Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a listing of Frequently Asked Questions for the Curriculum and Instruction program.

Teaching


I want to be a teacher. Where do I go at UWM to find information about becoming a teacher?

The first question you need to answer is . . . what kind of teacher would you like to be? You need to think about the subjects you may want to teach and the age level.

You can teach in a content area such as the arts, English mathematics, science, social studies, or the languages. You can teach at the pre-school, elementary, middle, or high school level. You may want to become a special education teacher. You may be confused and want more guidance. All these questions need to be answered before you can be referred to the right department at UWM.

I do not have a degree and would like to become a teacher. What do I need to do first?

First, you need to apply online for admission to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as an undergraduate student. Select the online application for high school seniors and other undergraduate applicants. You will declare your major as "Education - Intended". Near the end of your sophomore year, you will apply for admission to a Teacher Certification program in either the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the Department of Exceptional Education or the Peck School of the Arts, depending on your area of study.

I already have a degree and would like to become a teacher. What do I need to do first?

You first should consider attending an Informational Session about the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program. You will apply for admission to a Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program. But first, you need to decide what kind of teacher you would like to be and ensure that you meet all the requirements for admission to that program.

The next step is to apply online to the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program. When applying, you will choose the online application for high school seniors and other undergraduate applicants and indicate "Additional Major/Minor/Certification" on Questions 3 ("Applying as") of the Campus Specific Section of the application.

I would like to change may career. I have a Bachelor's degree, but it is not in education. Do I apply for a second undergraduate degree in education or could I simply go for my Master's right away?

If you are interested in teaching, you should apply for one of the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Programs. You do not need a degree in education to enter this program. Once completed, you would have your certification rather than a second degree in Education.

The following programs, however, allow you to pursue your graduate degree and obtain your teaching certification at the same time:

• Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (Grades 1 - 8)
• Early Adolescence through Adolescence (Grades 6 - 12): English, Science, Mathematics
• Early Childhood through Adolescence (Grades PK - 12): World Languages, English as a Second Language

In this case, you would not be working toward a second undergraduate degree, you would be working toward a master's degree with a certification to teach.

Certification


If I am pursuing my teaching certification as a Post Baccalaureate student, how long will it take?

The answer to this question is dependant on a number of factors:

• What certification you are pursuing
• What previous coursework will count toward your certification
• Whether you attend part-time vs. full-time
• Course availability

The first step is to have your transcripts evaluated to determine what undergraduate course work will count toward your certification.

How much will it cost to obtain my certification?

The answer to this question is dependant on a number of factors:

• Resident or non-resident
• Full or part-time attendence
• Graduate or undergraduate and the number of credits required for completion of the program.

The best way to estimate the cost is to consider these factors and review the per credit charge.

I am already a licensed teacher and need to take courses to maintain my certification. What steps do I need to take?

Once you decide what courses you would like to take, you should apply online as a Special Student.

I missed the application period for admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program. How can I begin taking classes right away?

Once you've decided what kind of courses you would like to take, apply online as a Special Student.

My grade point average isn't high enough for admission to one of UWM's teacher certification programs. What can I do?

You can take courses to boost your grade point average. Once you've decided what kind of courses you would like to take, you should apply online as a Special Student.

Miscellaneous


I have an emergency license or permit and need to take courses to maintain my license. What do I need to do?

You need to be admitted to an approved teacher certification program. First you need to ensure you meet all the requirements for admission. The next step is to apply online. You will choose the online application for high school seniors and other undergraduate applicants and indicate "Additional Major/Minor/Certification" on Questions 3 ("Applying as") of the Campus Specific Section of the application.

I've missed the deadline to apply for graduation on PAWS. What should I do?

The deadline for applying on PAWS is the date the degrees for that term are officially conferred; the commencement date is used as the confer date for Fall and Spring and a date in mid-January is used for Winter and a date in late-August is used for Summer. Students who want to apply after the confer date can still do so, but they need to contact the Graduation Processing Office.