How to Apply

If you will be ready to start the Program during the Summer of 2022, please submit an application through UW-Madison Graduate School.  Applications submitted between summer 2021 and December 1 will be reviewed as one group.

If you are planning for future years, note that applications open for the following summer starting around the second week of July. Candidate applications received prior to December 1 will be reviewed for priority admission. Applications received after December 1 will be reviewed as space allows. More information available on the Application Timeline page.
​For details, see our Admissions Requirements and subject-area specific Prerequisites.

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Step 1: Apply to the UW-Madison Graduate School

Information required at this step includes the following:

  • Autobiographical data (name, address, academic history…)
  • Transcripts (must include documentation to verify an undergraduate degree from an accredited college)

Unofficial versions are acceptable for submission and program review

Official and final transcripts will be required prior to being fully admitted

  • International Applicants –

English proficiency scores may be required – TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo (more information available here)

Adequate financial resources (more information available here)

  • Statement of purpose

Open-ended topic choice.  Please share what you feel we need to know about you as a prospective teacher in this program.

Open-ended format.  We accept and review a wide range of documents, however, most keep their remarks to one page.

  • Resume (or short CV)

list your academic and professional experience as well as any other information that might be helpful to us in evaluating your application.

No specific format is required, but it should not exceed two pages in length.

  • 2 letters of recommendation – up to 3 are allowed

Please select a recommender that can speak to your ability to be successful  in this program and as a teacher

Topics to consider:  feedback on your interaction with youth, commentary on facilitating a teaching-learning setting, affirming your academic readiness for an MS program, addressing your interest of equitable education issues.

  • Supplemental Application: This section includes open-ended prompts requesting:

GPA from your last 60 credits, and an opportunity to share extenuating circumstances if you feel the number does not adequately reflect your academic abilities.

A brief summary of your previous work with adolescents, educational settings, and/or speakers of languages other than English. (Experience in these areas are not required, but are helpful in determining your readiness for the Program.)

In essay format, answers to 3 prompts specifically tailored to your subject area.

Please note:

Be certain you select “Summer” as your Term of Admission in the Graduate School online application.

    • The UW Secondary Education MS Program admits new students only for the “summer” term.
    • Submitted applications are only viable for one year
    • All UW Graduate School applications allow the candidate to “apply” to 3 schools on one application

Be certain you select Curriculum and Instruction MS – with your specified content area.

    • Choices include secondary education in English, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies.
    • Candidates may apply for multiple areas but will have to select one prior to enrollment.

Please read the Graduate School’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) before completing the online application.

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Step 2: Internal Review 

After your Graduate School application is completed, the program staff will review and verify the documents submitted.  An email verification will be sent to the address listed on the website prior to the content team review.  Each application file will be reviewed by a content team of specialists based on program benchmarks.  Their recommendation will then be shared with the graduate school.

Specific benchmarks under review include:

Content Requirements

    • Is the applicant well-qualified academically? Does the academic background reflect the needs of the profession?
      (Please see the content pages for a description of topics)

      • Transcript Review of college-level coursework
      • Life Experience in a professional or robust personal setting
    • For areas that do not meet the benchmark, additional coursework or a proficiency exam may be requested

Fit with the ideals of the program

    • Is the applicant thoughtful and reflective about the meaning of teaching? Are his or her motivations for entering the profession worthwhile and do they reflect a commitment to professional improvement?
    • Has the applicant shown the ability to work effectively with young people, especially those different in important ways from the applicant?
      Does the applicant show a genuine commitment to working with all children, not just the privileged or highly motivated? Does the applicant provide evidence of working with adolescents?
    • Is the applicant capable of working effectively with other professionals in the school, parents, caregivers, and members of the community outside of school?
      Does the applicant have work experience that may add to their ability to assist students in building their own knowledge of the subject?

English Proficiency

    • If English is not the language of the degree-granting institution, the applicant will need to have a verbal interview with the ESL team.
    • Verbal and written communication must be clear and fluid for a k-12 school setting

The Graduate School will make the final determination based on

  • The program recommendation
  • Academic Readiness
    • Does the candidate have a GPA above a 3.0 on their last 60 credits,  verified by official transcripts?
    • Is there evidence the candidate will be successful within the demands of the program?
  • Language proficiency score if the undergraduate school was not fully English.

Step 3: Communication and Commitment

After the internal review an email will be sent to you regarding the overall recommendation of the program.
If the application submission is prior to Dec 1, it may take until Dec 20 to receive a recommendation notice.  If the application comes in after Dec 1, determinations usually take a month to process.

  • If the recommendation is favorable, candidates will receive an intention survey to be completed within a two-week window to ensure their place in the program.  (Priority candidates will have until Jan 15)   Official commitments will be required by April 1
  • If the recommendation is not favorable, a letter will be sent outlining the concern or issue. When applicable, candidates may be offered an opportunity to remain on a “wait list,” as future spots become available.

​PLEASE REMEMBER: Early applicant review is done for all applications received prior to DECEMBER 1st.
We will review applications after Dec 1 as space allows. 

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