EPP Admission

EPP Undergraduate Admission

Undergraduate Admission to Education Preparation Programs

Teacher candidates are not considered formally admitted to the education preparation program until they successfully complete the EPP admission and evaluation process.  All programs which prepare teachers are required to have an admission process as indicated in PI34  “The SCD shall establish standards for admission to initial programs.” 

Currently, there are two separate models of candidate admission being utilized by the educator preparation program.  Please refer to the process below to and follow the admission process based on your first term enrolled at UWRF.


Candidates who's first semester was before Fall 2015 (old admission to EPP)

Students whose first term enrolled at River Falls was before fall 2015, and transfer students who's first semester in college was before Fall 2015 can use this process.  The final semester students can apply under the old process will be summer 2018.


  • cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 based on 40 credits (including transfer courses)
  • completed English 100 and 200 with minimum grades of "C", or "S", or "Waived" 
  • completed Communication Studies 101 with a minimum grade of a C
  • completed Teacher Education 211 or 212 with a minimum grade of a C
  • completed basic skills testing (more information here)
  • completed one faculty recommendation form
  • completed a departmental recommendation form (secondary only)

Process Overview

If any of the requirements are not completed by the application due date, you will not be able to apply until the next admission period.

There are four admission periods which candidates will be considered.

  • Complete the online application (link is on the right) by the period due date.
    • Fall Semester (advanced before spring registration) due October 1
    • Winter (open takes place after spring registration concludes) between December 1st and January 15th
    • Spring Semester (advanced before fall registration) due February 15
    • Summer (open, after fall registration) between May 1 and August 15
  • Request Recommendations as required for your program
    • Elementary students need one reference (not from TED 211 instructor)
    • Secondary students need one faculty recommendation (any faculty member)
    • A department recommendation from their first major. (secondary only).  This recommendation should be given to your department chair.  
  • Recommendations must be received in the Dean's office by the application due date.
  • Applications are reviewed after the due date.  
  • If admitted, you may be required to update your background history (fee required) to have the admission indicator added to your Esis account.


Candidates who's first semester was fall 2015 to Present (new Tier II evaluation)


Students whose first term enrolled at River Falls was fall 2015 or later

Educator Preparation Program (EPP) candidates whose first semester enrolled is fall 2015 will be evaluated at three separate points in the program.  Each of the evaluation points (Tiers) must be completed prior to enrolling in courses which have a prerequisite of completion of a specific “Tier.”  Failure to complete a tier does not constitute removal from the program. However, a candidate cannot move forward until each tier has been successfully completed.  

EPP admission graphic

Tier I - Commitment to Learning

Teacher Candidate Evaluation Tier One - “Commitment to Learning.”

Pre-Admission to the Educator Preparation Program

When to Complete:

  • The tier I process should be completed before reaching 60 credits.

The first evaluation focuses on a candidate’s commitment to their own learning and growth as a future educator.  The critira measures a candidate’s academic performance early in the program.     A candidate is required to complete Tier I admission to enroll in courses with a prerequisite of “EPP Tier I Admission.”  Depending on enrollments, candidates are ranked by total score, and selected on a space available basis. A candidate with a score of “0” in any area will not be able to advance in the program.  Please refer to the Educator Preparation Program student handbook for specific requirments for Tier I admission.

Checklist of Tasks

  • completed orientation course on D2L (if not enrolled contact Mr. Michael Martin to enroll)
  • completed English 100 with a grade of "C" or "S", wiaved or 
  • completed Communication Studies 101 with a grade of "C"
  • grade point average of a 2.5
  • attempted or completed basic skills assessment


Tier II - Commitment to Teaching

Teacher Candidate Evaluation, Tier II - “Commitment to Teaching.”

Formal Admission to the Educator Preparation Program (EPP)

This evaluation determines a teacher candidate’s commitment to teaching, their future pupils, and their personal growth.  The criteria measures a candidate’s academic performance,  dispositions, and performance in schools.   Successfully meeting the minimum completion of requirements in this tier does not guarantee a candidate‘s acceptance to the program.    A score of “0” in any area results in an automatic denial decision.  For details about the process please refer to the Educator Preparation Handbook.

Requirement Checklist:

  • cumulative Grade Point Average of a 2.75
  • completion of English 200 with a minimum grade of C
  • completion of Teacher Education 155, or 120, or P ED 161 with a minimum grade of C
  • completion of Teacher Education 211/212 with a minimum grade of C
  • completion of Teacher Education 252 with a minimum grade of C
  • completion of Special Education 330 with a minimum grade of C
  • successfully demonstrated basic skills by completing an approved basic skills assesement
  • recommended by their major department for admission

When to apply:

  • candidates should plan to complete Tier II around completion of 75 - 90 credits
  • applications for Tier II will be accepted four times per year
    • October 1st (fall 2017 date amended to 11/1/17)
    • Winter term between December 1 and January 15
    • February 15
    • Summer term between May 1 and August 15

Tier II is required to be competed to register for any of the following courses:

  • Teacher Education 428 - 448, Teacher Education 420, 422
  • the elementary block program (Teacher Education 310,311,312,315,316,317)
  • To apply for Tier III "admission to student teaching"


Tier III - Commitment to the Profession

Teacher Candidate Evaluation, Tier Three - “Commitment to the Profession.”

Approval to Student Teach

Each of the following requirements must be completed before the student teaching/internship semester. These requirements may be “in progress” during the application process, but must be completed and filed with the Student Teaching Office by the due date set by student teaching / field experience office.

When to complete:  

  • Candidates should apply for Tier III and attend a student teaching application meeting, a year before student teaching

Tier III requirements:

  • completed both the Tier I and II evaluations
  • completion of all major and minor courses, techniques courses, and required professional education courses
  • combined grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher for undergraduate students
  • GPA of at least 2.75 in a candidate’s major(s) and professional education
  • a 2.75 GPA in any minor that you are seeking certification
  • completion of a minimum of 100 hours of early field experiences
  • completion of the human relations field experience requirement which is accomplished by completing the field experience in TED 252, ENGL 252, and SPED 330
  • pass all applicable Praxis II test(s) or Language Testing International (LTI) assessments. Scores must be reported to the student teaching office before we attempt to arrange a student teaching placement
  • early childhood, early childhood – middle childhood, and middle childhood – early adolescence regular education candidates are required to attempt the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test (FORT) before beginning student teaching
  • The following minimum grades are required for all education programs:
    • "C*or better in all professional education, major(s), and licensable minor content area courses
    • secondary education majors are required to receive a B- or better in all techniques courses (TED 428-470)

If you are not a currently enrolled student, and are interested in attending UW-River Falls, please contact the admissions office at (715) 425-3500. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply during advanced admission.  Decisions during the advanced admission periods will be made prior to registration. 

 Application Review Dates

Fall Semester
September 1. 2018 - October 1, 2018

Winter Admission
December 1, 2018 - January 15, 2019

Spring Semester
January 31, 2019 - March 1, 2019

Summer Admission
April 30, 2018 - August 15, 2018