The application period will open in July
In July, the UW-Madison Graduate School will accept applications for the Secondary Education Program through the UW Graduate School portal. Applications submitted between July and December 1 will be reviewed as a group. Due to limited capacity, qualified applicants may be placed on a waiting list until a space in the program becomes available.
- Priority Group: The application timeline starts each year in the summer. Applications are accepted from July until December 1 for priority review. Students who apply during this window will be notified of their status by January 15th
- Rolling Admissions: After December 1, applications are accepted as space is available through the spring semester. In response to shifting applicant interest, new applicants could be accepted as late as June 1 for the upcoming cohort.
Program Application Review and Status Notification
The content review team will review each candidate’s application portfolio. General criteria are applied to all program applicants. Subject-specific preparation is considered as well in each certification area.
Applicants may be given the status of Recommended, Conditional Accept, Hold, Alternate, or Declined.
- Offer of Acceptance—Students will be admitted as soon as they are qualified by the Graduate school.
- Conditional Acceptance—Students will be given an offer of acceptance after the successful completion of an identified deficiency.
- Hold–Reserves a spot for a candidate until clarification is made.
- Alternate–Students designated as alternates may be re-considered if space becomes available.
A status-notification email will be sent to the applicant’s address of record by January 15th.
Students must notify the program if they accept the position prior to January 15th. A survey link will be sent to the candidate in their letter of acceptance. If no word is received by January 15th, the candidate will revert to the “alternate list.” When space becomes available, candidates on an Alternate List will be notified and given two weeks to confirm their acceptance.
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"Recommended" -Students will be admitted as soon as they are qualified by the Graduate school.
After the program recommends a candidate, the Graduate School personnel will review the application to ensure the candidate meets UW Madison Graduate School requirements. These include verification of undergraduate degree, including official transcripts from all credits used in the degree; > 3.00 GPA or accepted grade review, English language proficiency.
"Conditional Recommendation" - Students will be recommended after the successful completion of an identified deficiency.
If a candidate does not meet all the necessary elements, a review team may offer them an opportunity to fulfill the gap prior to admission or prior to certification.
"Hold" -Reserves a spot for a candidate until clarification is made.
"Alternate" - Applicants designated as alternates may be re-considered if space becomes available.
"Not Recommended" - Applicants with extensive deficiencies, concerns about program work-load expectations, lack of space, or other disconnect may not be recommended.
In addition to the program application, candidates may submit a scholarship application. This includes a few short answers and a financial statement.
All candidates are highly encouraged to complete the FAFSA.
To complete a scholarship application, please go to the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) https://wisc.academicworks.com/ OPENS NOV 1
Start by logging in using your Netid. From there you will be asked a few general questions, which will align you with possible scholarships from across campus. The secondary education program is able to offer scholarship awards across all of our content areas. These awards are in addition to funds made available through The PLEDGE initiative. They are not loans.
- Oct 1- FAFSA Opens
- Nov 1 – Secondary Education Scholarship Application open – WISH
- Dec 1 – Round one scholarship application due
- Jan 3 – Round one scholarships announced (general)
- March 1 – Round two scholarship applications due
- March 15 – Round two scholarship announced (named)
- May 1 – Last round scholarship applications due
- May- June- Last round scholarships announced
- August 31- Scholarship funds dispersed upon Fall Registration (half of total)
- January 10 – Scholarship funds dispersed (remaining half of total)
Prior to Starting the Program
- All participants will need to complete outstanding application components:
- submit official documents as requested by the UW-Madison Graduate School ( ie transcripts for non-UW graduates or transfer credits),
- if needed, take, and pass an academic exam (ACT/GRE/SAT) or content exam (PRAXIS 2 for subject area). Applicants will be contacted if the exam is required
- complete an undergraduate degree and share the final offical transcript with the Graduate School
- UW-Madison students will be automatically matriculated – no need to send transcript
- complete content pre-requisites, or other items from a conditional status. (ie courses or degrees from the spring term)
- An email will be sent in March requesting a background check. This must be submitted prior to course enrollment.
- An email will be sent in late April listing the initial set of courses to register for the first summer. Candidates will need to be registered for summer courses to access course instructor messages.