Elementary Education: BA Transfer Guide

School of Education, College of Professional Studies Building, UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI 54481 Telephone: (715) 346-2040 Website: www.uwsp.edu/education (choose "undergraduate")

UWSP's Professional Education Program is transitioning to a new curriculum for all teacher education programs.  If you are transferring to UWSP in Spring 2013 or later, please contact the School of Education, Education.Office@uwsp.edu, for updated requirements.  Updated transfer guides will be added to the Transfer Information System when requirements are finalized (late Fall 2012).

Admission To UW-Stevens Point

  • Application Procedure
    To apply to UW-Stevens Point as a transfer student, complete the UW System admission application form. You may apply online at apply.wisconsin.edu or by submitting a paper application to:

    UW-Stevens Point Office of Admissions
    Student Services Building
    UW-Stevens Point
    Stevens Point, WI 54481

    Paper applications can be obtained through UW Colleges Student Services Offices and the UWSP Admissions Office, or downloaded at apply.wisconsin.edu.

    Request that your official transcripts be forwarded directly to the UWSP Admissions Office from both your high school and any colleges or universities you have attended.

    While there is no deadline for applying to the University, early application is recommended because UW System enrollment management efforts may require us to limit our enrollment.

  • General Admission Requirements to the University
    Students from the UW Colleges who will have earned 54 or more credits by the time they transfer to UWSP are eligible for admission with a grade point average of 2.00 or higher. If you will have earned fewer than 54 transfer credits by the time you transfer, you will need to meet the admission requirements in effect at the time your application file is complete.

    Please note that admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the Elementary Education major or the Professional Education Program.

  • When Should You Transfer?
    UW Colleges students interested in a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree with a major in Elementary Education at UWSP may remain at the UW Colleges for three to four semesters, depending on the course availability at the UW Colleges campus they attend.

Admission to the Professional Education Program

Students with majors in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Special Education must be admitted to this Program to register for upper-level Early Childhood, Education, and Teaching Methods courses.
Formal application to the Professional Education Program must be made. Deadlines are September 22 and February 22. Applications will be accepted up to the deadline. Late applications will be processed during the subsequent application period. Only students who meet all criteria listed below are eligible to apply. If the deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline to apply will be the Friday prior to the deadline.
Applications and questionnaires are available in the School of Education (SOE) Advising, Recruitment and Retention Office, Room 469 College of Professional Studies or at the UWSP School of Education website. Unofficial copies of transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions must be attached to the application, along with the completed questionnaire and letter proving admission to UWSP if not currently enrolled at UWSP.
Minimum Requirements
To apply for admission to the Professional Education Program, all requirements must be met, and passing scores submitted to the SOE Undergraduate Advising Office no later than the deadline.  Requirements may change at any time.
  • Requirements to apply to the Professional Education Program are changing after the February 22, 2012 application deadline.

  • Please visit our website for CURRENT requirements and for the NEW requirements, http://www.uwsp.edu/education/Pages/CurrentUndergrad/UndergraduateAdvise/appRequire.aspx.

  • If you plan to apply to the Professional Education Program after February 22, 2012, these new requirements allow some majors to apply earlier to the Program.  Due to these new rules, we make the following recommendations:

    • Take the Praxis I Reading, Writing and Math test the spring of your FRESHMAN year.  For students who have already completed 12 or more college credits or AP credits prior to starting college, we recommend taking this test the summer PRIOR to their freshman year.

    • Take Communication 101 OR Education 205 OR the transfer equivalent at your campus, during your FRESHMAN year.  Once of these must be completed PRIOR to applying to the Program.

    • Check out the new requirements now.  Transfer students are invited to apply to the Program PRIOR to attending UWSP, if all requirements are met by the appropriate deadline.

    • Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education majors are urged to apply as soon as they have completed 24 credits.


  • Enrollment caps are in effect for the Early Childhood, Elementary Education and Special Education majors. For the February 2012 deadline, students are ranked using the following criteria: 1/3-Overall GPA, 1/3-Pre-Professional Interview, 1/6-Listening Test, 1/6-PPST.  . After the February 2012 deadline, students will be ranked using the following criteria: 40%-Overall GPA, 40%-Pre-Professional Interview, 20%-Praxis I.

  • For additional information on all enrollment cap policies, please visit our website at http://www.uwsp.edu/education/Pages/CurrentUndergrad/EnrollmentCap/default.aspx

Exit Exam

All students applying for a teaching license will be required to pass the appropriate state mandated Praxis II exam(s) and/or ACTFL Oral and Written Proficiency exams (ACTFL is required for French, German and Spanish teaching majors and minors) at least one semester prior to applying to student teach and submit an acceptable web-based portfolio on the Ten Wisconsin Teaching Standards during the student teaching semester.    More information on these requirements can be found in the "student handbook" section of the School of Education website, http://www.uwsp.edu/education/Pages/CurrentUndergrad/UndergraduateAdvise/default.aspx.

