Admission to Undergraduate Programs

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 essential academic skills testing options. The most up-to-date information regarding the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams can be found on the MTLE website.

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

  • Essential Academic Skills Exams - Choose one option. Take exams at least one semester before completing the Teacher Education Program application. Research web sites for registration information, fees, study guides, etc. Students are responsible for saving their score reports for their future records! Essential academic skills requirements are determined by the MN Board of Teaching.
    -MTLE NES National Evaluation Series: Essential Academic Skills: Scores: ≥520 in Reading, ≥520 in Writing, and ≥520 in Mathematics (always save your score reports; list WSU as a recipient; enter “no” for portfolio; 40 days to retake; 4 weeks for official scores; do not need to turn in score reports) or Multi-State NES between 6-8-16 to 9-1-16 Scores: ≥205 in Reading, ≥214 in Writing, and ≥213 in Mathematics. All three tests must be attempted with two officially passed for admissions (Student teaching requires students to meet one of the other essential academic skills options met or passing scores on all three NES tests). MTLE MN NES and NES tests can be combined with MTLE essential academic skills (passing scores 240) passed prior to June 8, 2016.
    -ACT plus Writing: Composite score ≥22 with a combined English/Writing or ELA score of ≥21. Print score report from ACT web site and submit to Cathedral 212. These tests can be taken or retaken at any test location listed on the web site including WSU. Students can combine ACT tests with one test meeting the combined writing score and the other test with or without the plus writing meeting the composite score.
    -SAT: Recently taken tests ≥ 550 Reading + Writing, ≥570 in Mathematics. Older Scores ≥ 510 in Reading, ≥510 in Writing and ≥520 in Mathematics. Print score report from web site. Submit to Cathedral 212.
    -GRE: Taken prior to 8/1/2011 Verbal Reasoning: ≥450, Analytical Writing: ≥3, Quantitative Reasoning: ≥540. Taken after 8/1/2011 Verbal Reasoning: ≥150, Analytical Writing: ≥3, Quantitative Reasoning: ≥145. 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 202 is required for Elementary and Early Childhood majors). MATH 202 is also recommended for other Teacher Education majors as it was designed to help students pass the Math Essential Academic Skills exams.
  • Complete 15 hours of clinical experience. This requirement could be satisfied by taking WSU EFRT 100, EDFD 100, WSU SPED 300, or another course with clinical hours totaling 15 hours (this includes hours completed in the semester you are applying to the program). This criterion can also be met through a comparable work or volunteer experience, following high school graduation. These forms are available on the student resource page or in Cathedral 212. Return forms to Cathedral 212.

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 in the beginning of the semester from Application deadlines are March 15 in the spring and October 15 in the fall.

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 Stephanie Bohlman at or Amy Fish at or stop by Cathedral 212.

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 Megan Simonson at

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

  • 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 who pass 3 NES Essential Academic Skills exams, meet ACT plus Writing score, meet SAT score, or GRE score 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 (PDF) 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 or phone at 651.634.2736.