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.” 

Educator Preparation Program (EPP) candidates  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.  


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

Pre-Admission to the Educator Preparation Program

When to Complete:

  • The Tier I process should be completed before reaching 45 credits.
  • The Tier I application is the final module in the EPP orientation course on Canvas

The first evaluation focuses on a candidate’s commitment to their own learning and growth as a future educator.  The criteria 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 requirements for Tier I admission.

Checklist of Tasks

  • completed orientation course on Canvas (if not enrolled contact Mr. Tyler Koepke to enroll)
  • completed English 100 with a grade of "C" or "S", waived
  • completed  General Education Goal 1 Communication Spoken (CS) a grade of "C" or :S" or waived
  • completed Teacher Education 100, Physical Education 161, or MUS 181 with a grade of "C" or better
  • completed General Education Goal 3 Mathematics with a grade of "C", "S", or waived
  • grade point average (GPA) of at least a  2.5

 Admission to Tier I EPP Evaluation Process


Tier I Rubric:  Minimum score of 13 is required with no areas with a score of 0.

 Tier I Rubric

0 points

1 point

2 points

3 points

4 points

5 points

Grade Point Average

< 2.500

2.5 – 2.749

2.75 – 2.999

3.0 – 3.249

3.25 – 3.499

3.5 – 4.0

English 100

Grade of < C

C or C+

B-, B, B+

A – or A or S or waived



GE Goal 2 (CS): COMS 101

Grade of < C

C or C+

B-, B, B+

A -  or A 



GE Goal 3 Math: MATH 146

Grade of < C

C or C+

B-, B, B+

A -  or A



TED 100

Grade of < C

C or C+

B-, B, B+

A -  or A



Completed Canvas Orientation 

Not Done







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 measure 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
  • successful completion of Tier I admission to the Educator Preparation Program
  • completion of English 200 with a minimum grade of "C", "S", or waived
  • completion of Teacher Education TED 250 with a minimum grade of "C"
  • completion of Teacher Education/English 252 or Special Education 330 with a minimum grade of "C"
  • recommended by their major department for EPP admission (does not apply for Elementary Education majors)

When to apply:

  • candidates should plan to complete Tier II around the completion of 75 - 90 credits
  • applications for Tier II will be accepted four times per year
    • October 1st 
    • Winter term between December 1 and January 15
    • March 15
    • Summer term between May 1 and June 15

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

  • Teacher Education 420 - 468
  • the elementary block program 
  • Music 352, and 381

Admission to Tier II EPP Evaluation Process (Should be completed after fifth semester)



Teacher Candidate Evaluation, Tier III - “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:  

  • A candidate should apply for Tier III by the following dates on the student teaching web site:a year before student teaching:
    •  May 15th to student teach spring the following year.
    •  November 15t to student teach fall the following year.

Tier III requirements:

  • completed both the Tier I and II
  • 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
  • completion of the human relations field experience requirement which is accomplished by completing the field experience in TED 252, ENGL 252, and SPED 330
  • demonstration of content knowledge 
  • 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.  

Application Dates

Winter Admission
December 1, 2022 - January 13, 2023

Spring Semester
January 23, 2023 - February 24, 2023

Summer Admission
May 1, 2023 - June 16, 2023

Fall Semester
September 1, 2023 - October 1, 2023