UW-Stevens Point General Degree Requirements

  • * Denotes courses not directly equivalent to UWSP requirement, but acceptable in lieu of requirement for this major.
  • "P" in front of a course number indicates that student must be accepted into the Professional Education Program in order to enroll in the course.
The following courses meet both UWSP General Degree Requirements (GDRs) and Department of Public Instruction requirements.
  1. Freshman English -- 3-6 credits required
    UW-Stevens Point Requirement UW Colleges Equivalent
    English 101 and 102 English 101 and 102
    or English 150 None

  2. Writing Emphasis -- 6 credits required

    UW-Stevens Point Requirement UW Colleges Equivalent
    "P" - Education 310 None
    Elective Out of Major Any course designated as meeting the
    writing emphasis GDR OR transfer 
    60 credits or more and 3 credits will be waived.

  3. Communication -- 2 credits required

    UW-Stevens Point Requirement UW Colleges Equivalent
    Communication 101 Communications 103

  4. Mathematics -- see below

    UW-Stevens Point Requirement UW Colleges Equivalent
    Math 100 - 3 credits (if needed) Math 105 (if needed)
    Math 228 - 3 credits Math 130
    Math 338 - 3 credits (pre-req: Math 228 if taken at UWSP) Math 132​

     Math 228 (Math 130 at UW Colleges) will not meet the math GDR at UWSP unless the student majors in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, or Exceptional Education.

    Note: Math 338 (Math 132 at UW Colleges) will meet the math GDR at UWSP for Fall 2002 and later.

  5. Natural Science -- 12-15 credits required
    Choose one from each area. Maximum of one course numbered 100 at UWSP (designated as 100(#)). At least two courses must be 4-5 credit labs.

    UW-Stevens Point Requirement​ UW Colleges Equivalent
    Physical Science: (choose one from this area)
    Chemistry 100, 101 Chemistry 123(#), 124(#), 
    125, 145*
    Physics 100, 101 Physics 107*, 110*, 120*, 
    141*, 201*, 202*
    Astronomy 100, 205, 206, 311 Astronomy 100(#), 101*, 105*, 200
    Earth Science: (choose one from this area)
    Geography 100, 101 Geography 104*, 106*, 107*, 
    120 (3 credits = UWSP Geog 100; 5 credits = UWSP Geog 101), 123*, 124* 125(#) (3 credits = UWSP Geog 100; 5 credits = UWSP Geog 101), 170*
    Geology 100 Geology 100(#), 101*, 102*, 
    104*, 107*, 135*, 169(#), 170*
    Meteorology 100*
    Life Science: (choose one from this area)
    Biology 100, 101 Anthropology 105*; 
    Bacteriology 101*; Biology 109, 
    160*, 250*; Botany 100*, 130*; 
    Physiology 170*; Zoology 101*, 105*, 140*, 155, 170*

  6. Minority Studies and Non-Western Culture 
    At least one course you take must be designated "Minority Studies", and at least one course you take must be designated "Non-Western Culture". Students should try to take Humanities Area 1 or 3 courses that also fulfill these requirements.

    UW-Stevens Point Requirement UW Colleges Equivalent
    Minority Studies (MNS) See advisor or Transfer Information System (TIS).
    Non-Western Culture (NWC) See advisor or Transfer Information System (TIS).

  7. History -- 6 credits required (courses in parentheses are course numbers prior to Fall 2008)

    UW-Stevens Point Requirement UW Colleges Equivalent
    Select one (3 credits): History 176 (211), 285 (385*), 288 (130*), 292 MNS (382*), 393 (388*) (Hist 120* and 379* are no longer offered)
    (*does not meet the History GDR requirement for other majors.)  MUST BE HISTORY 176 (211) FOR B.A. DEGREE.
    History 101
    History 177 (212) History 102

  8. Humanities and Social Science -- (Combined total of 18 credits)

    Humanities - 9 credits required

    Humanities is divided into 4 areas as follows: Area 1 (history and appreciation of art, communication, dance, theatre and music); Area 2 (literature); Area 3 (philosophy, political theory and religious studies); Area 4 (civilization, area studies and interdisciplinary courses). Students must take one course in each of Areas 1, 2 and 3.

