UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
This graduate program is designed for individuals with an undergraduate degree in an area other than education who want to become certified to teach in an elementary or early childhood classroom.
Our program has been revised to meet the needs of our students and to align with the licensing requirements of the Wisconsin Department of Instruction (DPI). Students will complete requirements for their teaching license within two years and can choose to complete a master’s degree with one additional course.
The admissions process is designed so that those who enter and complete the program will obtain their license and be prepared for a career as a teacher. Individuals who complete the admissions process before July 1 will have priority for admission into the fall cohort. Later applicants may be admitted if space is available.
All candidates need to meet these admissions requirements:
If the overall undergraduate GPA is between 2.5 and 2.74, a candidate may receive a contingent admission requiring a UW-River Falls graduate grade point average in their first term with grades ≥ 3.0 AND passing scores on one of the following assessments to demonstrate basic skills (ACT, PRAXIS Core, GRE, MTLE EAS).
NOTE: A criminal background check is not required as part of the application, but will be required for all accepted students prior to formal admission. Accepted students will receive an email from the College of Education and Professional Studies Associate Dean about this process. Indications of any criminal history on the background check are not considered in the application review process but may require a meeting with the college Associate Dean. Additionally, the program cannot guarantee any graduate an educational license nor job opportunities. Some licensing agencies and some school districts may choose not to consider applicants with criminal histories.