In 1894, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point began as the Stevens Point Normal School, whose primary purpose was to prepare future teachers. Today, the School of Education is the hub of teacher preparation programs at UWSP and we remain at the forefront of innovation in our field. Our undergraduate program is the home of elementary education - not only the largest, but also one of the most selective majors on campus. We also prepare future teachers who are majoring in special education, early childhood education, or earning certification in K-12 and secondary education.
SOE Mission Statement
The School of Education develops highly qualified professional educators who honor the uniqueness of all learners and actively demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions of effective teachers positively impacting our diverse world.
Currently, over 1200 full-time undergraduate students are enrolled in our teacher preparation programs. Our undergraduate students are known on campus and in the Stevens Point community as being academically engaged, highly motivated and actively involved. In addition, over 1,000 practicing teachers are enrolled in our on-campus, technology-based and site-based graduate programs.
Our faculty will remind you of your favorite middle school or kindergarten teachers, the ones who saw your potential then, and still do. They have been selected from nationwide pools of candidates for their subject matter knowledge, their ability to guide university students in intellectual discovery, and their strong research backgrounds. Our faculty members also bring practical skills with them as they have been award-winning teachers at the elementary and secondary levels. Over 90 percent of our courses are taught by full-time faculty members who hold a Ph.D. in their respective fields.
UW-Stevens Point's teacher education programs are accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
At present, close to 70 percent of our graduates secure full-time positions and another 20 percent find part-time employment. Typically, employment rates in the high-need areas are considerably higher. These areas include chemistry, English as a second language, special education, family and consumer sciences, mathematics, physics, Spanish and speech/language pathology.
School of Education Fun Facts
- As of July 8, 2013, we received full approval from State Superintendent Tony Evers of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction based on the Department of Public Instruction Continuous Review Process. This review occurred on November 28, 2012.
- We are proud of our continual efforts to increase the quality of the program. During summer 2012, we launched a new curriculum incorporating new general education degree requirements.
- During spring 2013, we enveloped the Educator Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), an authentic assessment in teacher candidates developing and evaluating student learning. The edTPA is a major new initiative that encourages planning instruction, assessment, analysis of teaching, and academic language to determine the effect of the teacher candidate’s teaching performance on student learning.
- While the minimum college GPA required is 2.75, the average GPA of those entering the elementary education program has ranged from 3.28-3.46 over the past eight years.
- While the minimum college GPA required is 2.75, the average GPA of those entering the secondary education program has ranged from 3.28-3.46 over the past eight years.
- The School of Education has an excellent reputation. Our placement rate for students obtaining part-time and full-time jobs is on the average 95 percent.
- UW-Stevens Point has increased its enrollment of students in high demand subject areas such as science, technology, mathematics and special education. We now have 367 undergraduate students pursuing these high need areas.
- We consistently work to consistently increase the enrollment of students from historically underrepresented students. We have 116 students from diverse backgrounds studying education.
- Thus, we are very proud of our 100+ year tradition at UW-Stevens Point. We continually strive for excellence of behalf of our students, graduates and the public.