    UW-Stevens Point Requirement UW Colleges Equivalent
    Select one (Area 2 courses): English 211, 212, 213, 214 Any literature course that transfers as HUM2*
    Elective (Area 1) Any course that transfers as a HUM1
    Elective (Area 3) Any course that transfers as a HUM3

    Social Science - 9 credits required

    UW-Stevens Point Requirement UW Colleges Equivalent
    Political Science 101 Political Science 104
    Psychology 110 (Pre-req. to HD 261) Psychology 201 OR 202
    Psychology 260 Psychology 250 or 360*

  9. Foreign Language - 8 credits (or test out) required

    UW-Stevens Point Requirement UW Colleges Equivalent
    One year of college work in a foreign language See advisor or TIS.

  10. Environmental Literacy -- 3 credits required

    UW-Stevens Point Requirement UW Colleges Equivalent
    "P" - Natural Resources 370 Geography 350* or Biology 103* or 107* (student must also take Natural Resources 310 - one credit at UWSP during the month of May)

  11. Wellness -- 6 credits required

    UW-Stevens Point Requirement UW Colleges Equivalent
    Physical Education 231 (currently meets Aerobic Activity) Physical Education 211*
    Health Education 280 - 3 credits (currently meets Health Enhancement) None


Professional Education Requirements

UW-Stevens Point Requirement UW Colleges Equivalent
  • "P" - Art Education 322 - 2 credits - BLOCK III
  • "P" - Education 200 - 1 credit
  • Education 205 - 2 credits
EDU 220 - if taken Fall 2009 or later
  • "P" - Education 300 - 1 credit
  • "P" - Education 302 - 3 credits
  • "P" - Education 309 - 3 credits - BLOCK III
  • "P" - Education 310W - 3 credits - BLOCK III
  • "P" - Education 324 - 3 credits - BLOCK III
  • "P" - Education 325 - 3 credits - BLOCK III
  • "P" - Education 351 - 3 credits - BLOCK I
Education 300
  • "P" - Education 381 - 3 credits - BLOCK I
    Note: It is highly recommended that you transfer both Education 300 and 330 for ease of scheduling once you transfer.
Education 230 (For full credit, must also take Educ 370 at UWSP with subtitle, "Transforming Conflict" - 1 cr)
  • "P" - Education 383 - 3 credits - BLOCK III
  • "P" - Education 385 - 3 credits
    summer and winterim only
  • "P" - Education 398 - Student Teaching - 12 credits
  • "P" - Education 400 - Seminar on Teaching - 1 credit ( taken during student teaching semester)
  • English 275 - 3 credits
  • "P" - Education 331 - 3 credits - BLOCK I
  • Math Education 228 - 1 credit (Math Ed 229 for transfer students who have completed Math 228 at another institution - Fall)
  • Math Education 338 - 1 credit (Math Ed 339 for transfer students who have completed Math 338 at another institution - Fall)
  • "P" - Math Education 345 - 1 credit
  • "P" - Math 345 - 3 credits 
  • Music Education 381 - 3 credits

Minor of at Least 22 Credits

Students who started at UWSP prior to Fall 2005 may complete any approved 22 credit minor or any second major.  (If you take two or more semesters off, you will fall under Fall 2005 requirements for the minor/second major.)

Students who start at UWSP Fall 2005 and later will be required to complete an approved 22 credit minor or an approved second major in a DPI approved area : Art History, *Biology, *Broadfield Social Science, Business Administration, *Economics, *Chemistry, *Coaching, *Cognitive Disabilities, Communication, Comparative Literature, Computer Information Systems, Dance, Drama, *Earth Science, *Emotional Disturbances, *English, *English as a Second Language, *Environmental Education, *French, *Geography, *Geology, *German, *Health Education, *History, *Learning Disabilities, *Mathematics, Music, *Natural Science, *Physics, *Political Science, *Psychology, *Sociology, and *Spanish.

*Minors are available for teacher certification.


UW-Stevens Point Requirement UW Colleges Equivalent
  • First Aid and CPR Certification (GPE or WLNS 123 or Red Cross - if Red Cross, bring current certification cards to 469 CPS)
PED 123
  • Educ 370, Subtitle: Transforming Conflict - 1 credit (required for all students who have taken Educ 381 at another institution OR have taken Educ 381 at UWSP prior to Fall 1995) Call 715-346-3801 to be put on the mailing list for this course.
  • Document 100 clock hours of pre-student teaching experience working with children and youth, of which 50 hours are involved with designated social, cultural, and language groups. Requirements in courses listed above will meet this mandate.
  • A 2.75 GPA in the major, minor, and overall is required for student teaching.

For more information, see the School of Education Web page or contact the School of Education Undergraduate Advising Office at (715) 346-2040.


Updated: 11/11

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