Exception Policy


Students who meet the following criteria you may apply for an exception of either the Praxis I/CORE score requirements OR the 2.75 grade point requirements OR the Pre-Professional Interview score requirement by using the Exception Application available in the School of Education Advising, Recruitment and Retention Office. Students may only apply for an exception in one of these three categories. Students who are granted an exception are allowed to apply to the Professional Education Program without meeting the application requirements. 

The deadlines to submit an Exception Application​ are Sept. 11 and Feb. 7. If a deadline falls on a weekend, the applications are due the Friday prior.   

Requirements to apply for an Exception​

Praxis I/CORE 
  1. You have taken and received scores for the Praxis I/CORE at least twice.
  2. Your scores do not exceed a 5 point deviation from the cut off.
  3. You have grades of 3.0 or above in related coursework OR complete the
    • Professional Writing Competency Program for the Writing portion
    • Professional Reading Competency Program or the Reading portion
    • Professional Mathematics Competency Program for the Math portion
  4. You have an overall GPA from all institutions of at least 2.75.
  5. You have completed 24 credits of instruction.
  6. You have attached copies of each of your Praxis I results and transcripts from all institutions attended or your UWSP DPR.
  7. You have attached a letter that includes:
    • How many times you attempted each Praxis I test
    • How did you prepare for each attempt
    • Extenuating circumstances that may have affected your score(s).
    • Your reasons for requesting an exception.

Grade Point Average

  1. You have met the Basic Skills Standardized Test requirement.
  2. You have completed at least 24 credits of instruction with a GPA of 2.75 or better.
  3. Your grades show significant improvement over a minimum of two consecutive semesters.
  4. You have attached copies of your Basic Skills Standardized test results and transcripts from all institutions attended, or your UWSP DPR.
  5. You have attached a letter that includes:
    • Extenuating circumstances that may have affected your GPA
    • What strategies have you implemented to improve your GPA
    • Your reasons for requesting an exception.

 Pre-Professional Interview 

  1. You have taken and received failing scores for the interview at least twice.
  2. You have an overall GPA from all institutions of at least 2.75.
  3. You have attached copies of your Basic Skills Standardized test results and transcripts from all institutions attended or your UWSP DPR.
  4. You have attached a letter that includes:
    • How did you prepare for each interview attempt
    • Your reasons for requesting an exception. 
The Department of Public Instruction limits us to granting exceptions to 10% of our PEP admitted student population.
  • Students will be ranked using 50% overall GPA and 50% largest score deviation. For those requesting a GPA exception, only GPA will be used.
  • Once students are ranked, up to 10% of each major program’s semester enrollment cap will be approved first.
  • Remaining exception seats will be approved by rank of remaining students.
  • Final exception decisions will be determined by the SOE Exceptions Committee. Excpetion approvals are not appealable.
  • Students who receive an exception may apply to the Professional Education Program when all other application requirements are met. Grades and scores (for which a student received an exception) will not be altered when ranking students for admission in majors with enrollment caps.
Results will be emailed/mailed within 5 working days of deadlines. Requests with incomplete paperwork will not be processed. If you do not receive a response within 5 working days, please contact the School of Education Advising, Recruitment & Retention Office immediately.