Early Adolescence through Adolescence (10-21)
Early Childhood through Adolescence (B-21)
"Best Practices Make the Difference"

A Proud Tradition

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville has been preparing teachers since 1866 and was the first normal school in the state. The school takes great pride in this tradition and is committed to the continuation of quality in its educational offerings.

Center of Excellence

The University of Wisconsin System recognizes high-quality programs offering unique services to the community by designating them as "centers of excellence." UW-Platteville is proud to have a designated center of excellence, the Center of Education for the Young Adolescent (CEYA), which serves as a valuable resource for those interested in middle level education.

Undergraduate Program Alternatives

UW-Platteville offers comprehensive licensure alternatives for students pursuing a career in teaching.

Early Childhood through Middle Childhood

This option is designed for those wishing to teach children from birth to age 11. See the Birth to 11 page for more information.

Early Adolescence (Middle Level)

This option focuses on the young adolescent, ages 10-14. See the Early Adolescence page for more information.

Early Adolescence through Adolescence

This option focuses on education at the middle and secondary levels and is designed for those who wish to teach students in the age range of 10-21. It requires completion of a comprehensive major or a major and minor. See the 10-21 checklist for more details.

Early Childhood through Adolescence

In this category, licensure spans all ages from birth to 21 for special fields such as foreign language, music, art, physical education, technology education, and agriculture education. See the Birth to 21 Special Fields checklist for more details.

Majors and Minors

To be licensed as a teacher, one needs a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. UW-Platteville offers programs that lead to licensure to teach in a major and minor or a comprehensive major. Academic majors leading to licensure include agriculture education, art, biology, chemistry, English, geography, German, history, mathematics, music (general, choral or instrumental), physical education, Spanish, speech communication, technology education and theatre. There are comprehensive majors in general science and social sciences.

Minors include biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, English, English/language arts, English as a second language, French, geography, German, history, journalism, mathematics, natural science, physics, psychology, social science, Spanish, special education/inclusion, speech communication, and theatre.

High School Preparation

A person seeking to be a teacher should have a good high school academic record, preferably including four years of English, and three years of mathematics, science, and social science. Study of a foreign language is advised since competency in foreign language is required for graduation from UW-Platteville. Involvement in extracurricular activities (athletics, drama, and music) provides a well-rounded background important to the beginning teacher.

Professional Preparation

The School of Education prepares teachers who can demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions to be effective, reflective practitioners. Education programs are designed to develop communication skills including technology/media, knowledge of content and how to teach that content, and human relations. To complete the program, candidates must demonstrate that they have these competencies.


Students intending to become teachers must file an application for admission to the School of Education. To be eligible for admission, students must a) meet the current minimum grade point average; b) satisfactorily complete the general education communications courses (composition and speech) and entry-level education and computer skills courses; c) demonstrate proficiency in mathematics, reading, and writing by successfully passing the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST); d) be recommended by university faculty; e) complete an admission portfolio; and f) meet any additional specified requirements. At the beginning of their senior year, teacher candidates file for admission to student teaching. To be eligible, candidates must a) have been admitted to the School of Education; b) meet the current grade point average in major, minor, and professional education courses; and c) be recommended by faculty in major, minor, and professional education.

Employment Opportunities

Faculty advisors track current opportunities and employment trends in all teaching areas. Graduating students with good credentials who are willing to relocate should find a number of suitable teaching positions. Supply, demand, and salary vary by region and state. Past graduates are employed throughout Wisconsin, in other states and around the world.

For More Information

For more information, write to the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, 1 University Plaza, Platteville, WI 53818-3099, call 608.342.1131 or check out the School of Education website at http://www.uwplatt.edu/education/

For general information on the university and its programs, consult our website at http://www.uwplatt.edu/ or contact the UWP Visitor Center, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, 1 University Plaza, Platteville, WI 53818-3099, or call toll-free 1.877.897.5288 or locally 608.342.1068.

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, handicap, sex, sexual orientation, developmental disability, national origin, ancestry, marital status, arrest record or conviction record.