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We have been preparing outstanding teachers since 1894. As part of the College of Professional Studies, we live the values of being proactive, resourceful, connected and caring.

Whether you are beginning your journey to fulfill a life-long dream of becoming a teacher, seeking a master’s degree or additional certification, or enriching your skills as a teacher, the UWSP School of Education is here to help you.

Please browse through our website. Meet our faculty and check out the array of course offerings and workshops for undergraduate and graduate students, including those offered through our own CPS Continuing Education and the UWSP Continuing Education.

As an undergraduate student, you can rely on the knowledgeable and caring folks in our Academic and Career Advising Center to facilitate your journey through your professional teacher education program. As a graduate student, the Office of Graduate and Innovative Programs will be your first stop!

Our SOE student organizations, several of which have won multiple national awards, offer many leadership and service opportunities and enable you to meet others like you who share the dream of becoming or growing as a professional educator.

We invite you to become part of our proud legacy!

Lynda Fernholz
Assistant Dean and Head, School of Education

Lynda Fernholz

Mission Statement

The School of Education develops highly qualified professional educators and leaders who honor the uniqueness of all learners and actively demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions to positively impact our diverse world for a sustainable future.
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About Us

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, physical education or earning certification in K-12 and secondary education.


Our Students

Currently, over 1,200 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.

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Our Faculty

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.

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Career Planning

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.

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DPI Accreditation

UW-Stevens Point’s teacher education programs are accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.


UWSP offers a breadth of teaching majors and minors. It is important to make sure the campus you attend offers the specific program in which you are interested.

The School of Education is home to five, top-notch student organizations – Aspiring Educators, Association for the Education of Young Children, Kappa Delta Pi, Student Council for Exceptional Children, and SHAPER-Students for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Club. These organizations have won numerous state and national awards and offer plenty of opportunities to get involved throughout your college experience. In addition to the five organizations housed in the School of Education, UWSP is home to over 200 other student organizations. For a complete list, visit our Campus Activities and Student Engagement Office and School of Education Student Organizations.

Yes. We are happy to work with any student interested in attending UWSP’s School of Education. Due to the complexity of teacher certification, we recommend that you carefully read the Transfer/Re-entry portion of our website and contact an advisor in the School of Education every semester prior to transferring to ensure a seamless transfer experience.

Yes. Transfer and re-entry students meeting PEP Admission Requirements are strongly encouraged to apply to the Professional Education Program PRIOR to transferring.

Applications for the Professional Education Program are only processed twice a year. The deadline to apply for Fall admission is September 22. The deadline to apply for Spring admission is February 22. Applications are due the Friday BEFORE the deadline if the 22nd falls on a Saturday or Sunday.

Students interested in applying to the Professional Education Program must meet application requirements.