Undergraduate Program Admission

It is best to understand the admission process (PDF) into the Teacher Education Programs the minute that you set foot on campus. That way, you can be prepared instead of surprised. Keep in mind that admission is competitive, so you will want to go above and beyond the minimum expectations. Because the Professional Education sequence will take 4-5 semesters to complete, it is best to apply as soon as possible.  

 

Please Note: This video has not yet been updated to include the new information about students who have taken the ACT Plus Writing and received a composite score of 22 or higher not needing to take the MTLE Basic Skills exams.

The Teacher Education Program has certain criteria that must be met to complete the online application:

  • Proof of taking all three MTLE Basic Skills (Writing, Math and Reading) exams and official passing scores on at least two of the three exams. Start taking the exams at least one semester before you are planning to apply. If you have taken the ACT Plus Writing and received a composite score of 22 or higher, then you do not need to take the MTLE Basic Skills exams. You will instead need to provide a copy of your ACT Plus Writing test to Paula O'Malley if you are taking classes on the Winona campus or to Karen Dunbar if you are taking classes on the Rochester campus.
  • 30 college level credits completed with no more than four credits of pass/no credit courses.
  • Cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.75 or higher
    The cumulative GPA for admissions is based on a student’s most recent 30 college level credits completed. The calculation includes all semester credits in any given semester needed to meet the 30 credit requirement. Students can calculate their GPAs using online tools before applying.
  • Grade of “B” or better in a 3 credit college level writing course (ENG 111 if taken at WSU)
  • Grade of “B” or better in a 3 credit college level speech course (CMST 191 or 192 if taken at WSU)
  • Grade of “C” or better in a 3 credit college level math course (MATH 100 or higher if taken at WSU). MATH 202 is required for Elementary and Early Childhood majors (MATH 115 will be accepted if it was previously completed). MATH 202 is also recommended for other Teacher Education majors as it was designed to help students pass the Math Basic Skills MTLE exam.
  • Students applying in Fall 2015 or later will also need to complete an early clinical experience. This requirement could be satisfied by taking WSU EFRT 100 or WSU SPED 300. Or, the student could complete a comparable work or volunteer experience that involves working with children following high school graduation and after registering for WSU classes. For more information, contact Jane Morken at
    jmorken@winona.edu.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are encouraged to become admitted to the Teacher Education Unit before starting coursework at WSU. In addition to the criteria listed above, all transfer credits must have been accepted by WSU and be designated on the WSU Admission Degree Audit (DARS) to be considered for Teacher Education Admissions.

Pre-Education students will receive an email with the URL for the online application on the first day of class in the beginning of each semester from pomalley@winona.edu. Application deadlines are March 1st in the spring and October 1st in the fall.

If you have not taken the ACT Plus Writing and received a composite score of 22 or higher, then all MTLE Basic Skills Exams must be taken and at least two of the three must be passed with official scores reported by the application deadline (October 1st or March 1st). Start taking the exams at least one semester before you are planning to apply.

Students must apply to the Teacher Education Program with the expected major upon graduation that matches the major listed on their Degree Audit Report (DARS).

If you have any questions about the Winona campus Teacher Education Program application, email Whitney Hawes at whawes@winona.edu or stop by Gildemeister 110 on Tuesdays between 1:00pm and 4:00pm.

Rochester and Austin Campus students will fill out the program application as part of an Admission & Informational meeting. If you have questions about the Rochester or Austin campus Teacher Education program or application instructions, email Karen Dunbar at kdunbar@winona.edu.

Applicants are scored on a point-system according to the admission criteria* in four areas: Academics, Communication, Mathematics and MTLE exams. We have created an Admissions Scoring Grid (PDF) for your reference.

  • If students have not taken the ACT Plus Writing and received a composite score of 22 or higher, then they must take all 3 Basic Skills (Math, Reading, and Writing) MTLE exams and pass at least two of the three exams. Students who pass all 3 exams will receive a point in this section.
  • The Academics section is based on the GPA for the most recent 30 credits. The minimum GPA is 2.75.  In this section, a student is awarded the points based on their GPA.  For example, if a student has a GPA of 3.15, then that student would be awarded 3.15 points out of 4 points in this section. 
  • The Communication section awards points based on the grades achieved in 3 credit college writing and speech courses (ENG 111 and CMST 191). A grade of a “B” (3.00) in each of these courses would earn 2 points while an “A” (4.00) would earn the maximum of 3 points.  For example, if a student has earned an “A” in English and a “B” in Speech, then that student would be awarded 5 out of 6 points in this section.
  • The Mathematics section awards points based on the grade achieved in a 3 credit college math course (MATH 202 is required for Elementary and Early Childhood majors and recommended for all other Teacher Education majors although MATH 100 will still be accepted for these majors). A grade of a “C” (2.00) would earn 1 point while an “A” (4.00) would earn the maximum of 3 points. If students have taken any higher math courses, an extra point will be added to their scores.  For example, if a student has earned a “B” in Math 202 which is a higher math course, then their score would be 3 in this section.
  • Students must take all 3 Basic Skills (Math, Reading, and Writing) MTLE exams and pass at least two of the three exams.  Students who pass all 3 exams will receive a point in this section.

The total number that can be achieved is 15 points. The top students with the highest points are admitted each semester; these are known as Tier 1 students. Students who do not make it in the top 110 scores will be put on a waiting list. If any of the students on Tier 1 drop out, then students on Tier 2 will be contacted starting with the students who have the highest scores on Tier 2.

*Criteria are subject to change in any given semester.

Students will receive an email with an invitation to attend an informational meeting regarding requirements to participate in clinical experiences. Students will be required to join EMSP ($32) for liability insurance and complete a Comprehensive Criminal Background Check ($50).

If a student is accepted, the student must start the Professional Education Sequence courses the following semester and must graduate with the same major listed on their application. This sequence will take 4-5 semesters to complete.

Criminal Convictions or Charges

Please note that criminal convictions or certain charges may make it difficult to obtain a teaching license. If you have questions about this, it is best to contact Monica Rasmussen, the Teacher Ethics Specialist at the Board of Teaching. She can be reached by email monica.rasmussen@state.mn.us or phone at 651.634.2736.