the University 

Application Process

  • Current UW Oshkosh students may skip to Step 2. 
  • A UW Oshkosh NetID will be issued to students upon admission to the University. A valid NetID is required before applying to the UW Oshkosh Teacher Education Program.  

Click here to apply to UW Oshkosh.



Step 2: Decide if you will apply through the Direct Admissions Process or the Standard Admissions Process

Direct Admissions (Incoming First Year and Transfer Student Admissions Process )

Direct Admissions is designed to directly admit first-year teacher education and transfer students meeting specific criteria into the UW Oshkosh Teacher Education Program prior to, or during their first semester of classes. The Direct Admission application should be completed during your first semester at UW Oshkosh. 


  • High School or transfer institution GPA of at least 3.25+. 


  • Students who are not eligible for these options should use our standard admission process after earning 26 credits at UW Oshkosh. 
  • If you are unsure if you will major in teacher education, consider using the Standard Admission Process after earning 26 credits. The fee for your criminal background check will not be refunded. 
  • Students without a defined GPA may be admitted through an interview with the Director of Professional Education Programs. Contact for more information. 

Benefits of Direct Admissions 

  • Access to coursework requiring admission to the program as a prerequisite 
  • Access to education specific scholarships 
  • Access to the Teacher Education Canvas Course  

Standard Admissions

Students who have completed 26 credits, a combined 2.75, and the academic requirements listed in the checklist are eligible to be admitted to the UW Oshkosh Teacher Education program.  

  • Enrollment in coursework at UW Oshkosh during the term in which you apply. 
  • Licensure area is declared (visit UARC to declare your major). 
  • Completed 26 credits at UW Oshkosh with a combined GPA of 2.75 or higher. 
  • A grade of “C” or better in your USP public speaking course or equivalent. 
  • A grade of “C” or better in your USP math course or a math course required in your major (e.g., Math 110) or equivalent. 
  • A grade of “B” or better in your USP writing course or equivalent. 

If you do not meet the requirements, have completed at least 26 credits, and have a Combined GPA at or above 2.5, you may be eligible for admission with an academic plan. Complete the Standard Application in order to be considered for an academic plan. 

Step 3: Obtain a Criminal Background Check 

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check  (CBC) is required for admission to the UW Oshkosh Teacher Education Program. 

DCF Background Checks:   

To complete a DCF background check, go to the ichildcare portal and click the “Create a Login” link in the blue box. Schedule a fingerprint appointment with FieldPrint. 

(PowerPoint with more detailed instructions DCF Background Check Instructions.)

Because DCF background checks are completed through a state agency, there is one database for all DCF background checks. We can accept DCF background checks that have been completed for another facility if:  

  • Background check was completed within 1 year of application 
  • You have received a clear final eligibility determination 

For questions regarding background checks, please contact us at: 

Step 4: Obtain a Tuberculosis Test 

Tuberculosis Test

A negative or latent tuberculosis test (TB test) is required for admission to the UW Oshkosh Teacher Education Program A copy of your final TB test results must be uploaded along with your application. TB tests need to have been completed within the last 12 months to be acceptedTB tests can be administered by your physician, a pharmacy, or you can schedule a TB skin test appointment at the Student Health Center via phone (920) 424-2424 or on their online web portal.

Step 5: Apply to the UW Oshkosh Teacher Education Program 

Application Form

Access the Application Form (be prepared to upload your final TB results as part of the application).