Admission Process for applying to the Teacher
What about my official transcripts?
- Official Winona State transcripts for all current students will
be obtained by the Education Department.
- Copies of transcripts from transfer coursework that has been
submitted to the WSU Admissions Office will also be obtained by
the Education Department.
Minimum Admission Criteria
An application folder/portfolio with necessary forms is
distributed at the Application Meeting. The folder containing the
following evidence must be submitted to the education office within
four weeks after the application meeting:
- Completion of at least 30 semester hours (2 sem hrs may be
- Score report for ALL SECTIONS of the Praxis I: PPST Exam (Math,
Reading, Writing) (Takes up to 8 wks from time of testing
to get score report, so take it early).
- Passing report from the Education Department Writing Clearance
Exam. (Exam taken during final hour of admission meeting.
- Minimum Cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 or better
- Minimum B or better in a 3 sem hour college-level writing course
(ENG111 at WSU)
- Minimum B or better in a 3 sem hour college-level speech course
(CMST191 at WSU)
- Minimum C or better in a 3 sem hour college-level math course
(MATH 100 or higher or Stats at WSU)
- Note: Elementary Majors may apply with a minimum C
in math course work.
- An extra point will be calculated for students completing
advanced math course work.
- Background Experience Essay - a word-processed essay of 2-3
- Experience working with people from ethnic groups other
than my own
- Background experiences which indicate unique assets I bring
to the profession
- Transfer students need a copy of a current Credit Evaluation
from the Admissions Office
- Transfer students need a copy of a transcript from each higher
education institution attended. (Students can visit the Registrar's
Office to request that these transcripts be sent to the Education
As First Years (freshmen), students are encouraged
to declare an education major as soon as possible during their freshman
year. Once students are declared education majors, they will be
assigned a faculty advisor for the most efficient program scheduling.
Students can complete most teacher licensure programs within four
years, but only if they utilize required education courses as part
of the general education/university studies requirements which are
typically taken during the freshman and sophomore years. Before
the sophomore year, students should take the sections of Pre-Professional
Skills Test (PPST) which deal with Math, Reading, and Writing. MN,
IA, and WI require that students eventually pass the PPST at set
benchmark scores before the state will grant initial licensure.
Students seeking admission to education are required to have taken
the PPST, but are not required to have passed it before admission
to the education program.
Note: In addition to the PPST, MN will be instituting two additional
teacher licensing tests in the fall of 2001. One test for major
content knowledge and one test for pedagogy (teaching) knowledge.
Beginning fall of 2002, formal benchmark scores on these two tests
will be required for licensing.
During the first semester of the sophomore
year, students must attend an Admission Meeting. Students
who desire the university's recommendation for a MN teaching license
can apply for admission to the teacher education program after they
have completed 30 semesters hours of college credit. (Up to two
sem. hrs of pass/no credit class work can be counted in the 30 total
hours needed for admission).
Students cannot proceed into the professional education course sequence
until they have been formally admitted into the teacher education
program. After taking the PPST exam, the first step in being formally
admitted to the teacher education program is to attend an admission
meeting. These meetings are scheduled once at the beginning of each
semester during fall and spring semesters.
During the first hour of the meeting, students will begin an application
folder/portfolio which must be completed and returned to the education
office within the next four weeks. Students will also be given an
Effective Educator handbook and will be provided information on
field experience expectations within the program.
During the second hour of the meeting, students will complete the
required Education Department Writing Exam. The exam presents students
with a list of 3-4 possible topics, and ask students to compose
an extemporaneous writing around the topic of their choice. The
writing sample is then scored for coherence and adherence to written
English editing standards. A $20 fee for the exam is payable by
check at the meeting.
Any other things I should know about the admission process?
- Expected Timely Response from the time of the application meeting
to deadline for completed folders: 4 weeks
- Expected return from the deadline for completed folders to mailing
of disposition letters: 2 weeks
- Affirm a record of good citizenship As part of the application
form, students will be asked to indicate if they have ever been
convicted of a crime other than a traffic violation.
- Additional Proviso: The University reserves the right to consider
as part of the Education Department's admission and retention
policy those dispositions, general health, and scholastic achievement,
or such other standards as may be appropriate. Students must adhere
to the WSU Student Conduct Policy.
- Alternate Admissions Students who do not meet the G.P.A. requirement
for admission to the Effective Educator Program may request consideration
under alternate admissions standards.