​Professional competency Program


The Professional Competency Program (PCP) helps future teachers become confident mathematicians, readers and writers through one-on-one tutoring with a professional staff member.  The PCP helps students:
  • Develop quality, professional skills;
  • Explore their attitudes about math, reading and/or writing;
  • Become familiar with the math, reading and/or writing processes; 
  • Appreciate the importance of mathematics, reading and/or writing in the teaching of all disciplines.

The Professional Competency Program serves (a) students who did not meet the minimum Freshman English GPA requirement to apply to the Professional Education Program (PEP), (b) students who plan to apply for a Praxis I Waiver and do not meet the 3.0 GPA requirement in related coursework,  (c) students who have already been admitted to the PEP who need assistance in their professional writing.

The PCP process for students applying to the Professional Education Program (a & b above):
  1. Students begin the program by completing an inital assessment.  Appointments are made through the School of Education Advising, Recruitment & Retention Office, 469 CPS.  Students not currently enrolled at UWSP should call 715-346-2040 for an appointment. The fee for the initial assessment is $35.
  2. The PCP staff evaluates the assessment and determines whether or not the student would benefit from the program.
    1. If the PCP staff determines that the student's ability is adequate, the student will be provided with a letter waving them from the program.
    2. If the PCP staff determines that the student's ability is not adequate, the staff will place the student into one of four categories:
      1. Category I ($75): Typically, this requires four sessions with a tutor plus assigned homework.
      2. Category II ($125):  Typically, this requires seven sessions with a tutor plus assigned homework.
      3. Category III ($175): Typically, this requires ten sessions with a tutor plus assigned homework.
      4. Category IV ($200): Typically, this requires thirteen sessions with a tutor plus assigned homework.

 

(c) Students already admitted to the Professional Education Program who would like assistance in their professional writing should contact their assigned advisor in the School of Education for a referral.  The Professional Competency Program - Writing is free for students admitted to the PEP.